Harry Potter goes out in style

Published 12:13 pm Friday, July 15, 2011

(L-r) Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Warner Bros. Pictures’s fantasy adventure, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” - Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

It’s over.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” opened at midnight Friday, and more than 400 local residents went to watch one of the most beloved young adult book series come to an end on the big screen.

“It’s the conclusion of the greatest series that ever existed,” said Michael Kroymann, 14, at the Cinemagic 7 movie theatre in Austin Thursday night.

Hope McAlister, right, and Molly Maschka head down the hall of Cinemagic 7 Theatre at the Oak Park Mall Thursday night for the midnight showing of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part II. - Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

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The series brought in close to $30 million before opening, almost breaking the record for most pre-sale sales before a movie. “Twilight: Eclipse” holds the record with $30 million.

While everyone at Cinemagic was excited to see the movie, there were plenty of wistful movie watchers a little saddened by the end of the series.

“I’ve been watching these movies ever since I was a little girl,” said Hope McAllister.

The experience will carry fond memories for young movie-goers, however.

“This is our generation’s movie,” said Mark Mizrachi, 14.