Archive for Friday, November 19, 2010

Lawrence ‘Harry Potter’ fans attend premiere of ‘Deathly Hallows’ movie in droves

November 19, 2010


Who's who at Hogwarts has a guide to the notable and familiar British faces who have graced Hogwarts and the Muggle world since the movie series began in 2001.

Some people have read all the books. Some have seen all the movies. Some people have done both.

Harry Potter enthusiast Sherri Heald has them beat.

She's done all that and then some, attending every midnight premiere for the six movies already released. Friday's first showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" made number seven.

Heald and her husband joined more than 1,500 other fans Thursday night at the Hollywood South Wind 12 theater, 3433 Iowa St., for the premiere of the seventh movie in what will be an eight-part series. The new film is the first in the two-part finale.

The movies, based on books written by J.K. Rowling, chronicle the lives and worlds of wizards and witches.

"It starts off geared toward kids," Heald said. "But the series grows with the characters. It's really cool."

Hundreds of other people shared the same opinion on the series. They patiently waited inside the theater hours before the movies — showing on eight screens — were scheduled to start. Movie-goers who bought their tickets early were allowed to find their seats while others waited in the lobby.

Brie Mingus and her friend Lauren Fleming were happy to mingle with like-minded Potter fanatics before the 12:30 a.m. showing. Each was dressed in a robe and tie, attire appropriate for the school setting of the series.

"I wanted to feel more a part of the movie," Mingus, a Free State junior said.

And Mingus and Fleming weren't alone in their choice of clothing for the premiere. Area residents represented characters on both sides of the good/evil coin. Kansas University sophomore Bharath Krishnamoorthi turned some heads with his "Dobby" house elf costume.

As people continued to enter the theater, the level of excited chatter increased.

"The anxiety is killing me," Mingus said.

Once the excitement wears off and the movie ends, nearly two and a half hours later, fans will have to regroup and prepare for a normal Friday schedule.

"I'm going to try to be at work on time," Heald said.

Many knew what the late-night movie meant for their sleep schedule and devised Friday plans filled with power naps and caffeine. KU sophomore Julia Harris focused on some homework and charged her phone in the theater lobby. She said her sorority was having an early-morning fire drill, but even that wouldn't bother her. She planned to stay up all night. Students and working adults alike seemed to share the same sentiment about what they were getting themselves into. Mingus, a Free State High School junior, summed it up.

"It's definitely going to be worth it," she said.

The final movie in the Harry Potter series is slated for a July 2011 release.


SeaFox 7 years, 5 months ago

"lastest premiere"

The LJWorld has the goodest copy editors.

Danielle Brunin 7 years, 5 months ago

In this case, that is definitely a compliment! :)

denak 7 years, 5 months ago

Well, I am one of those nerds (err fans) who went to the midnight showing. My son and I have never missed a midnight showing. The movie is very, very good. It is an emotionally intense movie that flows well and has quite a few comedic moments. The scenery is beautiful. However, it is a transitional movie. It doesn't quite stand alone but it does do a good job of bridging Half Blood Prince with the 2nd half of Deathly Hallows which comes out in June 2011. And you can better believe that I will be there with my son and all the other Muggle nerds.


Marty_McFly 7 years, 5 months ago

I don't like made up movies. I prefer true stories.

tokenshi 7 years, 5 months ago

Back to the future was a documentary after all.

Write2Know 7 years, 5 months ago

Too bad they had to see it in such a crappy theater.

MarshmallowsFTW 7 years, 5 months ago

Well they didn't have to. I drove to Olathe to watch it. As did several other people I know.

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