Harry Potter Countdown: Gearing Up for The Deathly Hallows, Part II

There is no denying that a large segment of the population will probably be sitting in a stadium movie theater when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II debuts shortly after midnight on July 15 (presumably, a larger, more sensible portion of the population will see the movie later that weekend). And why not? Even those of us who aren't die-hard Pott-heads can recognize the significance as one of the largest pop culture franchises in recent history comes to a close. You might even find us in the theater at midnight.

But the folks at CityCentre (800 Town & Country Blvd.) want to see the final Harry Potter film go out with a bang and will host a huge Hogwarts-themed event on July 14 leading up to the midnight showing of the movie. The central plaza will be remade into Diagon Alley, where patrons will be able to buy hand-crafted wands, wizard clothes, jewelry and Potter-themed snacks. Wizard-rock bands KwikSpell and Rouge Bludger will perform.

The event will also try to make history by breaking the world record for largest group of people dressed like Harry Potter at the same time. Seriously, Guinness is going to be there. All you have to do to join in is bring a pair of glasses, a Hogwarts uniform, a wand and a lightning-bolt shaped scar.

A little, I don't know, insane for your taste? Alamo Drafthouse's Mason Park location (531 South Mason Rd. in Katy) will screen all seven of the previous films in a Potter-a-thon that begins at...wait for it...4:30 a.m. on the 14th, leading up to the 12:01 a.m. showing of final movie. That's almost 24 hours of Potter. Because of distribution regulations, the tickets to the marathon (a paltry $25 for all seven films) and tickets to the Deathly Hallows Part IIhave to be sold separately, but Alamo Drafthouse will automatically reserve a seat for the 12:01 show for marathon attendees.

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For those of us with jobs, AMC Gulf Pointe 30 (11801 S. Sam Houston Pkwy.) will show the movies in manageable, bite-sized chunks over the course of the week of the 11th, showing two of the movies each evening leading up to the final movie showing Thursday night. It costs $45 ($20 for just the last two Deathly Hallows movies), but we hear that includes a lanyard and a commemorative booklet if you're not sold on the idea.

And for the rest of you...it's called a DVD player and a sofa.

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