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Monday, July 18th, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

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Conclusion to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Harry and his friends have rescued Griphook from the clutches of Voldemort, and now ask him to help them break into Beatrix Lestrange's vault at Gringotts. They find another horcrux, made from Helga Hufflepuf's cup, which they destroy as soon as they have escaped from Gringott, flying away on its guarding dragon. They then return to Hogwarts, where a vision of Voldermort's told Harry that another horcrux is hidden there. They guess it is Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem, which had been lost for centuries. Harry's return seeds a revolt in the school, which is soon attacked by the Deatheaters. Thanks to the ghost of Rowena's daughter, Harry understands that the diadem is in the room of requirements, and manages to get it and destroy it. The attack on the school is terrible, and Voldermort calls off the attack but asks Harry to surrender. While looking for Voldemort's snake Nagini (which is the last horcrux), the three heroes witness Voldemort killing Snape for the control of the Elder wand, but Snape still manages to give some memories to Harry. The latter thus learns that Snape had been in love with his mother for a long time, and had always been working for Dumbledore. He also learns that when Voldemort failed to kill him as a baby, a piece of his soul went into Harry, making him a horcrux as well ; Harry must thus die for Voldemort to be able to be killed. Harry then meets Voldemort, but doesn't really die when hit by the latter's curse: instead, he discusses with Dumbledore in some kind of limbo. When Voldermort and his troops enter a devastated Hogwarts carrying Harry's body, the latter escapes and eventually duels with Voldemort. Neville Longbottom, who had found Griffindor's sword in the sorting hat (that was lying among the rubble), kills Nagini, rendering Voldemort mortal. The latter's curse rebounds on him, finally killing him. Harry catches the Elder wand and decides to destroy it. In the epilogue, nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny's kids, accompanied by Ron and Hermione's board the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross Station.

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

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Voldemort is back and threatens Great Britain. Harry is taken out of his uncle's home by his wizard friends and to safety at the Burrow. During the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour the Death Eaters attack and Harry, Hermione and Ron flee. Harry follows the orders of the late Dumbledore i.e., to seek and destroy the horcruxes containing bits of Voldemort's soul. One of those, a locket, had been stolen from the house at Grimmauld's Place by Mundungus Fletcher and forcibly sold to Dolores Umbridge, now collaborating with the Death Eaters who have taken over the Ministry of Magic. In disguise, they infiltrate the Ministry and steal the locket from around Umbridge's neck. They then flee to the countryside. Ron is hurt and needs to rest a lot. Harry and Hermione try to find a way to destroy the locket: the sword of Griffindor would do the job, but it is nowhere to be found. Harry also has visions of Voldemort looking for the Elder Wand, one of the three Deathly Hallows. Because of the evil effect of the locket, Ron becomes jealous of Harry and Hermione and leaves. The other two then go to Godric's Hollow in the hope to meet Bathilda Bagshot who knew the Dumbledore family well, in the hope she can tell them something about the other horecuxes. But Bathilda has already been killed and they barely escape an attack by Voldemort's snake, Nagini. After that, Harry sees a Patronus that leads him to the sword, at the bottom of a frozen pond. Ron reappears at that moment and helps him destroy the locket. They then visit Xenophilius Lovegood, who could tell them about the Deathly Hallows, but since his daughter Luna has been kidnapped by the Death Eaters, he warns them of our three heroes' presence in the hope that Luna will be returned to him in exchange. Harry also has a vision that the Elder Wand is in Dumbledore's grave. They manage to escape but are eventually caught by Snatchers and led to Malfoy's manor. There (and other prisoners: Luna, Ollivander and Griphook) are saved by Dobby, who gets killed in the escape. In the end, Voldemort opens Dumbledore's tomb and takes the Wand.

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Friday, July 31st, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Dumbledore takes Harry with him to visit Slughorn, whom he hopes to convince to come back to Hogwarts as a teacher. He then sends Harry to the Weasleys for the end of the summer. Meanwhile, Snape takes an unbreakable vow to protect Malfoy and assist him in whatever task the Dark Lord has assigned to him. In the train back to school, Harry spies on Malfoy, whom he suspects to be now a Death Eater. At school, Slughorn teaches potions, and since Harry didn't intend at first to take this course, the teacher tells him to take a textbook from the cupboard. The one he takes belonged to the mysterious Half-Blood Prince and is full of useful indications, making Harry first of his class in Potions. Dumbledore then shows Harry memories he had collected over the years about Tom Riddle, and particularly one belonging to Slughorn which had been tampered with. Harry then befriends the teacher (an easy task, since the latter tries to collect exceptional students) and eventually manages to get a copy of the original memory, where Slughorn explains to Riddle what is a Horecrux (an object where one can hide part of one's soul) and that it is possible to split a soul in seven parts (meaning you have to kill seven people). Dumbledore, who had been investigating possible horecruxes during the year, then takes Harry to a cave where one possible Horecrux is hidden. They manage to find it and return to Hogwarts. Dumbledore tells Harry to hide just before Malfoy arrives, followed by Death Eaters he had let into the castle. Malfoy's task is to kill Dumbledore, but he can't do it. Snape then arrives and kills the headmaster. In the end, the horecrux (a pendant) happens to be a fake, it had already been replaced by a mysterious R.A.B. Harry also announces that he wouldn't return to Hogwarts the next year.

