July 15 was a day of confusing emotions. It was a day of joy, excitement, and beauty, but it was also a day of sadness, nostalgia, and loneliness. The premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 gave Potter fans all over the world a sense of closure, but marked the end of an epic era.
In this post, our intern and Harry Potter expert, Rachel, will share her experiences from opening night.
I stared down at the holiest sight I had seen in several months: a ticket to the 12:30 3-D showing of the final Harry Potter movie on opening night. I could not decide if I was overwhelmingly happy or overwhelmingly sad. The conclusion of the Harry Potter phenomenon was only a couple of hours away, and it was sure to be rad, but a huge part of my childhood was going to end along with it. I decided to ignore the negativity and enjoy my night. The sadness could wait. I climbed in the car with a few crucial friends, two hours before show time, and prepared myself for one of the greatest experiences of the summer.
We arrived at the theater, and it was not any surprise that the parking lot was almost completely filled. We managed to find a spot in the very back of the lot and made the trek up to the building. We discovered a line that completely circumnavigated the entire building. About halfway around the line, I spotted none other than Videobred’s own Brian Cunningham, fake wand in hand. After exchanging a few words with Brian, I continued on my way. As my group ventured on to the back of the line, I thought to myself that if Brian were to have a real wand, it would definitely have a core consisting of unicorn hair.
We finally reached the back of the line where my group of friends merged with fellow VB intern Gina Durkan. There was some Red Bull and Death Eater symbols involved, but our time in the line was short-lived because we plotted a way to skip the line and wait inside the theater’s bar. Once we were in, we indulged in their special “Harry Potter drink,” which looked really green and awesome, but tasted disappointingly bland.
The theater was already packed by the time we got there, but managed to find seats in the second row. Disclaimer: After a couple of “Harry Potter drinks,” 3-D film looks about ten times more awesome, so I recommend that to everyone.
As for the movie itself, it was action-packed from the first minute, but if you haven’t read the book or seen the other movies, then you will be completely and utterly lost. However, since I know the book by heart I was able to know exactly what was happening when it was happening, what parts they changed, and what parts they left out completely. I won’t give away too many of the details, but the movie is definitely worth the time and money, especially if you see it in 3-D. It’s not exactly cinematic gold, but I’d definitely classify it as cinematic silver.