At $7.8 billion, the Harry Potter series is the fifth-highest-grossing film franchise in history and the most-watched franchise in television broadcast history. As of 2023, two of the eight films still rank in the top 50, including Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) at No. 49 and Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011) at No. 16. Sorcerer’s Stone, 2005’s Goblet of Fire, and Deathly Hallows – Part 2 were the highest-grossing films in the year of their release, while the remaining five were in the top three.
It took ten years, two screenwriters, four directors, four composers, 208 actors, and an army of crew members to complete the Harry Potter series. Together, the films have been nominated for 28 BAFTAs (winning three), 5 Grammys, and 12 Academy Awards. As a whole, they have been recognized by the American Film Institute with a special award, by the Art Directors Guild for Contribution to Cinematic Imagery, and by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema. In spite of all this, the series never won an Academy Award.