I’m in Harry Potter Denial.

6 Jul
Keep Calm and Harry Potter

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Every year a new Harry Potter movie comes out I pretend not to care, but I totally do.

I’ve pretended not to care from the beginning.  Not that I have anything against standing up for wizards, and magic, and other nerdgasm ingredients, (My Dad’s a Dungeon Master), I just feel kind of silly getting as excited for it as I do.

But I do.  I really do.

I get less excited than I was for the release of the first World of Warcraft expansion, and less excited than I was for any of the Lord of the Rings movies, but nonetheless, I get excited.  I could pee my pants when I think about trying to avoid Facebook from the midnight opening until I get to see it.  Pee.  My.  Pants.

I’d go see it at midnight, but I promised my dad I’d see it with him and old people can’t be out after midnight or they turn into goblins.

I kind of struggle right before a big release like this because it usually inspires a lot of social media chatter about that parts will be included or left out, and I don’t know anything about all that jazz because I didn’t read the books.  Sometimes I feel like the only person on earth who didn’t.   I started reading a little bit of the first book back when I was in high school but it occurred to me that it would be quite a commitment to start them because I had no way of knowing when they would stop being written.

I don’t just blindly sign up for that sort of nonsense.

So I instead waited for the movie to be released and loved it.  I’m not a Potterhead or anything.  I don’t buy the capes, I don’t grimace through the gross flavored jelly beans just to laugh at eating something that tastes like earwax, and I don’t get excited about the relationship between Hermione and Ron.

To be honest, I always thought Hermione and Harry had a pretty clear thing going until a loyal reader showed me the error of my ways.  

But I’ll admit that I’ve watched the trailer a few times just to dry to quiet the soft, persistent thunder of excitement in my belly.  I almost don’t care that someone will unwrap candy during the movie, talk right behind my ears, and get up to go to the bathroom in my row in a very intense scene.  Or that someone within my field of vision will emit a strong glow from their cell phone as they text throughout the movie.  …or that there is inevitably someone near me explaining the movie as it’s happening to someone right beside them.

Actually, you know what?

Maybe I can wait. 

Today’s RAK: some inspiration for a friend who needs to reach a goal.



16 Responses to “I’m in Harry Potter Denial.”

  1. phrogmom July 6, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    hee hee, yeah i am pretty excited about the movies myself. the harry potter movies are some of the few movie franchises out there that actually do the books justice. will i be able to find a babysitter though…


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm #

      Perhaps if you advertise that you need a sitter so you can go see the Potter movie, babysitters will line up out of empathy 😉


  2. Jessica July 6, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    I’d go see it at midnight, but I promised my dad I’d see it with him and old people can’t be out after midnight or they turn into goblins.–Oh, my that made me laugh. 🙂


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      🙂 Thanks. My dad would be proud that I’ve degraded him so.


  3. thesinglecell July 6, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Harry Potter is in intriguing fellow. I read the first book about eight years after it came out, just to see what all the fuss was about. I enjoyed it, but then I only read half the second book and that was it. It’s enchanting, but yet I refuse to give in to the enchantment. Maybe I’m under a spell of some sort.


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      It sounds like you have a heavy dose of denial yourself. Read the third book, dammit!


  4. Ambino July 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    No worries. I didn’t read the books either. i also kind of liked harry and hermione together.


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

      They really should have hooked up. What a nerdy little power team.


  5. TBM July 7, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Like you I am also excited for the movie! I’m curious to see what movie franchise will replace it. Harry Potter has been such a constant for years.


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

      It kind of frightens me to think of what terrible little wizard school ripoffs will start up. Ugh.


  6. Isabelle July 7, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    I’m so excited about it too ! I can’t wait to see the last one… Unlike you, I’ve read the books but in English… I didn’t want to read it in French (my pride would be hurt to read a child book in French, well at least that what I thought for the 3 first books !!).


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

      I’m missing the pride thing – why would it be hurt to read it in French? (Or would it have been, rather since it seems it’s a problem no more). You’ll have to excuse my ignorance. Americans don’t like to acknowledge that other languages even exist let alone consider reading in them. 😉


  7. pegoleg July 7, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Unlike SOME fair-weather fans, I have read all the books multiple times. The truly sad thing, though, is that my kids will want to go with their friends at midnight and not wait for their old mom to see it in a few days. You are a true and faithful daughter to your goblin father.


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

      LOL well my goblin father is a treasure. all the books multiple times? multiple?!


  8. sanetes July 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    My challenge will be getting a reservation for the English edition in the theatre. Although this city is (temporary) home to quite a few native speakers and has a fair number of university level English students and teachers, they just show movies in English once – if you don’t make it, too bad.

    And no, after watching all the other movies in English and reading all the books in English as well, I do not want to listen to a German version. Please. I don’t know zip about the wizard vocabulary. And who wants to hear a German version of Alan Rickman’s voice anyway?

    IF I get a ticket, the theatre will be full, the air condition won’t be able to deal with the crowds and I’ll end up in a packed, funny smelling dark place. Oh well, I better get mints with the tickets then.


    • Jackie July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

      LOL I felt very bad for your and your challenge until the note about Alan Rickman’s German version. Now it’s just too funny 🙂

      Good luck!!


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