in St. Charles looked like a Hogwarts rally as thousands gathered hours before the midnight opening of the final Harry Potter movie.
Employees said people were waiting at the door with blankets at 10:30 a.m. By 8 p.m., the lines snaked along the walls and into the main hallway with camp chairs, with people playing cards and costumed theater-goers reciting some of the famous lines from the movies.
Theater manager Randy Pollock cheerily walked through the lobby wearing his yellow- and red-striped scarf, a staple of the Hogwarts uniform.
All 18 theaters were sold out for the midnight show of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2, a total of 2,615 seats.
The movie is the second part of the last book and marks the end of the Harry Potter series.