This post is a few days late, but I’ve been away. So better late than never.
This past Thursday evening I was one of many many people lined up for the midnight viewing of the final Harry Potter movie.
Go ahead, judge away. I don’t mind.
I have been waiting for this movie since I read the book – even more so since I saw the first part back in November. And along with a sense of closure and some sadness, seeing this movie also inspired a few other observations.
1) I didn’t want to mock the costumes as much as I thought I would. Sure, one Hedwig looked better than another. And the fact that we couldn’t tell if one girl was in costume or not was unfortunate. But overall, the looks (and tag lines) were creative. (I’m looking at you, “I’ve got 99 problems, but a snitch ain’t one.“)
2) Harry Potter fans are a mostly peaceful bunch. For instance, when we lost sound part way through the movie during a key scene, there weren’t all-out riots. There was some yelling, to be sure, but most people calmly stepped outside and reported the problem. Which is probably why management met us at the door after the movie with free tickets to another showing.
3) I probably shouldn’t be allowed to go to midnight premieres anymore, considering the last time I did the movie also malfunctioned. (It was also Harry Potter – the 5th one.)
4) Harry Potter fans are friendly. One girl brought glowstick wands for everyone in the theater. Granted, she also passed out flyers for her organization with them, but in the end we still got glowsticks.
5) No matter how much they changed the story in the movie version (and they did), I still got chills and tears at all the right moments. And I left the theater wanting to both reread the books and do series re-watch.
I don’t know if I’d say that this video is completely accurate, but it’s about as accurate as the movie was.
I can’t wait to see the Hallows again. This time with full sound.
If you saw it – what did you think?