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Snape Named Best Loved Harry Potter Character

Alan Rickman as Severus SnapeSeverus Snape has topped a poll to find the best loved Harry Potter character.

The wizard - played by Alan Rickman - received over 500 more votes than Harry's best pal Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), who finished in second place and the titular character who placed third in the poll on Empire magazine's website.

"Snape is a truly great character, multi-layered and surprisingly complicated under that straggly black haircut. He's especially good in the film because of the way that Alan Rickman infuses him with malice and menace. He seems capable of anything - and indeed he is, in the end, but in a way you never expected. While Harry, Ron and Hermione may seem more heroic, Snape is definitely JK Rowling's most important and complex character," commented Empire's Deputy Online Editor, Helen O'Hara.

Harry's close pal Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and his godfather Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) complete the top five.

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VIDEO: Watch the Beginning of Deathly Hallows, Part 2

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has pulled the footage.

Watch the video above to the see the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, which won’t be in theaters until July 15. The clip shows a discussion between title character Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ollivander the wand maker (John Hurt). Hermoine and Ron (Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) can be seen in the background.

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VIDEO: Filming the Final Scene for Harry Potter

Seven books, eight movies, ten years -- and it all came down to this. In the video above, you’ll see the last scene ever filmed for the epic Harry Potter film franchise, a bittersweet ending to a tale that’s still in the making on the big screen.

Fittingly, the last scene featured title star Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and his co-stars Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron). The scene was part of their escape from The Ministry of Magic, which we already saw in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.

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Box Office Breakdown: Dawn Treader Sails Past Depp, Jolie

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader sailed to a first place finish this weekend despite a lackluster start. The latest C.S. Lewis adaptation – which was produced for an estimated $145 million – earned only $24 million in domestic sales. That figure is $31 million less than Prince Caspian’s debut and approximately $41 million below The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’s premiere.

Landing into second place was The Tourist, which rang in a disappointing $16.5 million. Although the film boasted two big A-list stars (Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie), the thriller turned in Depp’s smallest open for a wide release since 1999’s The Astronaut’s Wife.

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Box Office Breakdown: Tangled Climbs Above Potter

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You can’t keep a good woman with long locks down.

Despite initially debuting in second place, Tangled reached new heights this week. The Disney feature climbed out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow’s shadow to take the box office crown.

Tangled is now the second film this year to move up the ladder to the #1 spot. Another animated featured, How to Train Your Dragon, was the first.

The chart’s only new wide release, The Warrior’s Way, will likely fall out of the Top Ten by Week 2. The actioner starring Jang Dong-gun, Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush started its run in ninth place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Deathly Hallows Avoids Getting Tangled

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Tangled's tresses weren't quite long enough to get past the Deathly Hallows last weekend.

Despite a $48.8 million debut ($68.7 million since Wednesday), Disney's latest animated feature found itself in a tight race. The film starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi landed firmly into second place -- approximately $300,000 shy of two-time winner Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Burlesque, featuring Christina Aguilera and Cher, rang up $11.9 million in ticket sales and a fourth-place finish. Although that figure isn't exactly something to brag about, it does represent Cher's biggest opening to date.

Promises of nudity couldn't get Love and Other Drugs into the Top 5. The Anne Hathaway/Jake Gyllenhaal movie earned less than $10 million and a sixth place debut. Meanwhile, Faster -- starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton -- grossed $8.5 million for seventh place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Breaks Franchise Record

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set a new record for the franchise this weekend – without the help of any 3-D prices.

The penultimate film in the series took in a magical $125 million, beating the previous mark set by 2005’s Goblet of Fire (which debuted to $102.7 million). The movie, which more than doubled what the other Top 10 entries did combined, also found itself ranked sixth on the all-time openers list.

In comparison, Paul Haggis’ did about 5% of what Harry Potter accomplished. That’s the smallest open for Russell Crowe since 2006’s A Good Year.

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 19, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (PG-13): starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint (directed by David Yates)
  • The Next Three Days (PG-13): starring Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks (directed by Paul Haggis)
  • Guzaarish* (NR): starring Aishwarya Rai Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Nafisa Ali (directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali)
  • Heartless* (NR): starring Jim Sturgess, Noel Clarke, Clemence Poesy (directed by Philip Ridley)

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Harry Potter: Sneak Peeks, Behind-the-Scenes and More

 


In the video above, you’ll see a clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, wherein the Ministry of Magic is assuring the wizarding world that everything is safe and secure. But can they be believed?

Check out some behind-the-scenes footage after the jump to find out what happens next ...

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 29, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Saw 3D (R): starring Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Costas Mandylor (directed by Kevin Greutert)
  • Eichmann* (NR): starring Thomas Kretschmann, Tory Garity, Franka Potente (directed by Robert Young)
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest* (R): starring Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre (directed by Daniel Alfredson)
  • Inspector Bellamy* (NR): starring Gerard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Jacques Gamblin (directed by Claude Chabrol)

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