Harry Potter Fans Gather By The Hundreds

by Kim Tewalt on July 15, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Hundreds gathered outside Cinemark at the Colony Square Mall in Zanesville, for the final Harry Potter premiere.

Fans started arriving as soon as the mall opened to get in line for the second half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and last part of the series. People had laptops, cards, cell phones, and guitars to help pass the time. To some fans, however, the series has a deeper meaning.

"I started reading the series when I was 7, and I haven’t stopped since." said Ashley Lavaki, who got in line around 10 a.m.. "The movies have been such an inspiration because I was bullied all through elementary school, and Harry helped me through that."

Lavaki said she related so well to the series because she felt like she had a connection to the characters in it. Others say the relate well because they like the storyline.

"How everybody comes together, and how they are fighting evil." said fan Shania Taylor. "How there is good, and everybody is trying to destroy the dark lord."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two, arrived in theatres at midnight on Friday across the country.