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Rants and Raves: Harry Potter Fans

Spending the Night in Line for HP 7.1

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

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Aired 11/18/10

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

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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.

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

Beth Accomando

Above: 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.

Monica Fajardo's handmade Harry Potter tee.

Beth Accomando

Above: Monica Fajardo's handmade Harry Potter tee.

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

Beth Accomando

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

And birthday girl Anjela Fajardo's homemade tee.

Beth Accomando

Above: And birthday girl Anjela Fajardo's homemade tee.

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Avatar for user 'lolo'

lolo | November 19, 2010 at 9:11 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

The crowd at the Mission Valley AMC was nearly as fun as the film itself. There was a Hagrid wandering around getting hugs and taking pictures. A girl with a beautiful and ornate Luna Lovegood headdress. And wizards and Hogwarts students and muggles galore. Everyone was so happy and excited.

Watching a movie with a group of people who just love it so intensely they want to cry (and stay, shockingly, nearly silent throughout the entire 2.5 hour run time) is one of my favorite experiences.

Having to go to work on 3 hours of sleep after, not so much.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | November 19, 2010 at 9:37 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Wow sounds great! There was also a Darth Vader at Mira Mesa that was quite entertaining. I do love a devoted midnight crowd. It just makes the whole moviegoing experience kind of magical.

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karenakarson | November 20, 2010 at 8:10 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

They've got the new HP movie already uploaded over at http://freeonlinemovies.us/watch-hp-223.html if you wanna see it for free

They also put up a backup in case the first one goes down, it's over at http://freeonlinemovies.us/file2018451.html

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