One summer, a few years back, I was the QUEEN of midnight events. It was 2007, and I was running amuck on the Disney College Program with a group of like-minded friends. We all had basically the same work schedule (thank you, Animal Kingdom, for closing early due to the fact that animals need sleep) and there were a LOT of blockbusters coming out that summer — starting with Pirates of the Caribbean 3 and going all the way to August with probably Hairspray, if I remember correctly. We went to an absurd number of midnight screenings, probably the most I’ve ever been to in such a short amount of time.
My friend Jennifer and I also went to a midnight release of a little book called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. You may have heard of it, being the last in an epically popular franchise by a Ms. JK Rowling that spawned an equally popular movie franchise.
This little intro is to say that I’m suffering from severe lack of sleep right now, as I insisted on going with Jeremy to the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 last night.
I partially wanted to go to see if I was still in the same fighting shape I was that summer with all of the midnight-screenings-with-work-the-next-morning. Answer? I’m not. Curse grown-up big girl schedules!
I also just LOVE midnight screenings — the energy of them, being in a room with a ton of people who really really want to be there is so much more fun and engrossing than watching it any other time. Plus, like most other people my age, I grew up with Harry Potter — started reading the books at 11/12, have seen every movie. It’s sort of a rite of passage at this point to make the pilgrimage to the Harry Potter Midnight Event.
Still, I was somehow unprepared for the fandom at the screening I attended. We showed up two whole hours early, and the theater was already open with the only seats available in the very first two rows! Needless to say my neck isn’t holding up so well today…
In an amusing turn of events before the movie started, a cluster of movie goers (in full Harry Potter universe costumes) started acting out scenes from the books/making up dramatic fight scenes between Harry, Hermione, Draco and Bellatrix — and by acting out, I mean full-on running around the theater shouting curses and acting out dramatic wand snatchings and death scenes. I will have to say that was a FIRST for any midnight showing I’ve ever been to. It definitely helped pass the time!
The main event though, was the movie itself — thoughts below the break, just in case anyone is only watching the movies, or hasn’t read or seen any of it or doesn’t want any kind of spoiler (like where the split takes place for movies 1 and 2)