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Harry Potter films to win outstanding contribution Bafta

3rd February 2011

The big screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books are to be celebrated at this year's British Academy Film Awards (Baftas).

Rowling and Heyday Films founder David Heyman, who produced all seven instalments of the series, will collect the award for outstanding British contribution to cinema on behalf of the franchise on February 13th.

The first six films of the series have grossed more than USD 5.4 billion (GBP 3.3 billion) at the global box office, making it the most successful franchise of all time. The seventh and final instalment will be released on July 15th.

Finola Dwyer, chair of the award's film committee, commented: 'As this great British film success story draws to a close with this year's eagerly anticipated final instalment, it's fitting that Bafta honours the Harry Potter films and their contribution to the British film industry.'

Heyman added that he will be 'honoured' to accept the accolade on behalf of the 2,000 or so people who worked on the productions and thanked Rowling for 'entrusting' his company with the adaptations of her novels.

Other films based on literary works could be recognised in this year's Baftas as 127 Hours, taken from Aron Ralston's autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, and the big screen version of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are in the running for the best adapted screenplay gong.
 

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