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HOORAY FOR 'HARRY'!

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Even if you're not a Harry Potter fan, you've heard about him. The boy wizard has taken the world by storm through all of J.K. Rowling's books and the movies made from them.

The final movie, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," comes out Friday. In it, Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's final horcruxes, leading them to Hogwart's and the ultimate fight between good and evil wizards.

Many people can't wait for it to come out. Brianna Skaff, a freshman at Capital High School, is one of them. Although she prefers the books, Skaff has seen all the movies and will go to the midnight showing of this one.

"It takes you away from our world," she said of the series, "and it's like the characters are our friends. We relate to them."

Her sister, Paulina, got her interested in "Harry Potter," and it didn't take long for Skaff to get hooked.

"The second one made me obsessed," she said.

Skaff owns all the books, of course, which she said she has read over and over again. She also has other "Harry Potter" items: a wand, a time turner and "too many" posters. She said if she could be a "Harry Potter" character, she would want to be Hermione.

Fellow Capital High freshman Emily Clifford also is a "Harry Potter" fanatic. She is going to the midnight showing, too.

Clifford shares her love of "Harry Potter" with her father.

"Once, when one of 'Harry Potter' books came out, me and my dad were both reading it," she said. "I was a little ahead and told him a part about it that he hadn't read -- and he grounded me."

Like Skaff, Clifford owns several "Harry Potter" items. She has a "Harry Potter" clock, a book about how the movies were made, a wizard chest and many books and posters, including one book signed by J.K. Rowling.

She said if she could date any character it would have to be Ron Weasley because he is very cute. She would like to drink Butterbeer with him.

Sophie Morgado, a seventh-grader at Horace Mann, is another big fan. She said she is excited to see the midnight premiere with her brother, who is as big a fan as she is.

Morgado is friends with Skaff, who she got to know by talking about "Harry Potter." One day in chorus class, Morgado said something about "Harry Potter," and Skaff told her that she liked the series, too. This led to a big conversation and the friendship.

Morgado has all the books, a philosophy book about "Harry Potter" and a few posters. She said she has read the books so many times she can't count anymore and noted that her parents like that she and her brother love to read the books.

"If I could change one thing about 'Harry Potter,' it would be Dobby dying," Morgado said. "Otherwise it's perfect."

All the area theaters have midnight premieres of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." If you go, maybe you will see these girls at yours.


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