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For those of you who can't wait for the final instalment of the Harry Potter movie franchise which hits cinemas on the 15 July, here's a sneak peek in pictures of the action.

Must watch: the new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 trailer

The final installment of the Harry Potter franchise is nearly here. Check out the trailer for the second half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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