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The much awaited fantasy film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, premiered on July 7, 2011. Directed by David Yates and based on the novel by J. K. Rowling, the movie was welcomed by fans all over the world. This final movie of the Harry Potter series broke many box office records within a week of its release. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 was written by Steve Kloves and was filmed between February 19, 2009 and June 12, 2010. The movie was produced by David Barron, David Heyman, and J K Rowling and starred Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and others. The movie went on to win many critical acclaims, awards, and the hearts of millions of Harry Potter fans across the world.

Release

Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows 2 premiered in London on July 7, 2011 at Trafalgar Square. The date was in chosen because the number seven plays an important role in all Harry Potter books. The New York premiere of the movie was held on July 11, 2011 at the Lincoln Center. In Kuwait and the UAE the movie was released the next day. In most other countries of the world the movie was released on July 13, 14, and 15. The much awaited movie released in both 2D and 3 D versions. Tickets to the movie started to sell out as early as June 10, 2011, about a month before it was screened in most countries. The movie was screened in 3,800 theaters all over the UK and in 4,375 theaters and 3,100 3D theaters in the USA.


Highlights

The larger-than-life sets, the stunning visual effects, the soundtrack, and the superb direction went on to create the magic of Harry Potter. The companies that worked on the visual effects of the movie, one of its key highlights, are the Moving Picture Company, Frame Stone, and Double Negative. Double Negative took over two years to digitally reconstruct Hogwarts and to be able to blend in all necessary effects. The movie has been nominated for the Oscar Awards 2012 in the visual effects category. The director of photography, Eduardo Serra, worked closely with production designer Stuart Craig to put together large and life-like sets for the Hogwarts Great Hall and Gringotts Wizarding Bank.

What stirred the imagination of the millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide was the expansive soundtrack. Music composer Alexandre Desplat composed the background score for the movie. He used the London Symphony Orchestra and to spectacular effect. The music was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and has been nominated for the Best Score Soundtrack at the Grammy Awards in 2012.

Plot

The plot of the movie is based on the latter half of J K Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In the movie Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe) with his friends Ronald Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) continues on his mission of destroying the Horcruxes before confronting Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). In the final fight between good and evil, represented by Harry and Voldemort, the teachers and the entire wizarding community takes sides. Harry then comes to know about his own connection with Voldemort - that he is himself the final Horcrux and that Voldemort can only be destroyed when Harry is no more. In a supreme act of sacrifice he allows himself to be killed. He meets Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) in a limbo and chooses to return and face Voldemort for the final time. Voldemort is killed but Harry refuses to accept mastery of the Elder Wand. The story then moves forward by nineteen years. Harry and Ginny, now married send their children to Hogwarts. Ronald and Hermione are also married and are parents now.

Awards

The last movie in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 was among the favorite movies of 2011. Besides being listed as the top film by the National Board of Review Awards, the movie won the BAFTA Kids’ Vote Award and the BAFTA Britannia Award for Direction. The movie won six 2011 Scream Awards including the Ultimate Scream, the Best Fantasy Actor Award (Daniel Radcliffe), Best Villain Award (Ralph Fiennes), and the Choice Summer Movie Star Award (Emma Watson). The movie was nominated in a further nine categories. Alexandre Desplat won the Best Score Award in the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for the movie.

Box Office

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 broke box office records in a number of countries. The movie is the third highest gross revenue earner worldwide with a total collection of US $1,328 million. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 is the highest gross revenue earner of 2011. In the United States and Canada the film’s gross revenue amounted to about US $381 million. The movie also set the record for opening day collections in many countries including the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, France, Italy, Belgium, and Hong Kong. The opening weekend collections of the movie were also spectacular. The gross worldwide collections from the opening weekend reached US $483 million. The opening weekend collections in USA/Canada were over US $169 million. The movie took a mere nineteen days to reach the billion-mark in terms of worldwide gross collections.

Blu-Ray and DVD Release

The Blu-ray and DVD sets of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 were released in the US on 11 November, 2011. The UK release of the movies Blu-ray and DVD sets were scheduled on December 2, 2011. Even as early as October 2011 the movie broke all records and the Amazon.com declared it the highest pre-ordered movie at the online store. The complete collection of all eight Harry Potter movies was also released to a huge demand. On November 11, 2011 the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 were released on Blu-ray and DVD as a pack in Canada and in Australia on November 16, 2011.

 
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