Harry Potter Films to Receive BAFTA Achievement Award

Harry Potter Films to Receive BAFTA Achievement Award

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At the British Film Awards this month, the Harry Potter films will receive an award for "Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema."

The entire 8 film series is quite an achievement. The first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was unleashed to the public in 2001, before the final three books were even published. The cast has remained consistent throughout in part because, author J.K. Rowling's contract stipulations for selling the rights to the series to Warner Brothers demanded that the actors all be British. The rule has stayed largely in place, with concessions made for European characters in The Goblet of Fire, and producer David Heyman was instrumental in keeping the faith. Both Heyman and Rowling will be honored with the award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on February 13th.

"As this great British film success story draws to a close with this year's eagerly anticipated final installment, it's fitting that BAFTA honors the Harry Potter films and their contribution to the British film industry," said Finola Dwyer from BAFTA.

David Heyman said he was accepting the award "on behalf of the over 2,000 people who worked in front of and behind the camera on each of the Harry Potter films." He thanked them for all of their work before expressing gratitude to the woman behind Harry Potter. "Thank you to Jo Rowling for entrusting us to bring her magnificent books to the screen."

The award, introduced in 1978, has previously been given to British filmmakers like Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh and Working Title Films (The Big Lebowski, Mr. Bean).

What the Harry Potter films have achieved is staggering when you realize the scope of the project. An 8 film series produced within ten years with the same cast, tracing their growth from grade school to adolescence and beyond. Not even Jackson's Lord of the Rings could match the breadth of what the Harry Potter films have accomplished in the Oughts. Not to mention that the movies have made almost $6.3 billion worldwide, and that's without the last film that's set to hit theaters on July 15th.

Yeah, I'd say that's pretty outstanding.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

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And they've managed to stay consistently good, for the most part. Well deserved award.

Ah the memories, I remember being a bright eyed, innocent child yet to be corrupted by the internet. Waiting in line at the midnight opening of the first movie. My town did not yet have a theater with stadium seating. Tickets and snacks were dirt cheap and the floors of the theater were coated in a film of a questionably sticky substance who's origin no one really wanted to know.

The final movie had better kick 9 kinds of ass or I will be raising an angry mob to launch the first successful invasion of the UK in the last couple centuries.

well In 10 years of consistent good to great films they are well deserved.

I wasn't a fan of the first movies of the series. I felt they made too many unnecessary changes that undermined the story. I stooped watching after the third one. I did go to see the Deathly Hollows though, thanks to Movie Bob, and I enjoyed it. I guess that film at least earned the award.

I guess you have to take what you can get with British-themed cinema, eh? The Harry Potter films haven't been "bad" by any means, but I wouldn't exactly consider them brilliant or groundbreaking, either. My interest really waned by the fourth or fifth film...had to almost force myself to continue watching the rest. So maybe focusing on the fact that it's long as an achievement isn't the best idea.

HP has been a huge impact on my life and the people i know. Damn this deserves the BAFTA, a medal, a country named after them, a space port in its honor and some for of sexual thanks to all the crew who helped make it awesome.

Personally I have never seen the attraction in the Harry Potter books/films but I'll concede a lot of other people have. I just feel its too soon to be awarding such a prestiougs award to film franchise that will be forgotten in 10 years time. If its purely longevity or bums on seats that is criteria for the award, surely the Bond franchise with is $11 billion box office and 21 movies (with more on the way) should beat it hands down. Plus that fact Harry Potter dosn't have the line "I was just out walking my RAT and seem to have lost my way.."

An inevitability.

Congratulations to you, Mrs/Miss Rowling, im sure you're fame and talent are well deserved.

albino boo:
Personally I have never seen the attraction in the Harry Potter books/films but I'll concede a lot of other people have. I just feel its too soon to be awarding such a prestiougs award to film franchise that will be forgotten in 10 years time. If its purely longevity or bums on seats that criteria for the award surely the Bond franchise with is $11 billion box office and 21 movies (with more on the way) should beat it hands down. Plus that fact Harry Potter dosn't have the line "I was just out walking my RAT and seem to have lost my way.."

