“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” events in Chicago and the suburbs

As the promotions say, “it all ends” on July 15, when the final Potter movie brings this sorcerific saga to a close. But the fun is just getting started around Chicagoland, where special events, prizes and 3D showings are making magic and heightening the anticipation.

HP 7 opens Friday, and the fun is just getting started around Chicagoland, where special events, prizes and 3D showings are making magic.

Century 12 Theatres in Evanston will be holding a Harry Pottermovie marathon starting on Wednesday, July 13. The first six movieswill be shown, leading up to a midnight screening of the seventhrelease on Friday night. The first 20 ticket holders in line atWednesday’s 11 a.m. screening will get a special Harry Potterprize. Details

Movie Marathon

AMC Loews (600 N. Michigan, Chicago). Website

Regal Webster Place (1471 W. Webster, Chicago).Website

Showplace ICON (150 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago) Website

AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 (7000 N. Carpenter St., Skokie)Website

Cinemark Melrose Park (1001 W. North Ave., Melrose Park) Website

Thursday midnight showings

Park Ridge Fine Arts Society presents a Potter-themed concert inthe park, “Hooray for Harry Potter,” on Friday, July 15, 2011, at 8p.m.in Hodges Park, located just steps from the Metra station atVine and Courtland Streets. Details

Class it up

Tom Felton – your Potter-crazy fans will know him better asDraco Malfoy – will be making a three appearances in Chicagoland tomeet fans, give autographs and take pictures. Tickets are availableonline through the theater website.

  • Hollywood Boulevard Cinema in Woodridge on July 22 and July24.
  • Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville on July 23.

Matthew Lewis, the no-longer-baby-faced Neville Longbottom, willattend a screening of the movie at the Navy Pier IMAX theatre onThursday, July 14. He will also visit AMC River Easttheateraround 9 p.m. to greet fans.

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