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Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

One of the movies I saw over the break was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. The theatre was packed even though it was about a week after the release when I saw it. This film is a great example of cultural convergence, because it is so popular with so many different cultures. The production of all seven films has spanned almost a decade. Harry Potter has become part of the world’s culture. Everyone can identify with a character. It is an especially good example because it was written by the British JK Rowling and featured more than a few British actors. It was, however, produced by the American company Warner Brothers. The film became a huge hit in our culture and in British culture, converging in the process on both sides. The book turning into a film in itself is an example of technological convergence. Then looking at the advertising put out about the movie itself we can see the posters and commercials that converged. The seventh installment in the Harry Potter series is also a strong example of economic convergence. The film was produced by Warner, but there are many other companies that get a cut of the profits. There are several video games, action figures, and other miscellaneous things. Budget wise, the film had a budget estimated between $230 and $280 million dollars. Which, compared to all the other films, seems reasonable because they take in an average gross of more than $285 million, and earnings over $900 million worldwide. It is predicted that the film could very well earn between $335 million to $369 million domestically and somewhere between $1.03 billion and $1.8 billion worldwide. I guess to grossing over a billion dollars wouldn’t be too hard, since it seems people just want to see it again and again, they have a non-stop flow of customers. I could barely find a seat a week after it came out.

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  1. January 6, 2011 at 5:08 am

    HP is a good example of cultural convergence. Can you say why you think it appeals across various cultures?
    The fact that it was a book and now a movie, and the fact that it’s promoted across media platforms, are all good examples of technological convergence as it works in relation to the HP series.
    It’s also an example of economic convergence, as Time Warner benefits in lots of ways – but do they own and benefit from all of the examples you mentioned? You could provide more specifics about how they benefit to demonstrate how economic convergence means consolidation of profits within a single media company.

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