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Harry Potter movies earn $7 billion

The eight Harry Potter movies have earned more than $7 billion at the box office, Warner Bros said, cementing their place as the biggest grossing series ever.

Although the total does not take into account inflation, and attendance figures have generally declined throughout the series according to some analyses, the franchise has been a major success for the Hollywood studio.

Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, called the tally a "stunning achievement."

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    Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, J.K. Rowling and the rest of the "Potter" cast gather in London to celebrate the eighth film and the end of a decade of work.

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    Daniel Radcliffe walks the red carpet at the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" premiere at London's Trafalgar Square on Thursday, July 7. The actor has starred in all eight films since being cast at age 11. He recently revealed he's given up alcohol after abusing it while making the film series.

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    Hermione Granger is all grown up. Emma Watson dazzled in a grey Oscar De La Renta ruffled gown at the world premiere. She's believed to be planning to study at Oxford University now that the film series is finished.

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    Rupert Grint played Ron Weasley, Harry and Hermione's pal, in the series. His large redheaded family also played an important role in the saga.

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    J.K. Rowling went from a single mother on welfare to one of the world's richest women thanks to authoring the Potter book series.

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    Alan Rickman plays Severus Snape in the series, a pivotal character whose motives may not always be what they seem.

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    Crowds fill Trafalgar Square in London hoping to see the "Potter" stars. Some waited for days in a downpour and with limited bathroom facilities to watch the events unfold.

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    Tom Felton plays Draco Malfoy, Harry's school nemesis, in the films. He recently told the Daily Mail that the young cast members know they weren't chosen for acting skill, but because they resembled the characters Rowling created.

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    Twin actors James and Oliver Phelps play twins Fred and George Weasley in the film series. They're identical, but Oliver has a mole on the right side of his neck and James does not.

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    Helen McCrory plays Narcissa Malfoy. She originally cast as Narcissa's sister, Bellatrix Lestrange, but due to pregnancy had to give that role to Helena Bonham Carter.

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    Bonnie Wright plays the character most young female "Potter" readers envy most -- Ginny Weasley, who eventually weds Harry.

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    Harry Potter fans clutch books they're hoping to have autographed. Their faces are painted in scarlet and gold, the colors of Gryffindor, Harry's house at Hogwarts.

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    Clemence Poesy plays Fleur Delacour, and in the film series, she weds Ron's brother, Bill.

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    Jamie Campbell Bower plays a young Gellert Grindelwald in the last two films. The actor also appears in another enormously popular film franchise, the "Twilight" series.

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    Warrick Davis poses with his family on the red carpet. He plays both Griphook and Flitwick in the series, and also worked as a casting agent to find additional little people to play goblins in the films. He also starred in "Willow," and plays an Ewok in the "Star Wars" series.

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    Evanna Lynch plays Luna Lovegood, a loony Hogwarts student who plays an important role in the book.

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    Michael Gambon replaced the late Richard Harris as beloved Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore. Harris, who passed away in 2002 at age 72, took the role in the first two films, and Gambon played him in the remaining movies.

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Warner made all eight of the Harry Potter movies which are closely based on the seven novels by British author J.K. Rowling.

The studio decided to split the final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," into two movies, the second of which hit theatres on July 15. It is the first of the boy wizard stories to be available in 3-D.

The end of the franchise raises questions about what might take its place at Warner and in Hollywood generally, although a senior Warner executive has said the studio would rely partly on its DC Comics unit to fill the void.

Fellman said in a statement that Warner had also reached the $1 billion box office mark in North America for the 11th straight year.

Warner Bros gave the following global box office grosses for the Harry Potter movies:

* "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone" (2001) - $974,755,371* "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) - $878,979,634* "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) - $796,688,549* "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) - $896,911,078* "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) - $939,885,929* "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" (2009) - $934,416,487* "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" (2010) - $955,417,476* "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" (2011) - $640,200,000 (after first week of release)

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