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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' trailer: I. Don't. Want. This. To. Ever. End.

I’ve been staring at my computer screen for the last five minutes trying to come up with the words to describe my reaction to the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. On the one hand, I feel it is my journalistic obligation to note dispassionately that it features foreboding shots of horcruxes, ominous shots of Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), and disquieting voice-over from Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). And on the other hand, OMIGOD, did you SEE that giant pale dragon breaking out of Gringotts, and the fiendfyre attacking Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) literally pulling Voldemort into battle with him?!? Harry Potter fans worldwide are now confronted more than ever with the delicious irony of wishing July 15 could be tomorrow and yet never actually wanting this movie to end. Check out the trailer below and see for yourself: READ FULL STORY

Harry Potter and the Twice Shot Ending: Behind the scenes of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows -- Part 2'

Entering Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (in theaters July 15), the filmmakers behind what’s certain to be one of the biggest films of the decade faced the challenge — and daunting pressure — of finishing strong, of sticking the landing, of simply not screwing up the ending. But director David Yates had more to sweat than just making sure that the final battle between Not-a-boy/Not-yet-a-man wizard-in-training Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and He Who Must Not Be Named/OH, BOO! IT’S VOLDEMORT ALREADY! (Ralph Fiennes) was certifiably magical. The climactic novel in J.K. Rowling’s blockbuster book series actually ends with an epilogue set 19 years after the Harry/Voldy apocalyptic wand duel, a memorable coda with the huge emotional moments worthy of a tissue or two. (Our guess is that most of you have read the book at least once – but SPOILER ALERT! nonetheless.)  READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' footage ruminates on sacrifice and loss

We were warned from the start that the four minutes of footage was rough. But for any lover of the Harry Potter films, it was a preview that would surely strike at the heart.

Though the story has already been finished and published by J.K. Rowling, the final half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows won’t reach the screen until July 15. For those who’ve faithfully followed Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint over the past decade as they played the boy wizard and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, the closing of this franchise is bound to come freighted with emotion.

The good news: The finale will lean hard on those feelings, depicting not just a climactic battle between good and evil, but also ruminating on the losses and sacrifices it took to get there. Harry Potter fans know how it all turns out, but this film is determined to remind us that the price for a happy ending is often a lot of unhappy endings.

After the jump, here’s what theater owners gathered at CinemaCon saw (and let us pause to mention the requisite SPOILER ALERT here):
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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' poster appropriately gritty

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The Harry Potter marketing machine continues to do it right: The new poster for the final installment of the franchise features a stare down between bruised and battered Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). I love it: Not only because the blood on Harry’s face reminds you that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 is a war film, but because you can’t help but think of what this image would’ve looked like had it been Harry circa Sorcerer’s Stone and appreciate the man he’s become. (Note how the light catches Harry’s stubble… when you’re not mesmerized by Voldemort’s fingernail.) I also love that they went with this strong image, with the wand at the center and the line “IT ALL ENDS 7.15″ and didn’t care that it left no room for the title of the movie. Eight films in, we know it.

Read more:
‘Harry Potter’ finale featurette: Stop. Hurting. Hogwarts.
Harry Potter set tour open to muggles in 2012
Harry Potter trio talks war film final installment: WARNING. You might cry.
EW’s Harry Potter Central

Warner Bros. adds 'Inception,' 'Harry Potter' to Facebook rentals

Starting today at 1 p.m. ET, The Dark Knight won’t be the only Warner Bros. title available for rental on Facebook. The next five titles included in the studio’s experiment are InceptionHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Life as We Know It, and Yogi Bear. “We’re pleased to expand our test with a variety of titles that will appeal to a broad audience,” Thomas Gewecke, President of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, said in the announcement. “These titles have substantial followings on Facebook. The Fan Pages for Harry Potter and Inception alone are two of the most popular and active communities on the site.” In care you’re curious: Inception has more than 6 million Facebook fans, while Life As We Know It, the Katherine Heigl-Josh Duhamel rom-com, has 214,766, and Yogi Bear has 161,031.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1': First Look at Blu-ray's 'Maximum Movie Mode' -- EXCLUSIVE

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 hits DVD and Blu-ray on April 15, and we’ve got your first look at the Blu-ray combo pack’s “Maximum Movie Mode” feature. Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) hosts the interactive journey through the film, revisiting important moments from previous movies as a walk-up to the final installment’s arrival in theaters on July 15. In the clip below, Isaacs reminds us why we fear the Dementors and that they went through a design change. Not covered: Why a Dementor Halloween costume isn’t as scary as one would expect. (It’s the nose.)  READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1' Blu-ray promo -- EXCLUSIVE

What will be the movie that finally gets you to convert to Blu-ray if you haven’t already? If you’re a Harry Potter fan, it could be the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, which hits shelves April 15. Watch the promo below, which teases the hours of extras available only on the Blu-ray combo pack (that includes Blu-ray, DVD, and digital copies). The DVD will boast deleted scenes, but the Blu-ray comes loaded with those plusREAD FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' to receive special BAFTA award

The Harry Potter film franchise will be recognized by the British Academy of Film and Television with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema honor at the BAFTA Awards on Feb. 13. Author J.K. Rowling and producer David Heyman will accept the honor on behalf of the franchise, which has grossed $5.4 billion worldwide since the first Potter film was released 10 years ago.

'Inception,' 'Boardwalk Empire' highlight VES nominations

Inception, which featured an amazing zero-gravity brawl and a Paris that folds in on itself, earned four nominations at the 9th annual Visual Effects Society Awards. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which transforms modern-day Brooklyn into 1929 Atlantic City, led all shows and movies with five nominations.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Inception
Iron Man 2
TRON: Legacy
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
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Art Directors Guild nominees announced

Today begins the flurry of guild award nominations that can give you a good idea of which films are going to do well with the Academy. (As opposed to the Golden Globes or critics groups, many people who vote for guild prizes also vote for the Oscars.) The Art Directors Guild has announced its 15 nominees, including all the expected visual feasts (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Inception) and overall awards contenders (The Social Network, The King’s Speech, True Grit). Here are their lists: READ FULL STORY

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