Opening night for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince means midnight shows, sleepy parents and young fans dressed like the wizards they so desperately want to be.
The witching hour premiere of the sixth installment of the mega-series brought near-pandemonium to Dublin's Hacienda Movieplex.
A long line was Slytherin' out the door with boys and girls sporting wizard hats and adults who should know better waving wands.
When ticket-holders finally entered the theater they did not sit quietly.
Potter fans were cheering and clapping long before the lights went down and the long-anticipated magic began.