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Larchmont Families Grew With Harry Potter

LARCHMONT, N.Y. - Thomas Andersen saw the first Harry Potter movie when he was five. Friday, the 14-year-old Larchmont resident saw the final movie in the popular series at Larchmont's Clearview Cinema.

"As a parent, watching your child grow up is a wonderful thing, and he grew up with Harry Potter," Thomas' mother Diane said.

Since Thomas' favorite character, Dobby, was killed in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1," the Mamaroneck High School sophomore said Harry Potter is now his favorite character going into Part 2.

Like Thomas, Hector McKemey was introduced to the series early on.

"While the movies get to the plot twists quicker, reading the books was more fun because we did it around a camp fire together," Hector's father Adrian said. Hector began reading the series in the third grade.

Most preferred the books to the movies, but Meg Carroll said "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" was as close to the book as you were going to get. Carroll watched the movie with Ili Oduard, who wanted to go to one of the midnight showings but couldn't get a ticket. Luckily, the two Mamaroneck High School sophomores' friend held a Harry Potter-themed party Thursday, where people dressed as their favorite characters.

Jean Emerich has been a fan since the beginning. The Larchmont resident said she is fascinated by the struggle between good and evil and just hoped that good won out in the end, before entering the theater for the 6 p.m. movie with her sister, who has life-sized cut-outs of the owl hanging in her room.

"It's been a great endeavor by the author," the Larchmont resident said. "J.K. Rowling was a single mother riding the subways and put this thing together."

While many Larchmont families chose the Larchmont Clearview Cinema, a few people traveled from the Bronx to watch the final movie in a smaller venue, including Aimee Rosado and Lindsay Denerstein.

"It's a small, quaint theater," said Rosado, who bought their tickets three days early.

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