London: The Harry Potter movies will be honoured at this year’s BAFTA awards with an outstanding British contribution to cinema prize, it has emerged.
According to the organizers, Potter author JK Rowling and producer David Heyman will receive the award on behalf of the franchise.
The films have "highlighted the expertise within the British craft and technical industries", Bafta said.
The 2011 Bafta Film Awards will be held at London``s Royal Opera House on 13 February.
Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, 21, said he had "loved every minute of making these films".
"To me the real heroes are the crew and the huge team of craftsmen that have made all eight of them possible," a news channel quoted him as saying.
"This award is a testament to their incredible work," he added.
Radcliffe`s sentiments were echoed by co-star Emma Watson, who said it was "a huge honour".
"Thank you so much Bafta for this amazing award," added Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley opposite Radcliffe’s Harry and Watson’s Hermione Granger.