Thousands Stand in Line for Harry Potter Movie

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

It was a wild scene at Tallahassee Mall's AMC 20 Theatre around seven Thursday evening. That's because July 15th marked the beginning of the end for the Happy Potter movies.

Hundreds of people lined the hallways trying to get a coveted seat for the 8th and final installment, which opened at midnight.

Theater employees say they sold more than 3,000 tickets - that was five hours before the movie's premier.

"When I was really, really little, my brother would read it to me, and then when I got older I read the series again, and by that point I was old enough to go to the movies so I've been to almost like every premier," said Harry Potter fan, Laura Ippolito.

Employees say they will show the movie in 16 of their 20 theaters at midnight. It will run again at 3:15 Friday morning. They've sold nearly 1,000 tickets for that viewing.

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  • by Vacuna Location: Tallahassee on Jul 15, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    I wonder if those with negative opinions of Harry Potter and kids having good, legal, clean fun have ever heard of Star Trek or Star Wars.........
  • by Wendy Location: Tallahassee on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    I am a 44 year old professional and absolutely love Harry Potter. However, that being said, I have no desire to stand in line for a ticket. Would rather wait until the crowds die down some and watch in peace.
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      by Sarah on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to Wendy
      LOL! I agree Wendy. Most of the kids had purchased tickets weeks in advance and were actually waiting for the theater to open. I will wait another week myself and probably go on Sunday morning when few people are there and the price is lower.
  • by Sarah Location: Tallahassee on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    The fan world of Potter isn’t just about the books or movies. It’s about making Hogwarts and the lives of the characters come alive through music, writing their own stories online, being with fellow Potter fans or bonding over the common love for a book. It’s about love, friendship, good versus evil, doing what’s right, protecting your friends, and seeing the good out of the worst people.
  • by Karen Location: Tallahassee on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:08 AM
    I'm so happy I am still young enough to remember when things were exciting enough to stand in line for. Yes it will show more than once, yes these kids will someday breed. Who cares?? There is nothing wrong with fun!! P.S. Nerds?? that was 20 years ago. Step aside Gramps
  • by PinkNinjja Location: Tallahasee on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    What is wrong with you guys? ALL generations have their fun....'Rocky Horror Picture Show' still has a wonderful following. Let these kids have fun, they are using their right and left brains ! I'm not a Harry Potter Fan, but, wow.....get off your soap boxes and let them enjoy themselves...the kids I know that are into it are straight A students with great personalities. People who do not allow individuality are not movers and shakers. What is wrong with a playful break from the reality of this world that has been created for them to have to deal with? Everyone deserves to have a great time, as long as it is legal and no one gets hurt -- GET OVER YOURSELVES........... Creativity and Artistic behavior are wonderful things!
  • by Carol Location: Tallahassee on Jul 15, 2011 at 09:49 AM
    Muggle! Disbelivers! Go see Winny the Pooh. That's about your speed!
  • by Ogre on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:41 AM
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      by Carol on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:15 AM in reply to Ogre
      Wow! You speak parcel tongue!
  • by Franklin on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    And these thousand are allowed to breed and have children. No wonder we're in a mess.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM in reply to Franklin
      These people are the ones who have imagination and will read series' like this to their children instead of just plopping them down in front of the TV and shoving a controller from some video game in their hands. These people are the ones that probably make more money then you do and their children will make more money that yours will also. No wonder you sound bitter. What people do for fun and in their social life is their business. Who are you to judge them?
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        by Franklin on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM in reply to
        Sitting in a movie theater rather than being outdoors is an absolute waste of time. I used to go to movies but I got smart and asked myself what purpose does this serve and I realized, none. As for being judgmental, you make a lot of assumptions about a whole lot of people in your paragraph, that you cannot know to be true; give it up. I indeed, am VERY judgmental, where you are hypocritical.
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      by Sarah on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM in reply to Franklin
      The reason we are in a mess? Gosh, I didn't see Gov. Scott or President Obama there. Are they fans too?
  • by Carol Location: Tallahassee on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:54 AM
    This was a one time event in these kids lives. You muggles missed all the fun! They joined their friends, dressed as characters and took their wands. At the end they arose as one and waved their wands and yelled "I solemnly swear I am up to no good" and sang the Hogwarts song. "Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts, Teach us something please, Whether we be old and bald, Or young with scabby knees, Our heads could do with filling, With some interesting stuff, For now they're bare and full of air, Dead flies and bits of fluff, So teach us things worth knowing, Bring back what we've forgot, Just do your best, we'll do the rest, And learn until our brains all rot.
  • by dog Location: gone on Jul 15, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    GET A JOB .
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 09:20 AM in reply to dog
      Funny thing is, the thirteen people who were in my group along with myself are not only well educated! We all have jobs! So sod it.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM in reply to dog
      I have a good job. I love harry potter and I'm not a child. Whats wrong with that?
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