By Lindsey Seavert, WCCO-TV

BLOOMINGTON (WCCO) — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One” premiered at the stroke of midnight Friday morning. It’s the beginning of the end for the story of the world’s most famous Wizard.

Die-hard fans all over have been waiting in line for hours — in costume no less.

At the Mall of America, there were a lot of capes, wands, wizards and lots of caffeine. The theater had to rope off areas just for fans and 10 of the 14 theaters were sold out, which is 2,000 tickets.

The fans’ dedication even extended to college-aged students.

To these fans, the movies are still magic, even after all these years. This is just part one, so fans still can look forward to part two of the finale.

Jasmine Hensworth was the first in line for the Theaters at Mall of American midnight premiere. She knew she had to get there early.

“Around 1, so I’ve been waiting 11 hours,” said Hensworth, 16, of Richfield, who even bought a new Harry Potter shirt for the occasion.

Stacy Hansen and his friends ran to the Mall after leaving South High School and showed up in capes, costumes they even wore all day at school.

“We are actually death eaters. We figured everyone was going to be Harry Potter, so someone had to be the bad guys,” said Hansen. “Why not us?”

Behind them, a group of students from Carleton College dressed in scarves and glasses, read their Harry Potter books out loud to one another, which they called an effort to brush up on the plot before the movie.

“It’s better than ‘Twilight,'” said Claire McGillen. “It’s a magical story that captures your heart.”

McGillen said she was ready for the final adventures of Harry Potter, but the finale still comes too soon for some fans.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking,” said Eleanor Brown, a student who came with her book in hand as well.

The theater at the Mall added a 3 a.m. show due to the level of interest.


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