Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One

Jen, Sculls and I at the Deathly Hallows midnight screening

Jen, Sculls and I at the Deathly Hallows midnight screening

Jen, Scully and I began our evening at 8pm on the floor outside of the AMC La Jolla theater with dinner, snacks, magazines and caffeinated beverages in hand, surrounded by a crowd of people that were 99% UCSD college kids. I’m not knocking my future fellow alumnus, but the phrase “I’m too old for this shit” sprang to mind a few times last night and it had nothing to do with sitting on the floor for four hours waiting for a movie about a boy wizard. In the past we’ve gone to AMC Fashion Valley for our midnight screenings but Scully recommended La Jolla since she attended the Eclipse midnight showing there and found it less insane that Fashion Valley (and those were Twilight fans). But even she was willing to commit to going to Fashion Valley for the final movie release after a few hours of sitting next to a group of kids that just seem to keep growing and growing (the group, not the kids) and getting louder and louder as the night progressed. Luckily, they let us in to the theaters about 11pm and we were soon separated from the rowdy bunch.

That being said, the group next to us and a decent percentage of the crowd around us had gotten dressed up for the occasion. There were several Hogwarts uniforms from all of the houses. A couple of snitches and owls, one phoenix, a few Lunas and even one Dumbledore. For my part, I sported my homemade Gryffindor House scarf; my first attempt at knitting several years ago that took me the better part of one camp season to make. Sculls went rogue and wore her Forks sweatshirt, but the vibrant teal made her easy to spot in the crowd.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, midnight screening

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, midnight screening

**SPOILER ALERT** The movie was GREAT!! As always, they have to cram so much into such a short amount of time. At least they put this 784 page novel into two movies giving us much more Potter than in a single movie. Lots of excitement and adventure and a bit of romance. There were a few moments, particurlarly involving the snake Nagini, that are going to make excellent (and scream-worthy) 3-D moments. I don’t plan to see it in 3-D, I tend to get too dizzy to enjoy whatever I’m watching. The opening scenes where they show people packing up and leaving to hide were a great intro. Watching Hermione obliviate her parents brought tears to my eyes. That scene wasn’t specifically in the book and usually I’m against movies adding major things (it’s bad enough they have to take things out), but it was so moving and just summed up the emotions so well. From beginning to end, it was a highly enjoyable movie. I need to go see it again in the theaters at a more decent hour.

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