After nine years, six movies, and more than $5 billion in worldwide box office, we?ve reached the end of the Harry Potter film franchise -- or the beginning of it, anyway: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a mammoth 759 pages in its print incarnation, will be split into a pair of movies on the big screen, thus allowing Warner Bros. to maximize profi -- er, give fans the richest possible experience.
Even chopped in half, Deathly Hallows should offer fans plenty of film for their buck; Part 1 weighs in at 146 minutes, and follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they begin the endgame in their battle against the evil Lord Voldemort. Their mission: complete the destruction of the containers (or, in wizard-speak, Horcruxes) where Voldemort has hidden pieces of his soul.
The trio?s journey takes them far from Hogwarts, the academy where they met and have grown up together; in fact, the bulk of Part 1 finds Harry and his friends on what Radcliffe has called ?a road movie.? Of course, if you?re one of the millions who?ve read the books, you already know how their journey ends -- but as the films? popularity proves, people still love watching the story come alive on the screen, and it doesn?t take magic powers to predict this will be one of the top-grossing movies of the year.