Film Addiction

Harry Potter: The Final Countdown

Six ways to get your Potter fix before the final film opens July 15.

By Laura Dannen July 11, 2011

So long, Harry.

I know you’re out there—drinking an IPA in a dark bar on Capitol Hill, pretending to read The Stranger when you’re actually buried in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly with its "50 pages of Potter magic." Admit it: You watched the weekend Harry Potter movie marathon on ABC Family. You’ve reread every Potter book (twice). You’re considering a vacation to Orlando just to try butter beer. You’ll even buy tickets to How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to see Daniel Radcliffe in a chorus line.

You’re a Harry Potter fan, and you’re already mourning the end of the film series this Friday when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 opens in theaters. It’s a war movie, we’ve been told—the battle for Hogwarts, with children fighting Dementors and giants and masked murderers with really powerful sticks. We already know how it ends—I found out unceremoniously on the Great Wall of China, where someone had scrawled the outcome in graffiti—but to see it imagined in glorious 3D is a special occasion. To commemorate, here are six ways to get your Potter fix as the final countdown begins:

1. Entertainment Weekly’s 50 pages of Potter magic: EW and Potter studio Warner Bros share an owner (Time Warner), which means the pop culture magazine has ridiculous access to the film series’ creators, stars, sets, and props. This week’s issue reminisces with Harry, Ron, and Hermoine (Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson) and gives an oral history of the making of all eight films, with quotes from the Dream Team of UK actors who guested in Potter films: Kenneth Branagh, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, and Alan Rickman among them. Best quote by Bonham Carter: "Usually you feel like a d___head when you’re waving a wand around. I found it very funny that before walking off set, you were asked by the prop man to relinquish your wand, as if it did work. Like, has anyone told him it’s actually just a stick?"

2. New York magazine: See Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint grow up A slideshow of the kid stars going from boy wizards to man wizards and models. Not to be confused with the morphing videos that came out late last year or the photo of Matt Lewis, aka Neville Longbottom, who has to win some kind of award for kicking his awkward teenage years to the curb to become a dashing SOB.

3. On June 23, J. K. Rowling soft-launched her new website Pottermore, a repository of all the unpublished Potter material the author says "she’s been hoarding" over the years: backstory on Professor McGonagall, "a treatise on the difference between wand woods," EW reports. Nothing’s on the site right now except for a video release by Rowling, telling us to come back for digital audio books, the first Potter ebooks, the official launch in October, and the chance to test the site starting July 31. But hey, who needs content? The "Coming Soon" page supposedly got a million hits within 36 hours of going live.

4. Cinerama will show the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on its (really) big screen all day Tuesday and Wednesday.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer parody, courtesy of Funny or Die:

6. The final trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2:

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