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Harry Potter theatrical posters.

Beginning in 2001, Warner Bros. Pictures began releasing adaptations of the Harry Potter books. These films have proven to be very popular and, in less than a decade, the Harry Potter film series has become the highest-grossing motion picture series in history, surpassing the world-famous James Bond franchise[1].

To date, eight films have been released:

The first film was released in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

The seventh and final adaptation, Deathly Hallows , has been split into two parts, the first of which was released in November, 2010, with the final part released on 15 July, 2011.

The final day of filming on the Harry Potter film series was completed on Saturday 12 June, 2010. However, members of the cast were recalled for re-shoots of the Epilogue scene on 21 December, 2010[2].

Cast

See List of Harry Potter cast members

Only thirteen characters appear in all eight films, they are:

  1. Harry Potter, portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, as well as the Saunders Triplets and Toby Papworth as a baby and as Josh Herdman and David O'Hara under the effect of Polyjuice Potion;
  2. Ron Weasley, portrayed by Rupert Grint as well as Jamie Waylett, Daniel Radcliffe and Steffan Rhodri under the effect of Polyjuice Potion;
  3. Hermione Granger, portrayed by Emma Watson as well as Daniel Radcliffe, Sophie Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter under the effect of Polyjuice Potion;
  4. Albus Dumbledore, portrayed by Richard Harris in the first two films and by Michael Gambon in the others, as well as Toby Regbo as a teenager;
  5. Rubeus Hagrid, portrayed by Robbie Coltrane, as well as Martin Bayfield as a teenager;
  6. Severus Snape, portrayed by Alan Rickman, as well as Alec Hopkins as a teenager and Ben Clarke as a child;
  7. Lily Evans, portrayed by Geraldine Somerville as well as Ellie Darcey-Alden as a child;
  8. Ginny Weasley, portrayed by Bonnie Wright;
  9. Neville Longbottom, portrayed by Matthew Lewis;
  10. Draco Malfoy, portrayed by Tom Felton;
  11. Fred Weasley, portrayed by James Phelps as well as Daniel Radcliffe under the effect of Polyjuice Potion;
  12. George Weasley, portrayed by Oliver Phelps as well as Daniel Radcliffe under the effect of Polyjuice Potion;
  13. Seamus Finnigan, portrayed by Devon Murray*

*In Deathly Hallows: Part 1, he is briefly seen on the Hogwarts Express

Only thirteen actors appear in all eight films, they are:

  1. Daniel Radliffe as Harry Potter (also briefly portrays Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Fleur Delacour and Mundungus Fletcher in Deathly Hallows: Part 1)
  2. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
  3. Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
  4. Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid
  5. Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
  6. Geraldine Somerville as Lily Evans
  7. Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
  8. Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
  9. Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy
  10. James Phelps as Fred Weasley
  11. Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
  12. Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan
  13. Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick (Davis also voiced or portrayed the character Griphook in Philosopher's Stone, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The character of Flitwick does not appear in Deathly Hallows: Part 1)

As Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 were filmed as one film, the following four actors have been present for filming of all films, only being cut from Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

  1. Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
  2. David Bradley as Argus Filch
  3. Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle (Herdman also briefly portrayed Harry Potter in Chamber of Secrets)
  4. Alfie Enoch as Dean Thomas

Significance

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Harry Potter at the 2011 BAFTAs. (Left to Right) Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, Emma Watson, David Heyman, J. K. Rowling, Rupert Grint, David Barron and David Yates.

Besides their record-breaking popularity, the Harry Potter film series, currently and once completed, are significant in several areas:

  • The close involvement of its author, J. K. Rowling, in many aspects of production, including story consultation and casting.
  • The fact that, with the exception of Albus Dumbledore, whose actor needed to be recast due to the death of the original, all major ongoing characters will have been played by the same actors for the entire series. A few supporting players have been recast over the years, however.
  • The conclusion of the series marks the first time a book series of this length, involving an ongoing story arc, has been adapted for film in its entirety, and without profound changes being made to the original storyline.
  • The book series and film series were released over a ten year period. The Philosopher's Stone was first published in the UK in 1997, with the final book The Deathly Hallows published in 2007. Likewise the first film was released in 2001 and the series concluded in 2011 with the eighth and final film.
  • Each film in the series has been released to critical and financial success worldwide.

Logo history

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Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and director Chris Columbus on the Philosopher's Stone set.

The Harry Potter logo's design is based on the typeface used for the American editions of the books. In the first two films, directed by Chris Columbus, it was golden, however Alfonso Cuaron, the director of Prisoner of Azkaban changed the logo's colour to silver to reflect the films darker atmosphere. This was used in later films as well.

