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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

"It's complicated," says Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) early on in this last installment of his epic as he tries to explain some obscure plot element.
The final chapter
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 15, 2011
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From here to Aeternitas

On July 15, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters, dealing the final Avada Kedavra to the biggest fantasy franchise of our generation.
Fighting fading fandom dept.
By MICAH HAUSER  |  April 29, 2011
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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

When a movie begins with the Warner Bros. logo crumbling in decay and ends with a defiled grave, you know you've experienced an evening of magic.
Bleak magic: Deathly Hallows lives up to its name
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 19, 2010
Harry Potter vs. Star Wars 3-D: Battle at the box office!

Harry Potter vs. Star Wars 3-D: Battle at the box office!


Harry vs. Luke: Which sparkly-stick wielding hero do you prefer? Two heroic journeys go head to head this fall in theatres: George Lucas plans to...
By Maddy Myers  |  October 01, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010
Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter

Genetics, neuroscience, and optical camouflauge: The real science of Harry Potter


"Harry Potter: The Exhibition" arrived at the Museum of Science in October, much to the delight of wide-eyed urchins, fantasy fans, and twenty-somethings who never...
By Emily Cataneo  |  December 21, 2009


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Wizards and masterpieces

At “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Science, when a robed attendant places the sorting hat on a visitor’s head and soon after a door whooshes open to reveal the Hogwarts Express, you find yourself filled with the kind of giddy expectation
Harry Potter at the Museum of Science, and another look at the Rose
By GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2009
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The plots thicken

Eight years after the destruction of the World Trade Center — the result of one of the most devastatingly successful conspiracies in history — Americans still take comfort in paranoia.
9/11 Truthers, Tea Parties, Birthers — conspiracy is in the air. No wonder Hollywood is embracing paranoia.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 11, 2009
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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

For teenagers, everything seems like the end of the world: popularity, school, love, family, treacherous conspiracies, the war between good and evil wizards.
Half-Blood isn't half bad
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 17, 2009
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Can't escape Snape at LeakyCon

Sure, Figawi Race Weekend is a blast, but how many times in my life would I have the opportunity to mingle with more than 750 J.K. Rowling devotees? So, this past Memorial Day weekend, I decided to skip Nantucket and join the all-ages, international as
Pottering Around
By NEELY STEINBERG  |  May 29, 2009
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Reading roundup

This fall’s regional literary scene will see abstinence and desire, ghosts and dykes, convicts and Christians, toxic water bottles and yummy food.
Autumn’s authors about town
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 10, 2008


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The last Potter

The end is never easy, is it?
What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
By SHARON STEEL  |  July 24, 2007