CHATHAM — Witches and wizards lined up in front of the Crandell Theater at midnight on July 14. With wands and round glasses, adults and children waited for the premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” The movie is the final film adaption of British author J.K Rowling’s bestselling series. Harry Potter books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide.
The second midnight showing of Harry Potter since the Crandell’s reopening in 2010 went off without a hitch. Tickets had been on sale for a week prior, in expectation of the large crowd the film would draw.
The Crandell Theater’s manager Matthew Converse opened the balcony, and it signaled that about 400 muggles were in attendance. The audience screamed in anticipation as the lights dimmed but promptly went silent as Voldemort appeared on screen.
The midnight showing catered largely to a young audience, likely a consequence of the excitement of staying up late. For these moviegoers there was something poetic about the day beginning with the end of the Harry Potter legacy.
Still, the audience had its fair share of adults: adults who had read the books alongside their children, and those who read the series simply because Harry had captured their hearts.
A decade has past with the continual promise of a new release of Harry Potter books and movies. This final show signals the end of an era. First time readers of J.K Rowling’s infamous series will no longer rely on their imaginations to conjure the appearance of the characters. Daniel Radcliffe became Harry Potter in 2001 when “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” was released. Yet, J.K Rowling’s announcement of Pottermore on July 31 will allow audiences to relive Harry Potter through an interactive online medium. It seems that the phrase, uttered by evil Lord Voldemort in the movie,“The boy who lived, come to die” is as misleading in the movie as it is in reality. Pottermore will be open to all in October.
Hudson Movieplex on Fairview Avenue is another Columbia County venue showing Harry Potter. Tickets for adults are $8 and $6 for children. For 3-D ticket prices visit www.hudsonmovieplex8.com
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is rated PG-13. Estimated run time is 125 mins. The film will be at the Crandell Theater until August 4. Go to www.crandelltheatre.org or call 518-392-3331..
For more information on Pottermore visit www.pottermore.com