Harry Potter film casts spell on fans

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Harry Potter fans are flocking to theaters for the last installment of the series.

Hundreds of fans packed the Muvico at CityPlace in West Palm Beach for the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Folks donned their best Harry Potter costumes.

Many bought tickets weeks in advance.

"I actually spent Tuesday and Wednesday and this morning (Thursday)... re-reading the book so that I'd know what was going on," said one. "Me and my friends have been really looking forward to it, we figured we'd get into character and here we are," said another.

The movie is expected to surpass the box office record that 'Dark Knight' set in 2008. That film brought in more than $158 million in its first weekend.

If fan frenzy is strong enough, "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" could become the first of the eight "Harry Potter" films to top $1 billion at the box office worldwide.

The record-holder remains the franchise's first film, 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," with $974.8 million globally.

The finale generally has earned glowing reviews from critics.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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