Thousands of Harry Potter fans in Australia line up for midnight screening

13:14, July 13, 2011      

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Thousands of cloaked figures descended on cinemas across Australia at midnight for the midnight screenings of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened at 00:01a.m. local time (1401 GMT) on Wednesday.

It is the eighth and last installment in the eight-part series of Harry Potter films based on J.K. Rowling's seven hugely successful books.

In Sydney, Harry Potter fans arrived in their Hogwarts school uniforms and cloaks, wearing glasses and with lightning bolts painted on their foreheads.

Steph Abi-Hanna, 16, said it was one of the first "big books" she ever read.

"I remember finding it really daunting but I started reading and then I just couldn't put the book down," she told Australia Associated Press on Tuesday night, while lining up for the movie.

She and friend Emily O'Grady, 16, said they were incredibly excited to see the film.

"I was actually kind of worried I was going to die today, just cause I was so (excited)," Emily said.

"I'm kind of a little bit worried as well because I don't want the whole thing to end -- I'm pretty sure I'm going to cry gratuitously."

There were a few mums and dads, but most of the crowds were made up of teenagers, and those in their early 20s who grew up with the books and films.

Monday was the first preview of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Park 2 screening for those lucky ones who won tickets to become the first in the country to see the last of the eight films.

Majority of Monday's audiences gave thumbs up to the film, saying that they "loved it", it was "phenomenal", "a good send-off " and "I don't think it could be more satisfying really."

Most fans named the epic final confrontation between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) as their favorite part.

The eight-part franchise has so far collected 6.4 billion U.S. dollars in cinema, with the last film expected to rake in a huge amount at the box office.

Rowling's books have now sold around 450 million copies in more than 65 languages.

Source: Xinhua
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