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10 things we love about Harry Potter

Dumbledore, half man, half beard.

6. Beards are back.
There are not enough beards in the world and Dumbledore does more than his fair share when it comes to stepping up to the mark.

7. The movies are brimming with British acting talent.
Never have so many fantastic actors and actresses from old blighty performed alongside each other. To name a few; (deep breath) John Hurt, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Jason Isaacs, Michael Gambon, Imelda Staunton, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carte, Brendan Gleeson, George Harris, Richard Griffiths, Timothy Spall, Mark Williams, David Tennant, Miranda Richardson, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Harris, John Cleese, Fiona Shaw and of course, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

8. The actors are the right age.
The main stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emily Watson and Rupert Grint are ageing at the same rate as the characters they play; Harry, Hermoine and Ron.

9. The movie makers have stayed faithful to the books.
Admittedly there are a few alterations in the movies but most of the books are so big it would be impractical to include everything. Lets face it, seven hours in the cinema can be rather hard going!

10. It is based on the story of Star Wars (kind of)
A naïve orphan boy brought up by his aunt and uncle is introduced to a mysterious world by a wise old man who trains him to become strong enough to stand up to the forces of evil... with a wand / lightsaber?

May the Hogwarts be with you.

6th July 2007

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