Factbox: The Harry Potter phenomenon
(Reuters) - Following are some facts about the Harry Potter films and the novels they are based on, as the eighth film - "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" premieres in Britain on Thursday and opens in U.S. theatres on July 15.
* The Harry Potter movies have so far amassed a worldwide box office tally of nearly $6.4 billion.
-- The first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone grossed the most of all the movies so far, with $974.7 million, the eighth biggest box-office takings of all time.
* The sixth film in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," opened in theatres in July 2009.
-- The sixth movie earned 19.8 million pounds ($32.46 million) at the British box office over its opening five days, setting a new record. It also generated $934 million at the global box office, making it the second-highest grossing film of 2009.
* In the seventh film, Harry's friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley join the fight against the dark lord who now has control over the Ministry of Magic. But as Harry's nemesis, Lord Voldemort's powers grow, the bond among the three Hogwarts schoolmates becomes frayed, and Ron and Harry come to blows.
* The final movie will be premiered on July 7, 2011 in Britain and it opens in theatres eight days later.
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