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Harry Potter trailer promises a grand finale

The new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" suggests that this conclusion may please everyone -- both those who unfairly complained that "Part 1" was all build-up and those who thought its electric mesh of emotion was the perfect springboard for a grand finale. Surges of imagery sweep through this trailer and make even a computer screen feel like a big, wide theater screen.

But what really leaps out are the talents of the performers. The peak of intensity comes with the snatches we see of Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter confronting Ralph Fiennes' Voldemort. It's hard to hold one's ground against a gifted actor like Fiennes exuding malevolence through a monstrous visage, but Radcliffe does it heroically.

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Apparently, the actor is pulling off a similar feat, but in a comic vein, with John Laroquette in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway. New Yorker critic John Lahr calls Radcliffe "a smart actor [who] conveys his intelligence and his desire across the footlights, along with a sweet, square-jawed decency that is compelling." He "throws every ounce of his being into the show. You want him to win, and he does...."

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