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Fans bond while waiting to see 'Harry Potter'

By KBell
Nov. 18, 2010 at 5:18 a.m.

Fans gather at the theater more than five hours before the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1." Some had been lining up since as early as 4:15 that afternoon to ensure a ticket to the show.

Three hours after she arrived at the movie theater, Jodie Powers was trying to count down the hours until the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1."

"Four hours, 39 minutes and 21 seconds," Melissa Johnson jumped in. "And 238 days, 17 hours, 57 minutes and 2 seconds until the second part in July."

Johnson, 36, was referring to a countdown application on her phone. She had just met Powers, 24, and the two laughed at their mutual obsession.

Across the aisle, four friends were passing the time on their phones, too. They arrived just after Powers, who was first in line, at 4:30 p.m.

"We're from Calhoun, so we came right after school," said 17-year-old Brianne Luna. "To get tickets, we were scared. We thought the line would be out the door."

But by 7:30, only about 45 people were sprawled about the theater, playing card games, watching movies and reading.

"I kind got bored, fell asleep, and when I woke up, all these people were here," said Ross Salzy, 18.

The Calhoun crew said since the crowd arrived, they've stayed occupied making friends, like Powers and Johnson.

"I think the whole experience of waiting is the best part of this. It makes the whole movie better," Luna said.

They recalled inside jokes already created on the floor of Cinemark and said despite having to go to school at 7:45 a.m., they planned to go to IHOP after the movie.

"We were excited just to say we did wait in line," Luna said, adding she thinks the lack of sleep will be worth it in the morning.

"I just came for Hermione," her friend, Matthew Morales, 17, joked.

While it was the high schoolers' first time waiting in line for a movie, Powers and Johnson said they've paid their dues at every Potter movie.

"This is better than 'Twilight,'" Powers said. "It's a whole language, it's a whole sport, it's a whole school, it's a whole other world."

The crowd nodded in agreement.

Just then, another set of strangers walked through the maze of Potter fans to get to the showing of "Morning Glory."

"Let me know how it is when you get out," Powers yelled out to the couple. "Cause I'll still be here."



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