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At my house, Harry Potter is like a member of the family. Every book about him was cause for celebration. Each movie was a major event and subsequent DVDs were eagerly purchased.

So you can imagine the emotions prompted by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, the eighth and final film in the epic series based on J.K. Rowling’s novels. Think of a bittersweet mix of anticipation and nostalgia, shared with millions of other fans.

But why should we see just one film when we can savor all eight in a movie theater?

That’s the reasoning behind AMC Theatres’ upcoming marathon. Two movies will be screened each night, starting on July 11 and ending with a one-minute-past-midnight showing of the last installment (in 3D) on July 15.

AMC Mission Valley 20 is the only San Diego venue for the Pottermaniacal marathon that’s slated for a total of 35 theaters in 29 U.S. cities. (Check out the list on the AMC website.)

Here’s the lineup:

Monday, July 11: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (6 p.m.); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (8:45 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 12: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (6 p.m.); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (8:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 13: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (6 p.m.); Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (8:45 p.m.)

Thursday, July 14, and Friday, July 15: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (9 p.m. on July 14); Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II (12:01 a.m. on July 15)

The cost? $45 for all eight films, with a $5 discount for AMC Stubs members. Movie-goers will receive keepsakes, such as a lanyard and a retrospective booklet. (Call me crazy but I covet that lanyard.)

For $20, you can attend back-to-back screenings of the Deathly Hallows, Parts I and II. You’ll get Harry Potter 3D glasses, assuming AMC doesn’t run out of them.

The apocalyptic posters for the last film say “it all ends” on July 15. Don’t believe that. Though the final movie has been made, future generations of fans will thrill to the movies and books, ensuring that the phenomenon continues. Potter on!

And don't forget to read David Elliott's review next week.

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blueprl July 7, 2011 @ 11:24 a.m.

I'm not a Harry Potter devotee, but after reading your article, I'm ready to see all eight movies at the AMC. What a great idea! The price is right and I think I want that lanyard too! Thanks for the info! Jessica


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