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Rolling Stone's Guide to 'Harry Potter'

Peter Travers' movie reviews, rock stars that could be wizards and more

July 13, 2011 2:50 PM ET
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter is all ends HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

The eighth and final Harry Potter film hits theaters on Friday, bringing the ten year franchise to a close. As Harry prepares to face Voldemort for the final time, here's a rundown of Rolling Stone's coverage of the boy wizard on the silver screen.

Peter Travers' Movie Reviews
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
"What an exhilarating gift to watch Harry and Company go out in a blaze of glory and amazing grace."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
"Part I is more disappointment than disaster. It merely rolls along like something off an assembly line."

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
"What makes Half-Blood Prince top-tier is the descent of darkness on the lives of these characters."

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
"Order of the Phoenix, the best of the series so far, has the laughs, the jitters and the juice to make even nonbelievers wild about Harry."

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
"Freud would have loved this Goblet. With the cast getting looser and the mind games kinkier, it's hard to resist."

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
"Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own even if you never heard of author J.K. Rowling and her young wizard hero."

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
"The young actors — Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, Rupert Grint as Ron, and Emma Watson as Hermione — exude a new ease."

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
"The screen version of J.K. Rowling's best-selling phenom about an eleven-year-old British orphan who discovers he's a wizard, isn't a movie at all — it's an industry and should be treated as such."

Galleries
Rock Stars Who Look Like Wizards
Trent Reznor, Lady Gaga, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler and others enter the world of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II Premiere
Alan Rickman, director David Yates and more of the cast and creative team share movie memories

The Harry Potter Scandals
Lawsuits, parodies, love affairs and more from the world of Harry Potter

The 10 Best Characters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
Severus Snape, Dobby the House Elf and More: Peter Travers' tribute to the 10 characters who truly make us wild about Harry.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
On set with Radcliffe, Grint, Watson, Rickman and More

Videos
Peter Travers: 'Deathly Hallows, Part 2' is One of the Best
Why the eight and final movie of the Harry Potter series stands out.

Matthew Lewis on Playing Neville Longbottom
The Harry Potter star on growing up with his role and favorite Beatles tunes.

Matthew Lewis Reflects on All Eight Movies
The Neville Longbottom actor looks back on ten years of Potter.

Off the Cuff with Peter Travers: Tom Felton
The actor behind Potter villain Draco Malfoy performs an original tune and talks his unique hairstyle

At the Movies with Peter Travers: New Harry Potter a Tease
Why Deathly Hallows, Part I is just "a tease" to get to Part II

At the Movies with Peter Travers: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Find out how the real world finally invades Harry's world

More
Harry Potter 6 is On the Way! What Character Bends Your Wand?
Peter Travers' 2009 ranking of the series' MVPs

Half-Blood Prince Beats All Other Harry Potter Movies at the Box Office, But Is It the Best in the Series?

Peter Travers' 2009 ranking of the series' films to date

And You Shall Know Them by the Herd of Geeks: A Quick Guide to Harry Potter Bands

A guide to the world's foremost wizard-rock outfits

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