In the old days of Saturday matinee serials, audiences faced with cliffhanger endings took comfort in knowing that the story would be resumed one week later. The same can’t be said for the latest Harry Potter picture, which offers much incident but no resolution: for that, we all have to wait until next year. If you’re a dedicated Potter fan, you’ll have to take what you can from this one—mainly, the pleasure of spending time with its leading characters and the young actors who play them. Following J.K. Rowling’s narrative, there are no scenes at Hogwarts’ Academy. This denies us the opportunity to revel in seeing the finest British actors alive in the vast Potter ensemble; we get only token appearances from Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane and a handful of others, while Maggie Smith, as Professor McGonagall, is absent altogether.
The movie starts out on the right foot, as Harry—now marked for death by the evil Lord Voldemort—is surrounded by his—
Everyone is buzzing about the dark story that unfolds in the newest Harry Potter movie, but what delighted me was the humor and charm of this episode. Usually these films open on a light note and then get serious; this one opens with a shocker and then settles into a lighter mode, easing us into...
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