Fans gear up for the grande finale

Harry Potter fans wait in Trafalgar Square in anticipation of the world premiere of the long awaited final film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's bestselling book series on July 7 in London. Thousands of fans waited overnight to see the the film's cast members walk the red carpet and watch a screening of "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part II" ahead of the general release date of July 15. (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Harry Potter film premiere

The worldwide impact of Harry Potter
Harry Potter fans hold up signs and banners while waiting in line to see the last Harry Potter film. Since the release of the first Harry Potter book in 1997, the series has sold about 450 million copies, has been translated into 67 languages and has garnered widespread popularity and critical acclaim. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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