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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2' Finale Preview

Of all the pivotal moments in the final Harry Potter movie, the one that weighed most heavily on Daniel Radcliffe was a quiet one: Harry’s solo trek through the Forbidden Forest for an unexpected reunion with loved ones who died so he could live. His father, James. His mother, Lily. His godfather, Sirius Black. ”It was a very hard day, just because it was so emotional, and because I had built it up so much in my head,” says Radcliffe of the scene shot on the soundstages of Leavesden Studios. ”It’s a moment that so many fans of the book talk about, so I knew it was important to them, and I took it upon myself to deliver it.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (out July 15; rated PG-13) follows Harry’s continued quest to destroy magical objects holding pieces of Voldemort’s soul (not to mention the Dark Lord himself). The film features no shortage of climactic scenes. Chief among them: Harry and Voldemort’s battle at Hogwarts. ”This is a war movie,” says Rupert Grint, who plays Harry’s right-hand man, Ron Weasley, in the $200 million-plus production. ”Lots of things blowing up. Lots of bodies buried in the rubble.” If you’re even a little fuzzy on your Horcruxes and Deathly Hallows, you might want to bone up on your Potter — screenwriter Steve Kloves says the final movie hits the ground running. ”Ever since Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we’ve talked about our obligation to the audience in terms of summary,” says Kloves. ”Once we got to Deathly Hallows, we all agreed: The price of admission is that you know where we are in the story based on what we’ve presented in the movies.”

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