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Hogwarts heaven: New ‘Harry Potter’ casts spell on fans

By Oren Yaniv and Bill Hutchinson

There was enough magic outside the Ziegfeld Theater yesterday to make a mass of muggles scream. Thousands of Harry Potter fans crowded outside the W. 57th St. cinema for the U.S. premiere of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

Screams echoed through midtown when Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who portrays the boy wizard, showed up with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who play Harry’s pals Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

“New York is such an amazing place to simply be,” Radcliffe, 16, told the Daily News. “You just get a feeling of electricity coming from everybody.”

Among the Potter fanatics who swooped in yesterday was Eryn Cody, 16, who drove up with three friends from their home in Manassas, Va., just to see the red carpet action.

“We are obsessed with Harry Potter and will give anything to see them,” Eryn said of the young stars.

Adriana Vega, 17, of Monroe in Orange County, stood next to a sign reading “Every Muggle Deserves a Hug.” Grint spotted the sign, walked over and wrapped his arms around her.

“I could have died right there,” she gushed.

The 157-minute movie, the fourth based on the Harry Potter series by British writer J.K. Rowling, is being called the scariest of all. The first three were rated PG, but “Goblet” is PG-13.

Zoe Norman-Hunt, 14, of Manhattan, who attended the screening, said the film deserves the rating, especially when Harry takes on a fire-breathing dragon.

But, she added, “It’s just so interesting.”

Hollywood is hoping the flick, which opens in wide release Friday, is as charmed as the previous Potter films, which grossed more than $250 million each. So far, American box office receipts are down 6% this year from 2004.


Original article found here: New York Daily News | November 13th, 2005

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