Urban Prep's Harry Potter benefit conjures surprise guest

The advance screening of the latest Harry Potter film benefited Urban Prep Academies and was a sellout at Imax Navy Pier Theatre. As 450 excited fans poured in, many in costume as wizards, Urban Prep founder Tim King was there in his official capacity as the head wizard of "Hogwarts in the 'hood," as Urban Prep is lovingly called. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," the last film in the Potter franchise, provided 2 hours and 11 minutes of sheer delight, but it was after the screening that the events' supporters got their biggest surprise. Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in all eight of the films, made an unexpected appearance and was interviewed by film critic Richard Roeper. After the film, there was a private VIP reception in Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens. To learn more about the "Harry Potter" screening read Candace Jordan's column "Candid Candace."
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