Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

The Sunset of Magic

(Warner Bros.)

The Harry Potter phenomenon has passed from an object of wonder to a fact of nature, but with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II — the eighth and final Potter movie, based on the second half of J. K. Rowling’s final book — it’s worth pausing to marvel over how completely the wizards of Hogwarts have broken the rules that normally govern pop entertainment.

Consider, for instance, that there have now been more movies about Harry Potter, a character that Rowling dreamed up during a long railway delay 20 years ago, than there have been movies

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