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Harry Potter Casts Magic Spell on Easton Girl

EASTON, Conn. – Harry Potter and the books' cast of characters have cast a spell on Allison Remmell, a teen from Easton.

Allison, who was volunteering with the summer reading program at the Easton Public Library on Friday, said many kids have been borrowing the Harry Potter books in advance of Wednesday's midnight release of the eighth and final movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."

Allison said she's planning to dress up in Harry garb for the film. "I like it because it's really suspenseful," she said. "I read all of the books. I'm really excited for the movie."

Allison said she and a friend already have robes but are unsure what else they will add to their costumes.

The Easton Library is showing "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" at 7 p.m. Thursday in its community room for kids in grades 6 and up. Registration is required.

Abby Thompson, 10, of nearby Fairfield, loves Harry Potter so much she's trying to talk her mother into taking her to Wednesday's midnight movie release, too. But her mom, Michelle Thompson said that although she loves the popular books by J.K Rowling and has put up with Abby's "Harry obsession," going to a midnight showing is where she draws the line.

"I'll take her the next day, but I'm not going at midnight, with long lines and getting out at 3 in the morning," Michelle Thompson said. Abby frowned, as only a Muggle can. (A Muggle is the series' term for a nonmagical person.)

"I've read all the books and seen all the movies, probably a few times," said Abby, adding that her favorite character is Harry's friend, Hermione Granger.

"I like how she doesn't let Harry and Ron [who rounds out the close-knit trio] boss her around," said Abby. "She's so smart, and I love when she uses her magic wand."

Do you plan to see the final Harry Potter movie? Have you read the books? Let us know if you're a Harry fanatic in a comment below.

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