This weekend we celebrate the closing of a decade of magic.
In 2001, my brother dragged me to see a little movie called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I was sure I would hate it. I did not. I fell in love with the magical world or Harry Potter and jumped into the books. Throughout the years I’ve been to many a midnight release for both the books and movies. I even made a one-of-a-kind t-shirt for the release of the last book and 5th movie.
On Thursday, I pulled out that shirt and took off for the theater about 10pm, ready for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the 8th and final movie in the series. Despite a ridiculously disorganized movie theater that didn’t let us inside until 19 minutes before the show started, the movie itself was nearly everything I could have hoped for.
I wanted to cry. I really did. But there were no tears for me this time. Several of the most poignant moments in the book are trimmed, leaving my tears inside. And when I went to see the same film less than 24 hours later, I still didn’t cry, despite the many sniffles coming from those around me.
Here’s what I know. It was a pleasure to watch. I loved it! And I didn’t have to cry to feel the emotional impact of the quintessential battle of good vs. evil.
As my friend Kristi and I were driving away to see the midnight release, I tweeted (perhaps I should clarify, that I wasn’t actually behind the wheel when I was tweeting) about my excitement and ended the tweet with a “y’all.” And it made me giggle. How would Harry Potter be different if it was set in the South? So I tweeted several of them. Here’s the complete list, in case you missed them.
If Harry Potter were set in Nashville …
… Ron would sport a wicked business in the front party in the back mullet.
… Harry drives an F150 instead of a Nimbus 2000
… Hermione needs mega auquanet to handle the humidity
… Gryffidnor is actually Future Farmers of America
… instead of quiddich, they do rodeo
… Fred and George quit school to become country music stars (Fred and George are the new Brooks and Dunn)
… uniforms include wranglers and cowboy boots
What have I missed? Share your thoughts here!