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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie review

“Yesterday, a wizard entered New York with a case. A case full of magical creatures. And unfortunately, some have escaped.” That’s the basic premise for the new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Warner Bros., November 2016; PG-13), the first in a projected five-movie spin-off series of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (spoilers ahead!)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Warner Bros., July 2011; PG-13) opened in theaters on Friday to the delight and trepidation of fans everywhere. Movie-goers be warned: there is no summary or introduction as in the previous films — they really did just split one long film into two — so it’s definitely […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has a lot riding on it. The final installment of the wildly popular series, it’s the story of the boy hero’s final showdown with the ultimate villain. Voldemort has severed pieces of his soul and placed them in Horcruxes, which must be found and destroyed in order for his […]

David Yates’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As a book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is one of the more uneven entries in the famed series. The plot is episodic, meandering through Dumbledore’s collected memories of Voldemort’s past and taking what seems like an unnecessarily indirect route to setting up Harry’s final quest: the destruction of Voldemort’s Horcruxes (sundered pieces of […]

David Yates’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is eight-hundred-plus pages of Harry at his teen-angstiest, Hogwarts at its darkest, and life at its most maddeningly unfair. David Yates’s movie adaptation captures all of this, surgically snipping subplots to build on the main emotional themes of the book: Harry’s pathological distrust of authority, his emergence […]

Mike Newell’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

With millions of fans worldwide passionate in their devotion to the boy wizard, Harry Potter is practically in a publishing category by itself — J. K. Rowling can do no wrong. So when directors undertake to film a movie version of a Harry Potter book, the scrutiny is intense. Moviegoers demand a movie that is […]