There are five stages of grief. I am still in Stage 1: denial.
“No, I’m fine. Really! I’m nothing but excited for this final ‘Harry Potter’ movie, ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2,’ that will close out more than a decade of being a Potterphile.”
So, until I move on to Stage 2 — anger — at approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday, let’s celebrate this final week of having new “Potter.” The photo up in the corner should get everyone in the celebratory mood. You guys, that is Neville Longbottom (aka Matt Lewis). No, I’m not kidding. Chubby-cheeked, buck-toothed Neville has grown up. You’re welcome. (And who else wants to join me in taking up herbology as a pastime?)
Harkins Bricktown Cinemas is hosting a whole week of “Harry” in the lead-up to Thursday’s midnight premiere. Here’s how it works: Each day, starting today, Harkins is showing two “Potter” movies. It starts with “Sorcerer’s Stone” at 7 p.m. this evening and finishes up at 10 p.m. Wednesday with “Half-Blood Prince.”
Marathoners will get two free small popcorns, a free 2011 Loyalty Cup (similar to the Tri-Wizard Cup except probably not a portkey that leads to a graveyard, Wormtail and — if you’re a future sparkly vampire — death), and a bag o’ swag.
These are package tickets, and there aren’t very many left, so if you’re in for the marathon, run over to Harkins immediately. Really, leave right now. Try apparating.
With or without the marathon (I’m doing one from the comfort of my own couch), there are still three full days until you can go jump in line for the midnight premiere. You can stare at Lewis and contemplate all the movie roles you’d like to see him in, or you can take a break Wednesday and attempt my super-hard “Harry Potter” quiz that’ll be online.
Start studying now for the quiz — it’ll post Wednesday as part of our “Harry Potter” cover story — because I was not effing around when I came up with the questions. One winner will take home glory and a $25 gift card to any of the Western Concepts metro restaurants.
For younger HP fans, Science Museum Oklahoma is doing its final Bright Night of Harry Potter on July 15. The overnight adventure includes lots of fun events for kids — wand-making, wizard duels and more — and will take kids to Cinemark Tinseltown for the movie’s premiere.