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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I'm a Sucker for a Man with a Wand

There are very few movies that I insist on seeing the moment they come out. Normally, I don’t like crowds, lines, or being in an overstuffed movie theater. However, there is one movie that I insist on seeing at midnight on the day it comes out: Harry Potter.

It’s not “going to a movie.” It’s an EVENT. There are people dressed up in crazy costumes that are sometimes a little too good. The last time I went, there was a guy who had such a great Snape costume on, he seriously creeped me out! There is a genuine buzz of excitement from everyone there that is totally contagious. No one is too cool to see it, even the people who are being dragged by their significant others. I can’t tell you how many “cool” guys I’ve seen get into line, act like they are too good for it, and by the time the line goes in, are totally geeking out with the rest of us. A conversation about the awesomeness of wizard fights will break anyone.

I’m also a sucker for any movie where people participate. Not the yell at the screen and add your own commentary thing that happens in some movies. But people are so amped up that when the first note of the theme plays, the whole crowd erupts. Then, during the big action and fight scenes, everyone is on the edge of their seats and cheering when the good guy lands a hit or gasping when the bad guy takes someone out. There are moments when the whole audience is holding its breath and then the next moment where everyone is laughing. It’s a great feeling to know that a theater jammed packed with people are all spending 2 hours experiencing something they love.

The last and most important reason I go to these early showings is that I refuse to let anyone ruin it for me. I have read all the books and know what’s going to happen, but it’s the reviews that I don’t want to hear. Everyone has a right to an opinion and that’s one of the things I love about our society. However, I do not want to have an opinion about what I am about to see before I see it. I love Harry Potter and if I hear someone say, “It was good except that the scenes with Harry and Ginny felt forced,” I’m going to walk in and have an opinion about the scenes with Harry and Ginny. (My second favorite couple, after Ron and Hermione, btw) I want to walk in, be excited to see it, and then form my own opinion afterwards, which I will usually keep to myself unless provoked.

Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited for next Thursday night. It can’t come fast enough!

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