Columnist Kevin Haas wonders who will win the fan wars.

Harry Potter mania isn’t going to get much harrier than it is right now.


The newest movie installment, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” opened this week around the country.


The book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” is eight days from being released. (Go to mugglenet.com for your running countdown to the release.)


The real question in my mind right now is not whether Harry will save the day in the latest movie — I’m about 50 percent sure he will — but who will win the all-important battle of the movie fanatics.


Will Harry fans be the new order?


“Star Wars” movies are known for their slew of fans that line up all night in costume as they wait for the release. (They think it’s cool, don’t judge them.) Will Harry fans do the same? And furthermore, in the world of movie fanatics, who takes the cake? Is it “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” or will Harry fans become the new kings?


And what socioeconomic lesson can we as a nation learn from fans who dress up for the movie? (Just kidding, I don’t care about answering that question.)


Kevin Haas was on assignment until 4 a.m. Wednesday at the “Harry Potter” opening. So if his column doesn’t make much sense this week, that’s why. Contact him at (815) 544-3452 or khaas@rrstar.com.