I think you seriously underestimate harry potter fans. those books arnt going anywhere in the next twenty years. they will wain into a cult-classic of sorts within the next fifty years or so. mark my words.

Well deserved. I read the all the books before getting my hands on the films since i was very skeptical about a film adaptation. I ended up enjoying them quite a lot. Congratulations to everyone involved. Including the lady at the cinema who gave me free tickets for deadly hollows because she recognized me from all the previous films. I love local cozy cinemas with an an eternal aroma of popcorn and sticky weird stuff covering the floor.

Absolutely deserved.

I think Movie Bob summed up the Harry Potter franchise better than anyone else as "The single largest mega-production in the history of cinema. One cast telling one story over eight movies and more than ten years."
I'm paraphrasing a bit, but that's about right.

kevo.mf.last:

albino boo:
Personally I have never seen the attraction in the Harry Potter books/films but I'll concede a lot of other people have. I just feel its too soon to be awarding such a prestiougs award to film franchise that will be forgotten in 10 years time. If its purely longevity or bums on seats that criteria for the award surely the Bond franchise with is $11 billion box office and 21 movies (with more on the way) should beat it hands down. Plus that fact Harry Potter dosn't have the line "I was just out walking my RAT and seem to have lost my way.."

I think you seriously underestimate harry potter fans. those books arnt going anywhere in the next twenty years. they will wain into a cult-classic of sorts within the next fifty years or so. mark my words.

Agreed, if you want some sort of scope just nip onto fanfiction.net

http://www.fanfiction.net/book/

Look at all the books and the number of stories written, hit sort by popularity.

That's right

Harry Potter (500,751)

Now that's not the most accurate mark of length, but it is something. I'm pretty sure it's the highest on FF, Naruto only has 250000, the highest game only 60,000. TV is another 45000.

RMcD94:

kevo.mf.last:

albino boo:
Personally I have never seen the attraction in the Harry Potter books/films but I'll concede a lot of other people have. I just feel its too soon to be awarding such a prestiougs award to film franchise that will be forgotten in 10 years time. If its purely longevity or bums on seats that criteria for the award surely the Bond franchise with is $11 billion box office and 21 movies (with more on the way) should beat it hands down. Plus that fact Harry Potter dosn't have the line "I was just out walking my RAT and seem to have lost my way.."

I think you seriously underestimate harry potter fans. those books arnt going anywhere in the next twenty years. they will wain into a cult-classic of sorts within the next fifty years or so. mark my words.

Agreed, if you want some sort of scope just nip onto fanfiction.net

http://www.fanfiction.net/book/

Look at all the books and the number of stories written, hit sort by popularity.

That's right

Harry Potter (500,751)

Now that's not the most accurate mark of length, but it is something. I'm pretty sure it's the highest on FF, Naruto only has 250000, the highest game only 60,000. TV is another 45000.

that number looks even bigger when compared to twilight which is currently sitting at 174k. harry potter has had quite a few years to get an early head start on twilight but theres no way it will even surpass it.

harry potter is special to alot of people because they literally grew up with the characters in the books and the actors/actresses on screen. Im not saying its the best book series or movie series ever recorded, but it will continue to resonate with people for a very long time.

Can we wait until the last .5 of the 7th movie come out? I mean really, used to be a big potter fan but that last movie ruined so much, the inconsistencies with the wands and their use.....*list goes on for a while* and the image of wizard Nazi's(side note, why does spell check insist that Nazi is capitalized? The SC program has Nazi sentiments!) was not something I was expecting.

I guess I'm bitter, but I find it difficult to see the HP movies as anything other than a grab for money. You might say it's impressive that they made so many movies in such a short time frame whilst keeping the original actors, but it's not like they had much of a choice with the actors growing up so quickly. And this rush led to movies not being as good as they could/should have been. Absolutely shocking scriptwriting, hit and miss casting and canon conflicts grated on my last nerve.

