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Fans see final Harry Potter movie as a bittersweet farewell
'Deathly Hallows Part 2' bring popular film series to a close
"Harry Potter" cast members, from left, Tom Felton, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint pose together at the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" on Monday at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Fans have watched as the four actors have literally grown up on the screen together. - photo by Evan Agostini

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For Harry Potter fans, the end is near.

After tomorrow's release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2" fans of the series will no longer have any new material to look forward to.

"It's bittersweet. I can't wait to see it, but I hate to see the series end," said Lori Geiger, an Oakwood resident.

"It's hard to find something that appeals to everyone in the family, but "Harry Potter" has done that for us. My oldest daughter started reading the books when she was in middle school and everyone else - even my husband - got into it.

"Over the years we've had a standing family date to see the movies on opening night."

The Harry Potter movement began in the U.S. with the release of the first book, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," in 1998. The novel was the first of seven in the series created by author J.K. Rowling. The last installation, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," was released in 2007.

Each of the books were turned into full-length movies, with the first one hitting theaters in 2001.

For some die-hard fans, while the movies have been enjoyable, nothing beats the original format.

"Movies are never as good as the books," said Clayton Whitt, a Flowery Branch resident.

"And with the books, you get to savor each page. The movie scenes fly by. You don't get much time to enjoy them."

Over the years, Potter fans haven't been able to get enough of the series' goblets of fire, games of Quidditch and invisibility cloaks. They've been known to go to great lengths to get their next fix - including attending special showings of the movies on opening night.

"I'll be there (Friday at midnight) and I'm even wearing a costume," said Melissa Crain, a Gainesville State College student.

The self-proclaimed Potter "fanatic" says she's been following the series since she was in fifth grade.

"It's just such a great story that everyone can relate to," Crain said.

"I think everyone likes to think they would make the same choices as Harry, if put in his situation."