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Harry Potter now the “biggest grossing” series in history

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Seven is a lucky number for the Harry Potter franchise.

There were seven books in J.K. Rowling’s literary series. Harry, himself, was the seventh horcrux … which ended up destroying Voldemort’s soul. The last film, “The Deathly Hallows,” should have been the seventh film, but Warner broke it up into parts 7 and 8 (though it will always be one long Part 7 in our minds).

And now the cinematic franchise has crossed the $7 billion mark as a collective series, “cementing their place as the biggest grossing series ever,” Reuters reports.

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, called the sum achieved by the Potter films a “stunning achievement.”

He couldn’t be more right. This series, with the same actors under the direction of four different helmers, ended up being unlike anything we’ve seen or will see again. The money earned is well-deserved. Congrats, Warner Bros., and thank you Harry, for everything.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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