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Can Harry Potter conjure Oscar gold?

Checking in with Academy members’ feelings about The Boy Who Lived

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The final Harry Potter film earned the best reviews of the series, so could it nab a Best Picture nomination? Deathly Hallows—Part 2 had its official Academy screening on July 17, and according to one member, there was ”a packed house and lots of applause.” Reactions were mixed, though, on how people might vote in six months. ”Yes, it is a film I’ll consider in my mix,” says an Academy member. ”I thought it was the most serious and profound of the eight films.” Another voter demurred, saying, ”Don’t think so — except for special effects and art direction.” To many, Potter remains a kids’ franchise. That may explain why the first seven films have earned only nine Oscar nominations — four fewer than the first Lord of the Rings film scored all on its own.