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BY MERRIE LEININGER, MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE with the first part of “Harry Potter and moments that will put smiles on our
In many ways, fans can relate to the Deathly Hallows,” coming to screens faces — the wedding of Bill Weasley
Harry Potter. He had to wait out the on Nov. 19, Harry, Ron and Hermione and Fleur Delacour, and the “Seven
summer with the inhospitable Dursleys, won’t be returning to Hogwarts. Harrys” scene, where six others take
until that bright day when he could get Everything has changed for them, and it Polyjuice Potion to appear as Harry
on the Hogwarts Express and be with will for the series’ fans, too. Potter — our beloved trio, who grew up
friends again. Likewise, fans have had Although part two doesn’t apparate before our eyes, will be on the run, so
to wait impatiently between movie into theaters until July, it’s time to it’s important to be up to speed on the
releases to be able to step into a dark come to terms with the end of Harry story. Before the darkness descends,
theater and once again be immersed in Potter. And “The Deathly Hallows” is let’s take a look back at the movies
that charming wizarding world. But now, not a light-hearted romp. Despite a few we’ve loved for nearly the past decade.

Oh, how they’ve grown ...

Harry Potter (Daniel Release Hogwarts’ high
Radcliffe), Hermione dates turnover for Defense
Granger (Emma Watson), ————— Against the Dark Arts
Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) Directors So many characters, so many perils (D.A.D.A.) teacher

The first chapter begins on Harry Potter’s student and a star Quidditch player, he’s
11th birthday, when he discovers he’s a wiz- treated with derision by Potions Professor
ard, as were his parents. He learns they were Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and an arro-
killed by an evil wizard named Voldemort gant student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton).
when he was an infant — a fact hidden from Harry, Ron and Hermione determine the
him by his awful relatives, the Dursleys. missing Sorcerer’s Stone — a magical object
November 2001 Harry enters Hogwarts School of that extends life — must be the item Fluffy,
——————— Witchcraft and Wizardry, and finds he is a three-headed dog, is guarding. Harry is
Chris something of a legend — known as “The suspicious of Snape’s intentions regarding
Boy Who Lived” because he survived the stone after witnessing him threaten the Quirinus Quirrell
“Home Alone” Voldemort’s attack which left him with a meek Defense Against the Dark Arts Played by Ian Hart, Quirrell
lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. Harry (D.A.D.A.) Professor Quirinus Quirrell. is perpetually nervous and
Age 12* Age 11 Age 13 becomes friends with Ron Weasley and Harry must get the stone before Voldemort wears a purple turban to
* AG E S A R E A P P R OX I M AT E F O R T H E T I M E O F F I L M I N G . Hermione Granger. Although he is a good or his followers, the Death Eaters. hide his dark secret.

Harry is lonely and miserable over the (Bonnie Wright) is taken by the Basilisk and Gilderoy
summer with the Dursleys who banish him the new (D.A.D.A.) professor, Gilderoy Lockhart
to his room. Dobby, a house elf, warns Harry Lockhart, is no help. The The
against returning to Hogwarts. Harry ignores vain professor is ridicu- narcissistic
November 2002
Dobby’s warnings and tricks and returns to lously inept, so Ron, wizarding
——————— school with Ron in a flying car. Hermione and Harry celebrity is
Chris The trio discover a giant snake called a must find the Chamber of played by
Columbus Basilisk is stalking the castle and attacking Secrets to rescue Ginny Kenneth
Age 13 Age 12 Age 14 students. Ron’s younger sister, Ginny Dobby themselves. Branagh.

Harry learns he’s in danger from a fend off the Dementors. Despite his kindly
notorious criminal who has escaped the ways, Lupin has a dark secret that almost
Dementor guards at Azkaban prison. But gets Harry and his friends killed.
the wrongly convicted Sirius Black (Gary Harry meets Sirius in the Shrieking
Oldman), who is accused of being loyal to Shack where they discover Ron’s pet rat is
Voldemort, is Harry’s godfather. really Peter Pettigrew (aka Wormtail), the
June 2004 Students on the Hogwarts Express have a real betrayer and Death Eater. The discov-
run-in with the Dementors, sinister creatures ery can clear Sirius’s name.
——————— that drain the happiness of anyone nearby. Of note: Actor Richard Harris, who por-
Alfonso The encounter leaves Harry unconscious, but trayed Hogwarts headmaster, Professor Remus Lupin (aka Moony)
Cuaron he is rescued by the new D.A.D.A teacher, Dumbledore in the films, died of Hodgkin’s Played by David Thewlis,
“Y Tu Mama Remus Lupin (David Thewlis). Lupin helps Disease at the age of 72, and was replaced this instructor transforms
Age 14 Age 13 Age 15 Tambien” Harry develop a Patronus, an apparition to by Michael Gambon for the remaining films. into a vicious werewolf.

