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“Harry Potter” test screening earns rave reviews

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Reviews of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” started leaking out of Chicago now that Warner has begun spinning its sure-to-be-hit film for test audiences and fans.

Though strict embargoes would be in place for any professional critic, “Potter” fans flooded the Web site Mugglenet with praise. Stay away if you want to avoid major spoilers for the upcoming film. (Though really, if you read the book, you know what’s going to happen anyway!)

Director David Yates reportedly was in attendance at the Chicago screening. Fans who attended posted to Mugglenet that the first part of “Deathly Hallows” is “the most perfect Harry Potter film ever.”

“The movie on a whole is amazing and dark. Everyone was on top of their game,” said a reader named Kyle.

Another poster, Gaby, said, “I don’t remember feeling this satisfied with a Harry Potter movie since Chamber of Secrets.”

Positive reviews aren’t that surprising. Yates has done a bang-up job on the last two “Potter” films (“Order of the Phoenix” and “The Half-Blood Prince”), which led to him earning the right to film J.K. Rowling’s massive seventh tome.

Click over to Mugglenet to read more spoiler-heavy reviews. Or, if you can stand it, just stay patient, as “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” arrives in theaters on Nov. 19.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • August 25, 2010 | Permalink |

    I’ve been reading a lot of those reviews and I found I just can’t wait to see this movie!

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