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It’s the movie legions of Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for. Well, part one of it anyway.
The first instalment of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" opens Friday, November 19, with part two following in July 2011.
The film will arrive amid more fanfare and higher expectations than any in the franchise so far. And the tone will be as dark as the book itself. No friendly Hogwarts school as a backdrop. No more games of quidditch. No angst-ridden budding teenage romances (you can watch the "Twilight" series for that).
This time it’s war. A struggle-to-the-death contest of good versus evil as Harry fights with the help of friends Hermione and Ron to rid the world of Lord Voldemort. Meanwhile, the man described as the most powerful dark wizard of all time has his own agenda: he wants to possess death.
I told you this was dark.
By the way, this would be a good time for a bit of disclosure. “Harry Potter” is put out by Warner Bros., which like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.
Anyway, the bottom line is that there is no escaping this magical world.
Hundreds of millions of "Harry Potter" books have been sold in dozens of languages around the world.
The first six films have grossed $5.4 billion according to the Guinness Book of Records, making it the most successful film franchise ever.
Tourists from around the world enjoy the new Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida.
There was even a transatlantic court case pitting author J.K. Rowling against a man who wanted to turn his very popular fan Web site into a book.
Through it all, we have watched the actors that played the characters at the heart of the novels grow up while learning of life, love and magic spells.
CNN's Becky Anderson spoke to members of the cast and we'll be bringing you all the interviews on Thursday and Friday in a two-day special edition of Connector of the Day
Tune in on Thursday November 11 and Friday November 12 at 2200 CET, 2100 London or 1600 New York time to watch us put your questions to the cast of "Harry Potter."