"Potter" fans hope to keep magic alive after movie
By Paula Rogo
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Think Harry Potter has seen his end? Think again!
Avid fans of the books and movies about the British boy wizard are determined that even after "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" has come and gone from movie theaters, their hero of Hogwarts will live on forever.
The final film in the series of blockbusters based on J.K. Rowling's hugely popular novels telling of battles between good and evil in a fantasy world of witchcraft hits theaters this week, unleashing Pottermania upon the world once again. And the men, women, boys and girls who are donning invisible capes to celebrate want to make sure the fun will last.
In Orlando on Wednesday, 3400 crazed fans converged on LeakyCon, one of the largest "Harry Potter" conventions, for a five-day event sponsored by the popular "Potter" fan site, The Leaky Cauldron. The event was purposefully arranged for this week when organizers learned the release date of the movie.
"We gave two years notice so that people could budget to get here," said Melissa Anelli, Leaky Cauldron "webmistress" and best-selling author of "Harry, A History."
"It means that we have a big party together -- an ideal experience for Harry Potter fans," she said.
Their world was born in 1997 with the release of Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Fast forward 14 years later, and the franchise includes seven best-selling books and eight blockbuster movies. The novels have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide, while the movies are all among the top grossing films of all time with more than $6.4 billion in global ticket sales, combined.
Many fans have met friends and built communities around "Potter" lore, and they see no reason to end relationships just because the final "Potter" tale has been told. Continued...