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Originally published July 14, 2011 at 6:12 AM | Page modified July 14, 2011 at 6:12 AM

Scarecrow Video recommendations for "Harry Potter 7.2"

This weekend sees the release, at long last, of the final entry in the Harry Potter film series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." I'm assured by nearly every human in existence that this final installment is "awesome" and that it will "totally make you cry."

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This weekend sees the release, at long last, of the final entry in the Harry Potter film series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2." I'm assured by nearly every human in existence that this final installment is "awesome" and that it will "totally make you cry."

We've done these recommendations for the last couple Potter jams, and frankly we're out of ideas. It's likely that you've seen the HP knockoffs like "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" or that crummy "Sorcerer's Apprentice" Nicolas Cage thing. There are the other attempts at franchising popular young adult fantasy, like "The Golden Compass" or the three "Chronicles of Narnia" films. But absolutely none of that stuff is any good. For all of this writer's many complaints about the Potter saga, the films are uniformly well-acted, full of interesting characters and are pretty much the pinnacle of craftsmanship in today's British film industry.

And everybody's seen "Lord of the Rings." So what to recommend to viewers who enjoyed this final episode? Children who've been with the series since the beginning are now out of college. They've probably moved on to "Game of Thrones." There aren't very many movie sagas out there waiting to be discovered. Only "Star Wars" and James Bond have produced a remotely similar quantity of films, but again, everybody's seen them.

Maybe they could move on to television? Series like "Lost" or "Battlestar Galactica" or even the recent iterations of "Doctor Who" have tremendous fan bases, lengthy runs and, depending on who you talk to, great or terrible endings. These multi-season sci-fi or fantasy stories are probably the closest thing going to Potter. All of this really speaks to what a unique and personal experience the series has been for so many folks, and it's easy to see why. That's probably the highest compliment I can pay it as someone who has no vested interest in Harry Potter at all.

So our recommendation is this: If you liked Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and want to see more like it, you can try any of the above stuff. Some of it will probably work for you, but probably none of it will live up to the attachment you have for Harry. So just wait a few months and buy the inevitable bluray box set from Scarecrow Video.




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