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Harry Potter casts a money spell on Tri-Cities movie theaters

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PASCO, Wash. -- The final Harry Potter film hits theaters at midnight. and if you didn't get tickets in advance, you're probably out of luck.

Tickets for Deathly Hallows 2 were gone by noon Wednesday in Kennewick and Pasco.

1662 seats sold out  just at Fairchild Cinemas, where dozens were camped out overnight and Thursday afternoon to grab good seats.   At $9.50 a ticket and a dollar extra for the 3- shows, that's a very profitable film.

"Right now we've sold seven screens so far for part one.  The people who go to part one at 8:00pm will have priority seating for the midnight show,"says the general manager Mamie Gale.

In Kennewick, things were the same.  Carmike Theaters did not get the rights to show Harry Potter, but Regal Columbia 8 also sold out more than 800 seats.

The Majestic Theater in Yakima also sold out five entire theaters.

The Harry Potter  franchise is worth an estimated 1$5 billion dollars.   Forbes estimates author JK Rowling is worth an estimated one billion, making her book series the highest grossing films of all time.

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