Harry Potter may be a hero at Hogwarts, but he has never received much love from that other mysterious Academy, the one in Hollywood. The first seven films in the 'Potter' saga have received nine Academy Award nominations -- all in technical categories -- but have never won nor been serious contenders for Best Picture or any of the acting categories.

Could that all change with the rapturous reception from critics and audiences for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2'? Not only is the film on track to become the top-grossing movie of the year (making it hard for the Academy to ignore), but it's also the last chance for the Academy to recognize the merits of not just one acclaimed movie but the whole beloved franchise.

Those are among the factors that give 'Deathly Hallows, Part 2' a better shot at Oscar glory than any of the first seven movies, but it's still going to be an uphill battle.