Entries in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (5)


'Harry Potter' Tops Disney's 'Tangled' for Holiday Weekend Crown

Photo Courtesy - Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 managed to avoid getting tangled up in the fierce holiday competition and remained the No. 1 film in America, earning an estimated $50.3 million.

Disney's Tangled, which stars Mandy Moore as the voice of princess Rapunzel in the modern take on the classic fairy tale, came in second with an estimated $49.1 million.

Burlesque, the bawdy vehicle for pop stars Christina Aguilera and Cher -- who hasn't appeared on the big screen since 2003 -- survived a critical beating to earn $11.8 million over the weekend.

Also landing in the top 5 was Dreamworks' animated feature Megamind, which brought in $12,850,000 in its third week of release, and the Denzel Washington action film Unstoppable, which took another $11.7 million.

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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Opens Nationwide Friday

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the seventh film in the series, hits the big screen nationwide on Friday.

Many Harry Potter fans have already seen the flick, catching the midnight premiere of the movie.  Fans in New York City who caught a midnight screening told ABC News Radio what they thought of the film.

"It was amazing," says one fan.  "I'm so surprised by how well they stuck to the book, and it was a perfect way to end part one.  They actually did it very tastefully and very creatively."

Another fan says the movie was "pretty great" but ends on a down note.  "[The movie] ends on a downer note but they cut if off at a good point, I think, and set up what should be a great finale," he says.

The movie, which is rated PG-13, also seems to be for a more mature fan, according to one fan who says, "It's definitely a little dark...but I think it should be that way because, you know, it's not necessarily a children's story, especially not anymore...I think it was very appropriately done."

In the film, Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter, Rupert Grint's Ron, and Emma Watson's Hermione are searching for objects known as Horcruxes, which provide the villainous Lord Voldemort with immortality.  There are some tense moments between the three friends along the way.

Part two, the final chapter of the blockbuster movie series based on author J.K. Rowling's beloved books, will be released July 15, 2011.

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Latest 'Harry Potter' Film Sells Out Theaters in Advance of Midnight Premiere

Photo Courtesy -- Warner Brothers(LOS ANGELES) – As fans get set for Friday’s midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the sequel has become the third-best advance ticket-seller in Fandango’s history, according to the company.

The company, which sells advanced tickets online, said the movie is already the top advanced ticket-seller in the Harry Potter series and accounted for 97 percent of Fandango’s Thursday ticket sales.

More than 3,000 theaters around the country have already sold out screenings for the seventh Harry Potter film.

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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Premieres in NYC

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 opens this Friday, but the film had its U.S. premiere Monday night in New York City.

The stars of the film -- Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint -- have grown up in front of the cameras, playing Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley, respectively.  While they're excited to see the latest film, they're also exited about moving on to new projects.

Radcliffe, 21, says his first post-Potter project has him playing a more mature widower and father, but he admits "I also want to play my own age at some point."  For her part, Watson, now a student at Brown University, joked, "I'm supposed to be at school, but I wouldn't miss this for the world."

As for what fans can expect in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Grint says viewers will see his character, Ron, go through some changes.  "You see a much darker side to him," says Grint.  "And he's paranoid and just jealous all the time.  It was cool to do that."

The premiere, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, drew celebrity fans as well, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Precious Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, and Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas and his wife, Marisol.

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'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1' Premieres in London 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(LONDON) -- It rained in London on Thursday, but that didn't stop a crowd of Harry Potter fans from turning out for the premiere of the latest sequel in the popular film series.

Daniel Radcliffe, who again plays the title character in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1, said on the red carpet, "The fans of these films are some of the most hardy in the world to be able to camp out overnight in what has been frankly torrential rain over the last few hours, you know, they're a pretty amazing group so we're very grateful to them."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1 and its follow-up represent the final movies in the Harry Potter series.  Star Rupert Grint says he'll always feel a tight bond between himself, Radcliffe and their co-star Emma Watson.

He said, "I'll always keep in touch. I think we've been through this kind of quite unique experience together and I think that will never leave us and we'll always keep in touch."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1 opens in the U.S. next Friday.  Part two will debut July 15, 2011.

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