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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Gold Coasters will be only the second audience in the world to see the latest Harry Potter film, just hours after the stars walked the red carpet at the world premiere in London (above). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is having its Australian premiere at Warner Brothers Movie World tonight less than 40 hours after the star-studded UK event.

Warner Village Theme Parks Brand Manger Meagan Miller said they have had a `phenomenal' response from the public about the invite-only premiere.

``It's really exciting,'' she said.
``We only have 320 tickets to the screening and they have been highly sought after.
``Just having the Australian premiere is great, but to know we're the second screening in the world is huge.
``A lot of people are extremely excited about this film and not only the fans and people who have followed the book series from the beginning.
``But new fans who have come into the series later.'' Guests such rockers Operator Please and sport stars Stephanie Rice, Brendan Fevola and Brent Staker, will attend the premiere. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is the second last film in the blockbuster series, with the final book being split into two full-length parts. It follows Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson, looking smokin' above) as they set out to complete Dumbledore's mission and find and destroy the last of the Horcruxes to defeat Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

Harry Potter is the most successful film franchise of all time and the stars of the film are preparing for a global press tour next year to mark the end of the movies. Warner Brothers Movie World have hosted premieres for every Harry Potter film over the last decade and although Ms Miller said she `can't reveal anything', we can expect something special.

``Next year for the absolute grand finale we're going to have to pull out the big guns,'' she said.
``We're already talking about what we're going to be doing.''

Aussie fans might get a chance to meet Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, this Christmas if the Brit comes down under to watch the Ashes. Radcliffe, 21, owns an apartment in Melbourne and said he would love to watch his beloved English cricket team win this year if he can escape his hectic Broadway schedule. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is released in cinemas this Thursday and Part 2 will be released on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

I will be at the Australian premiere tomorrow so if you have nothing better to do on late Saturday night, then I suggest reading my review – which will be one of the first in the world. Yeeeeew.

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