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“Harry Potter” Film Fest at the Packard Campus (March 28-April 3, 2016)

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The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus.

As a special treat for Spring Break, all eight Harry Potter movies will be shown from March 28–April 3. Screenings will be held at 7 pm each day with an added 2 pm matinee on Sunday, April 3. The British-American fantasy films based on the novels by British author J. K. Rowling were originally released between 2001–2011.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (WB, 2001)

Monday, March 28 (7:00 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner Bros., 2001)
In this first installment of the Harry Potter film series, the eleven year-old orphan Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is rescued from a miserable existence living with his abusive Uncle and Aunt by a mysterious stranger, Rubeus Hagrid, who whisks him off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It seems that, previously unknown to him, Harry is actually a wizard, famous in the Wizarding World for surviving an attack by the evil Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents when Harry was only a baby. At Hogwarts, Harry makes fast friends with Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). The three become ensnared in the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone which is hidden within the school. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film also stars Richard Harris as Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman. 152 minutes.

Tuesday, March 29 (7:00 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Warner Bros., 2002)
When Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts for their second year, the well-hidden Chamber of Secrets deep beneath the school has been opened, unleashing a monster that terrifies Hogwarts denizens. Harry must deal with claims that he is the heir of Salazar Slytherin (creator of the Chamber), and also discover the properties of a mysterious diary, only to find himself trapped within the Chamber of Secrets itself. Chris Columbus returns as director and Kenneth Branagh joins the cast as the pompous Gilderoy Lockhart, a celebrity author and Hogwarts’ new Defense against the Dark Arts teacher. 161 minutes.

Wednesday, March 30 (7:00 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros., 2004)
Among the goings-on as Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogworts for their third year of wizarding instruction:  convicted murderer Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) escapes from Azkaban Prison and the Ministry of Magic entrusts the foul and soulless Dementors of Azkaban to guard Hogwarts from the escaped prisoner. Harry learns more about his past and his connection with Sirius Black and Professor R. J. Lupin (David Thewlis) joins the staff as the latest in a series of Defense against the Dark Arts teachers. Alfonso Cuarón came on board as director, and Michael Gambon replaced Richard Harris as Headmaster Albus Dumbledore beginning with this installment as Harris passed away in 2002. 142 minutes.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (WB, 2005)

Thursday, March 31 (7:00 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros., 2005)
During Harry’s fourth year at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hogwarts plays host to the highly competitive and dangerous Triwizard Tournament. As expected, the Goblet of Fire chooses a champion from three schools of magic to compete against each other. Then curiously, Harry’s name is also produced from the Goblet making him an unprecedented fourth champion, resulting in a terrifying encounter with Lord Voldemort. Mike Newell directed this fourth feature in the series which features Brendan Gleeson as the latest teacher of Defense against the Dark Arts. 157 minutes.

Friday, April 1 (7 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros., 2007)
As Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his fifth year of studies, he discovers that the magical community is in a state of denial about his recent horrific encounter with the ominous Lord Voldemort. In fact, The Daily Prophet has launched a smear campaign towards Harry and Professor Dumbledore, and Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge.  The Ministry fears that Headmaster Dumbledore is forming a rebellion against the Ministry; they assign Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), the new Defense against the Dark Arts professor, to spy on Dumbledore and keep an ironclad watch over the tense student body. The rebellion involving the students of Hogwarts and the secret organization, Order of the Phoenix, against the Ministry of Magic and the Death Eaters begins. This installment was directed by David Yates who would go on to direct the remaining three films in the series. 138 minutes

Saturday, April 2 (7 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros., 2009)
Lord Voldemort tightens his grip on both the wizarding and Muggle worlds and enlists Harry’s nemesis, fellow Hogwort’s student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), to carry out a secret mission. Headmaster Albus Dumbledore persuades his old friend, Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), to return to Hogwarts, ostensibly as a Potions professor. Romance strikes many of the now teenaged students at Hogworts and Dumbledore and Harry secretly work together to discover how to destroy the Dark Lord once and for all. 153 minutes.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (WB, 2010)

Sunday, April 3 (2 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part 1 (Warner Bros., 2010)
In what is to be their final year at Hogwarts, the trio instead embarks on a dangerous quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality–-the Horcruxes. Along the way, they encounter Death Eaters, Snatchers and the mysterious Deathly Hallows as Harry’s connection with the Dark Lord’s mind becomes ever stronger. Bill Nighy joins the cast as Rufus Scrimgeour, the new Minister of Magic. 146 minutes.

Sunday, April 3 (7 p.m.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part 2 (Warner Bros., 2011)
After destroying one Horcrux and discovering the significance of the three Deathly Hallows (an unbeatable wand, a stone to bring the dead to life, and a cloak of invisibility), Harry, Ron and Hermione continue to seek the remaining Horcruxes in an attempt to eliminate Voldemort. The Dark Lord launches an attack on Hogwarts School, where the trio return for one last stand against the dark forces that threaten to rid the wizarding world of those with non-magical heritage in order to achieve pure-blood dominance. This final installment in the series was one of the best-reviewed films of 2011. 130 minutes.

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