Informit article: The Harry Potter finale

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Crossover fiction: childlike wonder or infantalised culture?

phenomenon: a thing that appears … the cause of which is in question.
Oxford English Dictionary

The Harry Potter phenomenon has reached its climax: the last film, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2′, is undoubtedly playing in a cinema near you, probably on a couple of screens, in 2D and 3D, and in many sessions per day. In London, where the film had its premiere in July, fans slept out for days in Trafalgar Square. They were waiting for the moment when the film’s stars would walk across the red carpet sweeping down the steps of London’s most famous square to reach a podium set up at the base of Nelson’s Column. Those who weren’t lucky enough to get one of the 8000 wristbands giving admittance to the square itself on the day contented themselves with lining the route. This was also decorated and carpeted in red, and snaked from Trafalgar Square to Leicester Square, where the film was to be shown simultaneously in several cinemas to accommodate all the guests at the premiere. The many stars of the film, the books’ author J.K. Rowling, associated directors, screenwriters, directors of photography and so on were greeted with an acclaim that was almost elegiac in its intensity. The premiere marked an ending to a saga that has, so it seems, extended beyond the books and films.

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