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Potter Dazzles Thousands in Mira Mesa

Sold out midnight and 3 a.m. shows fill theatre with loyal fans



    The premier of the final Harry Potter movie put a spell over thousands of muggles in Mira Mesa early this morning.

    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” brought 4,895 fans to Edwards Mira Mesa theatres for the midnight and 3 a.m. screenings of the movie. Eight-hundred fans showed up for the 3 a.m. screening alone.

    The theatre showed the movie, which is the last of the Harry Potter franchise, on all 18 of its screens.

    The fans lined up more than a day in advance to be the first in line for the movie.

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    “It was the end of a chapter for us. We grew up with Harry Potter – we were 10 when he was 10, so it was definitely worth the wait,” said two fans dressed up as Hogwarts students.

    Most fans were 18 to 23 years old, and felt emotional after watching after watching the last in the series. Almost all those who watched the show at midnight said the last movie was the best yet. Only one viewer asked for a refund.

    “It was much more suspenseful, and much more action-packed than the others,” said another fan.

    The Mira Mesa theatre – which sold 1,273 boxes of popcorn – doubled their staff for the weekend and tripled their staff for the midnight showing. The four Friday showings, as well as the 7 p.m. show for the rest of the week, are sold out.