Calling all wizards, witches and muggles: The last installment of the Harry Potter franchise arrives July 15, and while we mere mortals have to wait till then to view the final battle between good and evil, members of the press already have had a chance to see Harry and Voldemort fight to the end. And with the reviews trickling in, the first takes are incredibly positive. The consensus so far: The story line, acting, action and effects are outstanding. But don't take our word for it -- here are some samples. Warning: Just in case you haven't read the books, there are spoilers.

TheWrap: "With the million awful, tacky, shrill, stupid, condescending, tasteless, 'Eragon'-y things that could have gone wrong over the 10 years and eight movies that brought J.K. Rowling's mega-popular Harry Potter series to the big screen, it's practically a statistical anomaly that the final entry, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,' brings its A-game from start to finish ... If you have no affection for these British teen wizards, of course, this is not the movie that's going to make you change your mind. But if you've been a devoted follower of the Potter saga in print and at the movies, you'll come away from this final chapter with a feeling of catharsis and, perhaps, a slightly damp handkerchief."
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