Harry Potter Midnight Madness Recap

A more formal review is coming, I promise! But I’m too groggy and incoherent to properly articulate the emotional, climactic ending to one of my favorite franchises. So instead I’m going to describe what’s been going on in my life surrounding this event.

A bad time to visit Hogwarts

Starting about 6 weeks ago, we decided to watch one Harry Potter movie every week until the Midnight release of the final film. Well, clearly our timing sucked. We got the first movie down, then our buddy Smalls took a week off for vacation. This meant we had to double book two of the flicks for the 4th of July weekend (we folded it into a BBQ) and watch Part 1 of the 7th film last night. Yikes.

There were some hitches – and we didn’t get to do a full screening of Part I, which I’d really like to do again in the near future and of course watch Part II right after. Not sure if that will happen this weekend, but I’ve got my fingers crossed that it might!

We arrived at the theatre around 8pm last night and sat in line outside for at least an hour before we entered our auditorium and took our seats. There were at least 2,000 people milling about in quite an orderly fashion. So many folks dressed up! Including my mom and oldest nephew. Tons of great Potter-related T-Shirts and loads of folks with lightning bolt scars and horn rimmed glasses.

Dan and I wore the HP scarves I’d knit last fall and Dan crawled up in the attic to fish out the light/sound wand we’d procured from Powell’s during the epic 7th book release party.

We’d purchased three boxes of Bean Boozled (Bertie Botts rip-offs) about a month ago during the height of the coupon craze (yep, I did coupon Harry Potter related items…including the tickets!). After we’d tired of daring each-other to eat booger, vomit, canned dog food and skunk spray tasting candies, we turned on the people around us. Dan and Vincent (to entertain themselves during the down time) wandered our auditorium offering people a taste. Eventually they went out into the lobby and tortured the theatre staff (many of whom we know).

Very fun – those beans. I somehow ended up munching on Moldy Cheese two times in a row. What are the odds?

To kill our wait time we also posed quite a bit in front of standees…I was eyeballing the Ron full cardboard cutout from across the theatre entrance, waiting for an opportune moment to snap a picture or see if one of my theatre buds would let me take it home. The question of the night: Where would you put it?

By my side of the bed of course. Obviously! 🙂

Turns out some other dude got it, but to make up for it…we ended up snagging the Harry Potter standee which you’ll see depicted below. Pretty bad-ass.

Both Dan and I could not believe our luck and good fortune. Perhaps it was sleep/caffeine drunken-ness, but after we wrestled the object home and set it up in the Man Cave, we both drifted into the room 2 or 3 times to stare at it before heading to bed.

Like we couldn’t believe we actually owned such an amazing piece of an era. Like we couldn’t believe it was all over and we’d come away with something so fantastic.

Pictures say it better than words.

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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

2 responses to “Harry Potter Midnight Madness Recap”

  1. erninlow says :

    I am anticipating your review. I wanted to chat about the movie last night but all I could think about was sleep! I had so much fun and was glad we were able to all watch the last movie together. The tatste of baby wipes is still lingering, probably going to stay away from the Bean Boozeled for awhile!

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