The effects were good and I genuinely admire them for churning out the movies as well as they did in such a short time frame, but that doesn't make the movies themselves spectacular. They were B-grade at best.

I am really, really looking forward to the inevitable remakes, twenty years down the line. Hopefully by then everything will have been organised in advance so well that they can pull in some actors and film quickly without sacrificing everything they had to this go-around.

RMcD94:

kevo.mf.last:

albino boo:
Personally I have never seen the attraction in the Harry Potter books/films but I'll concede a lot of other people have. I just feel its too soon to be awarding such a prestiougs award to film franchise that will be forgotten in 10 years time. If its purely longevity or bums on seats that criteria for the award surely the Bond franchise with is $11 billion box office and 21 movies (with more on the way) should beat it hands down. Plus that fact Harry Potter dosn't have the line "I was just out walking my RAT and seem to have lost my way.."

I think you seriously underestimate harry potter fans. those books arnt going anywhere in the next twenty years. they will wain into a cult-classic of sorts within the next fifty years or so. mark my words.

Agreed, if you want some sort of scope just nip onto fanfiction.net

http://www.fanfiction.net/book/

Look at all the books and the number of stories written, hit sort by popularity.

That's right

Harry Potter (500,751)

Now that's not the most accurate mark of length, but it is something. I'm pretty sure it's the highest on FF, Naruto only has 250000, the highest game only 60,000. TV is another 45000.

Ahh, fanfiction. I do love it so. In fact, if it weren't for fanfiction, I think the Harry Potter craze would not be as strong as it is - especially after the series stumbled around Book 5. There are some stories over at ff.n that are far and away better than anything Rowling has written and it acts as a constant generator of enjoyment and excitement for the fans between novels and movies.

And don't forget all those uncountable fics over on Schnoogle (or other independent fic archive sites) or the faceless LJ accounts.

For the record, I hate LJ ficcers. Especially the ones who withdraw to LJ to cultivate a personal fangroup, so as to not slum it with all those amateur writers on ff.n. :P

Too bad the movies are terrible :(

albino boo:
Personally I have never seen the attraction in the Harry Potter books/films but I'll concede a lot of other people have. I just feel its too soon to be awarding such a prestiougs award to film franchise that will be forgotten in 10 years time. If its purely longevity or bums on seats that is criteria for the award, surely the Bond franchise with is $11 billion box office and 21 movies (with more on the way) should beat it hands down. Plus that fact Harry Potter dosn't have the line "I was just out walking my RAT and seem to have lost my way.."

Im actually just counting the days til we get the inevitable remake and/or prequal and/or spin off series

there's no way they'll let such a lucrative franchise just die off and be forgotten

RMcD94:

kevo.mf.last:

albino boo:
Personally I have never seen the attraction in the Harry Potter books/films but I'll concede a lot of other people have. I just feel its too soon to be awarding such a prestiougs award to film franchise that will be forgotten in 10 years time. If its purely longevity or bums on seats that criteria for the award surely the Bond franchise with is $11 billion box office and 21 movies (with more on the way) should beat it hands down. Plus that fact Harry Potter dosn't have the line "I was just out walking my RAT and seem to have lost my way.."

I think you seriously underestimate harry potter fans. those books arnt going anywhere in the next twenty years. they will wain into a cult-classic of sorts within the next fifty years or so. mark my words.

Agreed, if you want some sort of scope just nip onto fanfiction.net

http://www.fanfiction.net/book/

Look at all the books and the number of stories written, hit sort by popularity.

That's right

Harry Potter (500,751)

Now that's not the most accurate mark of length, but it is something. I'm pretty sure it's the highest on FF, Naruto only has 250000, the highest game only 60,000. TV is another 45000.

Since you have made your post an extra 43 HP fanfics have been posted.

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
And they've managed to stay consistently good, for the most part. Well deserved award.

This. The movies could be better sure, but seeing as most trilogies end up sucking already at the second, not to mention third part, HP films held up really well. Which reminds me, I have to go see the latest one... just find it a little odd that people randomly label it as either awesome or absolutely awful and I can't really see a pattern in why they love/hate it.

