Some moviegoers want to be Death Eaters. Photos: Tina Zhu

By Tina Zhu

It’s 10:40 p.m. in Downtown Berkeley, and the line at the United Artists Theater near Shattuck and Bancroft has already started moving. The last Harry Potter movie has officially hit cinemas nationwide.

A pretty good attempt at the core three characters

Hundreds of excited moviegoers banded around the edge of the Berkeley Public Library in anticipation of the midnight showing on Thursday night. According to theater employee Yurida Ramos, devoted fans started lining up for the film at least around 1:00 p.m.

“Since this is the last one, people are more excited,” said Ramos, who has worked for the Berkeley UA 7 for a year and a half. “A lot more dressed up this year.”

Five UA screens played the film at midnight, and two played at 3:00 a.m. Pre-sale tickets were sold out for every showing except for one of the 3:00 a.m. showings.

“Harry Potter is one of the busiest consistently every time,” said Assistant Manager Andrew Morales. “There’s a bigger following for this than Twilight.”

Although Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II marks the end of the Harry Potter saga, not all has been said and done. Author J. K. Rowling is launching website Pottermore in October, where — for some of us — the magic will continue.

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  1. What fun to share in the fun of this cultural experience:  the end of Harry Potter movies.

    Yesterday, Thursday evening, there was a line along the library wall n Shattuck for the first, midnight showings on Friday as early as 5 p.m. It’s not kids. The crowd looks like were, maybe, middle schoolers when Harry Potter books first came out. Young adults, not little kids, although I am sure many tweens and teens will go see this movie.

    Today, at 6 p.m. ish Friday, there was a line just like you see in the first photo here, with the green library wall in back ground.  There were young adults with sleeping bags, chairs . . and, yes, costumes.

    I want to see the movie. I’ve enjoyed all of them. But I am waiting until the crowd thins out.  I guess I am not a fanatic, just a fan.

  2. Surreal photos.  I hope all those Death Eaters got tickets, or who knows what they could unleash upon our town.