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Countdown to Final "Potter" Adventure is on.
Edited by Banh Thi Uyen Uyen - Monday, Jun 20, 2011
Adding 3 abbreviations in OLD

(Reuters) – After ten years, seven movies and almost five-and-a-half billion U.S. dollars in film gross profits, the Harry Potter screen franchise is coming to an end.

The countdown and the anticipation surrounding the final chapter in the series picked up momentum on Thursday with studio release of the final trailer of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. " In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces escalates into an all-out war.

Meanwhile, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has launched a new website called "Pottermore," but fans of the boy wizard will have to wait to see what it entails as the entry page says simply "Coming Soon...." The site, www.pottermore.com, was launched a month ahead of the release of the final film.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. opens on July 15.

1. franchise /ˈfræntʃaɪz/ (n) a business or service run under franchise: công ty / cửa hàng nhượng quyền (thương mại)

  • They operate franchises in Sài Gòn.
    Họ mở các cửa hàng nhượng quyền ở Sài Gòn.
  • a fast-food franchise: cửa hàng nhượng quyền kinh doanh thức ăn nhanh

2. finale /fɪˈnɑːli / (n) the last part of a show or a piece of music: chương cuối, màn cuối

  • a grand finale of a movie: chương cuối tuyệt hay của bộ phim

     Usage notes:

  • ADJ. dramatic, exciting, grand, rousing, thrilling The evening ended with a grand finale of fireworks and music. | fitting
     

  • VERB + FINALE end in/with, have, reach The match had a thrilling finale, with three goals scored in the last five minutes. 
     

  • PREP. ~ to a rousing finale to an evening of enthralling music

3. escalates /ˈeskəleɪt / (v) (into s.th) to become or make something greater, worse, more serious: diễn tiến, leo thang, dẫn tới (chiến tranh)

  • The conflict escalated rapidly into a full-scale war.
    Cuộc xung đột đã nhanh chóng dẫn đến chiến tranh toàn diện.
  • to escalate the violence deliberately: cho xung đột leo thang một cách có cân nhắc

4. wizard /ˈwɪzərd/ (n) (in stories) a man with magic powers: thiên tài, người có năng lực phi thường

  • Harry is a boy with magical powers (a young wizard).
    Harry là chàng trai có tài năng phi thường.
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