Some of the best British films of the last decade have been the Harry Potter franchise. With the seventh book (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) being split into two for filming purposes, these eight films have brought work, money and kudos to the British film industry.
It is probably a bit over the top to say that the Harry Potter franchise has revitalised the British film industry all on its own, but the series has certainly helped breath new life into the system. All over the country actors and actresses, producers, directors, studios, special effects companies, stunt doubles and filming sites both large and small have benefited from this incredibly popular series of books and films.
It is to the credit of the author of the books, Joanne or J K Rowling, that the films were made in Britain and featured mostly British actors. She insisted from the start that since the books were set in Britain with a definitely British feel to society and school, the films should reflect the books.
As a result the eight films have been a showpiece for the British film industry. Although my friends and I are well past the age of reading Harry Potter in the school playground, we have been serious fans of the films, catching each one soon after their release.
This year with the launch of the final, long-anticipated finale of the series, was no exception. The fact that a large group of us was on holiday in Cornwall in the south west of England made no difference to our enthusiasm or our plans. Sadly for them, a few of my friends had over-indulged the night before, so leaving Jane, Tom and Colin at the hotel in Looe, the rest of us headed off to join the local kids for an evening of Potter-mania.
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