In every film but Philosopher's Stone and Prisoner of Azkaban, the Harry Potter logo appears floating slowly from background to foreground, usually through a sea of clouds. In the other two films, the logo flies in from the foreground, stops as it is illuminated, then flies back into the foreground. From Chamber of Secrets onward, the title sequence begins with the Warner Bros. logo fading in and slowly drifting in from the background through a sea of clouds.

Philosopher's Stone

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Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and director Chris Columbus on the Chamber of Secrets set.

In Philosopher’s Stone, the background is a generic patch of stormy clouds, and the logo is metallic gold. This is the first instance in which the title is not accompanied by Hedwig's Theme. Instead, the theme is played with the Warner Bros. Pictures logo, which is not shown as part of the title sequence.

Chamber of Secrets

In Chamber of Secrets, the background is the sky above Privet Drive at sunset. Chamber of Secrets is the only film to depict the Warner Bros. Pictures logo in its original colour scheme. Because of the blue background of the logo, it is animated to turn on its "back" so the camera does not "go through" it. In every subsequent film, the blue background is omitted, and the camera passes between the letters of the logo.

Prisoner of Azkaban

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The cast on the Prisoner of Azkaban set with the director Alfonso Cuarón.

Prisoner of Azkaban is the only film to date that does not depict either the WB or Harry Potter logo against a sea of clouds. They are instead set floating in front of 4 Privet Drive , illuminated by wand light. Another noticeable difference is that the letters of the Harry Potter logo float around haphazardly. Different from the first two films, and continuing on in the next, the logo is coloured silver.

Goblet of Fire

In Goblet of Fire, the logo appears in the sky directly above Tom Riddle Sr.'s grave. Also, the subtitle materializes with a blue flame effect.

Order of the Phoenix

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Daniel Radcliffe and director Mike Newell on the Goblet of Fire set.

In Order of the Phoenix, the logo drifts through what appears to be blue smoke or fog instead of actual clouds. This logo is grey and stone-textured instead of metallic, a trend that continues in the following films. Order of the Phoenix is also the first film to use a new font for the subtitle, something that also carries over to the newer films. The background is generic, but dissolves into a sunny sky over Little Whinging .

Half-Blood Prince

In Half-Blood Prince, the clouds are grey, with lightning streaking through them. The WB and Harry Potter logos are intercut by a short scene showing the aftermath of "Duel in the Ministry Atrium" from Order of the Phoenix. After the Harry Potter logo appears, the background dissolves to an identical stormy sky reflected in the Swiss Re Tower.
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The cast on the Order of the Phoenix set with the director David Yates.

Half-Blood Prince is the first film to use the new Harry Potter logo with the re-designed letter P (see below). This new logo continues to be in use in subsequent films.

Deathly Hallows: Part 1

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Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates on the Half-Blood Prince set.

In Deathly Hallows: Part 1, The WB logo is accompanied by the screeching sound RAB's locket makes. As it passes into the foreground, the metal rusts and deteriorates. Breaking the series' tradition, a full scene - including a monologue by Rufus Scrimgeour and a montage featuring the three protagonists - separates the title sequence into parts. The Harry Potter logo then appears, floating through the monochromatic clouds above Malfoy Manor. This is the second instance in which the Harry Potter logo is not accompanied by "Hedwig's Theme" (which again plays with the WB logo). Instead, a new theme is used, "Snape to Malfoy Manor", which segues into the next scene.

Deathly Hallows: Part 2

In Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The logo sequence is more different than the 7 previous films where it shows the final scene of part 1 in which voldemort has the elder wand and tests to the clouds and then the scene flashes over to the WB logo where it is surrounded by dark clouds and as it passes, we then see the Hogwarts castle no longer colourful but affected by Dementors. We see Hogwarts students marching and Snape standing with a sad face in regards to what he has done to Hogwarts. Then we see the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 logo floating through the clouds and followed by a shot of Dobby's grave.

In other media

In promotional materials, such as film posters and merchandise, and on DVD/Blu-ray covers, the Harry Potter logos appear differently that their film counterparts.

Philosopher's Stone

For Philosopher’s Stone, the lettering has a different bevel effect and texture from any other instance of the logo. It also has a white glow effect around it.

Chamber of Secrets

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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates on the Deathly Hallows set.

For Chamber of Secrets, the logo has either a blue or green glow around it.

Prisoner of Azkaban

For Prisoner of Azkaban, the glow effect is dropped. While subtle, the logo was redesigned for Azkaban. The letter P was elongated and given a different, pointed serif. Also, the film started the trend of colouring the logo in various shades of silver instead of gold (however, it is coloured bronze in some instances).Since the tone of the film transitoned from Light to dark.

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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and director David Yates on the Deathly Hallows set.

Goblet of Fire

For Goblet of Fire and every subsequent release, the logo appears as shiny and metallic in all non-film appearances. It is depicted as either made of stone or rusting metal in the films’ title sequences.

