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JEREMY OLDS
Last updated 05:00 09/07/2011
UNDERCOVER: Imojen Hancock reaquaints herself with the world of Harry Potter as her long wait to see the last film of the series is about to end.
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UNDERCOVER: Imojen Hancock reaquaints herself with the world of Harry Potter as her long wait to see the last film of the series is about to end.

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It will be an exciting week for Hutt Valley High School pupil Imojen Hancock, 15, as she awaits the release of the last Harry Potter movie.

Imojen read the seventh and final book of the series in just 10 hours when she was 11 and says she is just as big a fan as she was then, "maybe even more".

"There's no other story like it."

Imojen hopes to join hundreds of other muggles around Wellington at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two as it flies into cinemas this Thursday. "I'm glad the last movie has come out – it's such an exciting story."

Movie theatres are reporting sellout sessions for the midnight premiere. Tickets to the Embassy Theatre's midnight screening in Courtenay Place sold out almost two months in advance, said cinema attendant Chris Swney.

"We also have screenings at 3am and 6.30am so people can watch it before work," he said. "We're having an all-night Harry Potter pyjama party."

Fans attending the Embassy Theatre's 3D screenings can expect extra magic, as Event Cinemas had secured four minutes of world exclusive behind-the-scenes footage that will screen before all 3D movie sessions.

Reading Cinema in Courtenay Place had sold out all 3D midnight screenings and several 2D sessions but further screenings would be opened as demand called for it.

Cinema complex manager Erik Stevens said they had been running weekly screenings of the previous films to "help get people familiar with Harry growing up".

At the Roxy theatre in Miramar, a 9pm Wednesday screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One will be followed by an extravagant "Harry Potter-style buffet dessert" leading into the midnight premiere, said cinema operations manager Daminda Dias.

The theatre would also award a prize for best costume.

Kilbirnie Children's Bookstore bookseller Kim Gruschow said the movies recharged interest in the books, pushing sales up again. "There's a new generation of kids who are now old enough to see the movies and want to read the books."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two opens at 12.01am on July 14.

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