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

July 25, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Harry Potter and the Last Blog Item I Will Ever Write About Him

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” had a second-weekend box-office droop, as was to be expected when your first weekend shatters every record, but you couldn’t tell that by the line of people at the Boeing IMAX Theater at Pacific Science Center on Friday afternoon, where I went to see what the film looked like in real IMAX. (Not that I’ve seen it in fake IMAX, though it’s definitely out there. Have you?) A few final observations, as the franchise soars to a close.
— The IMAX format looked very, very good — and the IMAX 3D glasses are more comfortable than the ones given out for regular 3D. The dragon flight, in particular, looked breathtaking.
— Most gorgeous shot in the movie? Quite possibly one of the first ones, where we see Hogwarts surrounded by dementors, eerily hanging in the air like ghostly scarecrows. Brrrr.
— One of the pleasures of seeing a movie the second time around: You start looking at the actors who aren’t necessarily the focus of the shot, and seeing some interesting little moments you might have missed before. Case in point: In the scene in the Hogwarts courtyard, where Voldemort calls for Draco to come and join him, Draco hesitates briefly — and next to him is Luna (Evanna Lynch), who shoots him just a perfect little sneer of contempt. You wouldn’t imagine it of the wispy Luna, and Lynch does it so subtly she’s not calling attention to herself, but just reacting perfectly in the moment.
— Helena Bonham Carter has almost no lines in the movie; playing her role almost completely with body language — the perfect wobbliness and resolute chin as she played Hermione-as-Bellatrix, then the crazed dancing behind Voldemort, like she’s in some evil-induced trance. I couldn’t take my eyes off her.
— I didn’t like the epilogue in the book, and I don’t like it in the movie. (It’s as if the epilogue was suddenly directed by Chris Columbus — things suddenly get all cute.) The movie, and the series, should have ended on Harry, Hermione and Ron standing outside Hogwarts together, finally exhaling.
— Coincidence, or careful casting? Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny (not very well, in my opinion, but the script isn’t helping her), looks remarkably like the actress who we see briefly as Harry’s mother. This might well explain Harry’s attraction to Ginny, no?
— That freaking snake, Nagini, made me jump every time; even more so in IMAX. Kill the thing already.
— Alan Rickman deserves an Academy Award nomination. That is all.
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Bye, Harry. It’s been fun. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

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