A Hallowed end for Potter fans

By Haley Peterson

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By Haley Peterson | Staff | August 11, 2011

To a generation of Muggles who grew up devouring the Harry Potter series, opening night of the final installment of the wizarding franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” was part celebration and part nostalgia as the final film in the series brought both the end of an era and a flood of childhood memories.

The film debuted at midnight on July 15th amid much anticipation. Potter fans began lining up in front of the Arlington Theater on State Street as early as 11 pm on Wednesday July 13th in the hopes of being the first in the theater to ensure the best seats possible for the film.

Dos Pueblos students Emma Craine, Lauren Van Valkenburgh, and Rachel Altavilla await the midnight premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II." (photo courtesy of Anna Rudeen)

Dressed as students from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and other iconic character’s from J. K. Rowling’s intriguing magical world, such as Dumbledore, Snape, Dobby, and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, the eager soon-to-be viewers of the last Potter film literally waited for hours on end passing the time by re-reading the series, practicing spells and charms, and testing each other’s knowledge about the fictional world of Harry Potter.

As the Arlington Theater prepared for the show, hundreds of people, including a large contingent of Dos Pueblos students, made their way out to Goleta’s Camino Real Marketplace to see the highly-anticipated film. Unlike the Arlington, the Metropolitan Camino Real Cinema offered a 3D experience of the movie in addition to the standard 2D screening. 3D movie-goers acquired circle-shaped glasses, mirroring Harry’s own wire-rimmed pair.

When asked to comment on what she was looking forward to most about the movie, junior Lauren Van Valkenburgh said that see could not wait for “when Ron and Hermione kiss.”

Overall, the midnight premier was deemed a monumental success, as apparent by the statuses posted on Facebook immediately following the movie. Although the Harry Potter series has finally come to an end, the generation of Potter fans will undoubtedly continue to treasure the literally gems and motion-picture phenomena that have allowed them to escape to a world unlike our own and embrace the magical realm of the Wizarding World.

And with Rowling’s new website project Pottermore bringing the Harry Potter experience to the web, it seems that “the boy who lived”  and his legion of fans will continue to live on even after the final film leaves the theaters.








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