BAFTA confirms what everyone already knew, the Harry Potter films are awesome

Posted by: Kristy Sturdivant

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that the Harry Potter franchise will receive an award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards. They say in a press release:

Starting in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the film franchise from Warner Bros. Pictures has defined a decade of British filmmaking. As well as continually introducing exciting new performers to a global audience, the films have built a reputation for showcasing the wealth of British stage and screen acting talent.

The Harry Potter films have not only created stars in front of the camera, but have also highlighted the expertise within the British craft and technical industries, supporting a vast array of jobs throughout production. Their contribution to the British filmmaking industry was underlined last year when Warner Bros. Pictures, which has shepherded the film series from its inception, purchased Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire. Leavesden Studios has been the Harry Potter base for the past ten years.

Good job for duly recognizing this franchise BAFTA. As a huge Harry Potter fan myself, I couldn’t have asked for a better cinema representation of one of the best series ever written. I’m glad it’s finally getting some recognition as a whole piece of work because it is so deserving. These films (and books by J.K. Rowling) are ones that will (and have) stand the test of time and all of them will have honored places in home video collections around the world.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

Source: British Academy of Film and Television Arts

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