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Jonesboro, AR -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Harry Potter Hype Hits Region 8

July 11, 2007 -- Posted at 9:49 p.m. CDT

Jonesboro, AR - Millions of Muggles flocked to movie theatres across the country today to catch the latest installment of the Harry Potter series. Warner Brothers reports that "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" earned $12 million dollars in midnight screenings last night and is on track to transform to the number one spot at the box office.

"I think it's going to be pretty good as long as they keep with the story line, it should be pretty good," said Potter fan Mark Bonneau.

It's the fifth Harry Potter film...and an adaptation of the longest J.K. Rowling book.

"I've been talking about it for several months, been seeing what's going on, reading local magazines, reading reviews just to see if I really wanted to come see it and I'm like, I'm not missing it for anything!" exclaimed fan Ashley Berry.

The 138 minute long film is rated PG-13 and has been reviewed as the darkest of the Potter series.

 The Harry hype was in full gear on Wednesday as fans came out to see "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," but the true fans are holding their breath to find out Harry's fate in his final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," scheduled to be released next Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

"As first I started reading it because no one else was, and then everyone else started reading it and I was like, I might as well keep reading it too.  The books are great, so we'll see what happens in the rest of it," said Berry.

And one thing is for certain...there's no age limit on being a Potter fan!

"My grandma, she's 70 and she's a big fan of Harry Potter," laughed Derek Lawson.

The film was also released Wednesday in IMAX theatres with the final 20 minutes of the movie in 3D.

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