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JK Rowling believes that she made a mistake by not having Hermione Granger and Harry Potter end up together forever in her best-selling books.

The author disclosed that she brought Hermione and Ron Weasley together for “very personal reasons,” not because they were a “credible” couple.

Harry Potter and Hermione

She said this weekend in an interview: "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That's how it was conceived, really."

“For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron."

Rowling revealed in an epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the series' seventh and final installment, that Ron and Hermione were endgame.

They were to marry and have two children, while Harry would wed Ron’s younger sister, Ginny. That's all she wrote ... until she changed her mind?

The novelist has now said that she believes Ron and Hermione would have ended up needing relationship counseling, The Sunday Times reported.

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It's beloved by critics and by fans. It's broken multiple box office records. And, gosh darn it, the film made most of the THG staff cry.

But does that mean Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

Final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Poster

The Oscars has changed its nomination policy over the last few years; first expanding from five Best Picture nominees to 10; and now not setting a quota for the category.

But does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 cast a wide enough net to qualify? Might Academy members still view it as too kid-friendly of a franchise? View one man's opinion at Movie Fanatic and then vote below:

Should the movie be nominated for Best Picture?

 

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the new box office champion. It broke pretty much every record over the weekend, knocking The Dark Knight into second place in many categories.

But for how long can Harry, Hermione and company hold off The Caped Crusader?

Christian Bale will fly into action again in July 2012, as teased in the preview that played prior to all Deathly Hallows screenings around the country over the past few days. Check it out here:

If The Joker, The Riddler and The Penguin could not slay Batman, what chance do a few young wizards have? Chime in now:

Will The Dark Knight Rises best Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the box office next summer?

 

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Harry Potter took down more than just Voldemort this weekend. The final installment of this beloved franchise set numerous box office records. Among them:

  • The biggest-ever midnight gross ($43.5 million).
  • The biggest-ever opening day/single day haul ($92.1 million).
  • The biggest-ever IMAX opening ($15.5 million).
  • The biggest-ever opening three-day total ($168.8 million) domestically.
  • The biggest-ever international total for a three-day opening ($475 million).
Harry Potter in Action

The movie also presented us with the very first look at The Dark Knight Rises trailer.

What did you think of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

 

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In what will likely be the first of many records set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the film has knocked The Twilight Saga out of a number-one perch.

The final adventure for Daniel Radcliffe and company $43.5 million at midnight screenings Friday morning, demolishing the $30 million mark set by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

  • Intense Harry Potter Poster
  • New Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Poster

Harry cleared $90 overall yesterday, blowing by the $72 million record by The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Look for it to gross over $180 million before the weekend is over, which would move it past The Dark Knight and prove once and for all:

Movie goers prefer wizards to vampires and mayhem-causing superheroes.

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It's safe to say that few films are greeted with the simultaneous feelings of elation and dread that surround Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

For 10 years, Harry, Ron, Hermione & Co. have touched millions of lives, maturing and gaining confidence as they transitioned from misfits to heroes.

In a sense, their journey has mirrored that of Harry Potter's fan base, for whom this is more than a film. Harry is a best friend, part of the fabric of life.

Sadly, as we celebrate its greatness, we must also let that friend go at last.

Intense Harry Potter Poster

Our sister site, Movie Fanatic, was one of the first to see the final chapter. Despite almost unprecedented hype, it met our expectations and then some.

Follow the link for Movie Fanatic's official Harry Potter review!

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits theaters today. Perhaps you've heard. Perhaps you've read the incredible reviews.

And perhaps you're being dragged to see it by a significant other and have no clue what any of this Muggle, Gryffindor or Horicrux talk is all about. Fear not. The Fine Brothers are here for you.

Dressed in Harry Potter garb, these fast-talking siblings take seven minutes in the following video to rundown the entire franchise. Never feel left out of a conversation about the sorting hat again! Watch and enjoy...

Meanwhile, visit our friends at Movie Fanatic to count down the top 10 moments in Harry Potter history!

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He's not as well known as Daniel Radcliffe or Emma Watson, but he's played as critical a role in the Harry Potter franchise as anyone.

So, how does Christopher Columbus - the director of the first two installments, and producer of the third - feel about the conclusion of this series, which officially gets underway with the Friday release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

It's "surreal," Columbus told our friends at Movie Fanatic.

"People say, well did you know when you were casting these kids that it would be such a success? No," he says. "We had no idea and we never knew that they would age so well. There’s certain younger actors, who after the second or third film, you would never want to put them in another film. In this Harry Potter world, for some reason, we had this incredibly blessed cast of all these young kids who became great actors and who maintain some kind of movie star charisma."

Read the full interview now at Movie Fanatic!

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The critics are in love with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Soon, fans will have a chance to be themselves, as the final installment in the most lucrative movie franchise in history hits theaters on July 15. But that's still too far away.

Below, we've given readers seven sneak peeks at the film, glimpses at scenes that range from a fire ball attack to a confrontation between Harry and Voldemort. The Boy Who Lives, come to die? We'll see about that, Dark Lord...

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You've read the interviews, you've seen the trailers, you've counted down the days until the July 15 release.

Now, only one question remains: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows actually any good? In a word, according to a handful of movie critics, YES. Check out their sterling reviews below...

An outstanding capper to the most lucrative film franchise of all time. - The Hollywood Reporter

This is monumental cinema, awash with gorgeous tones, and carrying an ultimate message that will resonate with every viewer, young or old: there is darkness in all of us, but we can overcome it. - The Daily Telegraph

If you've been a devoted follower of the Potter saga in print and at the movies, you'll come away from this final chapter with a feeling of catharsis and, perhaps, a slightly damp handkerchief. - The Wrap

With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, Part 2 will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric Part 1. - Variety

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