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Harry Potter faithful play a round of Quidditch ahead of last movie's premiere

Harry Potter faithful play a round of Quidditch ahead of last movie's premiere
Their brooms don't fly, but these New York quidditch players channeled Harry Potter in the park. (David Handschuh/News)

Hordes of wanna-be wizards swarmed on Hell's Kitchen yesterday to play the earthbound version of Harry Potter's favorite game, quidditch, in the run-up to the premiere of the franchise's final flick.

The die-hard fans of J.K. Rowling's blockbuster books and movies didn't mind that their broomsticks couldn't fly like his and instead had to be carried between their legs as they ran around DeWitt Clinton Park. They also couldn't care less that their "golden snitch" was a tennis ball in a yellow sock - not an orb with wings.

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Instead these Muggles hoped the fictional sport would tide them over until they take in the series' final film, which opens at midnight at city theaters.

"The movies are going to end, but we'll still have quidditch," said Devon Bennett, 21, a SUNY Westchester student who played on Stony Brook University's team at exhibition matches that drew 200 players and spectators. "How else will we get our nerdy aggression out?"

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In anticipation of the last 'Harry Potter' installment, New Yorkers pulled out their brooms. (David Handschuh/News)
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She's attending a midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" with a group that bought 130 advance tickets at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13.

"I'm going to cry when characters die," said quidditch spectator Mary Jane Dumankaya, 17, an incoming New York University freshman who's dressing up as Severus Snape to see the film. "But I'm going to cry the most when the credits roll.

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