The Harry Potter film series is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by the British author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011).
Each movie you learn something new about a character and apply it how you wish. For every Harry Potter story released, the characters grow up another year. Each release is a new school year at Hogwarts School of Magic.
The seven-book series — one volume for each of Harry's years at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry — culminated at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007, when "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final installment, was released. This final volume became the fastest-selling book in history, with more than 11 million copies sold during the first 24 hours in three markets alone
The series about a bespectacled boy-wizard with a tragic past and a potentially heroic future that began in 1997 with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" has become one of the most successful book publishing sensations of all time, credited with turning millions of young people into avid readers.
The castle, which was based on Durham Cathedral and Alnwick Castle, is now due to go on display as part of The Making Of Harry Potter studio tour at Leavesden Studios, near Watford.
Bafta award-winning production designer Stuart Craig designed and built the castle with the rest of his team.
Warner Bros. Pictures paid $100 million for Leavesden Studios, where it filmed the movies, and here are some juicy facts and figures about the Potter phenomenon direct from the studio, the filmmakers and the crew.
The films have made more than $6 billion at the global boxoffice while worldwide book sales of the Potter saga total more than $450 million.
Owls and cats are the most difficult animals to train
Dogs are the easiest animal to train as they basically respond to anyone who will play with them.
The largest amount of animals on set on any given day was 60 animals for a scene in Professor McGonagall"s classroom.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and several other stars have acted in all these eight films. Hundreds of animals, costumes, makeups, sets, art works and techniques have been used in making of Harry Potter films in these ten years.
All seven “Harry Potter” books smashed sales records, selling 450 million copies worldwide, and have been translated into 70 languages. As a result, Ms. Rowling, a single mother when she started writing the series, is now one of the richest women in Britain.
The series about a bespectacled boy-wizard with a tragic past and a potentially heroic future that began in 1997 with "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" has become one of the most successful book publishing sensations of all time, credited with turning millions of young people into avid readers. J.K. Rowling, the author, created multi-layered plots with a lively cast of characters performing an array of magical feats against the overarching theme of good versus evil.