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“Harry Potter” prevails at BAFTA Children’s Awards – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the eighth and final installment in the beloved film franchise, took home the top prize at the BAFTA Children’s Awards Sunday night, giving the franchise one of its first trophies in what it hopes will be a prosperous awards season.

David Yates’ sequel triumphed in the Feature Film category, where it strangely topped “Deathly Hallows: Part 1” in addition to “Kung Fu Panda 2” and Disney’s “Tangled,” The Guardian UK reports.

Series co-star Warwick Davism who played Professor Filius Flitwick in all eight films, was on hand to accept the trophy on behalf of the series. He said, “Harry Potter is part of popular culture. The series is going to leave a legacy for generations of children to enjoy. Look at Star Wars; the original movies are 30 years old, but we talk about them as though they were released recently. The Harry Potter films will be the same.”

I couldn’t agree more. Since “Goblet of Fire,” I have been banging the drum on behalf of the “Harry Potter” series, calling it the most remarkable cinematic achievement of our lifetime. Name another series that sustained its creative vision through eight films, switching directors but never dropping in quality. The fact that they hired the perfect actors from film No. 1 and delivered on the promise of Rowling’s world blows my mind.

I’d love to see the Academy honor the “Potter” accomplishments with a Best Picture nod come next year. And Warner certainly is pushing for consideration. We’ll see if smaller award victories like this help the cause.

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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, 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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