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Thousands of Hawaii Harry Potter fans pack theaters for final movie

Lance Namihara Lance Namihara
Michelle Tsai Michelle Tsai
Jennifer Bryan Jennifer Bryan
Linda Tsai Linda Tsai
Kara Nystil Kara Nystil

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ten years after it began, Harry Potter Mania was in full force for one last time, as fans camped out for the first showing of the final movie in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."

"I actually went to the first premiere when 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' came out, and eight movies later, it's the last one" said Lance Namihara, who came to Ward 16 Theaters dressed as the title character. "So I'm kinda sad, and we have to go all out."

Some people spent the time waiting by watching the movie that preceded this one. Laurie Urban was watching part one on her laptop. "I'm so excited that I couldn't be here without the movie, right here on my lap," she said. Urban had been to the opening nights of all of the Harry Potter films.

Michelle Tsai was at the head of the line. She got there at 6:45 a.m.

"Last year I was fifth in line, and I still got really good seats," said Tsai, who also was in costume. "But I'm very competitive, and I wanted to be first in line."

What is it about the movies that has drawn all these people over all these years?

"They're really fun and they make you want to be there, with the characters, doing magic," said fan Jennifer Bryan.

But before the movies came the books by J.K. Rowling. The books were also being read by some of those in line, which didn't surprise the head of the Young Adult section at the Hawaii State Library.

"It seems to me that more and more young adult books are being turned into movies," said librarian Edna Weeks. "And when the movies come out, the books get added interest also." According to Weeks, nearly all of the books are checked out, and there's a waiting list of 199 people who want to rent one of the library's 50 DVD copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1."

"What I think is really nice is that the books are so popular, too," said Linda Tsai, Michelle's mother, who also was in costume. "And to me, as a parent, my kids are on electronic things way too much, and to see them get excited about an actual book was really nice as a parent."

"Of course the books are always better," said Jessica Eng, who had a Harry Potter book with her. "They're more detailed and they're the original."

"I really, really enjoyed the series," said fan Kara Nystil, who's read all the books and seen all the movies, "so hopefully she comes up with a lot more books."

"Of course, I love them," Urban said about the books. "I'll always have them, and it's great to know that I can re-live them, any time I want."


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