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Fans pull all-nighter for Harry Potter finale

Sam Murray and Kelsi Leaming lined up more than 26 hours in advance of the first local showing of the final installment of the Harry Potter series at SilverCity Riverport at midnight Thursday. - Martin van den Hemel photo
Sam Murray and Kelsi Leaming lined up more than 26 hours in advance of the first local showing of the final installment of the Harry Potter series at SilverCity Riverport at midnight Thursday.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Compared to bungee jumping and sky diving, hunkering down outside a theatre, and napping inside a sleeping bag overnight doesn't quite register in the "crazy stunts" department for Richmond's Sam Murray and Kelsi Leaming.

But the 19-year-olds friends, who have both grown up with the Harry Potter series since they were in elementary school, were willing to go the extra mile for bragging rights to be first at SilverCity Riverport for the first showing.

So at 10 a.m. on Wednesday night, after they stocked up on grocery store supplies, the long-time friends did a repeat of what they've done for the previous two installments.

"It's just a really good story and you get into it," said Leaming, whose favourite character is Harry Potter.

Murray agreed.

"They grew up when we grew up," said Murray, who prefers Neville Longbottom, who plays a significant role in the finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Dozens of other teens and young adults dressed up like their favourite characters, some colouring their hair, others wearing costumes and fan T-shirts as they played board games, texted and tweeted.

 

 

 

 

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