If you know us at all…you know that Daniel and I are super nerdy about the Harry Potter series. I started reading the books in middle school (thank you, Elizabeth Martin!) but I couldn’t get Daniel to read them until college. Once he did, he was hooked, too. The series is entertaining and delightful, but the themes therein are surprisingly orthodox and admirable. There are several fantastic female characters (you can read a short article on this subject here), a very Augustinian view of evil, and wonderful elements of family, friendship, and sacrificial love, not to mention one of the most finely crafted and interesting characters in English literature: Severus Snape.
For us, the release of the final HP film marked the end of over a decade of Potter book releases and movie premieres. It is the end. So we had to throw a party! Fortunately, we have some friends who like it as much as we do in attendance.
Starting from the left we had a Professor Trelawney holding Baby Harry (with adorable lightning bolt scar!), Dobby the House Elf, our friend Ashlea with a Horcruxes Got Soul T, Pregnant Hermione, Conally the Beater of the Irish National Quidditch Team, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks pregnant with Teddy, Padma Patil, and a Death Eater. We had some “muggles” in attendance but they didn’t get to be in the special picture as punishment for their lack of costume.
“HAPPEE BIRTHDAE, HARRY!”
At 8pm we headed over to the theatre to get in line for the midnight show. It was wonderful. I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for people who haven’t seen it but we loved it and cried through the second half. There were several scenes we wish they had done differently and at points they missed crucial themes by their alterations but all-in-all….fantastic. Dame Maggie Smith (I LOVE her!) and Alan Rickman completely stole the show.
Now we just have to wait til Benjamin’s old enough to read them.