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"Harry Potter" Series to Get British Film Honor

Daniel Radcliffe, left, Emma Watsonand Rupert Grint Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Ten Points for J.K. Rowling!

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Thursday that it is giving the "Harry Potter" franchise an award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

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The films, which are based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels, are a global phenomenon, earning more than $5.4 billion around the world.

The eighth and final episode, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," is due for release this year. The film series began in 2001 with the release of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Rowling and producer David Heyman will accept the award at a ceremony on Feb. 13.

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