Order of The Phoenix

Order of the Phoenix is notable for changing the font used for the subtitles, a change reflected in the film as well. However in the title sequence for the film, the title uses the old 'P' in 'Potter' as used in the first two films. Order of the Phoenix is also the first to depict the logo as weathered and scratched. The old subtitle font is still used in other promotional materials besides the logo.

Half-Blood Prince

In many advertisements, posters, and DVD/Blu-ray covers for Half-Blood Prince, the Harry Potter logo is shown tilted at an angle and cut off at either end. Some posters also depict the logo with a bluish sheen. This film is also the first to abbreviate the film title to "HP6", which was again done for the seventh film.

Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Compared to the film version - which is strictly dark grey - the logo appears in varying shades, from black to light grey in promotional items, DVD/Blu-ray covers, and the soundtrack. On some posters, it has a noticeable red tinge. For the video game and other promotional materials, the logo has a blue hue.

Also, earlier instances of the logo kept the same font for the subtitle as previous films. The final version of the logo has the parts of the letters lengthened or shortened.

Harry Potter home Videos

Individual DVDs

Cover Title(s) Releases Release Dates
SS DVD Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone VHS 28 May, 2002
Special Widescreen Edition
(2-Disc)
Widescreen Edition
Full-Screen Edition
Extended Version N/A
Blu-Ray 11 Dec, 2007
COS DVD Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets VHS 11 April, 2003
Widescreen Edition
(2-Disc)
Full-Screen Edition
(2-Disc)
Widescreen Edition
Full-Screen Edition
Extended Version N/A
Blu-Ray 11 Dec, 2007
POA DVD Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban VHS 23 Nov, 2004
2-Disc Widescreen Edition
2-Disc Full-Screen Edition
Widescreen Edition
Full-Screen Edition
HD DVD 11 Dec, 2007
Blu-Ray
GOF DVD Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Two-Disc Special Edition 7 March, 2006
Widescreen Edition
Full-Screen Edition
HD DVD 11 Dec, 2007
Blu-ray
OOTP DVD Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Two-Disc Special Edition
Widescreen Edition
Full-Screen Edition
HD DVD
Blu-ray
HBP DVD Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Two-Disc Special Edition 8 Dec, 2009
2-Disc Digital Copy
Special Edition
Widescreen Edition
Full-Screen Edition
Limited Edition
Death Eater Case
Blu-ray
Normal DVDbluray HP7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Widescreen Edition

11 April, 2011
(UK, Ireland)

15 April, 2011
(US)

Full-Screen Edition
Two-Disc Special Edition
Blu-ray Combo Pack
Blu-ray
Blu-ray Three-Disc
Limited Edition
Limited Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack + Wand pens
HP7 P2 DVD Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 DVD

11 Nov, 2011
(US)

2 Dec, 2011
(UK)

Blu-ray
Blu-ray Combo Pack

Special Edition Box Sets

Cover Title(s) Releases Release Dates
Years 1-3 DVD Harry Potter: Years 1-3 Widescreen Edition 23 Nov, 2004
Full-Screen Edition
Years 1-4 Harry Potter: Years 1-4 Widescreen Edition 7 March, 2006
Full-Screen Edition
Years 1-5 DVD Harry Potter: Years 1-5 Widescreen Edition 11 Nov, 2008
Full-Screen Edition
HD DVD
Blu-ray
Years 1-5 Limited DVD Harry Potter: Years 1-5
Limited Edition Gift Set
Widescreen Edition 11 Dec, 2007
Full-Screen Edition
HD DVD
Blu-ray
Years 1-6 DVD Harry Potter: Years 1-6 Widescreen Edition 8 Dec, 2009
Full-Screen Edition
Blu-ray
Normal HP 1-7A BD Boxset US Harry Potter: Years 1-7 Part 1 DVD 15 April, 2011
Blu-ray

Complete 8-film Collection DVD UK - Blu-ray DVD US

Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection

DVD

11 Nov, 2011

Blu-ray
HP 1-8 film collection Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection Limited Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy

2 December, 2011

(UK)

Ultimate Editions

Cover Title(s) Releases Release Dates
Sorcerer's Stone DVD Ultimate Edition Cover Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone

Ultimate Edition
DVD 8 December, 2009
Blu-ray
Chamber of Secrets DVD Ultimate Edition Cover Harry Potter and the
Chamber of Secrets

Ultimate Edition
DVD 8 December, 2009
Blu-ray
Prisoner of Azkaban DVD Ultimate Edition Cover Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban

Ultimate Edition
DVD 19 October, 2010
Blu-ray
Goblet of Fire DVD Ultimate Edition Cover Harry Potter and the
Goblet of Fire

Ultimate Edition
DVD 19 October, 2010
Blu-ray
Harry Potter 5 ultimate edition Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix

