It's a been a crazy year for Potter fans with the movie set catching fire, the new theme park opening at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, the announcement that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released in two parts and some sneak peeks at the epilogue of the final film, where the kids are aged beyond the years we knew them.
People all across the world have become enamored with everything related to Harry Potter and his fan base reaches far and wide.
Last week, RupertGrint.net was kind enough to scan in the photos from Entertainment Weekly and we shared those images with you, but today we have those photos as well as some additional images, in glorious high resolution.
There were some minor spoilers given in our latest Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows report from last week and I won't print them again in this article, but head over there and check it out if you want to read it and find out more about where the split point in the Deathly Hallows films will be in reference to the book. Otherwise, for now, enjoy these spoiler-free photos:
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Each of the Potter films have been full of action and excitement, while employing breathtaking visual effects and well-framed shots. These photos assure me that audiences can expect no less than the same thing from the final two Harry Potter films. The silliest photo of the lot is the one with Harry in the sidecar (is that supposed to be Radcliffe's serious face?) My favorite photo is the one with Ron in the foreground and Harry in the background because both are in focus. Normally a camera can only focus on either the foreground or background, so this is most likely a split shot and, for some reason, I find it to be exquisite.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows brings back stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rubert Grint, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Wright, Jason Issacs, Helena Bonham Carter and a virtually unrecognizable Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort. This is director David Yates' 3rd time behind the camera - after Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince - working from a Steve Kloves screenplay.
I have never read any of the Harry Potter books, there I said it; the truth is out there and I can never take it back. You know what, though? The way the movies have been made I don't need to read the books to enjoy and follow the story.
I'm not in the camp of "You have to read the books to appreciate the movie,"; I think if a movie can stand on its own, apart from the book, then the filmmaker has achieved a great success. So far, all of the Potter films have done that for me and I'm looking forward to watching both parts of Deathly Hallows when they hit theaters. I might even put on my glasses and bring my wand with me.
Because the books have done so well - 6.9 million copies of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince sold in the U.S. alone! - it's really no wonder that the entire movie franchise has brought in a staggering domestic gross of over $1.7 BILLION! If that trend continues when the Deathly Hallows releases both later this year and next summer (and there's no reason to think it won't), I can see the number easily hitting $2.5 billion.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 opens in theaters November 19th, 2010 - part 2 opens on July 15th, 2011.
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Source: Photos courtesy of Jaap Buitendijk