- Posted July 15, 2011 by
new York, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
iReport at the movies
NYC: Midnight in 'Harry Potter'
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
The photo above shows “Harry Potter” moviegoers exiting and entering a New York theater around 2:45 a.m. Friday. You usually don’t see a crowd of this size along this section of Broadway at that time. But the “Harry Potter” final movie is attracting masses worldwide. They started buying tickets online for this Upper West Side theater’s “Deathly Hallows: Part 2” Thursday midnight screenings about a month ago.
Ticketholders also began lining up in front of the theater around 8 a.m. Thursday so they could get a good seat. By 7 p.m., the line stretched around the block. A theater staffer played his guitar, entertaining the crowd, helping them pass the time until midnight.
Once inside and seated in the cinema, no one oohed or aahed during the 3:05 a.m. Friday screening. A few clapped afterwards (which is something New Yorkers rarely do). Most exited the auditorium as the credits rolled. But from the looks on their faces, it appeared they were mesmerized by director David Yates’ conclusion to the celebrated books-turned-movies.
As they passed through the theater lobby on their way out, some moviegoers stopped and posed for photos in front of freestanding promotional “Harry Potter” signage. A massive billboard-size sign depicting Harry and Voldemort dueling with their wands summarized the drama in three words: It All Ends.