A 'Harry Potter' veteran takes a virgin to see 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2.' Will the magic work on an unenlightened Muggle?

Once upon a time, a total Harry Potter superfan took a total Harry Potter newbie to see the last Harry Potter film. Read the full post.


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  • Anya

    My son just turned 6 and we’ve started reading Book 1, just like I did with his (much older) sisters 12 years ago. I wanted him to hear the story before he sees the movie(since some of the scenes are frightening for a young child. He’s so excited. I’m excited about reliving the epic as well. This will be my 4th time through.

    • tennisfan

      Yes — I look forward to my kids being old enough to start the series — I already have plans for us to read them together and watch the movies :-) Will be a few years out, though. We’ve fostered a great love of reading with them, so it will be fun for all. Maybe my husband will even get on board to read the books, not just watch the movies…

      • Magdalena

        To be honest, the last page doesn’t rellay tell you much, and you could quite happily live without it.I finished the book at about 9am this morning. Quite slow going for me rellay.

  • tennisfan

    Great read… I’ve yet to see all the movies, but have read the books multiple times. With all the hype around the last movie, I’ve started to read HP The Sorcerer’s Stone this week, plan to work my way through all the books and then all the movies. Haven’t decided yet if I should go book, movie, book, movie, etc., or read all the books first then watch all the movies… And my husband has promised to watch the movies with me — he’ll be a HP newbie…

    • Squishmar

      I’ve only seen the first two films and really want to read all of the books. My husband and I have decided to go see this last film since it’s our last chance to see one on the big screen. We’ll just have to fill in the gaps later.

  • Cindy

    The question about why Voldemort didn’t check to see if Harry was really dead? In the book, he does check, but using the cruciatus on him. Because the elder wand wouldn’t betray his rightful owner, it didn’t affect him. Voldemort assumed that meant he was really dead.

    • Bosco

      He only used the Cruciatus Curse on Harry after he was “sure” he was dead- he did send Narcissa Malfoy to check him, even in the book. I remember Harry thinking that Narcissa only wanted to find her son Draco, and the only way she could that was as part of a “conquering army”, so she lied to Voldemort and said Harry was dead.

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  • Billy Whitaker

    Awesome article! Thanks so much for this, so freaking interesting to see his point of view as a total newbie. I’m emailing it to all my friends!

    • Davide

      the Power of Now. I’ve been reading that (not a plitrcularay easy read so in segments) but trying to learn to enjoy the moment. And not worry about what may or may not happen in the future. (a true trial for me)When Harry met Sally agreed. love it. I could probably recite it to you now.I also fear it gave me false hope in many cases in my life. the perils of chick flicks. enjoy the now with Biff. and all other aspects of life. (I’ll remind myself to do the same save the Biff part still loving your posts!

  • carolina

    This was a very entertaining and insightful read…I’m glad to know that Dan was able to grasp the gist of Potterworld after seeing this movie. I have seen it twice and will see it again. Dan, I hope you enjoy the books. I’m a mature lady and I’ve re-read them several times. They are so much more than just children’s books….that’s for sure.

  • Karen B.

    Heh heh heh – that was totally fun to read. As someone who is kind of in the middle – read all the books, and have seen each film (though not necessarily in the theater), I am a fan but not a hard core super-fan. I don’t obsess over the minutia, and don’t really recall how the movie differs from the books. But I do “get” what’s happening. So I sort of see things from both of their perspectives. But that was such a fun insight to read!

  • Mr.

    i was pretty much forced to take my wife and i have never seen a harry potter movie in my life or were ever curious enough to want to watch one. after having to sit through this movie with my wife,in which i went to sleep not once,not twice,but three different times,it made me realize that harry potter just isnt for me.i noticed a couple of scenes that caught my eye but overall i hated this movie. sad becaue i was really prepared to like it but it just didnt happen for me

  • Rowena

    Very impressed. This is how a fandom gets fans or educates which is not to be cyberbullies or scream without justification.

  • DarkPassenger

    Great article, thanks for that.

  • Chelsea

    Great, just great. What a fun read! It makes me want to take a noob to see it (off to find a non-Potterphile).

  • Mike

    Fun article, though at some points I started to doubt the validity of Dan actually not having read the books or seen the movies before. Referring to Bellatrix as LeStrange? You just happened to remember that from the one movie you’ve seen? And the reference to the Hufflepuff cup. I don’t even think they even made that distinction in the movie when a big deal was made about in the books because they started to piece together that Voldy made horcruxes out of things from each hogwarts house (except Gryffindor if you exclude harry lol)

    Anyway, even if it is fake, you guys did a “BRILLIANT” job!

    • Squishmar

      I haven’t seen the film, but in this article, Dan refers to “multiplying H.R. Huffenpufflestuff cups” is a reference to the show “H.R. Pufnstuf” and I’m thinking he maybe meant multiplying COPS instead of cups? I have no idea but in the show “H.R. Pufnstuf,” there were these two small policemen-type creatures… I’m just supposing here. But I know his reference is to that show, so I’m trying to put it together with what you’re saying about no reference to the other thing. Do I win a prize for most confusing post ever? ;)

      • orville

        The gemino curse on Bellatrix’s vault when they go to retrieve the cup.

      • Squishmar

        Actually, in the Harry Potter double issue of EW, there is a picture of Harry in a mountain of gold cups at Gringott’s, so I guess the reference is to cups. I still don’t know what the H.R. Pufnstuf reference is to, though. I need to see this movie… my last chance to see a Harry Potter film on the big screen!

  • Anne

    LOVED this article but was absolutely shocked one of my Lost idols was such a complete Potter virgin; Dan, you hurt my feelings! I thought we both loved all the same things! LOL

  • Melissa

    Such a fun read! When I saw the movie for last Sunday (in 2D – I saw it in 3D for the midnight premier), I was sitting next to a woman who hadn’t followed the books or movies and was just coming with a friend. And I think she enjoyed it. Kind of a weird movie to start on, but from the looks of it, Dan was really able to pick up on the crux of the story.

  • PB

    Great article and experiment. I’ve had many friends ask me if they need to see the other movies to enjoy this one. I do think see DH1 will help the experience, even if you don’t see the previous 6, but it’s nice to see a pop culture fan that has been turned on to the Potterverse…..

  • marvin3O

    I am going to experience an experiment like that too! one of my friends is a potter virgin! and as she is the only one from our friends who has not seen any of the movies or read the books, she has agreed to join us this weekend to watch it! it’s gonna be fun!!!

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