When local Harry Potter enthusiasts take their seats for the midnight premier of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the wee hours of Friday, it will mark the end of a decade-long entertainment phenomenon.
The Harry Potter movies have broken box office records with each of its seven premiers, overtaking Star Wars and James Bond as the most successful movie franchise in history.
Earlier this week, Barbara and John Schmid and their 15-year-old son Joshua of Glen Burnie were looking at a giant Harry Potter display in the lobby of in Westfield Annapolis mall and talking about the movies' impact on their lives.
Joshua received his first magic kit when he was 6 years old. He is now a well-established magician who has performed at churches, private parties, senior centers and the .
“I think the Harry Potter series helped spike my interest in magic,” he said. “Magic under the right circumstances can have an emotional connection through the magician. I’ve had folks say to me that my tricks have made their day or made them feel happy. It is an escape from reality.”
Joshua said he looks forward to seeing how the final battle between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort pans out in the movie.
His mom said she is saddened to see the movie series come to an end, noting that the movies and books have spanned her son’s life.
“We’ve seen all the movies so far and like to compare them to the books,” she said.
The family plans to see the final movie, they won’t make the midnight show “unless someone gives us tickets,” John Schmid said with a laugh.
Box Office Magic
Dan Herrle, general manager at Bow Tie Cinemas Annapolis Mall 11, has seen all the movies except Deathly Hallows Part 1. He said this week is so busy he doubts he’ll have a chance to view it before the premier of Part 2.
“Harry Potter is like nothing else we’ve seen," he said. "I’m going to miss it. It’s been a great business for us throughout the years. It’s definitely an important part of the movie industry.”
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