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Harry Potter franchise wins BAFTA honorary award

February 3, 2011 | 11:41 am

The "Harry Potter" film series, which is winding up its franchise with the release of its final installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" on July 15, is set to receive the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at this year's Orange British Academy Awards on Feb. 13 at London's Royal Opera House.

"Harry Potter" novelist J.K. Rowling and producer David Heyman will receive the award.

The first six films in the wizarding franchise have grossed $5.4 billion worldwide. The first part of "Deathly Hallows" has earned nearly $950 million internationally  -- an outstanding contribution to film indeed.

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-- Susan King

Photo: Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1." Credit: Jaap Buitendijk / Associated Press