Harry Potter is a film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011). It is the second highest-grossing film series in inflation unadjusted dollars behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts. Each film is among the 50 highest-grossing films in inflation unadjusted dollars.
The series was mainly produced by David Heyman and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Four directors worked on the series: Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and David Yates. All eight movies had their screenplays written by Steve Kloves, with the exception of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), written by Michael Goldenberg. Production took over ten years to complete, with the main story arc following Harry Potter's quest to overcome his arch-enemy Lord Voldemort.