Proof No. 7 that J.K. Rowling’s vision is excitingly served by a savvy film team that both embellishes and concentrates her mythology. Almost Dickensian in richness, the epic darkens as the young heroes wander through a gloomy but elegant wilderness like little Lears, hounded by Lord Voldemort’s furies. Hogwarts and Dumbledore are gone and Severus Snape is seldom seen, yet Harry’s urgent destiny enthralls fans (if not many newcomers). (2010) — David Elliott
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