Rowling rides the Hogwarts Express to one more box-office hit

Potter premieres with midnight showing in Prattville - Photo by Marc Parker
Latest Potter premieres with midnight showing in Prattville - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opened nationwide on Wednesday, July 15, with special 12:01 AM showings. For a ticket price of $15, longtime Potter fans (and new ones, too) were treated to a marathon of the first five installments of the Harry Potter film franchise that began at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, July 14, at Carmike Cinemas across the country.

Potter pundits were scurrying to purchase tickets more than twelve hours before the premiere of the new film and movie theaters were selling out within three hours of going on sale. The movie finished just behind Star Wars; Episode III: Revenge of the Sith in advance sales.

Hundreds of cars filled the Carmike Promenade Cinema 12 on Tuesday night in anticipation of the continuing saga of Potter, now in his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is rated PG for scary images, some violence, language, and mild sensuality. It stars the original trio who made the first five movies a box-office success: Daniel Radcliff as Harry, Emma Watson as Hermione, and Rupert Grint as Ron.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the seventh and final novel by British author J. K. Rowling, and a two-part film adaptation is planned; the first of which is set to open in November of 2010.

Article by Melissa Parker

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