The Harry Potter film franchise is coming to an end with this week's premiere of the final installment in the eight-part series. Potter and his pals, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasly, meet their enemy, Lord Voldemort, for the last time in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
It's hard to imagine a film in history generating this much buzz and excitement—and feelings of loss in fans everywhere who mourn the end of the Harry Potter era, which began with the release of J.K. Rowling's first book, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, in 1997.
The film—the first to be shot in 3D, according to this Reuters story—opens Friday with a 12:01 a.m. screening at the .
The film is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive; the Hollywood Reporter said "this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now."
Entertainment Weekly gives it an "A-" and reviewer Lisa Schwarzbaum says the film "leaves us with the dawning, awesome recognition that the world is huge, fraught, enigmatic, magical, dangerous, delightful, and, ultimately, the responsibility of young people who must first find their own footing. That's quite an accomplishment for a story about a boy with a wand."
Fans can take some comfort knowing that Pottermore is coming. J.K. Rowling launches the free Web site July 31 to keep the Harry Potter magic alive, and plans to sell e-book versions of the series through the site by October.
In the meantime, back to our questions of the day:
Will you be at the 12:01 a.m. screening?
Do you plan to arrive in costume?
What will you miss about Harry Potter?
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