Friday was the day Karma and Rose Eberhardt had waited for all month.

It was the day the magic returned with “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” They stood in the short line in front of Kokomo Mall theater Friday afternoon with their father, Norbert, waiting to buy their tickets.

“It’s going to be good,” Karma Eberhardt said.

The movie, the fourth adapted from the best-selling book series by J. K. Rowling, opened early Friday, with a 12:01 a.m. show that attracted about 150 people, theater manager Ray Mullenix said.

He thought the small crowd was because the movie is perceived as a kid’s movie and the target audience had to get up and go to school Friday morning.

He expected good crowds over the weekend because of ticket presales.

“That’s all I did yesterday was sell tickets for Harry Potter. They’re coming in, they’re getting them.”

Ticket sales were steady late Friday afternoon, with families just having a wait of a minute or two outside the box office.

Karma Eberhardt, 12, said she was especially looking forward to the Yule Ball scene because “I think it’s going to be romantic.”

“That’s because [Harry] gets kissed,” her father teased.

Her favorite character is Hermione, she said, because “she reminds me a lot of me,” getting good grades and being sassy.

Little sister Rose’s favorite character is Harry, which Karma says is because “she thinks he’s cute.” Rose, though, said his hair is getting too long.

Norbert Eberhardt said he’s not worried about reports the fourth installment in the movie series might be frightening to children.

“Not with Saw II and all the others out there. I’d rather take them to see this. We’ve been looking forward to it all November.”

Karen Gallatin and Kim Wooten, sisters from Bunker Hill, had worried the movie would be sold out and were happy they were able to buy tickets at the door.

Gallatin said she came earlier in the day to try to buy their tickets, but the box office wasn’t open yet.

She was anxious “to see what happens, to see how well it goes with the book.”

Wooten was excited to see the Triwizard Tournament, “that and Voldemort coming back, if they do it right.”

Both said they’ve read the books several times.

The Stepp family came from Peru Friday afternoon, though 11-year-old Justin really wanted to come at midnight.

“If it wasn’t for school, it would have been fun,” he said.

He and his sister, Catherine, looked forward to seeing the Triwizard Tournament. Justin said he wanted to see the Hungarian Horntail dragon because black dragons are his favorite.

Their parents, Ken and Cynthia, tagged along and their father said they’re already anxiously awaiting the seventh and final book in the series.

Ken said he expected the movie to be darker than the earlier films, and to focus more on magic. He said his family are big Harry Potter movie fans.

“We haven’t missed a one.”

In “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” series star Harry Potter competes in the Triwizard Tournament, which pits top students from three wizarding schools against each other and a host of magical challenges. Harry and his friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, also face the return of the evil Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents when he was a baby and attempted to kill him.

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