It's official: Tickets for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows: Part 2 are already being sold on Craigslist.
And the movie is more than one week away from debut and still isn't sold out everywhere in the Chicago area.
One Chicago Craigslist posting features a picture of a printed ticket from Fandango.com and asks potential buyers to "Send me your offer!"
Skokie Patch sent an email to the poster and asked how much he would take for the tickets.
"I figured like $20 each thanks," the seller replied via Blackberry. Compared to the average $9 ticket, that's more than a 100 percent markup.
In Northbrook, is offering a showing of the most recent Potter movie at 9 p.m., followed by a midnight screening of the latest — and final — installment as a $20 package. A theater employee said that while plenty of tickets for this package and the two midnight screenings are still available, it's likely they'll sell out within the next few days.
The epic saga of Harry Potter and Hogwarts has been a story that seems to always carry a magic pot of gold at the release of each movie. Hollywood studio Warner Bros. has grossed more than $6.4 billion through ticket sales, DVDs and merchandise.
The British author J.K. Rowling has also earned the title of the first billionaire author from her seven-book series. More than 400 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide.
The latest movie premiered today in London, where thousands of fans from around the world massed for the red carpet showing.
Interest closer to home is high, too. Reva Auerbach, librarian with the Multimedia Department at said that the first seven Harry Potter films have been among the most popular DVD rentals in the kids section.
“It’s unbelievable," Auerbach said. "They’re almost never here. It’s amazing. Everybody’s been prepping for the next one.”
Andrea Johnson, Northbrook Public Library's youth services manager, said that she always sees an uptick in interest in kids books like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter before movie versions come out. She said the Harry Potter books are perpetually popular, especially during the summer when kids have time to read for pleasure. The library has 13 copies of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and Friday afternoon only three were in stock. Two had just been returned that day and had yet to be put back on the shelves.
"Not only are they in high demand and most of them are out, but they’re turning over very quick," Johnson said. "The ones that we just got back won’t be here long before they’re checked back out again.”
The movie is set for release on Friday, July 15, with many theatres offering midnight screenings.
As of July 8 2 p.m., the following shows are still available for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows: Part 2.
AMC Northbrook Court 14 for Friday, July 15:
- Regular Screening ($10): 12:01 a.m.
- 3D ($14): 12:01 a.m.