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Princely rush expected for Potter movie

CHINESE mainland audiences are expected to flock to see the movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the sixth in the series, when it opens next Wednesday.

The world premiere will screen at a cinema in Leicester Square, central London, on Tuesday. It will be open in most areas of Europe on Wednesday and in United States and Japan two days later.

In the movie, young wizard Harry Potter continues studying in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry together with fellow characters Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

This time around Potter and Granger find a strange book, with notes from the half-blood prince on every page.

The first Harry Potter motion picture was screened in 2001. The five Warner Bros movies based on the books so far have made about US$5 billion.

The last in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be filmed in July 2011.

The summer screens of China also feature Hollywood animation "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," which opened on Wednesday; Japanese cartoon film "Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend," released yesterday; Japanese romance "My Girlfriend Is a Cyborg," July 28; and Hong Kong spy thriller "Overheard," July 30.

Domestic animation "Mcdull Wudang," to be released on July 24, will be a film suitable for the whole family. This fourth installment of the Mcdull series tells of a pink piglet who studies kung fu.

"For film producers, the summer vacation is always a golden screening time," said Wu Hehu, deputy director of Shanghai United Cinema Lines.


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