Philly Has Already Seen the Harry Potter Finale

Plus: U2 plays a sold-out Linc, papers in the burbs have a new owner, Lidge gets shelled in Trenton and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Philly Flocks to See Final Harry Potter Film. The final film in the Harry Potter saga was officially released at midnight Friday. Many people in the city and surrounding burbs couldn’t wait longer than that to see the end of their beloved tale of wizardry. South Philly’s United Artists Riverview Stadium held seven screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II late last night between midnight and 10 minutes after 12.  [Daily News]

U2 Rocks the Linc. Bono and company came to Lincoln Financial Field last night and played a two-hour set. The band played some of their biggest hits and parlayed some of their songs into covers of popular numbers by artists like the Rolling Stones and the Talking Heads. Their encore culminated in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” sent out to Nelson Mandela—who turns 93 next week. [Inquirer]

Alden Global Capital Buys Journal Register. The local publishing company oversees the production and distribution of a number of smaller newspapers in the Philly burbs. After emerging from bankruptcy, Journal Register cut costs and worked with a smaller budget while focusing on digital production and was able to post $41 million in earnings in 2010. Now a part of Alden Global Capital, Journal Register’s publications include the Delaware County Daily Times, the Daily Local—in Chester County—and the Trentonian. [WSJ]

Ultramarathon for the Homeless. A number of Philadelphians will take to the streets on Saturday and won’t stop running until Sunday morning—24 hours later—all for nonprofit Back on My Feet, which helps Philly’s homeless with an organized running program that also benefits their education, job training and housing. [CBS 3]

Lidge Has Awful Rehab Outing. The Phillies former closer has spent most of the season on the DL. Recently, Lidge graduated from bullpen sessions to making rehab appearances in the Phils minor-league system. Last night, one such appearance didn’t work out so well. Lidge went 0.2 innings and gave up one hit, walked one batter, clunked two more and threw 28 pitches—three of them wild—on his way to surrendering two earned runs. Not exactly what you’d call a step in the right direction. [Inquirer]

T.C. Chan Center to Host United Nations Environment Program Event. The United Nations Environment Program–Sustainable Buildings Climate Initiative will hold its annual symposium at Penn’s T.C. Chan Center in late October, with presentations and panels on technology, policy and other current events that can improve sustainable building practices locally, nationally and internationally. [Plan Philly]

More People in Philly are Hoarding Animals. Animal welfare officials—with the help of Philly police—found 29 cats and a starving dog in a Southwest Philly home yesterday. They also found 17 animals buried in the front yard. It’s the third case of animal hoarding in the city this week. The Scoop says collect stamps, not cats. [FOX 29]