East Texans gather for some movie magic

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It doesn't matter if you're tired, your feet hurt, you have work in the morning, or you're standing in a line that's wrapping around the building, at least not to die-hard Harry Potter fans.

"We are big Harry Potter fans and nerds, otherwise, we would not be dressed up like this," said Claire Wallace. Her mom Kelly Wallace said, "We brought about nine girls to come see the movie. We've been looking forward to it and planning it since New Year's Eve."

"I forced all my friends to come, like all 30 of them," said Whitney Greenup. "I was like, 'You're all coming.' So, I just came and bought like $100 worth of tickets.

However, for many a chance to see their favorite star is priceless.

"I'm here because I'm really pumped to see Harry Potter," said Zachary Wilke. "They've been getting better and better since they started them."

"Me and my friends all wanted to come out here and we thought it would be cool if it was a midnight showing," said Tanner Kassaw.

"I came here because I've seen all the other ones, and I thought they were pretty good and it just seemed like this one's going to be better than all the rest of them," said Will Chance.

Some just couldn't pass up a good deal.

"Mainly because my parents brought me out here," said Mark Lognion. "They're paying for my movie so I figured I'd get a free movie out of it."

"I'm here with a friend and it's a lot of fun," said Bryan Bradley. "I just really want to see the movie."

Potter followers whizzed out of the theater, some of them drying their tears.

"It was really good," Claire Wallace said. "It was really sad at the end and people were crying and bawling and my eyes were watering, but it made me laugh lot."

"I did cry," Emma Mills admitted.

For some, those were tears of joy for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

"I thought it was really good," Michelle Prince said. "For many Harry Potter fans that read the book it would be kind of disappointing because they leave out a lot of stuff."

"The writing and the acting on this one was a heck of a lot better than the other five films," Mills explained.

"I really enjoyed it, like, after the 5th one, which was a major disappointment, this one definitely met my expectations," said Jade Wilson.

However, not everyone was thrilled with the new flick.

"It was a good movie," said William Beaird. "I liked it. I'm definitely going to buy it when it comes out, but, man, I was hoping for more."

"All in all, it was a really good movie, but there's a big battle at the end of the sixth book and they didn't put it in the movie," Kayla Van Natta said.

"I think the movies have gotten not as good every time, so it was a little bit disappointing," said Megan Tong.

One mom was disappointed the sixth film means the end is coming.

"It makes me sad because this is the end of an era for kids that grew up with Harry Potter and it's just sad because it's almost over," Kelly Whitehead said.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" brought in $22 million from midnight screenings, that breaks the record set by that most recent batman movie, "The Dark Knight."

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