The Moment

7|14|09: Peoria, Ill.

Well before the 1 o'clock matinee of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on a Wednesday, the 30-something woman driving the pink Vespa scooter with the license plate "Tonks" had pulled into the parking lot in Missoula, Mont., and headed inside to get a good seat. If you understood the reference, then you won't be surprised that even in a recession that has been very kind to Hollywood generally — ticket sales are up 12% this year — the reception of the sixth installment of the boy wizard's story has been spellbinding. The film raked in almost $400 million...

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