In the Dark

Under an Honorable Spell

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Produced and distributed by Warner Brothers Pictures
Directed by David Yates
Screenplay by Steve Kloves, from J.K. Rowling’s novel


I took my son Liam to the first Harry Potter movie ten years ago, so I thought it only proper to let him take me to the last chapter in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, yesterday.

Even now that he’s a young man, Liam still thinks the world of Harry Potter.  For him, it’s now a matter of nostalgia, I suspect.  It all began when he started reading J.K. Rowling’s stories of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a fourth grader.  His dedication to the series is matched only by his enthusiasm for Arthur Conan Doyle and C.S. Lewis.

I confess that, during his younger years, Liam’s interest in Rowling and her broom-riding heroes and heroines troubled me.  After all, wizards, witches, and their spells had been driven underground centuries ago in order to relieve good men of the unpleasant necessity of roasting such malefactors at the stake.  The task had come to be regarded as thoroughly upsetting, what with the screaming and smell of charred flesh.

Liam has insisted through the years that I had it all wrong and that Rowling’s purpose was essentially moral.  Furthermore, he’s fond of...

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