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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. This is what happened. (Be warned: SPOILERS await!)

ADAM B. VARY: The final Harry Potter movie is finally upon us, Dan, and I could scarcely be more excited. One big reason? I will be seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 seated next to someone who has never seen a Harry Potter movie nor read any of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books: you.

Before we embark on our cinematic adventure — me, the wizened Albus Dumbledore to your fresh-out-of-the-Dursley’s-cupboard-under-the-stairs Harry Potter — I have one question: What do you know (or think you know) about Harry Potter?

DAN SNIERSON: We can start here: Who’s Mrs. Dursley? Clearly, I’ll be reduced to fake-gasping at long-hinted-at revelations and totally not getting inside jokes about characters’ established foibles. Which is why I have mixed feelings about embarking on this experiment. READ FULL STORY

All is well, but what is your favorite Harry Potter film?

Now that Harry Potter’s cinematic journey is gloriously complete, the sheer magnitude of his universe is truly dizzying to behold. Eight epic films made during a 10-year span, costing more than a billion dollars to bring to life, earning more than six billion at the worldwide box-office, employing nearly every distinguished British actor of the age. The Potter films evolved along with its young heroes — from the cutesy Chris Columbus efforts to David Yates’ darker, more-adult action films — and a generation of fans grew up with them.

Asking Potterheads to select a favorite movie of the bunch, therefore, is like asking Ron’s mom to name her favorite Weasley. Does that wondrous childhood thrill of soaring above the Quidditch pitch in The Sorcerer’s Stone still hold a special place in your heart? Did the Dementors from The Prisoner of Azkaban raise the stakes when they delivered the series’ first pangs of real dread? Or have the final two films triumphantly captured the melancholic spirit of J.K. Rowling’s last book? If only there were some magic Sorting Hat to help determine where our true loyalties lie. For now, we’ll settle for a simple poll. Which Potter film is your favorite? Vote below.

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What's next for the 'Harry Potter' cast?

Now that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 has hit theaters and broken records, it’s truly time to move forward. We know what’s next for the main trio: Daniel Radcliffe continues his run in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and his first post-Potter film will be 2012′s supernatural thriller The Woman in Black (“I am not averse to doing a big movie again, but I would like to work on smaller things for a while,” he told EW recently). Last month, Emma Watson wrapped the adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 coming-of-age novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and she’ll head back to school this fall, studying abroad at Oxford for her third year before returning to Brown for her senior year. And in May, Rupert Grint wrapped the WWII flick Comrade, about British and German soldiers stranded in the Norwegian wilderness and forced to work together to survive, and is currently attached to star in a long-gestating biopic about Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the off-beat English ski jumper who became a British folk hero during the 1988 Winter Olympics. But what about our favorite supporting players? READ FULL STORY

Burning Questions: Answers for the casual 'Harry Potter' fan on 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2'

If the last time you read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the weekend it hit bookstores, you may have scratched your head a few times while watching Deathly Hallows — Part 2. Here, a few burning questions answered.

1. Who was Ron supposed to be when they broke into Gringotts? In the book, it’s made clear that they only have enough Polyjuice Potion for one person. Therefore, Hermione simply reworks some of Ron’s features, which is why he’s still recognizable. Had he introduced himself in the film, he’d have been fictional foreigner Dragomir Despard, a Dark Lord sympathizer who doesn’t speak much English and traveled from Transylvania.

2. What was the lotion/potion Hermione put on their hands when they emerged from the water after using the dragon as their getaway ride? In the book, there are two curses on the objects in Bellatrix’s vault. If you touch them they multiply — and they burn you. She uses essence of dittany to regrow skin on their hands. They didn’t mention heat in the movie, perhaps because if their hands were blistered, their faces would have been, too, and no one wants that. READ FULL STORY

Summer Movie Body Count: 'Harry Potter' and the Murky Mortality Muddle

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Week 11 of EW’s 2011 Summer Movie Body Count continues with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. We expected this to reignite the debate over whether a certain someone technically dies, but we didn’t anticipate how difficult it would be to count the dead at the Battle of Hogwarts with the variety of curses, quick camera shots, and changes from the book. To be added to our list of casualties, you must die onscreen or have your lifeless body displayed. Let’s discuss, but keep it civil. Warning: SPOILERS AHEAD!  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch polls: How many times did 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' get you misty, give you chills?

