More than 1,000 Harry Potter fans with wizarding robes, wands and lightning-shaped scars flooded downtown Birmingham Thursday night for the midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
All 12 theaters at the were sold out by Wednesday evening, said Palladium general manager Tim Queen, and by Thursday afternoon Uptown Entertainment had begun selling tickets for even more showings down the road at the
Doors opened at 10 p.m. and by 10:30 p.m., getting in meant waiting in a line that stretched around the block. However Potter fans were enthusiastic depsite the crowds both before and after the show, noting coming to see the last movie in the eight-film saga was bittersweet.
"It's definitely sad that this is the end. It's a bittersweet feeling. We kind of grew up with it, so it's sad it has to end," Alyssa Reynolds, 16, of White Lake, said.
Leaving the theater after the show, Michael Duerr, of Oak Park, said he agreed.
"This movie was the best out of all of them," Duerr said. "Every last minute was great."
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