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Crossroads fans Potter-crazed

By Camille Doty
July 14, 2011 at 2:14 a.m.
Updated July 15, 2011 at 2:15 a.m.

Early arrivals, from left, Joshua Clevenger, Alex Halepaska, Jacob Cadengo and Alicia Caballero, wait at the front of the line to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" on Thursday afternoon at Cinemark 12. Cousins Caballero and Cadengo arrived at the theater around 10:30 a.m. to see the 12:01 a.m. premiere of the last installment of the Harry Potter series.

Alicia Caballero waited in line for 14 hours to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." She said she wanted the best seat in the house, and she didn't mind waiting.

"It's going by pretty quick. We thought the day would drag on," she said.

Caballero said she passed the time getting on Netflix, playing cards, and of course, reading "Harry Potter."

Twenty-three-year-old Caballero and her cousin, Jacob Cadengo, arrived at Cinemark Theatres 30 minutes before the doors opened to secure their positions for the Harry Potter finale.

The highly anticipated film already sold out in 5,000 theaters nationwide before the Friday opening, according to a Fandango press release. The film has claimed this year's top spot in presale tickets.

Victoria's cinema numbers are trending with the national average. Crossroads fans began purchasing tickets as soon as they became available in June.

Jarred Boothe, of Cinemark, is not too fazed by fans overwhelming response, "This is the norm for Potter movies," he said.

The assistant manager also said three of the four midnight showings were sold out. He said only a few remaining seats in the 180-person theater were open as of 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Some fans got a double dose of Potter because Cinemark also showed "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" to 280 moviegoers.

Tracy Rother and Melissa Johnson of Hallettsville, got first dibs on the back-to-back films. They arrived at 2 p.m. for the 9 p.m. showing. It's not bizarre to these sisters to continue the tradition of firsts.

"It's Harry freakin' Potter. It's a good story," said Johnson. She has literally waited since last year for the final film and had a counter on her phone to prove it.

Some early arrivers were able to sit comfortably in doors.

And that was an added bonus for fans like Kristin Rendon and Jessica Aguirre who dressed in Gryffindor robes. They went to work at Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in costume. Both packed a bag with umbrellas and sunscreen in case they had to wait outside.

Rendon's birthday is on Friday and the finale is "Happy Birthday Harry Potter Extranvaganza." She also said she gets butterflies thinking about the unique feat.

Early arriver Caballero may be dressed casually in jeans and a T-shirt, but her feelings are deeply seeded in Potter fashion and story. She said some scenes in the Harry Potter books have brought her to tears. But she admitted the movies had to grow on her.

The recent graduate from Baylor said she has high hopes for the film.

"As a fan, you'll have to see how it plays out," she said.

Caballero said she wants to see a fight scene with Professor Snape brought to justice.

She may be uncertain of the movies outcome, but she was confident about her first place in line.

"We've all gotten out of line. But we respect our places," she said.

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