Thursday, July 21, 2011


An end of an era has arrived. Blake and I had a wonderful time at the midnight showing for the final Harry Potter last week. It is so strange that there won't be anymore. I'm not going to get upset or whine or anything. It is just odd that we have now seen all that there is to see (until probably around Christmas when they have special box sets with additional footage... and then again a couple weeks later when they make you regret getting them already since now they have the longer, director's cut or whatever else it is that they do to get all of your dollars).

Several years ago we went to a midnight showing and got all dressed up with our friends. We didn't try to dress up as characters since we knew there would be an abundance of Harrys, Rons and Hermiones. Instead, we dressed as wizards trying to blend in with muggles. In other words, we wore normal clothing but in odd ways that made us stand out just as much as those in costume. It was a memorable night for sure.

This time around we didn't really dress up (aside from a gryffindor tank top I happened to have and a gryffindor colored scarf that I made the previous day) and we didn't go with a large group. We still managed to have a wonderful time. Although I miss all of the fun to be had with a group of friends in line, it was kinda nice not being in a large group. Blake and I usually ended up being the ones who got there early and saved everyone seats. Instead we just had to grab two seats (a lot easier to come by than 10!) and we didn't have to make sure everyone got to sit by who they wanted to sit by. Much more relaxing. We took a bunch of games like the Settlers of Catan dice game with us and played a lot in line. We were right outside the theater doors (the line for our theater started inside) and that meant we were allowed to eat non-theater food! Score! So Blake ran across the parking lot to In-N-Out AND Chick-Fil-A... Boy did we feast. Later we even grabbed some starbucks to help keep our weary eyes open.

When we weren't playing games we enjoyed the rich environment for people watching. Some people are just nutso. We saw some seriously weird costumes... including the most awkward golden snitch EVER. It looked a bit like a gigantic nutshell had been painted gold and then a girl decided it would be a good idea to wear that instead of pants. I can't imagine how she managed to wait in line for 6 hours let alone squeeze into a theater seat... but I guess that's what happens when you dress up as a ball with wings.

The cutest were the junior high girls inline behind us... I snuck some photos... There was self-proclaimed "Hipster Harry", Hedwig, and a girl who had used (probably) a marker to draw a beard on her face to be Hagrid. Hagrid was my favorite. She was so cute and quiet and spent more of the hours just sitting and reading her book while the other girls gabbed on and on. I did some crocheting in line and Blake sketched. All in all it was a lovely event... O yeah, and the movie was brilliant.

A Potter inspired treasury I created in Etsy with some fun and fantastic creations.


  1. Wow, so much fun! I will really miss the book release parties and midnight movies.

  2. Thanks for including my hoop in your picks! I'm glad the movie was great ... I can't wait to see it as well! :)

  3. I loved the midnight book release parties too! My husband and I got bracelets to be in the group to get the last book around 2am... then we stopped for some mexican food and spent the night and next day plowing through the whole thing with little naps here and there. We were afraid that someone would spoil the end for us. I read faster than Blake so I would have to hide reactions to things. It was a weird couple of days but oh so much fun.