It All Ended Here…

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 and the remainder of the stack of tissues I took with me to see the end of it all.

…just after noon Mountain Time today. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 made me cry (3 tissues worth), complete with ugly cry face. Make fun of me all you want; I refuse to feel any shame in that. Movies that I consider to be good do have a profound affect on me, and there’s nothing wrong with allowing yourself to feel that emotion. The slightly underwhelming ending had me, and it felt like many others, leaving the theater in a somber mood. It’s over.

I think the epilogue was added to give us closure – life does go on, but it also leaves us wanting the story to continue. I wanted to see a cleaned-up and rebuilt Hogwarts. No such luck. I want to know who the Headmaster is 19 years later. I want to know what became of certain other characters that weren’t shown in the epilogue. Was that a circle of life that is now somehow going to repeat itself?

Rowling could have written endlessly, and I don’t think we would ever be completely satisfied. This is why I’m curious about a new experience in the works: Pottermore. It seems like it will encourage a whole new generation to buy and read the complete series. I hope kids do keep reading and not just rely on the movies. Reading brings a whole different experience as each reader imagines the wizarding world and all its characters in their own unique ways.

For now, we’re left to mourn the end of a magically imaginative era while we wait for this final movie’s release on DVD.

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows | The Wait

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!

OK, so the nuts waited in lines everywhere for over two hours last night to see Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows at midnight-oh-one. I did that for the sixth movie. The thrill and excitement leading up to seeing the movie at a time that my body normally protests being awake was worth doing once. However, the seats we were relegated to sit in for over two hours were not quite as exciting. Seeing the movie a second time a couple of weeks later was far more enjoyable!

So this year, as much as we would love to see it on the first day, we are waiting until the second day instead. That’s right! We’re going to either the 11:00 or 11:45 a.m. show for five bucks a pop! Thank you AMC! The wait continues for this family.

There are some videos included in this CNN article that are fun to watch. Though I must say, I can’t wait to talk back to Peter Travers’s review.

You can count on more blogging after we’ve seen the movie!

Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince

I’m doing something I’ve never done before in my life.  I bought tickets in advance to see Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2009!  I originally planned on taking the kids to the 3:10 p.m. show that same day, but when one of my kids couldn’t switch his work schedule to join us, I opted for the midnight show.   Now we’re all pretty excited not only to see the movie, but also because we’re doing something out of the norm for us.  The girls and I are going in pajamas, too!
My boys (now 18) were just at the age where many of their friends were reading the first books when they came out.  They’ve never been avid readers by any stretch of the imagination, but at least one of them read the first four books.  He only reads when something captures and holds his attention, which Rowling does amazingly with these books.  I never read the books until after watching the fourth movie, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire.  I had to know what happened next, so I bought the last two books the very next day and finished them in less than a month.  I would have finished sooner had I not had a job!
ABC Family channel is having a Harry Potter Weekend event and showing all five movies consecutively.  We’re having our own Harry Potter marathon this weekend (on DVD).  We watched the first two movies last night and will continue with the next three movies this afternoon.  I would skim through the Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince book before the movie, but I want to be surprised by whatever I may have forgotten since reading it over a year ago.

harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_princeI’m doing something I’ve never done before in my life.  I bought tickets in advance to see Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2009!  I originally planned on taking the kids to the 3:10 p.m. show that same day, but when one of my kids couldn’t switch his work schedule to join us, I opted for the midnight show.   Now we’re all pretty excited not only to see the movie, but also because we’re doing something out of the norm for us.  The girls and I are going in pajamas, too!

My boys (now 18) were just at the age where many of their friends were reading the first books when they came out.  They’ve never been avid readers by any stretch of the imagination, but at least one of them read the first four books.  He only reads when something captures and holds his attention, which Rowling does amazingly with these books.  I never read the books until after watching the fourth movie, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire.  I had to know what happened next, so I bought the last two books the very next day and finished them in less than a month.  I would have finished sooner had I not had a job!

ABC Family channel is having a Harry Potter Weekend event and showing all five movies consecutively.  We’re having our own Harry Potter marathon this weekend (on DVD).  We watched the first two movies last night and will continue with the next three movies this afternoon.  I would skim through the Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince book before the movie, but I want to be surprised by whatever I may have forgotten since reading it over a year ago.