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Julie Walters

'Deathly Hallows' reaches healthy end

'Deathly Hallows' reaches healthy end

Those who have grown up with Harry Potter will appreciate the level of maturity displayed by the young adult wizard and his pals in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." This emotionally satisfying conclusion to the series ensures that the impressive special effects generally don't overwhelm the characters we have come to know so well.

Spanning eight feature films over the course of a decade, the Harry Potter series has been one of the most reliable franchises in the movie business. The source novels by J.K. Rowling provided ample story material for the filmmakers, who shrewdly brought it to life by casting an appealing mix of novice acting...