It's no surprise to hear that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is a box office juggernaut, but even industry insiders are surprised today at just how much cash the thing has brought in already.The movie brought in $24 million from midnight screenings last night, a record for the franchise that's only beaten by the two most recent Twilight films.

Deathly Hallows is on track, according to the numbers at Warner Bros., to make as much as $135 this weekend, which would just about tie it for the fourth-best opening weekend, alongside Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (the record is still held by The Dark Knight, with $158 million). And all of these numbers put Deathly Hallows well past the last installment, Half-Blood Prince, which made $22 million from midnight screenings but had one of the franchise's lowest opening weekends at just $77 million.

Like the rest of the world, we've got Pottermania this weekend; you can read my review and Josh's review of the movie, our ranking of the Defense Against the Dark Arts professors, our explanation of the film for casual fans, a list of 10 characters scarier than Voldemort, and a pretty comprehensive rundown of the biggest differences between the book and the movie. Cast a Patronus to keep you company during all this reading, and enjoy!

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