If you’re the kind of person who got all emotional during all those Harry Potter cast interviews about shooting the final scene, or if you referred to the last movie, without irony,  as “the end of an era,” then When Harry Left Hogwarts is for you. The documentary, by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Morgan Matthews (The Fallen), chronicles the making of David YatesHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2, and will make you get teary-eyed all over again as cast members talk about what it’s been like to be part of the franchise for the past ten years. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Note: This review was originally posted on July 10th 2011, but is being republished to coincide with the film’s opening weekend.

Fourteen years, seven books, eight movies, billions of dollars in profit and an incalculable amount of affected imaginations all lead up to one point. Numbers might help define J.K. Rowling‘s Harry Potter franchise for some, but true fans know that emotion is best way to quantify the impact of the series. The mere words “Harry Potter” can elicit emotional reactions specific to the characters and the series, and help recall experiences we’ve shared with the story over the years.

The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 marks the emotional climax of an era and is laden with almost insurmountable expectations. Unless Rowling decides otherwise (and she might), this film could very well be the final piece of the Harry Potter canon. So does Deathly Hallows Part 2 live up to the hype? I’m happy to say it does. Read More »

The success of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is already a foregone conclusion; the film grossed over $40 million from midnight showings alone last night, an amount most films are lucky to take in over an entire opening weekend. But does David Yates’ final entry in the franchise make for  a satisfying conclusion to one of the most critically and financially successful film series of all time?

/Film’s Germain Lussier seems to think so, and so do the vast majority of the film critics. But what did you think? Were the battle sequences suitably epic? Did the decision to split the last book into two films make sense? Share your thoughts in the comments and assume SPOILERS lie after the jump.
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After looking at preliminary box office estimates, “the sound of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” could easily refer to screaming fans and stacking money. According to early estimates, the eighth and final Potter film grossed an estimated $43.5 million from midnight shows alone, putting it well on the way to break the single day box office record and compete for the all time three day record as well.

Alas, that’s not what “the sound” means in this case. It refers to the actual sound of the movie and in the video that’s after the jump, the Soundworks Collection talks to several members of the audio team to show how they crafted the film’s sound effects, sound mix, score and more. Along with that, there’s some great behind the scenes footage that you probably haven’t seen unless you were actually on set. It’s a perfect video to watch after seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 just to appreciate how much work went into it. Read More »

Fake Criterion covers have become a pretty popular form of fan art as of late. Design-inclined cinephiles have fake-Criterioned everything from Orson Welles’ Macbeth to a French version of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle to Kickpuncher (which is itself a fake movie), and it’s no wonder why. Criterion DVDs often get the kind of cool, artsy covers you would never find on ‘normal’ DVDs, which usually opt for something more tame and immediately recognizable.

The latest property to get the fake-Criterion treatment is the Harry Potter film series, which concludes this weekend with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Cooper Union graduate Patrick Sullivan created this stunning collection for his student portfolio, and it saddens me to know they’ll never actually be used. Flip through his cover collection after the jump.

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The most anticipated film of the year opens next week and the reviews have begun pouring in. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 won’t hit theaters until July 15 but as many of us plan marathons in anticipation of the opening, the first critics to see the film are mostly in agreement: The eighth and final Potter film is worth the wait. Just how good is it? Are there any flaws? Was the splitting of the two films the right call? Check out a bunch of reviews after the jump. Read More »

“It all ends.” So says the latest round of advertising for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which hits theaters July 15. The phrase obviously has several interpretations: the end of the Potter story, the final Potter movie, etc. But the one thing that “It all ends” apparently doesn’t mean is the end of the posters Warner Brothers is putting out to publicize the film. Four more have just come online and, I’ll admit it, like most of the other posters released, these are very attractive. But, really, did we need four more? Is this movie not going to make $400 million domestic and well over $1 billion internationally? I think it can do that in its sleep without a shred of advertising.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has begun screening so we’ll surely start to hear reviews soon but, until then, check out these new posters which – with the film being released in just over a week – could be the final ones, after the jump. Read More »