Harry Potter honored at the BAFTA awards


During the 2011 BAFTA awards at London’s Royal Opera House, the Harry Potter films were honored with the Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award. The narrator of the British audiobooks, Stephen Fry, presented the honor, saying, “The Harry Potter series has shown British filmmaking in its best light.”

A special tribute film was shown, complete with thoughts from Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane and others, before J. K. Rowling and producer David Heyman took the stage. As an added touch, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and several of the films’ directors (Alfonso Cuaron, David Yates and Mike Newell) also appeared on stage to accept the honor. (Daniel Radcliffe was unable to attend due to production on his upcoming Broadway show, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.)

Producer David Heyman spoke first and said, “On behalf of the over 6,000 people who worked on each of the films, I’d like to say a huge thank you to BAFTA for this great honor.” He also stated his admiration of the woman responsible for the Harry Potter phenomenon. “I’d like to thank Jo Rowling for encouraging parents and children to share the pleasure of reading and to give us the opportunity to bring her wonderful fiction to life.”

Author J. K. Rowling expressed her hesitation at the books being converted to film and her appreciation of David Heyman. “It’s very strange to look back after seven films and remember how wary I was of letting anyone put Harry on the big screen and I kept saying no. And it was David, Heyman not Warner, who persuaded me and he’s been there from start to finish.”

After the Harry Potter family left the stage, host Jonathan Ross summed it up best by saying: “Take that Twilight!”

Check out the video of the Harry Potter honor!

Don’t miss J. K. Rowling on the red carpet!

And last but not least, here’s Rupert Grint on the BAFTA red carpet!


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