My best friend and I started the tradition last year of attending the Harry Potter midnight movie premiere. This year was no different! We bought tickets online (to ensure we didn't miss out) to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One which premiered last Friday, or super late Thursday depending on how you look at it. We are those crazy people you see dressed up at movie premieres. My hair this year was nothing compared to last years but there's always next year! I'm going to work on my costume and hair styling and go all out next year as Bellatrix. Click read more to see more pictures and to hear my thoughts on the movie. Warning: Spoilers lurk below!
I love the atmosphere of a midnight movie premiere - you know that it's people who really love the movie or else they wouldn't be there. It's like when we were waiting for the movie to start (we got there two hours before it started since it was open seating) and a preview for the movie came on and a hush came over the audience. Or when people dressed up as wizards came running through the theater casting spells on each other and acting out parts of the movies - the best part was the Get Low spell (accompanied by music) that caused the person to dance. Or when the the theater employee came in to talk before the movie started about turning off cell phones and someone in the audience yelled out "Stupefy!" Okay, so it was a lot better in person.
The movie was pretty good but I felt it was a little slow moving in parts. But I suppose that only makes sense because the parts that were slow moving were also somewhat slow in the book, like when they're out in the wilderness searching for Horcruxes. I imagine it probably could have been just one movie (instead of two parts) if they would have moved things along. I thought it was very true to the book.
I love how the Harry Potter movies can be very serious and moving, and then have a quick one-liner from a character that leaves you giggling. I had forgotten how much death was in the last book - every couple chapters somebody got killed off! The saddest part for me was probably when Hedwig died, although they just barely touched on it. The people they've gotten to play the characters are just so spot on that you can't imagine anyone else in that role. There was a scene in it that I thought was pretty risqué, even if it was supposed to be imaginary or whatever. I realize the kids in the movie have grown up but even so I think they could have done without it. Overall, I really enjoyed myself and I can't wait until the next (and last!) one.