Midnight madness: 'Deathly Hallows, Part 1' sets a Harry Potter record
Midnight screenings bring home $24 million for 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1,' as costumed and spell-chanting fans throng movie theaters across the country.
The first half of the Harry vs. Lord Voldemort showdown, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," summoned a $24 million box office at some 3,700 midnight screenings nationwide – a record midnight-screening take for the Potter franchise, and one that has been surpassed only by the last two Twilight films.Skip to next paragraph
In Pictures Harry Potter fan frenzy
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From New York to Los Angeles and Delaware, Ohio to Walnut Creek, Calif., bespectacled and spell-chanting fans of J.K. Rowling’s saga of “the boy who lived” turned out early Friday to bond in the dead of night, clad in the colors of the rival Gryffindor and Slytherin houses.
Many of these faux-butter-beer-quaffing denizens of the late-night event knew full well they would be expected at their jobs Friday morning.
Kristina Moy, a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who is also an (unpaid) staff member of the International Quidditch Association, turned up somewhat bleary-eyed at 10 a.m. for her customer service job at a digital print shop in Hadley, Mass. She says she can't wait to get off work at 5, so she can gather with friends to talk about the film.
The day's sleepiness aside, she says, there was nothing like the group event. "It just brought all kinds of people together," she says. The 22-year-old adds that she attended with her quidditch team, "dressed in our team colors, maroon and white, which is sort of ‘Gryffindory' I guess," referring to Harry's house, one of four at the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.