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In the Harry Potter books and films, the forces for good magic are victorious while Voldemort is destroyed and the wizards who practice the dark arts are vanquished.  The good characters presumably go on to live happily ever after, continuing to practice their good forms of magic.

In The Lord of the Rings, however, the conclusion has a bittersweet tone.  Despite the fact that Frodo and Sam destroy the one ring on Mount...
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