FARMINGTON — Cool temperatures Wednesday night didn’t deter die-hard “Harry Potter” fans as they lined up for tickets to the final installment in the blockbuster series of films.

Jake Gerard of Weld and friends started a line outside Narrow Gauge Cinema shortly after 11 p.m. Wednesday in a quest to purchase tickets when the theater box office opened at 10 a.m. Thursday.

They were first in line to acquire tickets to the first midnight showings of  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.”

All of the theater’s 300 tickets sold out in less than 40 minutes Thursday, John Moore, cinema owner, said. The three showings, including two 3-D showings and one 2-D showing, start the Friday opening of the film in Farmington.

A line of about 100 people hoping to get one or more tickets to the first showings snaked around the side of the theater as the 10 o’clock hour drew near.

The all-nighters spent time playing Clue but were left in the dark when the theater closed Wednesday night, Gerard said.

His plans for Thursday did not include a nap before he returns to line up around 7 p.m. in an effort to get good seats for the late-night showing, Gerard said.

“I’m too excited to sleep,” he said.

After reading all the books and seeing all the other “Harry Potter” films, this last one was worth the wait.

Jim Morrell of Jay arrived at about 5:45 a.m. to wait in line for six tickets for his daughter’s birthday celebration, he said.  His daughter, Ashley, is turning 14 and she wanted to invite friends for the film and a sleepover. They’ve been planning on it for quite a while, he said.

Late Thursday night movie-goers will enjoy more than the film as cinema staff will decorate the lobby, appear in costumes and serve cake, Moore said. He expects many movie fans will also arrive in costume early to line up for the best seats.

The show continues this week with regular matinees and nightly showings.

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