Ultimate Edition
DVD 14 June, 2011
Blu-ray

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Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince

Ultimate Edition

DVD 14 June, 2011
Blu-ray
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Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows:
Part 1 + 2

Ultimate Edition

DVD 13 November, 2012
Blu-ray

Double Features

Cover Title(s) Releases Release Dates
Harry Potter Double Feature Years 1 & 2 Harry Potter and the
Sorcerer's Stone/Chamber of Secrets
DVD 13 September, 2011
Blu-ray
Harry Potter Double Feature Years 3 & 4 Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban/Goblet of Fire
DVD 13 September, 2011
Blu-ray
Harry Potter Double Feature Years 5 & 6 Harry Potter and the
Order of the Phoenix/Half-Blood Prince
DVD 13 September, 2011
Blu-ray
Harry Potter Double Feature Year 7 Parts 1 & 2 Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows Part 1/Part 2
DVD 16 October, 2012
Blu-ray

Wizard's Collection

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A limited numbered collection of 31 discs, including all previously released content (eight films in Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet digital copy), an additional five hours of never-before-seen exclusive material and collectible memorabilia.

It's called "The Harry Potter Wizard's Collection" and it can be yours for $499.99. Order due date is July 31; the sets - weighing nineteen pounds! - will be available September 7.

This new limited and numbered 31-disc collection contains all eight Harry Potter films on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy and more than 37 hours of special features including all previously released materials and more than 10 hours of new to disc bonus content, and 5 hours of never-before-seen material. Witches and wizards that think they’ve seen everything will marvel at the all-new special features including the final two “Creating the World of Harry Potter” features titled “Story” and “Growing Up”. Many other, yet to be revealed, exciting features, are also included.
The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection will also allow fans to conjure up every available version of all eight films. In addition to the theatrical release of every film, the collection also includes the extended versions of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; and the 3D versions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows –- Parts 1 and 2.
Beautifully packaged in a stunning gift box measuring 12-3/4” x 10-9/16” x 11-1/4” and weighing 19 lbs, the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection is the largest collection ever released by Warner Bros. and contains eight artistic and authentic film memorabilia that are essential for anyone who has ever dreamt of being accepted to Hogwarts. The collectibles are exclusive to the set, and each item along with the rest of the contents of this epic collection will be revealed to anxious fans in an online campaign on www.harrypotter.com beginning today.

Films Included in Collection – All on Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy

  • Harry Potter and the Philopher's Stone Theatrical Version and Extended Cut
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Theatrical Version and Extended Cut
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2D and 3D Versions)
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2D and 3D Versions)

Special Features for Hours of Entertainment

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Bonus Disc

  • Nearly 4 hours of features including:
  • All New! “The Harry Potters You Never Met” - Watch how thrilling stunts from the films were performed, and learn about the tricks behind the major stunts in the series.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Bonus Disc
  • Over 2 hours of features including:
  • All New! “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Pt. 7: Story”
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Bonus Disc
  • Over 4 hours of features including:
  • All New! “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Pt. 8: Growing Up”
  • All New! Extended “A Conversation with JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe” - with 15 minutes of new footage
  • Exclusive Premiums
  • Exclusive memorabilia including a Map of Hogwarts, concept art prints, catalogs of props and posters, all designed by the graphic designers from the films will be revealed in detail on www.harrypotter.com.

External Links

Notes and references

J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
Philosopher's Stone book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Chamber of Secrets book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Prisoner of Azkaban book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Goblet of Fire book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Order of the Phoenix book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Half-Blood Prince book film game film soundtrack game soundtrack
Deathly Hallows book film 1 game 1 film soundtrack 1 game soundtrack 1
film 2 game 2 film soundtrack 2 game soundtrack 2
Other written works Other games
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Harry Potter: Trading Card Game
Quidditch Through the Ages LEGO Creator: Harry Potter/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Tales of Beedle the Bard Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
Harry Potter Prequel Harry Potter: Find Scabbers
Harry Potter: A Pop-Up Book Harry Potter DVD Game: Hogwarts Challenge/Wizarding World
Harry Potter Film Wizardry Harry Potter: Spells
Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4/Years 5-7
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World Motorbike Escape
LEGO Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World Harry Potter: The Quest
Encyclopaedia of Potterworld (potentially cancelled) Harry Potter for Kinect
J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography Wizard's Challenge
Other canon Other films/documentaries/soundtracks
J.K.Rowling Official Site Harry Potter and Me
Pottermore The Queen's Handbag
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
Harry Potter: The Exhibition Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (video game soundtrack)
The Making of Harry Potter Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story
Wonderbook: Book of Spells Harry Potter: Beyond the Page
Wonderbook: Book of Potions The Tale of the Three Brothers
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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