Berlin Potter fans grow up with Harry

11th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

11 July 2007, Berlin (dpa) - At Berlin's midnight premiere of the newest Harry Potter film early Wednesday, dozens of young fans showed up dressed as magicians in glamourous Potsdamer Platz, home of the annual Berlin film festival.

11 July 2007

Berlin (dpa) - At Berlin's midnight premiere of the newest Harry Potter film early Wednesday, dozens of young fans showed up dressed as magicians in glamourous Potsdamer Platz, home of the annual Berlin film festival.

Like the boarding-school characters in the film series, the fans have grown down the years from giggling children into style-conscious adolescents.

Hermione Granger lookalikes clutching broomsticks in the crowd had become young ladies with high heels, miniskirts and bare midriffs that would never meet the strict dress code at Potter's fictional school, Hogwarts.

Male fans had downy moustaches and many had replaced their Hogwarts-style black gowns with leather jackets.

Older fans like Stefanie Bodien, 31, had fewer inhibitions about wearing school clothes. She said it took her ten hours to sew together her school tunic, gown, badge and tie for the premiere.

The special release in Berlin and several other big German cities preceded a general theatre release on Thursday with 1,300 copies of the German-soundtrack Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the series.

Despite the enthusiasm not all the seats in the huge 3-D Cinema at Potsdamer Platz were full for the showing, which ended at 3 am (0100 GMT).

There were embarrassed giggles and groans during Potter's first kiss.

Most fans were delighted with the action scenes.

"I'm the same age as Harry and I can absolutely understand what is going on in his mind," 18-year-old Sarah Preissner said. She is one of the founders of the Berlin Harry Potter Club. "It's not a kiddies' film," she added.

The movie deals with Potter's adolescence and his uncertainty as the forces of evil invade his dreams.

The hard-core fans were waiting for the July 21 release in English of the seventh and last Potter novel. A German translation of the book is not due out until later in the year.

Another club founder, Saskia Preissner, 21, said she always preferred the books, with all their detail, to the movies, which simplify and adapt the stories to the screen.

She said the worldwide online-based fan community numbered 100,000 in 30 nations.

She said publication of the last book, if it is the last, would not mean the end of the club. Many German fans were thinking of jointly writing a sequel online.


DPA

Subject: German news

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