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Saying goodbye to Harry

Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

I know I'm not supposed to do it, but I judged a book by its cover.

It was late 1999 when I saw a display in Media Play of a couple of books about a boy wizard. I thought the covers looked really neat and might be fun to read. But it also looked a bit young for me as I was just about to graduate from the University of Georgia. So I put "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" back on the display.

Boy was I wrong.

That next year, a friend told me I needed to read this book. She had read it and thought I would really enjoy it. So I gave it a try. That book was "The Sorcerer's Stone." I read it in a day and went right out and got "The Chamber of Secrets." I devoured that, too. And then "Prisoner of Azkaban." It turns out it wasn't too young for me, and I wanted more of the boy who could not be killed and his friends.

The movies started in 2002 and I worried that Hollywood wouldn't get them right, that the cast wouldn't live up to what I had pictured in my head. It seems you always walk out of the theater saying, "The book was so much better." I was afraid this would happen to Harry.

After seeing the first film, I was impressed. They had done an excellent job casting the characters. The actors matched pretty much to what I had in my head. The acting was great and the movie stayed true to the book. I think that made a difference. If it isn't broke, don't fix it.

They continued that quality through the rest of the movies. Each one has been better than the last.

So that brings us to the last movie. As soon as I closed the cover on "The Deathly Hallows," I was sad there wouldn't be more books, but I had something to look forward to. The last half of the book was so awesome, I immediately knew I wanted two movies. There was too much information to do just one and I wanted the last half to have its own movie so they could do it justice. Hollywood obliged.

I have been looking

forward to this movie since the end of the book. It was my favorite part of the whole series and I wanted to see it on the big screen. Since they have done so well with the rest of the movies, I had confidence they would do it right.

They didn't disappoint. Potter fans will be pleased. The battle between good and evil is as big as Hollywood could make it and I loved every minute of it. Hollywood has given Harry the sendoff he deserved and that is all I could ask for.

Corinne Nicholson is deputy copy desk chief for the Daily Post.