Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Harry Potter's 10th Year Anniversary

Ten years ago today the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, premiered in the United States, United Kingdom, and a few other countries. It grossed $32 million on its opening day on its way to a $90.3 million opening weekend tally. The first film was the highest-grossing film of the series until the final film of the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 overtook it. Adjusted for inflation, however, the first film is still on top. Eight films and ten years later, the film series has amassed a grand total of $7.7 billion worldwide.

It's really no wonder then that Warner Brothers seems to be gearing up for one hell of an awards campaign push for the final film as one last hurrah (or thanks) for a series that has given them so much. It's not like they have to try hard considering the film is also one of the best reviewed film of the year clocking in at 96% and 87% at Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic respectively. For comparison, the first film a decade ago received 80% and 64%.

Quality-wise the series has been a mixed bag to be sure, but it's still no doubt a great feat in movie-making just with the logistics alone of adapting seven books and keeping the same actors and doing all of this in a span of just a decade. Marvelous. And you know what, I'm going to be quite fine if this final film ended up garnering a Best Picture nomination. I mean haven't some people (actors, directors, writers, etc.), even beloved ones, ended up winning an Oscar less for their work and more for their body of work/career honors type thing? Of course I actually don't think an Oscar win is deserved necessarily, but a nomination? Definitely.

But why am I talking about the final film and its Oscar chances during the 10-year anniversary of the first film? Well, because I'm sure Warner Brothers and company are hoping that there's already a nostalgia effect/due factor happening. We won't really know until people start announcing nominations and giving out awards, but if I was a betting man I wouldn't completely underestimate this film series' chances despite the relative lack of love it received in the past.

See the trailer for the first film as well as one of the first awards campaign video Warner Brothers has released for the final film after the cut.

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