SPOILER ALERT! If you’ve yet to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2  (or finish the book) stop reading now. Our polls will be here when you’re ready.

And… you’re still here. Let’s get emotional!  READ FULL STORY

The 'Harry Potter' Complaint Box: Nitpicking J.K. Rowling's almost perfect saga. Your quibbling is desired.

This is a post for those who love Harry Potter — for those who’ve read every book and who’ve seen every movie, for those who’ve spent years geeking out about all things regarding “The Boy Who Lived,” for those who’ve come to the (epically protracted) end of the Potter Pop Phenomenon (now that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 has reached theaters and is destroying box office records) with confident, unshakable affection for J.K. Rowling’s creation. Cynics and ignoramuses, keep out! We want only the super-fans, for their opinions are the most credible and interesting, and because they, more than anyone, have earned the right to quibble.

Now, this may strike some of you as strange, even heretical. ‘Quibble?How could anyone ‘quibble’ about Harry Potter? The Goddess Rowling spun a flawless golden yarn! Except for Hagrid. I always wanted to Avada Kedavra that bumbling bearded buffoon and DID I SAY THAT OUT LOUD!?

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'Harry Potter' ticket buyer's remorse: But then it will be over

Question: Has anyone else experienced Harry Potter ticket buyer’s remorse? Last night, when I ordered my Deathly Hallows — Part 2 tickets for tonight online, I wasn’t elated, like someone who’s been waiting for (and writing about) this movie for months should be. I was sad. Suddenly, the end of my Harry Potter movie experience had a time stamp. At 6:30 p.m. tonight, I stop living in a world where I have the Harry Potter finale to look forward to. By 9 p.m., I’ll know how I felt — and if I cried — watching Harry take that walk. I actually debated whether I should hold off on seeing the film a little longer. But even though I read the book (in one day, locked in my apartment, because I was spoilerphobic), I’m afraid of hearing details of the movie, so I’m going.

How did you feel after you bought your ticket? If you’ve already seen the movie, was a part of you sad when it was over? Or does the wonder not end when the credits roll?

Read more:
EW’s ‘Harry Potter’ Central
‘Harry Potter’: Grading the Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Co. look back lovingly at 10 years and eight movies
Lisa Schwarzbaum reviews ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2′

All seven 'Harry Potter' movies recapped in 7 minutes: Watch!

Pop quiz, PopWatchers: You live on the East Coast and you’ve got roughly nine hours to go until the midnight screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. You haven’t seen the first seven flicks (or, you have, and just want to watch them all over again), and you’d need roughly 14 hours in order to catch up. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?

Why, you watch this ever-so-helpful YouTube video created by the Fine Brothers, of course. In just seven minutes, the online sketch comedy team, decked out in Potter-inspired gear, catch everyone up to speed on the epic saga. (I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure this is the plot of Source Code?)

Benny and Rafi Fine, whose fast-talking skills rival the FedEx guy, impressively — and hilariously — give the gist of a very detailed decade-long story by explaining key terms (a Muggle is a “non-magic folk, duh!”), sharing common criticisms (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is “the [most] pointless movie in the series”) and bringing up some confusing twists (why did the evil Slytherin house even exist in the first place?!). We’re going to watch this vid a few more times as a helpful catch-up guide before the saga goes “Evanesco!” Watch the full clip below. READ FULL STORY

Summarize the entire 'Harry Potter' series in a tweet

While you’re busy tweeting about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 this weekend, you might want to take a moment and try to summarize the entire Harry Potter series in a tweet and add the hashtag #Potterinatweet. Do so before July 22, and you’ll be entered to win one of two trips to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in a contest sponsored by Wikia’s Harry Potter Wiki, the most-visited Harry Potter fan site on the Internet. (You’re welcome.) If 140 characters won’t cut it (or 125, really, plus that hashtag, see some samples), you can also enter by logging into the Wiki and leaving a comment answering the question “What does Harry Potter mean to you?” Winners will be randomly selected, but you owe it to Harry to put some thought into it. So far, there have been more than 1,500 entries.  READ FULL STORY

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