Last night, my friends and I went to the 12:01 showing of the latest installment in the Harry Potter movie series,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One. What a night! We arrived at the theater at 10:30 in the hopes of reserving prime seats, only to find it packed (the theater opened its doors at 10). Everywhere we looked, we saw UNCA students participating in costume contests, enjoying Cold Stone's take on Honeydukes (JK Rowling's fictional-and amazing-candy shop), socializing, and even interviewing with our local news broadcasting station, News 13. Harry Potter fans were everywhere! Luckily, we managed to find seats together, and spent the remaining few hours mingling, munching on popcorn, and generally reveling in the excitement of the evening.
As for the movie itself, I left the theater satisfied with the adaptation. Because the producers opted to split the final film into two parts, they were able to spend time on scenes from the book that, had the film been of conventional length, might otherwise have been left on the cutting room floor. Although this film was undeniably the darkest of the series, it was able strike an excellent balance between its more lighthearted moments (imagine seven Harry Potters in the same room at the same time), its scarier scenes (the snake at Bathilda Bagshot's house was terrifying), and its tragic farewells (I was touched by Headwig's death in particular). The second part of the movie will be released in July 2011. While I can hardly wait that long, I won't have to look very far to get my Harry Potter fix.
UNCA's Erin Lutherhas recently started a Quidditch team, appropriately called "UNC Asheville Muggle Quidditch." Luther and her team are part of a wider collegiate Quidditch movement that includes schools like Boston University and Middlebury College (founders of the Intercollegiate Quidditch Association - and yes, they do hold a Quidditch World Cup annually). Although our team is not yet large enough to participate in the IQA, it is a great opportunity for Potter fans to interact and build a community of Muggles on campus. Now, if only we could get those brooms to fly...
To read more about UNCA's Quidditch program and to refresh your knowledge of the sport, check out these links:
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