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Every single Harry Potter spell in one video

Just the spells from all eight of the Harry Potter movies condensed into 17 minutes of magical mayhem.

The Making of Harry Potter feature at Empire Presents BIG SCREEN

Warner Bros. is thrilled to announce that Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will be featured at Empire Presents BIG SCREEN at The O2 on Sunday 14th August 2011.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is a behind-the-scenes walking tour scheduled to open in Spring 2012. The unique tour will give visitors the first ever chance to visit the real Harry Potter film sets to learn more about the workings of the breathtaking special effects and the incredible animatronics, as well as experience the sheer scale and incredible detail of the sets used by the cast and crew on all the films.

Details for the UK’s most highly anticipated visitor attraction will be revealed in a special live showcase at Empire Presents BIG SCREEN event on Sunday, 14th August at 16:30 (GMT) within indigO2 at London’s The O2 and will be shared by special guests from the cast and crew from the most successful film series of all time, Harry Potter. The event will culminate with an exciting announcement that both film and Harry Potter fans will not want to miss.

Empire Presents BIG SCREEN is a new live movie event at The O2 which runs from 12th to 14th August 2011. Tickets can be purchased from www.empirebigscreen.com.

Guests who have purchased a ticket to the BIG SCREEN event who wish to attend the special live showcase regarding “Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter” need to book their seat within the session from 12:00 (GMT) on Friday 22nd July 2011 as seating and admission is limited and will be done on a first come, first served basis only.

For further information and details on Warner Bros Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter please visit www.wbstudiotour.co.uk.

For information details and tickets for the Empire Presents BIG SCREEN go to: www.empirebigscreen.com

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – The Story of Snape featurette

Well it’s finally the day all fans of the Harry Potter franchise have been waiting for, the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. We’ll be posting a few bits and pieces to get you in the mood, starting with The Story of Snape featurette. Evil or good, he’s certainly one of the favourite characters.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is now on general release. Read our review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Review – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Guest blogger Emeni Rice reviews the last installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

The end is nigh! The end is nigh!

We all knew it was coming and most fans will know exactly what ‘it’ entails either from reading the book or looking it up on Wikipedia . David Yates’ responsibility was immense, falling under the scrutiny of millions of adoring fans and this final instalment delivers as a thrilling, fantastical and a fitting farewell to these much beloved characters.

For those not in the know, we re-join Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and co, having just buried Dobby (oh Dobby! *sob*) on their search for the remaining Horcruxes. Picking up the pace considerably after rambling across England in Part 1, Harry has to forge an alliance with a treacherous Goblin, contend with a fire-breathing dragon in the vaults of Gringotts and return to his home of Hogwarts, the final battle ground between the boy who lived and vile Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

The film is very much the slick production we have come to expect from Yates. The special effects, particularly during the battle scenes at Hogwarts, are fantastic and the music of the last two films in particular seem to have matured with the characters, flourishing from its original whimsical lullaby into something much more haunting and melancholy.

Radcliffe steps more comfortably into his heroic role though remains as ever slightly on the stiff side; Rupert Grint is still ‘bloody brilliant’ as steadfast Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger is undoubtedly the most talented of the three. Their on screen chemistry can’t be denied and it’s been quite sweet to watch them all grow up on screen together.

A special mention has to be made of the superb Alan Rickman, who always seemed rather under-used playing the ambiguous Severus Snape in previous films. Understanding the depth of his love for Lily Potter and why Dumbledore trusted him so wholly is really very touching and heart-breaking. (Oh no, I’m welling up again…).

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The real revelation of the film however has got to be Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom. Not only has the acting improved immensely but so have his looks! Since completing work on the Deathly Hallows Part 2 it seems Lewis has had his teeth fixed (could he not have magically fixed them for the film?) and is looking rather handsome. Judge for yourselves, boys and girls….

Overall, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 has a great sense of homecoming about it. Present are all the characters, albeit it briefly, from previous instalments – Professors’ Trelawney, Flitwick, Sprout and McGonagall (who kicks ass) et al; all of the Weasley’s (save Percy who seems to have been written out a couple of films ago); members of the Order of the Phoenix; loyal and brave classmates and the indomitable Hagrid, banding together to fight the good fight to end Voldemort and the Death Eater’s tyranny and establish peace in the wizarding world. We lose a few old friends along the way and shed a few tears, revel in brief moments of romance (Ron and Hermione finally snog – hurrah!) and rest easy knowing that the future for our heroes and heroines is contented, peaceful and well-deserved.

The down-side? Only that it’s all over!

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Cert 12A
Running Time 130 mins
Director: David Yates
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Helen Bonham-Carter