The Harry Potter films are a fantasy series based on the Harry Potter novels by British writer J. K. Rowling.
At the time of release, the five films currently released became the highest grossing film series of all time when not adjusted for inflation, with $4.48 billion in worldwide receipts, but this has since been overtaken. The series consists of five motion pictures with the latest instalment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, released in cinemas in the United Kingdom and Ireland on 12 July 2007, and in Canada, Asia, Australia and the United States on 11 July 2007. In the United States, the revenue from the midnight opening was $12 million and first day revenues overtook Spider-Man 2's record ($40.4 million) for the highest Thursday opening at $44.2 million.
Warner Brothers holds the rights to produce adaptations of the two remaining novels, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The first of these entered production in the autumn of 2007 and has a projected release date of 17 July 2009, and will be directed by David Yates. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two films,.