‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens in L.A.

‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Jullian Lawson, 21, dressed as Lavender Brown, and Daniel Hurst, 22, as Harry Potter, were on hand for the midnight showing of " Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” at Universal CityWalk. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
From left, Camille Soroudi, 18, Gaby Witte, 18, and London Venturelli, 19, dressed as Hogwarts students for the movie’s opening. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
His T-shirt gives him away. Among fans gathered at CityWalk is a “muggle” -- meaning a non-magical person in the world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Courtney Ortiz,18, is dressed as the character Dumbledore. She and friends from Long Beach cavort outside the CityWalk theater prior to the midnight showing. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Lauren Poissant, 19, came as Hagrid. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Ian Nelson, 16, at CityWalk. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
The latest Harry Potter film was worth the wait for fans who gathered early and noshed while waiting in line at CityWalk. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Zachary Burch, 18, left, goes for a Ravenclaw look, and Madison Meyer, 12, dressed as Fred Weasly. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Harry Potter fans queue up at CityWalk. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Lauren Berger, showing her tickets, is among a teeming crowd at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
In Hollywood, Harry Potter fans wait at Grauman’s for the showing of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ opens
Harry Potter fans are reflected in the doors at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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