Harry Potter fans flock to midnight premiere
It’s an event more than a decade in the making — after years growing alongside “The Boy Who Lived,” Harry Potter fans clambered into theaters at midnight Thursday to behold the final battle between their hero and the Dark Lord Voldemort.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” marks the end of the book series and film franchise that has enamored a generation for more than 12 years.
The final installment has grossed $25 million from advanced ticket sales, thanks to fans such as Megan Lipscomb, 18, who was one of many to buy tickets online days before the movie hit theaters.
She watched the premiere in Dalton, Georgia, and even in this small town, Potter fans came out in droves dressed as their favorite characters.
“There were really a lot of people with lightning bolts on their foreheads,” Lipscomb said.
Author J.K. Rowling‘s books have captivated a generation and inspired everything, from a multibillion-dollar film franchise to a theme park in Orlando.
Though tears will be shed and lives will be lost on screen, Daniel Radcliffe told CNN’s Larry King this installment is the best one yet.
“I think in this film, we find the best between the emotional side of the films and the action-packed adventure, exciting side. I think we’ve never gotten the balance so right before,” Radcliffe said.
After seeing the premiere, Lipscomb agrees.
“The last one was really long and parts were boring. But not this one. This one kept me on the edge of my seat.”
Lipscomb said she was not the only one in the theater who loved this last chapter of Harry Potter.
“There were some people crying during the movie, and there was a big applause in the theater at the end of the movie,” she said.
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