Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in the fantasy adventure, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2." The final entry in the film series, adapted from J.K. Rowling's phenomenally-bestselling book series of the boy wizard, debuts July 15, 2011.
The first film adaptation, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001), introduced viewers to a trio of young actors who grew into the roles as they grew up before our eyes. Pictured: Daniel Radcliffe (left) as Harry Potter; Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley; and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.
Though the last of Rowling's 7-book series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was published in July 2007, the movies have taken some time to keep pace - and in the case of the final book, Warner Brothers split the story into two movies - shooting both parts back-to-back - with the first part premiering in Fall of 2010.
In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," Potter confronts the evil Lord Voldemort in a life-or-death battle, with Hogwarts the battleground. From left: Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe.
Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape with Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2." This last installment is the first to be shown in 3-D. Though "Deathly Hallows" was not shot in 3-D, "Part 1" was to have opened in that process, but the producers could not convert the film's 2-D photography into a stereoscopic image in time to meet the release date.
Ralph Fiennes and producer David Hayman on the set of "Deathly Hallows - Part 2." In her book "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," J.K. Rowling described Voldemort as "tall and skeletally thin," with a face "whiter than a skull, with wide, livid scarlet eyes and a nose that was as flat as a snake
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Ralph Fienne as Lord Voldemort and Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2."
Director David Yates (behind the camera) on the set of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2." Yates' credits included TV miniseries and documentaries (including "State of Play" and "The Way We Live Now") and several television movies, including "The Girl in the Cafe," before
directing "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," and the two parts of "Deathly Hallows."