Hogwarts is selected as the site of the Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) lackeys, the “Mad-Eye”
year-long Triwizard Tournament, and Death Eaters, are making themselves known; Moody
hosts students from foreign wizarding and more trouble is stirred up by a reporter Brendan
schools. One student from each school is with a poison pen, Rita Gleeson plays
November chosen by the Goblet of Fire to compete, Skeeter (Miranda the famous
2005 but the cup tosses out a fourth name — Richardson). In addition, auror, some-
——————— Harry Potter. Hogwart’s other champion is the new D.A.D.A. teacher, one who
Mike Newell Cedric Diggory (played by future “Mad-Eye” Moody, is pursues and
“Four Weddings “Twilight” vampire Robert Pattinson). being impersonated by the apprehends
Age 16 Age 15 Age 17 and Funeral” Meanwhile, fears are heightened as Diggory evil Barty Crouch Jr. dark wizards.

Harry, Ron and Hermione are made inquisitor,” and eventually, headmistress. Dolores
aware of The Order of the Phoenix, who A group of Hogwarts students rebel Umbridge
fought against Voldemort 14 years earlier against Umbridge by forming Dumbledore’s Imelda
during the First Wizarding War. The trio Army (D.A.), training in secret to learn mag- Staunton
July 2007 learn Snape is a double agent — although it’s ical defensive techniques. Six D.A. mem- plays the
——————— unclear which side holds his true loyalty. The bers, including Harry, use their skills against cruel and
David Yates Order must work outside the Ministry of Death Eaters while trying to rescue Sirius at abusive
Control changes Magic, which refuses to believe Voldemort the Ministry’s Department of Mysteries. It’s teacher who
hands for the has returned, and has installed the sadistic there the demented Bellatrix Lestrange does very
Age 17 Age 16 Age 18 last time. Delores Umbridge as D.A.D.A teacher, “high (Helena Bonham Carter) gleefully kills Sirius. little teaching.

Severus Snape finally wins the position of retrieve a Horcrux, a locket that contains Severus
Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and one of the pieces, but Dumbledore must Snape
although he remains in Dumbledore’s good drink a poison in order to retrieve it. Back Alan Rickman
graces, he has made an unbreakable vow at Hogwarts, a weakened plays the
with Draco’s mother. This vow forces Snape Dumbledore encounters complex
to protect Draco who is forced to carry out a Draco, but he falters, Potions
task from Voldemort: To kill Dumbledore. and Snape takes over, teacher
——————— After Harry finds out that Voldemort killing the headmaster turned
David has split his soul into seven pieces, himself in order to save D.A.D.A.
Age 19 Age 18 Age 20 Yates Dumbledore and Harry leave Hogwarts to Dumbledore the boy. teacher.

(Spoiler alert!) In it, Harry, Ron and reportedly ends with Voldemort taking the
Hermione take to the road to hide from the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s grave.
Death Eaters, who have now taken over the In the final film, Harry, Hermione and
reins at the Ministry, and made Snape head- Ron return to Hogwarts when they learn a
master of Hogwarts. While continuing Horcrux is hidden there. Voldemort and
Dumbledore’s work searching for the the Death Eaters descend on Hogwarts,
Horcruxes, they discover the tale of the and the Battle of Hogwarts begins.
Part 1: Deathly Hallows: three objects (the Elder Voldemort kills Snape, thinking it will be
Nov. 19 Wand, the Resurrection Stone and the Cloak the only way to become the master of the
of Invisibility) supposedly created by Death, Elder Wand. Before he dies, Snape reveals
Part 2:
which would make Voldemort invincible. his motivation for all his actions has
Scheduled to Lord Voldemort
The trio slowly make some headway, but always been to protect Harry, the son of
be released
they are isolated from their friends and fam- his childhood love, Lily Potter. Harry also Played by Ralph Fiennes,
July 2011
ily, and the stress begins to divide them. learns that he, himself, is the final Voldemort and his evil
——————— They are soon captured by the Death Eaters, Horcrux, and must allow himself to be minions are the reason for
Age 21 Age 20 Age 19 David Yates and Dobby is killed by Bellatrix. The film killed in order to defeat Voldemort. all those D.A.D.A. classes.