Harry Potter and crew have conjured up many charms, elixirs, and spells over the years, but have yet to materialize one particular object of desire: an Oscar.
So far the Academy Awards has not been so kind to Warner Bros. "Harry Potter" film franchise, but according to Variety that all may change as the studio charges their wands for what may prove to be a full-on assault to get "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" some Muggle votes.
Over the course of seven films since 2001, they've only racked up 9 nominations and zero wins, mostly in technical categories, but Warners plans to go for the big enchilada, Best Picture.
The hope is that the Academy which normally shuns fantasy ("The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" being the major exception) might give weight towards the cast we've watched grow up on film and the Hogwarts-sized mountains of cash they've helped earn.
Does the second "Deathly Hallows," which packs a greater emotional wallop than previous chapters, deserve such a mighty reward? We certainly think so, as detailed in our piece "Why 'Harry Potter' Should Finally Get Some Oscar Love." With a critical consensus that this is the best of the bunch, paying tribute to the most successful franchise of all time seems only fair.
Let's just consider a Best Picture Oscar the final Horcrux, shall we?