THE wait is nearly over.
It’s been a decade since eleven-year-old Harry Potter first picked up a wand and muttered: ‘Expelliarmus.’
Fast-forward and millions of fans are anxiously waiting for the last film to cast its final spell upon the world.
Potter fans have endured an agonising wait since ‘The Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ was released last summer, but their patience will be rewarded this Friday.
While the rest of the country sleeps, thousands of fans will attend special midnight screenings in cinemas in Sheffield and nationwide in the dramatic conclusion to the nine-part series.
“1,600 tickets went on sale for the first night and there are less than 500 left,” said Amy Williams, supervisor for Cineworld Sheffield.
“We’ve got people queuing at the door because they want to physically hold their tickets and know their place is secure. Seating isn’t assigned so we’re expecting queues as people get here early to get the seats they want.
“This sort of film opening doesn’t roll around very often, after all.”
What started as a children’s book by an unknown British author has gone on to become one of the most successful film franchises of all time.
Whether you’re a Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, children and adults alike have been caught up in the magic of the unstoppable Harry Potter.
Some hardcore fans have booked the day off work on Fridayto spend one last night with the famous trio.
Other cinemas are showing both films back-to-back so fans can watch the final showdown as JK Rowling originally intended.
“Harry Potter fans can’t get enough,” said Amy.
“If the previous films are anything to go by, they’ll be showing dressed as their favourite characters.
“Our staff love to join in too so there will be quite a few witches and wizards - and maybe even a few Voldemorts!”
With just two days to go, the same questions are on everyone’s lips: Will Ron and Hermione end up together? Will Hogwarts School survive? And can Harry finally crush Voldemort and save the wizarding world?
There’s only one way to find out. See you at 12.01am.
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