Potter passion hit Stephenville Tuesday night with the sold out midnight showing of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth movie based on the best selling Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Potter maniacs will continue their high into next week with the release of the 724 page, seventh and final book, on July 21, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
Cinema 6 Manager Jeff Rogers said about 350 people turned out for the movie and by 5 p.m. on Tuesday he had pre-sold all of the tickets for the first two showings of the movie on Wednesday. The movie is rated PG-13.
Rogers said he expects to show the movie for the next six to eight weeks depending on how long interest holds out. The cost is $2.25 for anyone before 6 p.m. and $4.25 for ages 12 and up after 6 p.m.
Hastings Manager, Tonya Vaughn, said customers have been reserving copies of the new book since May. Vaughn said she has access to 500 books and has already reserved more than 300 copies. For a $5 deposit that can be used toward the purchase of a book anyone can reserve a copy until the close of business on July 19, Vaughn said. On the following Friday, Vaughn said manual reservations will be taken but that will not guarantee a book to the customer. The reservation price is $20.99, after the book comes out it will be $29.99.
The store is preparing for a blowout party to begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 20, to celebrate the new book.
Vaughn said at the last party more than 200 people were in attendance from small children to adults and lots wore costumes. Prizes will be given for best costume in both categories, she said. But the winner of the child’s costume contest will receive a copy of the new book.
Vaughn said party-goers can expect a trivia contest, broom races, wizard bingo and Bertie Botts guessing game activities. Everyone that comes through the door will receive some kind of prize.
Vaughn said Harry Potter’s favorite drink, “butter beer,” (a concoction of ginger ale and butterscotch syrup) will be sold for $1 a cup and other refreshments will be offered.
“It’s family oriented,” Vaughn said. “Adults are just as in to it as the kids.”
At midnight patrons will line up to purchase their reserved copy and then it’ll be “turn out the lights the party’s over.”