Fan becomes star in his own right at Potter premiere

Camille Doty

July 15, 2011 at 2:15 a.m.

Jake Weist, 8, looks a little shocked when his Mermaid Love Potion has a reaction at a Harry Potter party.

Jake Weist, 8, looks a little shocked when his Mermaid Love Potion has a reaction at a Harry Potter party.

Jake Weist wasn't even born when Harry Potter was first released.

But in his eight short years of life, he's managed to get up to speed.

"My favorite is (Harry Potter and) the Sorcerer's Stone." When asked why, he said "because Harry has the Sorcerer's stone."

Jake began celebrating the Harry Potter finale with a movie marathon and a party. His aunt, Carolyn Guerra, and mother Linda Lagrone spent two days preparing perfect Potter decorations and treats.

During the party, he made a Mermaid Love Potion.

He successfully concocted the recipe, which caused a small explosion.

"Whoa!" he said as he settled further into his chair.

The love for Harry Potter is shared with his family including his grandmother Grace Brown.

"I've read them all. Having grandkids you get involved in it," she said. "It's kinda fun."

Other Crossroads Potterphiles tested their knowledge in an Owl Test. Jake answered the questions first and correctly. And as a prize he received Quidditch goggles.

In excitement he said, "All I need now is a broomstick."

Jake was alert and ready to catch the midnight premiere. His family bought tickets weeks in advance. The close-knit group of family and friends arrived around 11 p.m. Jake emulated Potter with a Gryffindor costume. But he did need a little convincing from his mother.

Lines wrapped around the Cinemark Theatre as more than 700 fans anticipated the series finale.

The local theater had four midnight showings to meet record demand.

Nationally, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" has already earned $43.5 million with the Friday midnight shows alone, according to the Associated Press.

Jake may have waited in line to see the Harry Potter celebrities, but he became a star in his own right. Other movie-goers asked to take pictures with the little Gryffindor.

This 8-year-old Potter fan was not disappointed with the finale, "It was awesome," he said.



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