Ahead of the latest addition to the franchise, local cinemas came up with an offer ‘Harry Potter’ fans can’t refuse. | Arts and Culture Blog

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The power of a film franchise rests on the premise of familiarity. Each movie, part, and sequel comforts viewers with total immersion in a universe they know inside and out, a seemingly ever-expanding universe.

While many of us have lost count – and sense of timeline – after the original 7 volumes of the Harry Potter series, you don’t have to be a die-hard fan to understand the appeal. Seen for the thousandth time, even Lord Voldemort’s ugly, morose face looks cozy like home. And of course, seeing Harry, Hermione and 7-year-old Ron meet and hang out at Hogwarts for the first time is always a treat.

Much of this attraction feeds on the ritual of re-watching. And a perfect opportunity for a revival will now be offered by theaters across the country, including in Monterey County, which will show the original eight Harry Potter films between April 6 and April 13 (remember: The Deathly Hallows was split into two films).

The pretext for such bacchanals is naturally the first next of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secretswhich comes out on April 15. Some theaters will show one movie a day before the premiere if you and your friends are up for a little Harry Potter marathon.

fantastic beasts and where to find them is a book and film written by JK Rowling. An extension of the wizarding world from Harry Potter film series and directed by David Yates. The first film was to be followed by four others. A suite, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was released on November 16, 2018. The third movie is right around the corner, but if you can’t wait, start with some old Harry Potter stuff – Cinemark Cinemas in Salinas and Monterey will both be participating in the event.

6 p.m. from Wednesday April 6 to Wednesday April 13. Century 14 Northridge Mall and Monterey 13. Tickets to see a single movie are $5, a pass for all 8 is $25. Cinemark.com/harry-potter-film-series.

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