To have seen all seven -- and coming soon, eight! -- "Harry Potter" films over the past decade is to have gone on a magical journey on screen, and watched, perhaps even more magically, the stunning growth and maturation of the film's highly successful stars.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint -- not to mention Robert Pattinson, he of just a single "Potter" film -- have all avoided the pitfalls of teen stardom while growing into mature top liners in their own right. And as fans prepare to pack theaters to watch the final chapter of the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," it's worthwhile to look back on the epic trip through the Wizarding World.
YouTube artist Genrocks created this four minute homage to the films, cutting together the seven films and clips from the eighth to create a brief peek through the pensieve of "Harry Potter" history.
Over the years, the Harry Potter series has had a very special place in my heart. With the final film coming out in 50 days, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the journey we've taken with the film versions of JK Rowling's unforgettable characters. A retrospective spanning all eight films, this tells the story of the bravery of children, the folly of the powerful, and the overriding force of love.