The much anticipated final movie of the Harry Potter franchise comes out in less than 2 weeks. It’s one of those bittersweet moments where I can’t WAIT to see it, but it’s the last one. Ever. *tear*
How strange to think that I was so skeptical about this book series when Goblet of Fire came out. I remember being in university, and a fellow classmate was reading it. He didn’t strike me as someone who’d like “a kid’s book”. The movie had come out around then, which I didn’t see in theatres, but a friend of mine bought the DVD when it was released. She came over and we watched it and that was it. I was completely enthralled by the story. I immediately went and got the 4 books that were available so far at that time and couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next ones.
July 2007 was all about the midnight Potter experiences. Two of my BFFs and I were in L.A. during the opening weekend of the 5th movie, Order of the Phoenix, and decided to go back to the Universal Studios movie theatre that night to catch the midnight showing. I’m honestly not sure I’d do the midnight showing thing again. I was so tired from a whole day of sight-seeing, to go back and stay awake till 3 or 4am (as much as I was IMMENSELY excited for the movie), I realized I was nodding off near the end – the most exciting part in the Ministry. Luckily tho, that just gave me an excuse (as if I really needed one) to go and see it again when I was back home – and in 3D!
About a week or two after, when the final book was coming out, another friend and I decided to go check out the big midnight party at the Indigo bookstore at Bay & Bloor, just to see what it was like. We figure (and I say this endearingly), it’s the final book – let’s be total nerds for the last one. 😉 What a ZOO it was! So many people, and so many decorations and street activities! Upon taking a number, we ended up being in the THOUSANDS to line up for a book at midnight. We stayed until the “countdown” and then grabbed a subway to a further away Zellers and picked up the book there, where there was virtually NOBODY in the store. (We knew about it because his friend was doing security in the store)
This summer, with J.K. Rowling’s announcement of the upcoming site Pottermore (which took me a while but finally was able to submit my email) and the release of the final movie – it’s a perfect way to continue the tradition of the many Potter-related releases that have happened in July (I’m thinking it has to do with the shared birthday of JKR and Harry Potter – July 31st :P) Add to the fact that 2 friends and I got tickets to the Broadway show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring Daniel Radcliffe, in August.. Can’t wait! For now, in the upcoming <2 weeks, I’ll just re-read Deathly Hallows and watch the main trailer on the official site…. Is it just me, or does every Harry Potter trailer also give you chills too? I think it’s that haunting melody with the spectacular effects and imagery that’s just so thrilling.
Finally, I leave off with a few pictures I took on Thursday of one of the subway stations in Toronto – completely decked out with Harry Potter visuals – in anticipation of the movie. Quite a spectacular sight to see!