Vrach:

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
And they've managed to stay consistently good, for the most part. Well deserved award.

This. The movies could be better sure, but seeing as most trilogies end up sucking already at the second, not to mention third part, HP films held up really well. Which reminds me, I have to go see the latest one... just find it a little odd that people randomly label it as either awesome or absolutely awful and I can't really see a pattern in why they love/hate it.

Because we live in a black/white society. There is rarely a middle ground. Harry potter i would say is mediocre; it never really astounded but it was never really that bad. Although I would argue the first two films were the poorest, it improved with the third and kept up a reasonable standard for the rest of the series.

tk1989:

Vrach:

GeneticallyModifiedDucks:
And they've managed to stay consistently good, for the most part. Well deserved award.

This. The movies could be better sure, but seeing as most trilogies end up sucking already at the second, not to mention third part, HP films held up really well. Which reminds me, I have to go see the latest one... just find it a little odd that people randomly label it as either awesome or absolutely awful and I can't really see a pattern in why they love/hate it.

Because we live in a black/white society. There is rarely a middle ground. Harry potter i would say is mediocre; it never really astounded but it was never really that bad. Although I would argue the first two films were the poorest, it improved with the third and kept up a reasonable standard for the rest of the series.

Hmm, interesting. I'd say the first two were pretty good/ok, third was fantastic and fourth was the crappiest of the lot.

It wasn't a bad movie, but they dropped John Williams at that point and the replacement (*checks* Patrick Doyle) could not hold a candle to him, which I very much felt throughout the movie. A simultaneous change of director to Mike Newell also seems to have been a pretty bad choice because there were a lot of scenes that were unintentionally hilarious and simply bad (the "aaaaaah" girls anyone?).

From then on I really loved the movies (barring the last one that I didn't see yet as I said). I loved the dark tone and it was executed really well. The fifth movie, Order of the Phoenix was so far the pinnacle of the series for me, it was really amazing in every single regard. (*checks again*) Nicholas Hooper really picked up the music again (perhaps I'm the only one who notices the music, but it had a really, really big effect on me and the changes from third to fifth movie were really felt) and David Yates did a brilliant job of directing it, as well as the Half Blood Prince (Deathly Hallows pt. 1 remains to be seen, will enjoy it I think though)

Vrach:

tk1989:
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Hmm, interesting. I'd say the first two were pretty good/ok, third was fantastic and fourth was the crappiest of the lot.

It wasn't a bad movie, but they dropped John Williams at that point and the replacement (*checks* Patrick Doyle) could not hold a candle to him, which I very much felt throughout the movie. A simultaneous change of director to Mike Newell also seems to have been a pretty bad choice because there were a lot of scenes that were unintentionally hilarious and simply bad (the "aaaaaah" girls anyone?).

From then on I really loved the movies (barring the last one that I didn't see yet as I said). I loved the dark tone and it was executed really well. The fifth movie, Order of the Phoenix was so far the pinnacle of the series for me, it was really amazing in every single regard. (*checks again*) Nicholas Hooper really picked up the music again (perhaps I'm the only one who notices the music, but it had a really, really big effect on me and the changes from third to fifth movie were really felt) and David Yates did a brilliant job of directing it, as well as the Half Blood Prince (Deathly Hallows pt. 1 remains to be seen, will enjoy it I think though)

I can't really remember the fourth film too well if I am going to be honest. I still hold over the films which I remember that the first and second were the worst, but the series has changed so much since then it could be as a result of the change in tone. I am not the greatest fan of the dark tone too much; I like the direction but I do not believe it is executed as well as it could be. For the most part it seems that they have just added a greyish/blue filter to every scene, and it just seems to wash everything out. It reminds me of how most modern day games are overly grey/brown if anything.

I would recommend the most recent one. Although I do have my various problems with the film it stands up well I guess. It doesn't really push any boundaries for the series, but its worth checking out.

 

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