WESTPORT, Conn. Benjamin Franco, 9, has read all seven Harry Potter books and has seen all the movies more times than he can count.
But the magic of J.K. Rowlings young wizard still casts a spell on Benjamin, who resides in Manhattan but spends July and August with his family at a summer home in Westport.
With Thursdays midnight release of the eighth and final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, Benjamin couldnt tear himself away from a giant Harry Potter display at the Barnes & Noble in Westport last week.
I love the action and plot twists and Harrys magic world, said Benjamin, whose mother, Elizabeth Franco, bought him the full DVD series collection for his birthday in June. He just watches the movies over and over, she said.
It was the best birthday present ever, said Benjamin, who cant wait for the final movie. All the books and movies are great, but I think the last one will be the best of all.
So does Abby Thompson, 10, of Fairfield, who loves Harry Potter so much shes trying to talk her mother into taking her to Thursdays midnight release.
Ill take her the next day, but Im 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.)
Ive read all the books and seen all the movies, said Abby, adding that her favorite character is Harrys friend, Hermione Granger.
I like how she doesnt let Harry and Ron [Weasley, who rounds out the close-knit trio] boss her around, said Abby. Shes so smart and I love when she uses her magic wand.
Harry mania has cast a magic spell in book stores throughout Fairfield County, and many are already cashing in.
Ever since we put up our big display, people have been buying the books in droves, said John Mastrony, merchandise items manager at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk. We expect that to intensify when the movie comes out.
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