Saturday, July 11, 2009
could there be a happier seven year old than one that gets woken up at 6:45 in the morning on a Saturday by her mom saying - honey, Holly wants to take us to the friends and family screening of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE but you gotta get up now?
I've never seen that kid get out of bed, get dressed in her I LOVE HARRY t-shirt and Gryffindor sweatshirt faster.
Fitting that the screening was a Graumman's Chinese Theatre (I know it's Mann's now, but I'm a classicist) - the very same theatre where Mike and I sat next to each other at a screening of Susan's Plan almost 11 years ago (edited by my friend Nancy) and wound up kissing in parking space 83 across the street (but that's another story).
Julia was awed by the beautiful theatre, awed by getting popcorn for breakfast and blown away by seeing her first HP on the big screen. I think she's equally stoked to tell all the other kids in her "Platform 9 3/4" class at camp that she beat them to it.
I was just happy that I made it through (back injury) - even though when I got up to stand in the back for the second time an usher questioned my right to be there.
I'm not saying anymore or giving anything else away - I did have that moment after when I thought, what lucky screenwriters who have been given the challenge and honor to adapt these books. I hope some day to get to sink my teeth into something equally challenging and magical.
I can't believe there are only two movies left. I can't believe we have to wait years til we see them. I don't want it to be over but I'm eager to see it through. Julia will be 9! And I think her heart will still belong to Harry.
The day was full of questions that will be answered later - I don't believe in spoilers - ....but the love for Harry still remains. And Julia - of course - wants to see it again on opening day (and we may just in 3D)