Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is a 2011 epic fantasy film directed by David Yates and the second of two films based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman, David Barron and Rowling. The story continues to follow Harry Potter’s quest to bring down his archnemesis Lord Voldemort once and for all. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
Principal photography began on 19 February 2009, and was completed on 12 June 2010,with the final day of reshoots taking place on 21 December 2010, marking the series’ closure of ten years of filming. Part 2 was released in both 2D and 3D cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2011. It was also screened in IMAX cinemas from the same date.
The film opened to instant critical acclaim, and it is currently among best reviewed films of 2011. At the box office, Part 2 is currently breaking records in the US and Canada, including highest-grossing midnight opening of all-time with $43.5 million,opening day with $92.1 million, and opening weekend with $168.5 million.As a result, the film experienced the most successful opening of the entire franchise. It also broke the opening day record in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, and the worldwide opening weekend record.
The final chapter begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione continue their quest of finding and destroying the Dark Lord’s three remaining Horcruxes, the magical items responsible for his immortality. But as the mystical Deathly Hallows are uncovered, and Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.
Visual effects companies that worked on Part 1 (including Framestore, Moving Picture Company and Double Negative who created the Gringotts Dragon) also worked on the visuals for Part 2. Visual Effects Supervisor Tim Burke said that “It was such a major job to stage the Battle of Hogwarts, and we had to do it in different stages of production. We had shots with complex linking camera moves from wide overviews, to flying into windows and interior spaces. So, we took the plunge at the end of 2008, and started rebuilding the school digitally with Double Negative.” He went on to say that “It’s taken two years – getting renders out, texturing every facet of the building, constructing interiors to see through windows, building a destruction version of the school. We can design shots with the knowledge that we have this brilliant digital miniature that we can do anything with. With a practical Hogwarts, we would have shot it last summer and been so tied down. Instead, as David Yates finds the flow and structure, we are able to handle new concepts and ideas.”
On the quality of 3-D in film, Burke told Los Angeles Times, “I think it’s good, actually. I think people are going to be really pleased. I know everyone’s a little nervous and sceptical of 3-D these days, but the work has been done very, very well. We’ve done over 200 shots in 3-D and in the visual effects as well, because so much of it is CG, so the results are very, very good. I think everyone’s going to be really impressed with it, actually.” Producer David Heyman spoke to SFX magazine about the 3-D conversion, saying that “The way David Yates is approaching 3-D is he’s trying to approach it from a character and story point of view. Trying to use the sense of isolation, of separation that sometimes 3-D gives you, to heighten that at appropriate moments. So we’re approaching it in a storytelling way.
The film has grossed an estimated $168.5 million in the US and Canada, as of July 17, along with $307 million in international markets, as of July 17, for a worldwide total of $475.6 million. Part 2 grossed a record $475.6 million worldwide on its opening weekend, breaking the previous record set by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2009 ($394 million).
With a record breaking opening day in 26 countries on July 13, 2011, Deathly Hallows – Part 2 grossed $43.6 million, placing it 86 percent ahead of Part 1 and 49 percent higher than Half-Blood Prince. The film broke the record for the biggest opening day gross in history in Australia ($7.5 million), New Zealand, Italy ($4.6 million), Sweden ($2.1 million), Norway ($1.8 million), Denmark ($1.6 million), the Netherlands ($1.7 million), Belgium ($1.4 million), Finland ($749,000), United Kingdom ($14.8 million), and Mexico ($6.1 million). It also established new Harry Potter records in Japan ($5.7 million), Brazil ($4.4 million), Spain($3.3 million) and Poland ($1.25 million). With a foreign opening weekend of $307 million, Deathly Hallows – Part 2 broke the record previously held by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($262 million). In the UK, it brought in a record $36.6 million, marking the biggest three day weekend gross ever and biggest single day gross ever (Saturday). In Australia, it made $26.7 million from 754 screens, marking the biggest opening weekend ever and the only film ever to reach A$20,000,000 in just four days. While in Russia, it raked $19.5 million claiming the biggest Warner Bros. opening weekend of all time and the 3rd biggest opening of 2011. The average 3D share of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was 61 percent, which was lower than the 3D share for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (70 percent) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (66 percent).
In the United States and Canada, the film grossed a record $32 million in advance ticket sales.Part 2 became the biggest midnight opening of all-time with $43.5 million, breaking the previous record set in 2010, by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse ($30 million). It also broke Deathly Hallows – Part 1‘s record ($1.4 million) for the biggest IMAX midnight opening, grossing an estimated $2 million. On its opening day, the film grossed a record $92.1 million, marking the biggest opening day of all-time, and the biggest single day gross of all-time, both of which were previously set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7 million).Based on estimates by Warner Bros., Deathly Hallows – Part 2 grossed $168.5 million on its opening weekend, surpassing The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) to become the biggest opening weekend in box office history. Although 3D enhanced the film’s earning potential, only 43% of the opening gross came from 3D venues.