All 150 seats in the Mt. Shasta Cinema were packed Thursday evening with fans eager to be among the first to see the Harry Potter series finale on the big screen.

All 150 seats in the Mt. Shasta Cinema were packed Thursday evening with fans eager to be among the first to see the Harry Potter series finale on the big screen.

Tickets for the midnight showing were sold out days in advance, and a line began forming at about 5 p.m. on Thursday evening for those who wanted prime seats.

The sense of excitement was heightened by many costumed Potter fans, including several Harrys, Hermoines and Rons – even an evil Bellatrix.

The evening was a special one, with staff conducting raffles for knitted golden snitches and a full-sized Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie poster.

There were also prizes given out for the best costumes of the night.

At midnight, the film began rolling to enthusiastic cheers and shouts.

The movie begins right where the last left off. Having lost an important character in his life, the freed house-elf Dobby, Harry's (Daniel Radcliffe) determination to finish the mission that Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) has left him with, destroying the horcruxes left behind by Voldemort.

He convinces the goblin Griphook (Warwick Davis) to help him break into Gringotts Bank to get into Bellatrix Lestrange's (Helena Bonham Carter) vault. Harry has a feeling that one of the Horcruxes just might be in there.

Using a hair that she brought back with her from their imprisonment at the Malfoy's residence, Hermoine (Emma Watson) uses the polyjuice potion to assume Bellatrix's identity and get into her vault.

The path is now set and the trio must get all the horcruxes and destroy them. Then, only then, will they truly be able to defeat Voldemort. They just have to find them all before it is too late. This tale will take them back to Hogwarts and to the final battle between good and evil.

The movie certainly lived up to expectations, inciting laughter and tears at all the right places. All loose ends are tied up and the motivations of all the main characters are explained during the two hour, 10 minutes of pure magic.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (in 2-D) shows daily at the Mt. Shasta Cinema at 12:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 6:10 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.catheatres.com/movies/nowshowing/showtimes.aspx?RegionID=13&TheatreID=6