Just keeps getting hotter, that Harry Potter

Trip Start Jun 03, 2009
Trip End Sep 18, 2009

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Of course, I was kidding when I said the highlight of my summer was a bottle of Efes.  You guys were probably thinking, what about midnight viewing of the latest Harry Potter movie!?

That's right.  Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.  Mary (the intern from UVA) and I bought the tickets a few weeks ago and even got a free song on iTunes.  We made a trip to her friend's house to borrow ties, so we could dress up like Hogwarts students.  We watched all 5 Harry Potter movies over the course of 2 weeks in preparation for this movie.  Ooh yes, I was only too ready for my night with Harry Potter.

There were a few things that alarmed me, however.  First, the other 6 interns appeared blase about the movie release.  Now, I have celebrated the release of every HP book and film for the past 8 years with my friends and the rest of the world, so this 1:3 fan to non-fan ratio is just novel and incomprehensible to me.  Second, the only movie theater I have seen in Charlottesville is the old-school one in downtown Charlottesville.  This movie theater was playing several chickflicks but not Harry Potter-- what?  Mary had to call up her friends to go with us to Carmike, a movie theater 15 minutes away from the grounds.  I just don't understand...

We arrived at the movie theater around 10:15pm.  We were not sure what to expect since it is Charlottesville, but!  oh yes, there was a line with a couple people dressed up!  Yes, yes!  I mean, the line was not so incredibly long that I could not see the beginning, but it was there.

The manager did a pretty good job herding people into several movie theaters.  We were the first ones to go into the third movie theater, and um, the theater was only slightly bigger than some home theaters.  It had no more than 15 rows... all on the same level... whatever, we got center back seats and waited for the movie to begin.  And the epic movie began 12:30am on July 15th. 

I laughed out loud, whimpered, screamed, banged my head into Mary's... it was the best!!!  Michael Gambon's performance improved astronomically (I was ready for him to go after the 4th and 5th movies, in which he acted like a bipolar maniac-- the real Dumbedore would never... I had even joined the facebook group "Remember Kids, Snape Didn't Kill Dumbledore, Michael Gambon did").  But Dumbledore was calm and melancholy in this movie, and it was actually hard for me to see him get blasted by Snape (not a spoiler... if you did not know this, you should not be reading my blog).  I adored the flurries of akward teenage moments.  Harry, Ron, and Draco are getting more and more handsome that I am having a hard time choosing between them.  The movie did leave out a lot of stuff, but whatever, this was by far the best Harry Potter movie!  I am so glad David Yates will be directing the last 2 movies.  I can't wait to go see it again at home!!!
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