It Ends Today: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

When I first read the Harry Potter books, I was studying abroad in England. I bought the Bloomsbury version of the books with blackandwhite cover photos designed for the adult audience. Classy.

With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, it’s the end of an era. I am looking forward to seeing familiar faces from past films (Sybill Trelawney, Cho Chang). And I eagerly anticipate the “Look. . .at. . .me” moment and “19 Years Later.”

Stupefy!

 

Into the Pensieve: Favorite Film Scenes

– Little Hermione’s magical confidence (“It’s Wing-gar-dium Levi-oh-SAA!”)

– The opening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Lumos maxima! Sure, underage magic outside of Hogwarts is not allowed. But it’s a thrilling scene and introduces the audience to the mesmerizing vision of director Alfonso Cuaron.

– Harry takes flight on Buckbeak in Hagrid’s verdant classroom setting

– The second Expecto Patronum

– The Yule Ball: the date-arranging, especially Harry nervously asking Cho Chang (she’s Scottish!) in the Owlery; the dance itself with Cho and Cedric Diggory looking fine, Hermione looking beautiful, and Pulp and Radiohead members cameo-ing as the Weird Sisters.

– The first appearance of Voldemort and the Death Eaters: the terrifying reveal of  Voldemort in the graveyard, the crazed laughter of Bellatrix Lestrange as she escapes from Azkaban

– The battle at the Ministry with Dumbledore’s Army, the Order of the Phoenix, and the Death Eaters

– Harry’s first kiss (with Cho), Ron’s first kiss (with Lavender Brown), Hermione’s first kisses: Victor Krum kisses her hand, she kisses Harry in the Horcrux locket hallucination, and she will finally kiss Ron in the last film

– The horrifying sight of Katie Bell suspended in the air after touching the cursed necklace

– With Ron’s blood on her hands, Hermione casts charms to protect their location after escaping from the Ministry

– Harry’s enthusiastic and awkward dancing with Hermione in the tent

– In fact, anything Team Harmony—Hermione hugging Harry, Hermione smacking Harry, “I’m sure that Harry’s kissing was more than satisfactory” 

– The sinuous delivery of Alan Rickman as Snape

– The proud and protective gestures of Hedwig, whose death was the once of the most devastating parts of the series for me (and for many others)

View 23 memorable Harry Potter props on Entertainment Weekly’s website here

Hot Ticket: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Tickets are now onsale for the last Harry Potter film (release date: July 15).

I’m going IMAX-style, but no midnight showing for me, please—it’s a work night.

If you are considering IMAX for any movie-going experience, don’t get burned by LIEMAXs—check out the size discrepancy in this article.

Check out wikipedia’s list of IMAX venues.

Harry Potter and the Ken-Emma-Helena Triangle

Forget the Harry-Hermione-Ron love triangle.

Throughout its ten years and eight films, many high-caliber British actors joined the Harry Potter franchise, including these three actors:

Kenneth Branagh – Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Emma Thompson – Sybill Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Helena Bonham-Carter – Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2

Emma and Helena portrayed sisters in the devastating Howard’s End.

Ken and Emma were married from 1989 to 1995. They appeared in many films together, several of which Ken directed.

Emma is so cutting in Much Ado About Nothing (see clips here) and so adorable as the French princess in Henry V.

Then Ken and Helena starred in Frankenstein (Ken directed) in 1994 and Ken divorced Emma.

Frankenstein - caught in a bad romance

Ken and Helena were in a relationship for several years and starred in The Theory of Flight together. But Ken ended up marrying Lindsay Brunnock, whom he met through Helena.

Emma married her Sense and Sensibility co-star Greg Wise (Mr. Willoughby! well done Emma!). That’s right—this guy:

(there are tons of pictures where Greg is hugging Emma and making sure she is the star of the photo—what a gentleman!)

S&S also featured Alan Rickman, who portrays the fascinating Severus Snape in Harry Potter.

Meanwhile Helena found an excellent match with Planet of the Apes director Tim Burton.

Helena and Tim (photographed by Vivienne Westwood)

She has had the most interesting film career: one of my favorite films ever is the Venice-tastic The Wings of the Dove, for which she deserved the Oscar (Helen Hunt? REALLY?). In that film, Michael Gambon (who portrays Albus Dumbledore post-Richard Harris in Harry Potter) plays her father.

And the closing theme in the trailer? From Henry V.

Maggie Smith, who portrays Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter, was Helena’s disapproving cousin in the Florence-tastic A Room With A View, a film I consider to be Merchant-Ivory’s best.

So far Emma and Helena have avoided being in the same scenes in Harry Potter. Will Trelawney and Bellatrix show up in the same frame at the climactic battle of Hogwarts? Hm.