"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" is about to hit theatres, the final instalment of the wildly popular "Harry Potter" franchise, and kids (as well as grown-ups) are already camped out on the streets of Toronto anxiously awaiting to get into the last of the flicks.
According to CTV News, since the first movie "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," there have been eight Harry Potter movies in all and they have grossed an incredible $6 billion. The stories and characters were all, of course, based on British author J.K. Rowling's series of books, which have sold some 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 67 languages.
“It kind of feels like the end of childhood. We’ve grown up with Harry Potter,” 19-year-old Katie Moore said to City News. “Even when we didn’t have a lot, we had Harry Potter.”
Although it's the last time that Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe, who practically grew up in front of us) will raise his magic wand, it's not the last fans will see of the wizard and his pals – Rowling recently launched an interactive website Pottermore, with everything fans would want about Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
"One of the pleasures that come out of 'Harry Potter' is that it has been a boon to the British acting world. What great thespian is going to play one of those idiosyncratic figures from the world of Hogwarts? That has really allowed for a pleasure that comes for older viewers, too," said Charlie Keil, director of the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, told CBC News.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2" will hit theatres across Canada starting tomorrow.