By LAUREN RIEFFLIN
With a worldwide record-breaking opening weekend, the last chapter in the Harry Potter movie series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," is laying ground to be one of the most memorable — and lucrative — movie endings of all time. For starters, the box office hit blew the midnight showings record out of the water, making $43.5 million in the U.S., up from Twilight’s $30 million in 2010, and set a new worldwide opening weekend record grossing $475.6 million from Friday to Sunday.
So, who does Mr. Potter have to beat for the ultimate title of highest-grossing film in the world? Currently James Cameron’s "Avatar" holds the title, which grossed nearly $2.8 billion in 2009. "Titanic" is slated second, grossing $1.84 billion in 1997.
The cast, crew, and, of course, fans are sad to see the wizarding world come to an end, but many have faith the magic will live on. For us nonmagical folk, the easiest way to keep Harry Potter alive may be to buy a Hogwarts-worthy home. As it turns out, there are a plethora of castles for sale in the U.S. that could easily be a stunt double or close cousin to the infamous school of wizardry.
249 Croton Dam Rd, Ossining NY 10562
For Sale: $5 million
An abandoned castle in need of renovation is just the sort of place a wizard could hide out safely from prying Muggle eyes. Built in 1927, the 4,337-square-foot castle has four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. The property sits on 50 wooded acres and is being sold "as is" for $5 million, ironically listed on the New Castle real estate market.