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Early 'Potter' screenings on LI sell out

In this film publicity image released by Warner

In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Daniel Radcliffe is shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." Credit: AP

Looking for tickets to an early screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2?" They're becoming almost as hard to find as a hidden Horcrux.

As of Tuesday, the eighth and final installment of the Potter franchise was doing brisk business, accounting for a whopping 85 percent of all daily ticket sales at the online ticket seller Fandango, and outpacing every previous "Potter" film at the site.

Though the film's official release date isn't until Friday, theaters across Long Island scheduled screenings for Thursday just after midnight in anticipation of a final burst of Potter-mania. But those showings are already selling out. The Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX, for instance, has sold out 13 screenings between 12:01 a.m. and 1:10 a.m. on Thursday. Theaters in Lynbrook, Ronkonkoma and East Hampton are also among those experiencing sellouts.

Local fans have even snapped up all tickets for several double-features of parts 1 and 2 of "The Deathly Hallows," a nearly five-hour Potter marathon. At Levittown's Nassau Metroplex 10, only one of the three double-features -- which begin at 9 p.m. Thursday -- still had tickets available as of Tuesday afternoon.

"Even though there are more than 4,000 showtimes already sold out across the country, theater owners are consistently scrambling to add new showtimes," says Fandango spokesman Harry Medved. "If 12:01 sells out, they might add a 12:05 if they can."

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