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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

July 15, 2011 at 9:50 AM

For the weekend: “Harry Potter” vs “The Dark Knight”

Reminder: I’ll be hosting a live chat about all things Harry Potter today (Friday) at noon: click here to join me at noon, or to submit a question in advance. Do come. It’ll be fun, even if I do occasionally get my spells and my charms mixed up.
This weekend will of course be all “Harry Potter” at the box office, and if you want to go but haven’t already bought your tickets (particularly for IMAX screenings), you might want to do so. The movie’s already breaking records: $43.5 million in midnight screenings last night, easily passing the midnight record of $30 million (held by “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”). The big question: Will “Harry Potter” surpass the all-time weekend domestic box office record of $158 million, set by “The Dark Knight” in 2008? I’m going to predict yes. And, will the Academy finally get a clue and nominate Alan Rickman for best supporting actor? Time will tell, but watch the last movie and tell me he doesn’t deserve it. Have a lovely weekend, all, whether Potter-fied or not.
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Alan Rickman, master of the terrifyingly slow drawl, as Severus Snape. (Photo by Murray Close, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

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