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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

July 12, 2011 at 10:18 AM

One last evening with “Harry Potter”

“I Cried When Dobby Died” said one young woman’s T-shirt. Another wore Voldemort’s noseless profile on her shirt; while a very small Harry Potter, robes flapping, hurried down the aisle with his parents, and a girl who looked like she could be Luna Lovegood’s younger sister adjusted her Gryffindor scarf. It was a packed house at Cinerama last night for the preview screening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” and as my nephew and I donned our special Harry Potter 3D glasses (round lenses, like Harry’s, and it’s a kick to turn around and see an entire audience looking like Harry), there was palpable excitement in the air. A few frenzied girls screamed upon seeing the movie’s title on screen, screamed again upon seeing the Elder Wand (“OOOH, THE ELDER WAND!!!!!”), screamed at the sight of Daniel Radcliffe, and then thankfully calmed the hell down before the rest of us needed to perform a Stunning Spell on them.
And the movie? It’s good. It’s very good. It’s exactly what it needs to be. “Awesome,” pronounced my nephew, who first came to a “Harry Potter” preview screening with me when he was seven and now is a tall 16-year-old thrilled and saddened to see the saga come to an end. I’ll save the details for my review, which will be online soon, but this movie has a wonderful nobility to it; a sense of doing right by the characters so many have come to know and love. And it’s a kick, particularly the dragon ride, and the Snape vs. McGonagall duel, and the Battle of Hogwarts . . . well, you’ll just have to see for yourself. If you’re wondering whether to spring for the pricier 3D tickets, I can say that the 3D was subtle and refreshingly artful; delicately enhancing the movie without taking you out of it. You wouldn’t miss much by seeing the movie in 2D, but I don’t think you’d feel ripped off by upgrading to 3D. Either way, it’ll work its magic just fine. I didn’t see the movie in IMAX but I imagine it would look great on a true IMAX screen.
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Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) buried in gold in a Gringotts vault in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (photo by Jaap Buitendijk, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures).

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