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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

Jeff from 'Big Brother' rants about Dumbledore's homosexuality: 'He's in a school with little kids! You don't want to make that guy gay.'

I don’t typically watch the 24-hour Big Brother feeds, partially because I believe the editors who create the thrice-weekly Big Brother episodes are idiot-savant geniuses and I don’t want to spoil my enjoyment of their work, partially because if I wanted to watch a microscopic examination of the chaotically banal meaningfulness of human existence, I could just go see The Tree of Life again. But this news is too good to wait: Yesterday, returning fan favorite Jeff suddenly discovered, to his horror, that Professor Dumbledore from the Harry Potter franchise was gay, which led the lovable lunkhead into a delirious rant that served as a handy reminder that the problem with lovable lunkheads is that they are, ultimately, lunkheads. READ FULL STORY

Emma Watson compares American and British 'Harry Potter' fans

Emma Watson stopped by for a chat with David Letterman Monday night before the New York premiere of the final Harry Potter film and explained the difference between fans in America and England. The reserved Brits, she said, are more likely to give you a “Well, that was very good,” while “warmer” Americans tend to go with an enthusiastic “That was awesome! That was awesome!” (Apparently, some of us also still pretend we’re in Arsenio Hall’s dog pound.) Watch the exchange below. She’s a smart girl and doesn’t fall for Dave baiting her into agreeing that Americans are dumb. She acknowledges that fans, like the actors, are “weirdly emotional” over the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. Check out Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review of the film, along with our gallery of red carpet pics from the premiere. READ FULL STORY

The critics have spoken on the final 'Harry Potter' film. And the verdict is...

The first reviews for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 are rolling in, and the verdict is… overwhelmingly (and unsurprisingly) positive. David Yates received across-the-board praise for his directing, as did the ratcheted-up action and the satisfying conclusion to a 10-year franchise. EW’s own Lisa Schwarzbaum declared, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 is proof that authentic movie excitement is its own form of magic. Half the spell-casting formula lies in what the audience itself brings to the eighth and final movie made from J.K.Rowling’s culture-shaping literary epic…. This is an ending suitable for The End.” You can check out more critical responses to the film below: READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' already sells out 2,000 screenings. Got your ticket?

Willy Wonka’s got nothing on these golden tickets.

With just a week to go until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, opens in theaters (yes, it’s only Thursday, but for the fans lining up for those midnight showings, every minute counts), tickets for screenings are already becoming increasingly hard to collect. In fact, at this point, you might have better luck snagging a seat at Book of Mormon than at your local multiplex for HP‘s last stand next weekend.

A little under a month ago, EW learned from online ticket seller Fandango that advance purchases for Part 2 were making up for nearly 52 percent of the company’s sales. By mid-June, the site was already experiencing “brisk ticket sales” for the final chapter of the beloved saga and the numbers have only continued to increase since. READ FULL STORY

The final 'Harry Potter' movie premiere in London: Watch video replay on EW.com!

Today, after 10 years, eight movies, and $6.4 billion in global box office, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are walking down their final red carpet of the final London premiere of the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Just contemplate that for a second. Imagine your junior high, high school, and college graduations, smashed together into one massive event meant to convey the end of a decade of your life’s work, an event that also has meaning for people around the world. That is my best guess for what it will be like for these three young adults today.

And thanks to the wizardry of the interwebs, EW.com is live streaming the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, during which Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint will be joined by Potter author J.K. Rowling, producers David Heyman and David Barron, director David Yates, and countless members of arguably the greatest ensemble of British acting talent ever assembled.  CLICK HERE to watch the red carpet stream — the magic has already begun! (UPDATE: If you missed it live, you didn’t miss out: the video replay of the event is scheduled to be re-streamed in its entirety for 24 hours.)

Follow Harry Potter through the pages of the 'Wall Street Journal'

No one will ever confuse the staid Wall Street Journal with the work of Andy Warhol, but the newspaper’s hedcuts — those iconic ink illustrations made entirely of dots — of Daniel Radcliffe evoke the nostalgia of the artist’s famous Marilyn Monroe painting. The daily collected six of artist Randy Glass’ “Harry Potters” from its archives, and sewn together, they capture not only Radcliffe’s evolution from cherub-faced innocence to furrowed determination, but their own sublime aesthetic. (The only thing that hasn’t changed are his glasses.) Each drawing finely embodies the tone of its respective film, and the seventh and final portrait (right) rightfully stands alone. It’s the darkest of the set, the only one in which Radcliffe is depicted not looking at the “camera.” Well done, WSJ. Take a look at the Harry collage: READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe reveals problem with alcohol

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Image Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Looks like Harry Potter has faced more demons than just Voldemort. In an interview with
U.K.'s GQ, Daniel Radcliffe revealed that he's been sober since last summer after realizing he was too attached to alcohol. Said the How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Broadway star, "I became reliant on [alcohol]

to enjoy stuff … There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.” READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Behind the scenes of the final 'Harry Potter' film -- and the entire magical, record-breaking franchise

The creators of the $2 billion-grossing Harry Potter movies may be laughing all the way to Gringotts Bank, but the success of the films wasn’t always such a sure thing. “If they had cast American actors or put cheerleaders at Hogwarts — and all these hideous ideas were indeed being pitched and discussed at the time – Harry Potter would have been one movie, not a series,” says Chris Columbus, director of the first two films in the most lucrative movie series in Hollywood history. “It would have just died.”

Thankfully, the filmmakers remained true to author J.K. Rowling’s magical vision — and fans are now eagerly awaiting the final installment in the Franchise That Lived: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, opening in theaters July 15. In the new special double issue of Entertainment Weekly, we bid farewell to the boy wizard and the cinematic magic conjured up around him. The 50 pages of coverage includes:  READ FULL STORY

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