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  Magic day for Potter fans
Updated 16 November 2001, 17.42
Fans queue outside cinemas on the day Harry Potter and the Philiosopher's Stone in released
The new Harry Potter movie is finally here.

Hundreds of fans swarmed to cinemas across the country to see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, although most tickets for the weekend sold out days ago.

The film is all set to break box-office records.

Some schools have even hired out cinemas so pupils can go and see the film which stars 12-year-old Daniel Radcliffe as the wizarding hero of Hogwarts school.


A special Harry Potter train pulls into the mythical 'platform nine and three quarters' at King's Cross Station

A special Harry Potter train pulled into King's Cross Station to mark the film's release. A station manager admitted lots of children had already tried walking into a wall to find the imaginary 'platform nine and three quarters' which Harry uses to get to Hogwarts.

In the UK the movie has already broken the record for advance ticket sales when it previewed in some cinemas a week before its release.

Midnight screenings

In America J K Rowling's magical wizard story is set to top the previous opening weekend box-office record of 50m set by Jurassic Park II in 1997.

There, it's called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and it'll be shown in about 3,500 screens.

Midnight screenings might be arranged to cope with demand.

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