May 24, 2017

First “Harry Potter” trailer is a masterpiece

By Sean O’Connell Do we honestly need a trailer for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final installment of his historic franchise? Couldn’t Warner Bros. simply put up a title card and a date, then sit back and wait for all of that box-office money to come rolling in?

Well, yes. But the “Potter” franchise never has been about cashing in or selling out. And so, as the series finally draws to a close, the studio has cut a magnificent trailer that teases the heartbreak, devastation and ultimate redemption that will be on screen in July.

Dying to see it? Here you go:

To say I’m merely going to “miss” this franchise undersells the emotion. J.K. Rowling’s final book was such a satisfying conclusion to an epic journey. This trailer suggests that director David Yates will be able to replicate that feeling of contentment and sorrow as I bid these beloved characters farewell … once again.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” will be in theaters in 3D on July 15.

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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, 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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