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Harry Potter Opens in Theaters; Draws Crowds, Costumes

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PASCO, Wash.-- Sold out shows across the Tri-Cities highlight today's opening of the sixth Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

Already the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, this "Harry Potter" will compete with last month's release of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" for highest grossing film of the summer.

"WE HAD ALL SOLD OUT SHOWS LAST NIGHT IN ALL 12 THEATERS WE HAVE FOR THE MIDNIGHT SHOW." said Jeff Fairchild, owner of Fairchild Cinemas in Pasco.

In addition to numerous sell-outs across the area, younger fans of the Harry Potter franchise had a party at the Academy of Children's Theater in Richland. They played games, made wands and dressed as their favorite characters from the "Potter" series.

"Half Blood Prince" grossed over $22 million in midnight ticket sales last night, according to Warner Bros. Today, the film, which cost over $400 million to make, could pass "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" for highest grossing Wednesday ever. "Transformers" set the record last month with over $60 million in ticket sales on their opening Wednesday.

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