Potter fans line up for film finale

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More than 100 Harry Potter fans in their finest Hogwarts attire lined up outside Regal Cinema Augusta Exchange Stadium on Thursday night, hours before the first part of the finale opened.

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Katherine Croft (from left), Nat Thames, David Croft and Bill Croft wait in line to see the new Harry Potter movie at Regal 20 Cinemas.  Michael Holahan/Staff
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Katherine Croft (from left), Nat Thames, David Croft and Bill Croft wait in line to see the new Harry Potter movie at Regal 20 Cinemas.

Many were wishing for a warming spell to ward off the chilly air, but some, like Tyler Rosier, were staying quite toasty in their long black robes.

Rosier also sported a "Death Eater" tattoo scribbled in marker on his forearm.

"There's other Slytherin around here," Rosier said about the house at Hogwarts he represented.

Gwen Blount-Nuss, who traveled with Rosier and several other friends from Georgia Southern University to experience the movie in IMAX, was excited to see her favorite book in film.

"It's definitely the most epic book," Blount-Nuss said. "It's all leading up to this."

For Rosier and others, the movie marked a bittersweet moment as the billion-dollar franchise comes to a close next summer with the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows .

That will put an end to an era for the Croft family of Evans, who have attended book and movie release parties for years.

Bill Croft sported a homemade blue cape imprinted with stars and a floppy cap as homage to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry headmaster Albus Dumbledore.

His wife, Tricia, and daughter Katherine had similar outfits and chatted excitedly about the midnight showing.

Katherine Croft said the books teach important lessons about the loyalty of friends and how our choices, not abilities, mold who we are.

"I'm going to miss Hogwarts," she said.

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GhostlyAtom 11/19/10 - 06:49 am
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omg.....Grow up people.

omg.....Grow up people.

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GoGators2010 11/19/10 - 07:40 am
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This sort of reminds me of

This sort of reminds me of the StarWars craze.

"Several hard-core Star Wars fans who had tickets for the first showing actually said that when the movie finally began, they started crying. Mainly because they realized that it's 22 years later, and they still haven't lost their virginity."
-Conan O'Brien

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DreamBig 11/19/10 - 08:03 am
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Harry Potter is awesome!!!

Harry Potter is awesome!!! Can't wait to see it tonight!!!

spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 11/19/10 - 08:55 am
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@GoGators2010 - You beat me

@GoGators2010 - You beat me to the punch!

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Dudeness 11/19/10 - 09:02 am
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Wow. I didn't know that

Wow. I didn't know that people like this existed in Augusta. Apparently there weren't enough though, so some had to be imported.

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Mwilli5009 11/19/10 - 09:31 am
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The people that say grow up

The people that say grow up have not read the series and don't understand what this series means to culture as a whole. The movies are so-so, but they wouldn't exist without the more successful book series. They are a masterpiece only comparable to the best of their respective eras: Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Milton's Paradise Lost/Regained, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, etc.

Read them before you judge them.

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InChristLove 11/19/10 - 10:10 am
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Some feel this is nonsense

Some feel this is nonsense and people should grow up. Personally I think it's great when people can have fun. I see no difference in this that dressing up for a Halloween or costume party.

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Insider Information 11/19/10 - 11:24 am
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Does Harry Potter really die

Does Harry Potter really die in the first scene?

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burninater 11/19/10 - 11:33 am
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Ghostly, Gators, spotted, and

Ghostly, Gators, spotted, and dudeness, I assume that you have the same reaction to people decked out in their SEC football costumes ...

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Chillen 11/19/10 - 11:57 am
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I was going to go to the

I was going to go to the premier but I lost my wizard hat & cape....

burninater
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burninater 11/19/10 - 12:05 pm
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Thankfully this didn't

Thankfully this didn't premier in Warrenville, the wizard costumes would have looked quite different ...

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Dixieman 11/19/10 - 02:28 pm
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And what a sophisticated,

And what a sophisticated, good-looking group they are....

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Farmboy 11/19/10 - 04:02 pm
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Real men don't go to Harry

Real men don't go to Harry Potter movies.

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spotted_assassin 11/19/10 - 04:54 pm
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Chuck Norris accidentally saw

Chuck Norris accidentally saw a Harry Potter movie......

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tyler_rosier2002 11/28/10 - 05:34 pm
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Okay, the comment "scribbled

Okay, the comment "scribbled in marker" should more accurately be "painstakingly recreated in stunning detail." Also, to all the haters out there...I have no comment because your life sucks enough without Harry Potter so I won't make it any worse.

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