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Rolling Stone Celebrates the End of 'Harry Potter'

Plus: Megadeth and 311 reveal new album details, Lil Wayne live in Hartford and more

July 15, 2011 3:55 PM ET
Rolling Stone Celebrates the End of 'Harry Potter'

The eighth and final Harry Potter film hits theaters this weekend, bringing the ten year franchise to a close. Rolling Stone is celebrating the end of the beloved series with a Potter blowout including Peter Travers' review of the new movie, interviews with the film's stars at the opening red carpet event and a list of all the scandals associated with the books and movies. Plus, Neville Longbottom actor Matthew Lewis stopped by our office to chat about his character and the franchise's many directors, and we put together an incredibly amusing gallery in which stars such as Eddie Vedder, Trent Reznor and David Bowie enter the world of Hogwarts.

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Rolling Stone also learned all about new albums by Megadeth and 311, went inside the new Wugazi Wu-Tang Clan/Fugazi mash-up mixtape, examined the way smaller festivals have struggled to distinguish themselves in a crowded summer concert market, investigated the drug arrest of Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd and reviewed Lil Wayne's show this week in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Plus, folk rock legend Dave Alvin performed a brief acoustic set at our office, psychedelic rock trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra were named our latest Band to Watch, we analyzed this week's pop charts, listed off the most exciting new tour kickoffs, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases.

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We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite dancing musicians as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What is the best prog rock band of all time? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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