Fifteen years ago today, us muggles met a heroic boy wizard when J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone hit bookshelves. Not only did we get to know Harry, but many of us grew up with his best friends, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, throughout the seven books and subsequent eight movies. When the last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, came out we finally got to see the big Ron and Hermione kiss that took a decade in the making! Let's take a look back at the other love connections at Hogwarts. From flirty first kisses to failed flops, see the passionate pairs who made the wizarding world romantic, no amortentia required.
As a nice farewell to the franchise, the final Harry Potter film dominates the 2012 People's Choice Award nominations, which air tonight. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is in the running for favorite movie, favorite action movie, and favorite ensemble movie cast, while leading man Daniel Radcliffe is nominated for favorite movie actor. Daniel's also nominated for favorite movie star under 25, along with cast mates Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton. As we say farewell to the wizarding gang's final red-carpet season, let's look back at our best Harry Potter coverage.
Rupert Grint and several other Harry Potter stars reunited in Florida over the weekend to celebrate the release of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 DVD. It's one of the last group activities for the cast, who reminisced about their decade of filming together and offered advice to the latest book-to-movie phenomenon, The Hunger Games. Hear what words of wisdom they had to pass along in today's PopSugar Rush!
The final installment of the Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, comes out on DVD today, and I must say the stars have grown up quite nicely since they began filming the series. From Tom Felton to Daniel Radcliffe to the surprisingly hot Matthew Lewis (Neville!), if you had your pick of the Harry hotties, who would you invite into your chamber of secrets?
Harry, Ron, and Hermione embark on one final adventure in the eighth film in the Harry Potter franchise. The trio sets out on the search for the remaining Horcruxes necessary to take down Voldemort, but it is ultimately Harry who must face off with the Dark Lord in what becomes an all out war between good and evil in the wizarding world. The film's stars deliver powerful performances in a fast-paced, visually stunning movie. DVD extras include deleted scenes and featurettes about the female characters of the franchise and the creation of the Gringotts goblins.
After a drunken night out together, best friends David Lockwood (Jason Bateman) and Mitch Planko (Ryan Reynolds) wake up to discover they've switched bodies. The irresponsible and unemployed Mitch struggles to pull off David's life as a father and lawyer, while the tightly wound David has trouble handling his friend's acting auditions and active dating life. The storyline is predictable, and the film's raunchy humor is more often gross than funny. The DVD features deleted scenes and a gag reel.
After waiting a decade, one of our favorite couples of the Harry Potter series, Ron and Hermione, finally kissed on the big screen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. But for the actors who played the well-loved characters, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, it was a bit awkward to kiss after working together since they were kids. When the DVD for the final film is released in November, there will be a featurette on the long-awaited lip-lock that gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Ron and Hermione's big moment. See Rupert and Emma film the kissing scene now!
In the box office showdown between Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs this weekend, neither film emerged a definite winner. Instead, the tiny blue creatures lassoed in as many dollars as their Wild West counterparts, with each film grossing $36.2 million. Captain America: The First Avenger saw a steep 62 percent drop, falling to third place with $24.9 million, followed closely by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which brought in $21.9 million. Though Potter fell to fourth place it took in another milestone this weekend as it crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide. Newcomer Crazy, Stupid, Love rounded out the top five, bringing in $19.3 million.
Captain America: The First Avenger gave patriotic Americans a reason to rejoice, beating out Harry Potter for the number one spot this weekend. The comic book movie was a definite hero at the box office, bringing in $65.8 million—more than any of Summer's superheroes, like Thor, Green Lantern, and the X-Men in their debuts. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was somewhat of a fallen hero, dropping from a debut of $168.5 million to $48.1 million (that's a 72 percent decrease for the boy wizard). Friends With Benefits opened with $18.5 million, coming in third, followed by Transformers: Dark of the Moon with $12 million. Horrible Bosses finished fifth with $11.7 million.
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Imagine getting to walk the red carpet at one of the Summer's biggest premieres alongside all the stars! Our lucky PopSugar Red Carpet Experience: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 winner got to do just that, and we're so excited to share all the action. Meet Adrianna, who brought her awesome mom along to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience. The two were flown to NYC, put up in style, and given the star treatment before hitting the same red carpet as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and the rest of the cast. Big thanks to the Andaz Hotel, Bloomingdale's, and the Warren-Tricomi salon!
The Harry Potter film franchise has officially wrapped, making box office history in its opening weekend. I loved Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and you guys seem to agree: it's currently winning the favorite Harry Potter movie poll. So let's get down to what made it so great with our 10 favorite scenes from the movie. Take a look and let us know which scenes were most memorable for you.
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