After almost 10 years of movie-making, the film franchise based on the Harry Potter book series has come to an end … at least, in terms of filming. Production officially wrapped on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II over the weekend bringing to a close a near decade-long era of film-making. There were a lot of tears on the set after the final film wrapped but there were also a lot of smiles, courtesy of Harry Potter star Rupert Grint … read on:
After nine years and seven chapters, “Harry Potter” has finally met the end. The last installment of the series, “Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows”, wrapped production during this weekend and Daniel Radcliffe has shared the situation, saying at Tony Awards on Sunday, June 13 “Everyone was really devastated. It was really, really sad. Were crying quite a lot.” Actor Warwick Davis, meanwhile, took to his Twitter to inform that Friday, June 11 was the last day of “Deathly Hallows” filming, writing, “The end of an Era – today is officially the last day of principal photography on ‘Harry Potter’ – ever. I feel honoured to be here as… ” The depicter of Griphook the Goblin and Professor Flitwick in the young wizard movies then added, “…the director shouts cut for the very last time. Farewell Harry & Hogwarts, it’s been magic! x …and goodbye Griphook!” The Brit star later stated that his co-star Rupert Grint took his ice cream van to the set on the last day of shooting, tweeting “For the last day on ‘HP’, Rupert ‘Mr Whippy’ Grint arrived in his ice cream van & served up 99s for cast & crew… / …It brought a smile to everyones face on what was a very emotional day. It was a thrill to see a teaser for ‘Deathly Hallows’ too. :)” Davis additionally posted a picture of the vehicle which is dominated with pink and peach colors.
“Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows” is split into two movies, which both will get 3-D treatment. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” is due for November 19 release in both U.S. and U.K. while “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” is slated to be premiered on July 15, 2011. The story, meanwhile, will follow Harry Potter and his two best friends who leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes-the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality.
We knew that filming was nearing the end a few weeks ago when photos from the Epilogue scene of Deathly Hallows made their way to the Internets … but even then, the finality didn’t really hit me. I cannot believe that we’ve enjoyed almost 10 years of Harry Potter films … and now, the last film is in the can (as they say) and wrapped. Fortunately we still have the final 2 films to look forward to … the first one hits movie theaters at the end of this year and the second one gets released next Summer but … the Harry Potter phenomenon is almost completely dunzo, y’all.