Harry Potter fans go potty over the latest

DUBAI — Seven hundred and sixty-four Harry Potter fans packed cinemas at Ibn Battuta Mall’s China Court on Monday night for the Dubai premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

By Zoe Sinclair

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Published: Wed 18 Jul 2007, 9:13 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:12 AM

Most of the eager fans won their place in the queue to see the movie by demonstrating their knowledge and love of all things of Harry Potter.

Joanne, 16 and Jennice Colaco, 15 waited for 45 minutes in the line with Potter mania surrounding them with wizard workshops where children worked on their wands and face paint before settling down in their seats when the movie began just after 8pm.

“It’ll be so exciting,” Joanne exclaimed. The magic of the book was conveyed to the screen with brilliance as directed by David Yates and fans were relieved to see none of their favourite parts had been missed out.

Neha Gupta, 16, has watched all the movies and happily attested to this.

“I’ve watched all of them, this was the best,” she said. “The effects and the story line were great.”

It cost $150 million to make the movie and was the largest worldwide opening in Warner Bros history. Worldwide, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix grossed $333 million in its first weekend in theatres.

The moody dark and magical fifth movie installment has, as always, brilliantly developed characters.

The audience was left wanting more, partly to see more of the movie’s many characters, and the quirks of teachers and the world of Hogwarts, but as much because, as fans would tell you, you can never have enough of Harry Potter.

Predictions for the final book were rife and chatter of the movie echoed around the mall after it finished. The movie debuts to the rest of the UAE tomorrow.

The final book is scheduled to be launched at 3am this Saturday with Monday night’s movie attendees already planning their early morning wake-up call with enthusiasm.

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