Harry Potter earns special BAFTA Award
J.K. Rowling and David Heyman will receive the award on behalf of the pics during the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on Feb. 13.
The award, which was introduced in 1978, is presented in honor of film producer Michael Balcon, who was responsible for the Ealing Comedies, such as "The Lavender Hill Mob."
Past recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman and Working Title.
Finola Dwyer, chair of the 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 honors the Harry Potter films and their contribution to the British film industry."
Starting in 2001 with "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," the Warner Bros. Pictures' franchise has gone on to gross more than $5.4 billion worldwide, making it the top-grossing film franchise of all time.
The franchise ends with the release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" on July 15.
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