Helping Hearing-, Sight-Impaired Fans Enjoy "Harry Potter"

By: ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON - Associated Press Writer
By: ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON - Associated Press Writer

Hearing- and sight-impaired fans of the blockbuster "Harry Potter" movies will be able to enjoy the opening weekend of the latest film about the boy wizard and his Hogwarts friends.

Opening-night showings of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" featured on-screen captions and audio headsets at two theaters in Virginia, Regal Cinemas' Virginia Center Commons in surburban Richmond and Norfolk's MacArthur Center. The movie comes out Friday nationwide.

The enhancements stem from an agreement between Regal Cinemas and the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy in response to deaf citizens' complaints.

The National Disability Rights Network says "Harry Potter" likely marks the first time cinemas have offered opening-weekend captioning for a blockbuster movie. It praises the two Virginia theaters for leading the way.

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