The wait is finally over. After nine years, six movies and billions of dollars in profit, the “Harry Potter” film series has started its march to the end. Today marks the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1,” the first part of the final entry in the film series (the second will premiere in the spring of 2011). It is by far the most visually arresting and narratively intense “Harry Potter” film yet, featuring the approach to the final showdown with Lord Voldemort and no shortage of making out. There are other movies coming out this weekend (like the Russell Crowe thriller “The Next Three Days” and the limited release Sally Hawkins vehicle “Made in Dagenham”), but the movie world will be dominated by “Potter” for this weekend and probably many weekends to come.
If you’re a true hardcore, you’ve probably already seen “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” at one of the many sold-out midnight screenings. But just in case you had to be somewhere early this morning and are going to enjoy the movie later (or if you need motivation to see it a second time, third or fifth time), check out the playlist below to properly get yourself in a spell-casting mood. There are plenty of songs about magic (Lacuna Coil’s “Spellbound,” Angels & Airwaves’ “Everything’s Magic,” Klaxons’ “Magick”) and the evil of He Who Must Not Be Named (Interpol’s “Evil,” Killswitch Engage’s “Fixation on the Darkness”). There’s also a song by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (perhaps Grace is a distant relative of Harry?) and a tribute to the big kiss (3OH!3’s “My First Kiss”). But we begin with B.o.B and Rivers Cuomo teaming up for a little “Magic.”