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Something about Harry

April E. ClarkGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. They’re the biggest two words since “Star Wars.””Harry Potter” has fans lining up at movie theaters and anticipating the release of the last installment of the book series based on the young wizard’s life.On Wednesday, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” raked in $44.8 million, the best single-day gross ever for a movie on a Wednesday. At Movieland in El Jebel, tickets sold out fast for the film, which shows on two screens.”We were so busy,” said Guille Villa, Movieland assistant manager and projectionist. “The kids, they really liked it.”

“Order of the Phoenix” is the fifth installment of the movie franchise based on J.K. Rowling’s fantasy best-sellers featuring teen wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) teaching classmates magic spells to defend themselves against the coming battle with the forces of dark Lord Voldemort.”javascript:doBilde(2);In terms of box office, the law of diminishing returns does not apply to ‘Harry Potter.’ It seems to be getting better with age,” said Paul Dergarabedian, Media By Numbers president, who noted in an Associated Press report that the July 21 publication of the seventh and final “Harry Potter” novel likely helped drive interest in the latest film.Next Saturday’s release of the novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” has everyone talking about Harry’s fate.”What everybody would love to see is me having ditched school and then just going wild,” said Daniel Radcliffe, star of the “Harry Potter” movies, in an Associated Press report. “That’s what I’m determined not to give them.”

Glenwood Springs bookstore Book Train is expecting many excited “Harry Potter” fans to line up late Friday night, in costume, to secure the first copies of “Deathly Hallows.””We already have 50 people signed up for at least one reserved copy each,” Book Train manager Carole O’Brien said. “We anticipate a lot of interest.”O’Brien said the store ordered enough copies for everyone. A party at the Book Train starts at 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 20, with a costume contest, treats, games and door prizes.”At 12:01 we can start selling the book,” O’Brien said.



Town Center Booksellers, Basalt Regional Library and the Toklat Gallery are also hosting a magical costume party beginning at 8 p.m. at the library. Purchase “Deathly Hollows” in advance and save $5.Through the Looking Glass Bookstore in downtown Glenwood Springs is going all out for the last installment in the Harry Potter series, hosting Harry’s likeness for a meet-and-greet and autograph session. Dennis Bader who is organizing the July 21 car show taking place that day will escort the Harry Potter look-a-like and deliver the books in his purple Ford Model T at 9 a.m.Look for the kid with the glasses and wand.The Associate Press contributed to this report.

Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. 16601aclark@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO


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