Thursday, November 18
The Magic of Harry Potter
Tonight is the Harry Potter midnight premiere. It's a tradition my girls and I started about the third movie (or whichever one the theaters started showing the midnight show of). So, tonight I will bear the brunt of wind, rain, and possibly hail (check the Portland Oregon forcast, it's not pretty) to watch the seventh movie in the series.
My sister thinks I'm nuts. And maybe I am. But, there's something kind of magical about being in a theater of people who all are excited about the the same story. Plus, you kind of bond with people in line, seeing as you're all going through the standing there freezing your tootsies off in the rain scenario.
When you consider all the people across America standing in line to watch that movie at midnight, you have to admit that JK Rowling is in a class all by herself. There are few series that have maintained that degree of loyalty and through seven movies and books. Even the Star Wars & Star Trek series haven't been able mainstream their series without criticism and a couple of faltering steps.
For me, Rowling is the grandmaster of series writing. She took an eleven-year-old kid and matured him with her intended audience. Along the way, she interwove a complex, endless plot, threw in a few wizards, and created magic.
I want to be just like her when I grow up.