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Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

We all knew that the grand finale of the Harry Potter series was going to be a big deal. Even if you take the view that it’s just for kids, all of the kids who have enjoyed Harry’s adventures over the past 14 years (since the first book came out) are now either fully grown-up or speedily heading in that direction, so that’s a lot of families for whom Harry, Ron and Hermione have a special place in their cultural landscape.

So it should come as no surprise to hear that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has broken box office records, taking around $476m worldwide in just one weekend. This means it’s set to be the first Harry Potter film to gross more than $1bn in ticket sales alone.

In America, the film set a new record for an opening weekend, making a staggering $168.8m. To put this in to context, the previous record holder — The Dark Knight — managed $158.4m.

Of course, among all of this excitement is the sobering thought that this really is the end of the line. But let’s just enjoy the moment while it lasts, shall we?

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By Fraser McAlpine