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Thousands of Teenage Girls Audition for Role in New <i>Harry Potter</i> Movie

Thousands of teenage girls have waited in long lines in London, hoping to earn stardom in the next Harry Potter movie.

Girls between 13 and 16 auditioned Saturday to play the role of Luna Lovegood in the upcoming film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Meeting the casting director's requirements might have been difficult - production officials said they were looking for someone with what they called "an other-worldly quality."

In J. K. Rowling's book, Luna Lovegood is described as an unusual character, who is considered to be a bit of an outsider by her classmates.

In addition to their other-worldly qualities, candidates had to bring their passports or birth certificates to the audition, because Harry Potter Productions limited the screenings to British or Irish citizens.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.