Arts and Entertainment

Desirable No. 1: Harry Potter attracts muggles worldwide

By Amanda Sands
Published: November 2010

Tired but wired from the coffee you drank in the car, you walk through a dark, crowded parking lot and arrive at the doors of the theatre.
You see your warm breath form misty clouds in the frigid November air, you feel your heart pounding in your chest. The anticipation is almost painful to endure.
Inside the theatre, you realize you aren’t as hardcore as the girls who drew scars on their foreheads with eyeliner, or the guy wearing a very real-looking Gryffindor quidditch cloak over his flawless Hogwarts uniform.
You notice a group of twenty-somethings standing in a fierce group, wands at the ready, posing for a picture that they’ll one day show to their grandchildren.
But you are an hour early’€you must get good seats.
You weave your way through hundreds of anxious waiting moviegoers dressed as wizards and witches and finally find decent seats in the overcrowded theatre. And then you wait.
Harry Potter fans all over the world flocked to theatres Thursday at midnight to experience the magic of The Deathly Hallows before everyone else.
Demographically, the audience is somewhere between sixteen and twenty-two years old: anyone younger isn’t strong enough to fight their parents (try “Obliviate), and anyone older has work the next morning (that’s obviously more important than hunting Horcruxes).
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, the penultimate movie based on the series by J.K. Rowling, was expected to accumulate a gross revenue of $150 million during the first weekend of its release on November 19; it surpassed this by gaining $170 million.
The movie, to the say the least, was a thriller. No longer at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron, and Hermione set out to destroy Voldemort’s secret to immortality: his Horcruxes.
So far, Harry has destroyed Tom Riddle’s diary and Dumbledore has destroyed Tom Riddle Sr.’s ring. And now that Bill and Fleur’s wedding has been so rudely interrupted by Death Eaters, the three friends must set off to save the world from a second dark magic holocaust¦by hiding in forests.
The events in the movie (except a few minor details) are true to the book. But we all know that the film actors are much more attractive than the respective characters they portray on paper.
And audiences finally get to meet Bill Weasley, Quibbler editor Xenophilius Lovegood, and A History of Magic author Bathilda Bagshot.
Things have changed since The Half-Blood Prince, and they’re never returning to normal. Neville and the other Gryffindors finally get the good seats on the Hogwarts Express with the tables.
A magic mirror shard with a mysterious eye is suddenly in Harry’s possession with no explanation whatsoever.
Ginny, who couldn’t have created a more awkward scene than the “That [kiss] can stay hidden up here [in the Room of Requirement] too, if you like scene in the sixth movie, contributes to one of the most awkward scenes in movie history involving herself, her love interest, and a zipper.
While it would be rude to completely spoil the movie, it must be said: Harry is a terrible dancer. He had a go at it with Parvati Patil back in the fourth movie during the Yule Ball, and even then he was less than decent on his feet.
Now he’s back with more moves, more pizzazz, and, finally, a sense of humor about his whole situation.
Death Toll Part I
Good Guys :7 (8 including Harry’s wand)
Bad Guys: 3 (4 including Lucius Malfoy’s wand)
And then, as shocking as it started, the vast screen goes black. The words “Directed by David Yates appear, and the entire audience around you lets out a breath of relief. The first part is over, but you know that the real action hasn’t even begun.
You wonder how good the second movie will be, how deaf you’ll feel afterwards, and how it’ll all end. (Spoiler alert: Everyone dies except for Harry.)
The people who dressed up as Hogwarts students with uniforms feel foolish because there is not a single student to be seen in the entire movie.
And life is different, just a bit, because those sixteen-to-twenty-two-year-olds realize that Harry Potter isn’t just a worldwide phenomenon’€it was a part of their childhood.
It was a household name, it was the doorway to a world that became so real to so many of us.
It was that sense of belonging when we proclaimed to another, “Yeah, I’m a Slytherin, or, “Ravenclaw is clearly the best, regardless of the fact that it was all invented.
It was the pang of disappointment when the Hogwarts acceptance letter didn’t come in the mail on our eleventh birthdays.
And it’s the sadness we know we’ll feel after the eighth and final movie comes out next July’€not because it marks the end of Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s childhood, but because it marks the end of ours as well.

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