TEN years after it began, thousands of Harry Potter fans gathered in Sheffield to watch the famous wizard take to the big screen for the final time.
Nearly 2,000 witches, wizards and a demon or two showed up to Cineworld for the midnight screenings of Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - the last chapter in the famous film franchise.
VIDEO: Press the play button to see what South Yorkshire fans thought of the film after the witching hour screeing at Sheffield Cineworld.
“It’s an incredible atmosphere and exactly what we were expecting,” said Cineworld supervisor Callum McNeal.
“We’ve got people queuing around the block dressed as every character.
“This is the biggest crowd we’ve ever had by far - but that’s Harry Potter for you!”
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Potter fan David Jones, aged 19, turned up dressed as the evil Voldemort.
“I love the bad guys,” he confessed.
“I’m working tomorrow at 6am but I’m planning on just battling through. I had to be here for the premiere!”
Fellow devotee Lauren Rutkowski, 21, had just returned from Harry Potter World in Florida and was sporting a genuine Gryffindor top and Hogwarts scarf.
“I’ve just finished a 13-hour shift and come straight here, I’m so excited!” she said.
“My boyfriend and I have already bought tickets to come back tomorrow night and watch it again.”
One hardcore fan who really meant business was 47-year-old care home assistant Paul Taylor who booked the week off work to watch the film as many times as he can.
“I’ve got tickets for three showings on one day alone,” he said.
“I’ve read the books and seen the films about 12 times. Because I put so much into Harry Potter it’s hard for me to imagine this is really the end.”
Paul spent a small fortune having his own Hogwarts robes made especially for the occasion out of silk, satin and velvet with genuine gold buttons.
“I chose to be a Hugglepuff professor as I’ve been sorted into Hugglepuff three times online,” the avid fan said.
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is the last ever in the nine-part film series and opened in the UK at exactly 12.01am on Friday morning.
It was greeted with rapturous applause from the Sheffield crowds. For fans lucky enough to score 3D tickets - shaped specially for the occasion into Harry Potter specs - it was a truly interactive experience as Harry and his faithful crew battled the Evil Dark Lord Voldemort.
“It was fantastic!” 18-year-old Samantha Harrison said afterwards, a lightning bolt scar etched on her forehead in eye-liner.
“I cried so much and it was wonderful to see Ron and Hermione kiss - we’ve waited so long!”
“It’s the end of an era,” Lauren Hartle, 16, agreed.
“The film was even better than I thought it was going to be.
“I’ve no idea how I’m going to get up for school in the morning but I just had to be here tonight!”
The mascara smudges on the cheeks of many of the girls as they left the screens was a clue as to the touching emotions behind the final film.
“It was totally worth the wait,” said Hannah Congreave, 20, who was also dressed as Voldemort.
“I’ve spent my whole childhood with Harry Potter and tonight is the end of an era. I’m so sad it’s over but I loved every minute and I’ll be back to see it again!”