Calling All Muggles to San Jose

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Michael Gray

    Fans of the beloved "Harry Potter" film series are invited to  dress as their favorite character and come to the Tech Museum in San Jose on  Thursday for a premiere party celebrating the end of the decade-long  franchise.

        Fans will likely start lining the red carpet for the sold-out  party early in the day, but the party inside the museum begins at 10 p.m.,  followed by a 12:01 a.m. premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:  Part 2."     Hagrid, a big-bellied character who is over 7 feet tall, is  expected to emerge from his one-room hut to greet and entertain fans while  they wait.
        Prizes will be given to the first person in line and the person  with the best costume, as well as for in-theater trivia games and a literary  quest.
        Inside the museum, fans will be treated to chocolate frogs, sweet  pumpkin pasties and swigs of non-alcoholic butter beer amid music from the  film series.
        They can take photos with life-size standees in a room designed to  look like The Great Hall.
        Roqua Montez, a spokesman for the museum, said he anticipates an  attendance of anywhere from 300 to 400 fans.
        "When we put the tickets on sale, they sold out in 90 minutes," he  said.
        To accommodate fans that could not get tickets to the first show,  an additional screening was added for 2:30 a.m. As of this afternoon, 40  tickets, each priced at $12, remained for that time slot.
        The film, which marks the final confrontation between the wizards  Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort, will be screened at the eight-story  Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater.