Muggles line up in Hunt Valley for latest 'Harry Potter' film

Fans -- some in costume -- flock to second-to-last film in popular series

November 19, 2010|By Jessica Anderson | Baltimore Sun reporter

Several Harry Potters, even a Hagrid arrived at a midnight showing of the latest Harry Potter film at the Regal Cinemas in Hunt Valley -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1."

As with past films, Harry Potter fans arrived early, some wearing the preppy Hogwarts uniforms and long black wizards robes, or drawing the iconic lightning bolt scar drawn onto foreheads with a Sharpie marker, while others simply came as muggles.

The film is based on the seventh installment of the Harry Potter series by author J.K. Rowling, with the final scheduled to be released next year.

Nine of the 12 midnight showings Wednesday at the Baltimore County theater sold out, according to Fandango. com.

Lisa Woznicki, a 50-year-old librarian from Phoenix, came with her 16-year-old daughter and her friend, but only the Woznicki dressed up.

"I have a McGonagall hat -- why not put it on?" she said of the tall, velvet witch hat with a long feather to match her long black robe to resemble the character Professor Minerva McGonagall.

"I have to be at work" early tomorrow morning, she said, adding that her daughter would not get out of school either, but she said it's worth the lack of sleep to be able to participate in the film debut ? especially with only one left.

"I wish they would follow through into his adult world," she said, hoping that the series, which concludes following Harry?s stent at Hogwarts school, would continue. "I want to know what happens," she said.

Amit Chauham, 21, and several of his friends from high school drove down to the theater from Fallston as soon as they got off work.

"We're obsessed," he said. While they did not dress up, he drew the "Dark Mark" symbol of Lord Voldemort's follower, the Death Eaters, on his forearm.

"We like it because we grew up with it," Chauham said. "You're not going to be a 21-year-old person reading this for the first time," he said, adding that most of the viewers at the late-night showing were in their teens or early 20s.

He and his friend Sam Moeller, a student Harford Community College, said they've got high expectations for the film released Wednesday but also the final installment, saying that each has been better than the last.

Some fans, however, were attending a late-night showing for the first time.

"It's a cool idea. We thought it would be kind of fun," said Tom Ainsworth of Pikesville, who brought his 16-year-old daughter Abbie and his son Andrew, 13.

Laura Eisenstein, 20, and Ryan Wheeler, 17, also said they had never been out before for the midnight premier of the past movies.

"We've never done this but this is the last one," she said of the books.

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