Midnight in the land of good and evil


Last night at around 11:00pm, I took my daughter to see the latest “Harry Potter” movie. No this is not a review (I found I don’t get that much out of 12:00am showings), more a reaction to the early morning movie experience.

This is the third late night movie I’ve seen in the past 5 years. I can’t remember going to any before that time. (Ok, I can remember going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show late at night, but I was much younger then and it started before midnight.)

I find it interesting that so many people will come out in the wee hours to watch movies. This was in the middle of the week, and our small little theater sold out two of their screens. I’m sure if they had another copy of the film, they would have filled all three screens. Some turnout.

There were people in costumes of course. You had your witches and wizards in their ‘normal’ costumes. Wizards and witches trying to dress like ‘muggles’ (if you don’t know what that is, you are one). And even people in pajamas. They were all out to have a good time.

A little over 2.5 hours after midnight, the movie ended. The crowd made their way to the exit. Some half asleep, some excitedly discussing the show. Why did they do it this way? What were they thinking? Not enough. Too much. All differing opinions, but many excited folks. Me, I was tired. I failed to arrange the day off, so I knew I was going to have to be up and on my way in less than 3 hours. Hmmm, not much sleep. I’m sure there were others in the same boat.

Review when I see it again, and I probably will. I promised the youngest she could take a friend or two to the movies. I have a feeling this is what they will see.
I was just wondering, what kind of show would we have to put on to draw crowds like this? A wonderful thing to completely sell out. I’m not sure there is a stage show that would pull in that type of crowd. Fun to imagine.

7 thoughts on “Midnight in the land of good and evil”

  1. Harry Potter, yes and I did, too. Must have been in the other theatre. I enjoyed doing this one more than The Dark Knight last summer. Dunno why. I just was hoping to get in a good crowd that would appreciate it and have fun with it. Any big event movie. Probably will when the next one comes out, too. Did not have to be on my feet as early as you did.

  2. I’ll be seeing this some time in the near future. This will be only the second movie I will have seen in the theater this year. I’ll be dressed as a muggle of course. 😉

  3. I will be going again soon. Apparently, I made a standing promise to my nephew every time one comes out and he is away at Boy Scout camp this week but I would have had to think LONG and hard about taking him to a midnight screening 😀

  4. Harry Potter, the stage show, ya think? I don’t. I wish I had gotten all into it before it was over, but my kids are young and I need the sleep. I’m sure there will be something like it for their generation. I’m really glad to hear that our small local theater sold out some screens!

  5. Hm, I’ve been to some midnight showings….but not Harry Potter. Of course, midnight is like noon to me. By the title of your post, I thought perhaps you were going to go on about one of my favorite books, “Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil.” That’s ok, though! (Although I highly recommend that book if you haven’t read it!)

    I liked the first couple of the Harry Potter movies, but I seem to have fallen behind and haven’t watched the last few. Catching up sounds like something fun to do this winter when I don’t have quite so many things on my plate. Hm, will have to write that on my list of things to do…. 😉

    Glad you had a good time!!!

  6. I was thinking of that book when I came up with the blog title, but any gardens in the movie were shadowed by the good and evil.

    I seem to remember having to read that book, but I couldn’t tell you what it was about. Maybe I should pick it up again.

  7. Yes, you definitely should….I try to read it every couple of years and I don’t regret it at all. If you don’t have a copy, let me know….I can bring you mine on one of the next game nights.

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