Thursday, July 14, 2011

Harry Potter Eve

Ah, Harry Potter! I remember when I first picked up book one, which lay feathered out with use from Matthew, who had already caught the bug. I finished it one morning in first hour my senior year of high school and I was itching for the next... but couldn't wait to get home for it... so I started book one again.

My family calls me "obsessed". I call myself "literate". And perhaps even "with it".

So with it, in fact, that I'm with the cool people. You know the ones. The people who dress up, stand in line for hours, go to midnight releases; the works. When HBP (book six, for the Harry Potter uneducated) came out, I mimicked the green dress Rita Skeeter wears in the fourth movie, making a purse and all. The kiddo who came with me dressed as Fred AND George. I made a sweater with a "F" on the front and a "G" on the back, and he spent the whole night at the release party switching it from one side to the other. (I must find my picture of the two of us!)

Needless to say, Harry Potter has brought some good times. And last night, there were just a few more.

My friend Melanie from school is holding a Deatheater photo shoot tonight before the movie we're going to. She's coordinated all sorts and variety to come dress up and embrace their inner nerd. To help with this, I volunteered with the sewing on some robes for He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!

And cast in the role? Our dear professor Travis! If the fact that we're going to these lengths isn't quite enough, he came over for a fitting. The most entertaining fitting of my life, actually. As it was said last night "Voldemort wouldn't have a one-size-fit-all robe". We started pulling and prodding and hold-your-arms-up-demanding.

Another use for a wand

After realizing it was pointless to pin back the gads of fabric on the sleeves, I quite simply got out scissors and eyeballed it. It would have been easier if he didn't keep pulling his arm back in fear.

"You gave me an A this summer, I have no reason to cut you," I told him.

"And there's more grades to come," he threatened as Melanie extracted some personal revenge by taking photographs. 

Luckily Melanie's friend Rachel knew better than me how to do alterations (it's one thing I've never had much practice at). Soon we had everything pinned up and ready and Travis went off to make his elder wand as we had some crazy times, using Melanie as our mannequin. Travis doesn't know this yet, but we're going to have a "who wore it best contest" tonight at the photo shoot.

Today will be made interesting as we start on makeup and bring my friend Gus the Snake on set. More pictures to come! And may you enjoy Harry Potter Day as much as I will!!!


  1. Oh my gosh I'm so JEALOUS!!!! Bret doesn't get into the whole costume thing, which is just fine, but I miss the midnight movies, the costumes, and craziness!

    Oh, I could still do it of course. I'm just not great at midnight movies anymore.I do have a Gryffindor uniform costume that I'm collecting pieces for bit by bit. It's black instead of gray and i still need socks and a gryffindor patch, but I'm just going one piece at a time.

    P.S. Voldemort's (gasp!) costume is awesome

  2. Can't wait to see these pics! I'm a self-professed 'Potter Nerd' myself you know.

  3. I'll do the midnight thing, and the be nerdy thing, and I like things like HP paraphernalia, but I do NOT do the costume thing. I only like to be dressed up pretty. Haha! I can't wait to see all the craziness tonight.

  4. For the record, I would like to say that Chess did, in fact, dress up. All it took was a bit of poof to a skirt to convince her to come as Cho-gone-bad :)