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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (♦♦♦♦)

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Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) have been gradually finding and destroying the seven horcruxes where Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has hidden part of his soul. It appears that the last horcrux is Nagini—the snake that Voldemort always keeps by his side—or is it? According to Severus Snape’s (Alan Rickman) last memory, Harry kept a part of Voldemort the night the latter killed Harry’s parents. It seems that Harry will be a sacrificial lamb in the battle between good and evil. When Voldemort summons Harry to the dark forest for a final confrontation, Harry survives a killing curse, thus having the chance to defend his friends and professors at Hogwarts and to defeat Voldemort forever.

This last installment is as dark as it gets. There is violence, destruction, battle scenes; when there isn’t someone dying, someone is getting ready for it. This fine film is certainly surprising, enlightening and brings the franchise to a well ro…

Odd Hours by Dean Koontz (♦♦½)

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Odd Thomas, the psychic twenty-one year-old fry cook from Pico Mundo, left behind his hometown accompanied by Boo, a ghost dog, and the specter of a famous singer, and arrived at Magic Beach, a coastal California town. There he got a job as a cook for Hutch Hutchinson, a former Hollywood star. Odd’s arrival at Magic Beach had been prompted by nightmarish visions of red tides and sky and a premonition of many deaths; in the middle of it all, was a pregnant young woman, floating above the sea.

A month after living in town, he finally met Annamaria, the lady in his visions of the end of the world. That same afternoon, he was pursued by three thugs who wanted to kill him. The next few hours were challenging for Odd Thomas, since he was instrumental in thwarting a terrorist plot targeting millions of American people. Over the course of a night, surrounded by a dense fog covering the town, Odd encountered an assorted cast of characters-- some good, some bad, some plain evil--that tested hi…

The Front by Patricia Cornwell (♦♦♦)

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Massachusetts District Attorney Monique Lamont is an ambitious woman with a painful, recent past. Her newest initiative is oriented towards rescuing neighborhoods from crime; for that purpose, she has decided to raise public awareness by reviving a cold case involving the brutal killing of a blind British young woman in Watertown, 1962.

Lamont orders Winston “Win” Garano, a state police investigator, to investigate the old crime in the company of Stump, a female police detective who heads a coalition of police agencies called the FRONT, which has the objective of uniting resources to avoid dependency of the state police. Stump makes clear from the beginning that she doesn’t want to be a part of the investigation; furthermore, she is convinced that Lamont has a secret agenda, and she may be right. When Garano starts to probe, he realizes that nothing is what it seems, and that Lamont, Stump and other characters all have their own reasons to lie.

I liked this book for several reasons: …

Harry Potter 1-2

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (♦♦♦♦)

In the first installment of the Harry Potter series, Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) and Albus Dumbledore (Richard Harris) drop off baby Harry on the Durnleys’ doorstep--uncle Vernon and aunt Petunia (Fiona Shaw). Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) grows up not knowing anything about his past until it’s near his eleventh birthday, when he receives a letter addressed to him, which his uncle forbids him to read.

At the stroke of midnight on Harry’s eleventh birthday, Hagrid makes an unannounced appearance to wish him a happy birthday and to surprise him with news that he has been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he will undertake training to become a wizard, as his parents were before him. So starts a path of self discovery in which Harry will learn the truth about his birth parents’ lives at Hogwarts and about their untimely and gruesome deaths on the hands of the darkest wizard of all: Lord Vo…