Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Epic Day

Yesterday my day started at 7:44 a.m. 
I know what your thinking, who wakes up that early on a Saturday? I assure you, I woke up for two very good reasons:
1) A Suzanne Collins book signing

2) Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part One!

Last week, four of my friends and I lined up outside of Indigo Yorkdale (a Canadian bookstore, for those unaware) at 7am in the morning, just to make sure we all got one of the 250 tickets they were handing out for the Suzanne Collins signing event.Needless to say, we got them.

So yesterday,  the signing started at 1pm, but we got there at 9:30am and there was already a small line up. We were part of the first ten or so people there, so not too much of a draw back. While we were in line, we chatted with other crazy Collins fans like ourselves and read books to pass the time.

At 1 o'clock we were led downstairs and there she was! She read a passage from both Catching Fire and Mockingjay to us and she read Katniss with the accent that she imagines in her head. Very southern, btw. But it was interesting to hear what she hears when these characters talk to her.

After the reading we went up and got our book stamped (she couldn't sign, since her wrist was injured & she was only stamping one book per person) and we got our pictures taken, all the while trying not to be too star-struck (which we all failed at). Then after our turn was up, we went back upstairs to chill for an hour or so while Mrs. Collins signed everyone else's book.

After the line was done, we went back down and asked her publicist (among other people surrounding her) if we could get our other books stamped. They said YES! So we left the signing as star-struck, happy fans with all of our books stamped and all agreeing that Suzanne Collins is such a sweetheart.

After the signing, which ended at 2pm, we wandered around the food court looking for a table before getting our food. After eating we went back to the bookstore and just sat around because the Harry Potter movie was set to begin at 7pm (the theater and the bookstore were conveniently located in the same mall). We periodically went to the theater to see if there was a line up beginning for the movie and sure enough, people began lining up at 5:30. Again, we were part of the first ten or so people there, and we made friends with other crazy Harry Potter fanatics. At 6:30, they opened the doors and we were ushered in. Correction, the doors were opened, the workers stood aside and we stampeded in for good seats (We landed the middle of the last row, awesome seats if I do say so myself).

The previews ended, and the movie finally began at 7:20; some people screamed out cheers, only to rudely be told to "Shut up!". Everyone was aware that they were among crazy fans as the entire theater hushed up in anticipation. It was as if a live current was running through the air.

At about 9:30 the movie ended, and I had two thoughts going through my mind,
"Ohmygawd! Was it supposed to be that scary?" and "OHMYGOD! When's part two?! I must reread this series!"

And so ends my epic, awesome day. 

My friends and I discussed the movies afterward and we all agreed that it was one of the best Harry Potter movies EVAR! It was dark and scary at all the right places with humour thrown in to cut the tangible fear. The acting was just brilliant! Emma really stole the show in this one and Bellatrix was, well, Bellatrix; fanatically fantastic! Another character that stole our hearts was Dobby. I'm not going to spoil it for you guys; all I'm saying is get up off your butts and RUN to the theater to watch this latest installment. It will not disappoint!

Have you guys watched Harry Potter yet? If you have, you must tell me what you thought!

-L & S

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