Getting Ready for the Harry Potter Midnight Show

My oldest daughter was just 4 years old when I read every page of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone aloud to her. She listened, entranced, and together we were wrapped in some spell of our own. The magic, amazement, love, and loyalty for Harry Potter has not waned a bit for us over these past 13 years. And each of our children has joined the ranks of über fan. We are a Harry Potter household.

So today is both exhilarating and heartbreaking, bittersweet to the core, as we prepare for the final movie of the Harry Potter franchise. The kids will, of course, be attending the midnight show of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part two), and have spent the last two weeks in preparation.

My oldest daughter has been re-reading all the books. Here she is finishing book 5 last night. Notice the Gryffindor shirt? Don’t think she’ll make it through the next two books before the movie, but it was a valiant effort:

The kids have also been watching each of the movies again. Here they are on #3. They stayed up until 1am watching #4 last night. I am guessing 5-7 (part one) will be running today:

Three of my kids will be dressing up as Hogwart’s students. My 14yo daughter is going as a Death Eater. She bought a plain silver mask and drew her own designs. And yes, I let her draw her own tattoo in Sharpie for the show:

This really does feel like the end of an era, and my kids are determined to send it out in style.

Then again…

my youngest son is only 3yo.

We have plenty of time and opportunity to rediscover the magic of Harry Potter with a whole new generation!

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HARRY POTTER ON MY BLOG:

Because I’m not sure if the Related Posts plug-in will catch all of these, I just wanted to link to other posts I’ve written here about our love for Harry Potter. I was actually a little surprised that he’s made so many appearances here!

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  • Shannon

    Awesome.  Simply awesome.

  • I love how you are participating in this as a family! LOVE it! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Love. Actually, I’m a dork and this had me tearing up. And your daughter? WHAT an amazing artist! When my DD1 was born my dear DH brought the latest HP book to the hospital for me to get started on.  I am a fan. A HUGE fan. I will cry when it’s all over…and I will watch them over and over with my girls. Thanks for this friend.

    • Aw, thank YOU, Amanda! I’ve shed many a tear over Harry Potter, the books *and* the movies. It’s an easy thing to get emotional about. Thank you for sharing your own memories!

  • Anonymous

    First I must say your daughter is an amazing artist! Our family is pretty sad to see it end and extremely excited to see the last movie all at the same time. Have you guys ever been to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios?

    • Thank you for the kind words about my daughter! It was amazing to watch her draw it, almost upside-down actually! We’ve never been to Wizarding World and it would send my kids over the moon if we ever got to go. Someday….? 🙂

  • I love the “tattoo”! She’s quite the artist. 

    • Thank you! It was quite startling in person, actually. And she did it three days in advance, thinking it would “set” a little more. She just kept having to touch it up, though, which I think she secretly enjoyed. 🙂

  • It is an end of an era! I went to the bookstore for the release of the final book and was amazed at how (whisper) normal everyone was–then I realized what it was: all these kids had GROWN UP WITH HARRY! It was like they were saying good-bye! (Can I link to my review of the Deathly Hallows book? Because now I want to re-read it! http://ohamanda.com/2007/07/23/books-muggles-spoilers-oh-my/ )

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    • Thank you for including the link! I read the post and it made me cry. And at least a few tears were for the fact that I actually *never read the book.* {hangs head in shame} Can you believe that? As dedicated as my family as ever been, I never read Book 7. I don’t know why. Denial, maybe? But I think maybe the time has come…

  • How fun! I love it when I can share entertainment with my girls. We went to all of the Twilight midnight showings.

    • My kids have told me that some of their favorite memories are the movies or tv shows we watch together. It’s not just the act of being together, but then of talking it all over and having someone to hear all your thoughts and ideas. 🙂 It’s great, isn’t it?!

  • AML

    You have a happy “Harry Potter” family. Love the picture of your 3 year old son.:) awesome.