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Rants and Raves: Harry Potter Fans

Spending the Night in Line for HP 7.1

Sisters Anjela and Monica Fajardo, Coral Sooy, and Carly Mullins in line at E...

Credit: Beth Accomando

Above: Sisters Anjela and Monica Fajardo, Coral Sooy, and Carly Mullins in line at Edwards Mira Mesa Cinemas earlier this morning.


KPBS film critic Beth Accomando interviewed Harry Potter fans waiting in line for the 12:01 show at Edwards Mira Mesa Cinemas.


The eagerly anticipated "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" opens tomorrow but fans were already lined up for 12:01 screenings around the county. I spoke with a quartet of girls who were at the head of the IMAX line at Edwards Mira Mesa CInemas.

Photo credit: Beth Accomando

Waiting in line at Edwards Mira Mesa Cinemas. One of the girls had slept in line on Wednesday night.

You can listen to an audio postcard of fans in line.

According to the online ticketing company Fandango, the Edwards Mira Mesa Cinemas had already sold out 6 of its 11 "Harry Potter" midnight shows by Wednesday afternoon. The theater is expecting as many as 2000 fans to line up by Thursday evening. Fifteen-year-old Carly Mullins was at the front of the IMAX line sitting amidst pillows, sleeping bags, and snack food: "I got here at 10:30 at night last night and slept out here. Just to say that we were here, first in line, it's pretty memorable."

"It is my 18th birthday and I am here to watch Harry Potter."

Eighteen-year-old Anjela Fajardo was the birthday girl juggling a bouquet of balloons. She's made a tradition of celebrating her birthday with Harry Potter.

The film "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One" opens Friday but fans will have to wait until July of next year for the final installment of the franchise. That's almost nine months so it'll be like waiting for an eagerly anticipated baby to be born.

I have to say, I love anyone who's this passionate and obsessive about a film. Be listening Friday morning for some fan reactions to the film. Here are photos of the girls' homemade t-shirts. Monica's was a spoof of the Mastercard ads.

Photo credit: Beth Accomando

Monica Fajardo's handmade Harry Potter tee.

Photo credit: Beth Accomando

Coral Sooy's tee was inspired by a Harry Potter song on YouTube.

Photo credit: Beth Accomando

And birthday girl Anjela Fajardo's homemade tee.

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