'Potter' Director: We need more books!
August 11th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

'Potter' Director: We need more books!

Director and producer Chris Columbus, who worked on the first three “Harry Potter” films, isn’t quite ready to part with the series.

“It's hard to imagine it ending,” he told CNN at “The Help” premiere on Tuesday. (Columbus produced the Emma Stone-starring film, which opened in theaters Wednesday.)

“When I saw the final coda in the last film,” he said, referring to “Deathly Hallows'” final scene, “seeing Harry at like, age 34, it was a little shocking because I said to myself … ‘What happened between the ages of 19 and 30?’”


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'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' makes $1 billion
August 1st, 2011
12:58 PM ET

'Deathly Hallows: Part 2' makes $1 billion

It's official: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" has brought in $1 billion globally.

According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the eighth and final installment in the "Potter" franchise crossed the $1 billion mark on Sunday, accounting for both domestic and foreign markets. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," meanwhile,  still hasn't been able to accumulate $1 billion global bragging rights although it opened two weeks ahead of "Potter."

"Deathly Hallows: Part 2's" climb to the $1 billion mark took just 19 days, and the movie tied with "Avatar" for the fastest rise to that box office amount. With the film's total so far being $1.008 billion, "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is now ranked eighth on the site's all-time highest global box office chart, surpassing "The Dark Knight."

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'Harry Potter' knocks over 'Star Wars' to become top grossing franchise
July 22nd, 2011
05:47 PM ET

'Harry Potter' knocks over 'Star Wars' to become top grossing franchise

If there was an Olympics of box office records, surely the wizards of Hogwarts would have more than a few medals by now.

In the latest update on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's" box office domination comes news that the "Potter" movies have collectively pushed past the "Star Wars" films to become the top grossing franchise in the history of the domestic box office.

As of Friday morning, the eight "Harry Potter" films grossed $2.234 billion domestically overall, according to a rep from Warner Bros. "Star Wars," meanwhile, pulled in $2.218 billion domestically, although this record does not reflect an adjustment for price inflation.

When it comes to "Potter's" global appeal, the franchise has held on to the top spot as the highest earning franchise since 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." The series of films, with the release of the last one, crossed the $7 billion mark in global box office returns this week, Warner Bros. announced Thursday.

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Emma Watson's going back to Brown
July 19th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Emma Watson's going back to Brown

Now that "Harry Potter" is wrapped, Emma Watson is setting her sights back on her studies.

The 21-year-old actress - who's denied reports that she'd been bullied out of Brown -  said in April that she was taking a break from school to focus on her acting career. But according to People, she told reporters recently that she's not through with higher education yet.

"I'm still enrolled at Brown," Watson said. "It's just that I'll spend my third year abroad - at Oxford." FULL POST

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Latest 'Potter' film brings in $43.5 million
July 15th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

Latest 'Potter' film brings in $43.5 million

It's been out only a few hours and already “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” is breaking records.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced that the final film in the "Potter" franchise "smashed the domestic box office record for a midnight opening, taking in a phenomenal $43.5 million."

Having already raked in $25 million domestically before even opening, the movie also broke the midnight opening record for IMAX theaters, grossing $2 million on a record number of IMAX screens. FULL POST

'Harry Potter' stars 10 years later
July 14th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

'Harry Potter' stars: Then and now

So have you heard? There's this little film called "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" opening tomorrow.

We kid, of course, because we're honestly not sure if it's even possible not to know about the Harry Potter crew picking up their wands one last time.

A decade has passed since "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" hit theaters, and the cast has grown up before our movie watching eyes. Take a look at how Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and the rest have transformed since we were first introduced to them in 2001.

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