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HP 7.2 — My Harry Potter Adventure

In Books, Harry Potter, Malavenda, Movies, Pablo Malavenda, Pop Culture on July 15, 2011 at 4:11 am

For several months, the release of the final movie in the Harry Potter series has been floating around my subconscious mind.  Reality began to creep in about a month before the release when I decided to re-read the final book to properly prepare myself.  Harry Potter is one of those special things that we share as a family especially Max and me.  He and I made a pact that we would see the movie the first weekend in IMax/3D but those plans were derailed.  The weekend before the official release we attended Mosey Down Main Street a local street festival and made a bee-line to the new bookstore in town, Robots and Rogues.  We love bookstores especially locally owned bookstores.  Attending MDMS was just an excuse to check out this new store on Main Street whose Facebook page we already  “like.”  The store was surprisingly nice but small.  I noticed they were sponsoring a drawing and told Max to sign up.  The winner would get two tickets to the midnight show of the new Harry Potter Movie — Deathly Hallows, part 2.  To our amazement, Max got a phone call the next day — he won!  His response was, “I’m going — Who’s takin’ me?”

Even though it made me tired just thinking about it, I agreed to be his partner for this “first.”  His first midnight movie premier.  We rearranged our incredibly busy lives and off we went.  We made it to the theater by 9:45 p.m. even though the car-maintenance-gods were not on our sides.  Our “good” car was making some awful scrrraping noises when I pulled in the driveway aroung 7:30 p.m.  Our departure was delayed because we had to wait for AAA to tow our car to the dealer until we could deal with this ordeal in the morning.  OK…back to Potter.

Attending the midnight show did not disappoint.  People watching, visiting with friends who happened to have the same idea as us, and munching on all-you-care-to-eat popcorn and all-you-care-to-drink soda made the hours fly by.  We met Dobby, were freaked out by He Who Must Not Be Named, were safely sitting in front of Harry’s patronis, and met all of the other characters including Hagrid, Luna, Ron, Hermoine, Draco, Hedwig, Death eaters, Madame Hooch, and Moaning Myrtle complete with a toilet seat.  One of my students was in attendance and was sorting strangers with his sorting hat; and eventually the local TV news station even showed up (slow news night, I guess) to interview the Potter fans.  I also was Tweeting a lot (until my phone died); and made a run to Starbuck’s for a Butterbeer (tall skinny vanilla latte).  The streets were filled with hundreds of Potter characters.  So many so that it seemed like I was wandering around Diagon Alley.  There was a Starbucks there, right?  There was actually moment when I regret not getting dressed up like Dumbledore, the early Tom Riddle version, of course.  (I was told i have the hair for it.)

Although the early reviews were great, I worried that our sacred Harry Potter would not get the brillant movie interpretation it deserves.  The crowd was filled with freaks and geeks, and they were happy and well behaved (unlike the Twilight fans according to the usher).  When the movie started you could feel the giddy excitement heavy in the audience and the sadness lingering because everyone knew that the beginning of the end had just begun. The movie was amazing.  We laughed, we cried, and for most of the movie were we on the edge of our seats wondering if it would all be fine in Potter World by the end of the movie (even though we all knew how it would end — like watching the Titanic and hoping Leo would survive).  Max and I stayed until the credits were over and the “PG-13” screen flashed.  I can truly say this was a great night, a memorable experience, and a movie and story that continues to impact our lives.

I will never forget this night.  I like (and love) a lot of movies but Harry Potter 7 part 2 is something much more special.  I can’t quite describe or explain it and that’s part of it.  I really don’t want to analyze it.  I just want to enjoy it, and I really want to enjoy it as a family or community.  Just like I will never forget reading the books for the second time with my kids — I will never forget sharing this movie experience as well.  Thank you, JK Rowling; and Thank you,Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates; and Thank you to all of the actors for taking JK’s characters and making them as human as a wizard or mudblood can be.

Run don’t walk to see HP 7.2.  You will not be disappointed.  Share it with your family and friends — your community. And don’t think about it too much, just enjoy it.  Enjoy the fantasy, enjoy the laughter, enjoy the suspense, enjoy the tears, enjoy the lessons, and enjoy the end.  You deserve it and won’t regret it. I would even encourage you to dress up — it is one of those rare occassions when it might actually be acceptable.  How often do we get to share such a great time with the ones we care about in our own community?  How often do you have one of those really special moments with your teenager?

It may be just tired (it’s 4 a.m. on the night of the premier), or it might be just the “high” of experiencing something special with my boy, Max — but I think this truly was a great movie.  One that I will never forget, that will always be a moment we share as a family, and a movie/movie series that will stand the test of time.  Now I just hope my car will be OK and not cost me too much to fit.  Wow…reality came back pretty quickly…as usual.

As important as the first Harry Potter movie was to help us heal after the tradegies of September 11th — this Harry Potter story means a lot to all of us NOW.  Harry Potter is great for getting people excited about reading and exciting about writing.  Harry Potter has been great for Hollywood and every movie house in the world.  Harry Potter has made many nerdy activities kind of cool.  Harry Potter has given us something positive to share as a community and family.  Let’s face it — Harry Potter has been good for the world.  Sounds corny, I know, but it’s true.

Thank again, Harry.


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