Tonight, It All Ends. The Daily Zombies, celebrating a decade of Harry Potter's rampage in the box office worldwide, takes a final look before the release of the eight and final installment of the highest grossing film series of all time.

A magical cinematic trip that started a decade ago ends tonight. The highest grossing film series of all time, Warner Bros.'s Harry Potter film series, along with the best-selling Harry Potter novels by British author J. K. Rowling that it was based on, have indeed became a worldwide phenomenon. With over $6 billion in worldwide receipts, all seven films from the series (excluding the final film) are on the all-time list of 30 highest-grossing films worldwide.

When we mentioned that Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the film that movie-goers have been waiting for in our final preview for the Michael Bay film, we were talking about movie-goers in general. From all races and classes in this global madman village. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 does indeed not hold the very same level of reach as the final chapter of Michael Bay's robotic action porn trilogy with its maddening adrenaline-overdosed mindlessnees. However, the niche crowd that it attracts could very well be enough to pose a threat to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Yes, you hear it here first. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides might have grossed insanely at the international markets while Transformers: Dark of the Moon have taken the throne of highest grossing film of the year for now, but Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is the most competitive challenger to both markets. While the film is definitely a shoo-in for the top three highest-grossing films of the year, it remains to be seen how the order of the chart can be altered with the release of the film tonight.

Based on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", the final bookstore-crunching novel to the wildly popular novel series, Warner Bros. predictably split the final chapter into two films, with Part 1 released last November. While the decision is no doubt expected from a financial standpoint, one can't help but remained concerned over the risks involved from a narrative perspective. Will the first film be so filled with doom-and-gloom atmosphere and deep characterization that the signature swash-buckling adventure element be taken out while the second will instead suffer from a lack of depth and involvement as a result of one mind-blowing battle after another?

From what we observed from the first film, the moody darkness was apparent while some fast-paced action sequences are still inserted adequately. With the final film, it will of course be balls-to-the-wall non-stop action fest, but bear in mind that this ain't no Dark of the Moon, of which audiences still felt no connection to the characters in the trilogy. The emotions build up in fans of the film are incredibly enormous, and with that, prepare for the grandest heartbreaking conclusion of a beloved film series. Yes, that means we here at The Daily Zombies will be there for it (okay at least I will be).

Like what Seymour Simmons(the John Turturo character) said in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, years from now, they're gonna ask where you were, when Harry Potter and Voldemort faced off for the final fate of both the Wizarding World and Muggle world. On July 14th, the childhood of a collective generation ends. Will yours?

For those who have missed out on our earlier preview, here is the official synopsis of the film (as if you have been living under a stone):

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts.

In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.

It all ends here.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, reprising their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film’s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciarán Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

The film was directed by David Yates, who also helmed the blockbusters “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.” David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, produced the film, together with David Barron. Screenwriter Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.

Behind the scenes, the creative team was led by director of photography Eduardo Serra, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Alexandre Desplat, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and costume designer Jany Temime.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which marks the last installment in the most successful film franchise of all time.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” will be released worldwide in theatres and IMAX, in 3D and 2D, beginning July 15, 2011.”

Ahead of the film's release, Warner Bros. has released a five-minute retrospective that looks at all seven films in the series. For a film series running down a decade, this clip, while featuring nothing new for longtime fans, is a nostalgic shot needed ahead of the emotional finale of the franchise.

We have the final trailer of the film right after the jump, followed by a collection of some of the more interesting trailers, featurettes, and TV spots from the film.



TV spots

One thing that seemingly just doesn't to end would be the countless posters from the film. Warner Bros. certainly did not restrained the budget of the graphic promotional department with this last offering. Embedded below are sets after sets of cool character posters for the film, followed by some previously released (that was presented here earlier).


And here are some of the earlier posters.

And here a few dozens of awesome set stills in high resolution.


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