“I Gotta Get Back to Hogwarts”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 opens in theaters on July 15th, just 85 days away! In equal parts, I’m excited for this film and dreading this film. Every time Harry Potter has a big release, I turn up the dorkhood. Book releases, film openings—I’m there early, I’m there tirelessly smiling, and I’m there normally dressed a Harry Potter t-shirt. I guess I’d more of a hardcore dork if I dressed up like a character or at least painted a lighting scar on my forehead . . . I might pull out all the stops in July. Stay tuned for that! But a part of me sad that this will be my last Harry Potter opening. I’m not ready for it to be over.

With graduation so close I can taste it, I feel the need to conjure up my own patronus. As my high school career ended and shifted into college mode, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was there in 784 pages of childhood comfort. Now that I’m free falling into adulthood—I DON’T WANNA GROW UP—the last installment of the film series is being released. The only thing that will be left for me after that is Harry Potter World at Universal Studios.

And you know, a lot of people don’t get the Harry Potter buzz. It’s nothing like the Twilight hype, and if you would like to point out any ridiculous similarities, I’ll punch you in the nose. My mother, for one, doesn’t quite understand why her 22-year-old daughter turns into a heap of excited giggles when Harry Potter comes up. Last night, as I hugged Baby Mac to my chest watching “A Very Potter Musical,” she wouldn’t have understood.

I guess I’m behind the times—“A Very Potter Musical” is old Youtube news—but it still managed to defeat the evils that are Crusade primary sources and the woes of reading one more page of Virginia Woolf.  These real world evils must be revisited, probably with a cup of coffee later tonight, but for an evening I revisited Hogwarts and my favorite literary characters, and I got super excited for the last movie! It. Will. Be. Epic.

I stumbled upon “A Very Potter Musical” in an Entertainment Weekly interview with Glee’s Darren Criss. He wrote the music for the musical before he landed his role on Glee as the heartthrob Blain. Below is an excellentnontraditional performance of the “Very Potter Musical” opening number.

On a side note, two non traditional movies have made my list this week. “A Very Potter Musical,”which I think it’s worth of seeing, and the Lifetime movie “William and Kate.” Next week is the Royal Wedding. So excited for that, too! Today I’m going to try to fit in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of Christ” to make penance of these seemingly sacrilegious movies. “Oh, my Rowling!”

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