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Harry Potter has magic touch

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Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe are shown in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

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Harry Potter still has that magic touch — even before dawn.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the final film in the Warner Bros. boy wizard franchise, conjured up $43.5 million from shows at 12:01 a.m. Friday, according to studio estimates.

It beat the previous midnight record set last summer by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which earned around $30 million for its late-night screenings.

With the addition of 3-D, Part 2 could end the franchise’s spellbinding 10-year story with a total weekend debut approaching $150 million. That would surpass the $125 million opening last November of the first Deathly Hallows installment.

The current debut weekend record is $158 million set by The Dark Knight in 2008.

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