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ABC Family acquires final Harry Potter films

November 22, 2010 | 10:49 am

Potterh Harry Potter and his wizardry continue to leave ABC Family spellbound.

The network announced Monday that it has picked up the final two chapters of the “Harry Potter” film franchise: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1” (released this weekend) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2” (in theaters on July 15).  The acquisitions complete the network’s basic cable rights to all eight films in the franchise.

“Our viewers have come to know ABC Family as the television destination for the 'Harry Potter' films. They’re enormously beloved by our audience and the world over,” said a statement from Tom Zappala, an executive vice president with the ABC Cable Networks Group. “We’re thrilled to extend our longstanding relationship with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution to include the final two installments.”

It’s hardly a shabby purchase considering lots of people likely will be tuning in. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1” banked  $125.2 million in its opening weekend, according to an estimate from Warner Bros.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1" will make its basic cable debut  on ABC Family in spring 2013, and Part 2 will premiere later that year.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1." Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images