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Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix

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Harry is attacked near home by dementors. He protects himself by magic but he's then asked to defend himself in front of a court of wizards. The point is that the Minister of Magic refused to believe him when he claimed that Voldemort is back, and tries to silence him. He also meets the Order of the Phoenix, an organisation founded by Dumbledore to fight Voldemort over a decade ago, which all his adult friends are members of. Back at Hogwarts, Harry and his friends face their new teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts, Dolores Umbridge, a member of the minister who reforms the teaching in order to prevent the students to learn any useful fighting magic and become “Dumbledore's Army” that would, in the Minister's paranoia, take over the Ministry. Therefore, Harry, Ron and Hermione decide to create a secret association for teaching proper defensive magic to the students, without Umbridge knowing. Harry also has weird dreams, induced by Voldemort, where he see Ron's father being attacked inside the Ministry while patrolling by night. At Hogwarts, the situation has become worse than ever, with Umbridge getting appointed Inquisitor, and then Headmaster. When Harry sees his godfather being killed by Voldermort in the Ministry, he decides to go there, along with his best friends. Umbridge tries to stop them, but they manage to get rid of her and fly to London, to the Ministry. There they fight Deatheaters, who are trying to get their hands on a prophecy on ehalf of their master. Harry manages to listen to it before it gets destroyed. It was about him and Voldemort not being able to be alive both at the same time, one having to kill the other. During the fight, Sirius gets killed. Then VOldemort himself comes and attacks Harry, who is saved just in time by Dumbledore. The Minister arrives on the ground just before Voldemort escapes; he now has to acknowledge his return.

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Monday, October 16th, 2006

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Fourth Harry Potter movie, The Goblet of Fire starts with a scene showing Voldemort growing strong again. It then continues with the usual heroes going to the Quidditch worldcup (without actually showing any part of the game) followed by an attack of Death Eaters on the encampment where the spectators have spent the night. The heroes then go back to Hogwarts, where the usual new teacher of Defence Againts the Dark Arts (Alastor Moody) is presented, along with the visiting students from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons. Soon after, Dumbledore announces the Triwizard Tournament, which will oppose one champion from the previous schools plus Hogwarts and presents the Goblet of Fire where the candidats must put a paper with their names. The Goblet will later choose the three champions. Unexpectedly, the Goblet spits out four names, the last one being Harry Potter's. All his friends think he has been cheating and start to loath him. Soon after, Harry is shown by Hagrid that the first task of the tournament will be to fight dragons. Harry gets the nastiest of the four, but manages to get the golden egg it was protecting, supposedly giving him a clue about the next task. When he opens the egg, however, all that comes out is a shrieking noise. Meanwhile, their new teacher of Defence Againts the Dark Arts introduces the heroes to the three unforgivable curses (which allow torture, mind control and killing). During the Yule Bal, Ron manages to get Hermione even angrier at him. Harry later gets a tip from Cedric, his co-champion from Hogwarts, that the egg must be opened under water. The next task involves the lake and mermaids: he must dive in the lake during one hour to save his friend Ron, prisoner of the mermaids. Instead of getting immediately to the surface, he checks that all the other victims are taken up, and finally saves the sister of Fleur Delacour (the Beauxbatons' champion) who had to give up soon after the beginning of the task. He finishes last, but is still granted second place for “high morale fiber”. Meanwhile, the creative articles of the Daily Prophet about Harry increase Ron's hate towards his friend, and Harry discovers that Barty Crouch, an official from the Ministry of Magic who is supervising the tournament and has mysteriously been killed just after the second task, had sent his son to prison for being a Death Eater. Finally, it is time for the third task: the champions have to enter a labyrinth and get to the Triwizard Cup located at its center. Harry and Cedric get to the cup at the same time and find themselves transported to a cemetary where Cedric is killed by a sycophant of Voldemort, while Harry is made prisoner and a drop of his blood is used to give Voldemort back his strength. Voldemort forces Harry into a duel with him, but Harry manages to escape thanks to the help of the fantoms of his father, his mother and Cedric. When he is back in Hogwarts, he is taken away by the teacher of Defence Againts the Dark Arts, who actually is Barty Crouch Junior who had escaped form Azkaban and was drinking Polyjuice potion all the year long to look like the real Moody. Thankfully, Dumbledore and other teachers arrive just in time to save Harry. At the end of the movie, Dumbledore warns the students that Voldemort is back (although the Ministry refuses to acknoledge it), and Ron, Hermione and Harry are friends again.

The movie is mostly an action movie, jumping from one task to another, like the second movie did. One barely feels the time flowing through the school year, and the background details about Voldermort and his history are barely mentioned. In the Star Trek movie series, the odd-numbered episodes are bad while the even-numbered ones are good; in Harry Potter, it seems to be the opposite.

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