A 'Harry Potter' veteran takes a virgin to see 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2.' Will the magic work on an unenlightened Muggle?

Once upon a time, a total Harry Potter superfan took a total Harry Potter newbie to see the last Harry Potter film. Read the full post.

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  • lettergirl

    the funny thing is, i took a potter virgin to see DH1. i kept looking over to see if she ‘got it’ since the first was WAY more confusing if you haven’t read the books. afterwards, she said she really had no idea what was going on, but overall it was a good movie. i wonder if she will want to go with me this weekend wheni go see DH2? i’m guessing…no. :)

  • Ruby

    I loved this! What a great experiment.

  • Amy

    That made my morning! I laughed. It is nice to see a “Potter Virgin” enjoy Harry instead of just brushing it off and going into the movie all cynical.

  • christy

    I loved reading this! Thank you!

  • Rebecca

    Love it! Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning and helping me remember how remarkable The Harry Potter series is (and how much I love Dan!)

  • PNK

    On my second viewing of the movie, I did as Adam suggests and left my personal ‘Quibbler’ at home. Just enjoyed it for itself rather than some of my first reactions of book-comparison. I may see it a third time, which will be a first for me and the theatre releases (saw OoTP and Goblet twice each). After all, it’s the last in-theatre viewing of a Harry Potter movie ever!!!

    • mscisluv

      I doubt it will be the last ever; I’m sure Warner Bros will release “special edition” versions at some point. And I heard rumors of smaller theaters experimenting with periodic midnight showings (in the vein Rocky Horror).

    • Liz Lemon

      I saw it three times (so far). It really does get better every time.
      I wasn’t sure I liked it the first time, because it seemed too rushed, but I loved it the second and third times.

    • Lin Marie

      I’ve seen it twice already. I went to the midnight show at my theater and I felt like it went by way too fast and I thought I missed some moments because of everyone’s clapping and cheering (which I also enjoyed).

      I went to see it again on Monday at 12:30pm with an audience consisting of younger children and older adults. I liked it way better the second time around because I got to relax and enjoy some of the smaller moments in the film.

  • MScott

    I just really need to get this out there…it seems everyone is question the whole Volde not checking to see if Harry was dead thing. My thoughts are that Voldemort is just so freaking scared of Harry Potter. He has no clue how Harry beat him in the first place so i think the reason he trusted Narcissa to make sure Harry was dead was becasue he is just terrified of messing with him. Thoughts?

    • Bosco

      I felt that way when I read the book- he was afraid to approach Harry and find he had failed again.

      • Stephensocks

        In the book, I’m sure Voldemort goes on to use the cruciatus curse on Harry, torturing his “lifeless body” which Harry has to bare through to prove he was actually dead.

      • Liz Lemon

        Yeah. He tortures Harry’s body and then slams it repeatedly on the ground as well.

  • Bosco

    I have to admit, I’m a little jealous- I wish I could go back and see all the movies with fresh eyes. I felt the same way after finishing the last book- how I would love to experience them for the first time again- the wonder!! Hope Dan enjoys everything as much as I did.

    • Liz Lemon

      Me too. I wish someone could obliterate my memories of Potter, so I re-read them again for the first time.
      It’s just such an amazing experience. All of JKR’s unexpected twists. I love it.

      • tennisfan

        See Anya’s post below — if you have children in your life (your own, nieces/nephews, cousins, kids that you volunteer with) that are old enough to start the series, start it with them! It’s a wonderful, fulfilling experience to see something you love new again by sharing it with someone else.

  • Laura

    This was absolutely brilliant! I’m sure you made many Potterheads jealous with your article! LOL. I would love to take a Potter virgin to a screening! Specially one with an open mind like Dan’s. Most Potter Virgins think it’s stupid and have no intention of watching it, but Dan was the perfect guinea pig. :) thanks for this! I wanna go see the movie again now! And probably 1,000,000 more times! :D

  • Tamara

    There was a similar article over at slate. It was quite humorous.

  • Violet

    This is adorable and made me grin hardcore. <3

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  • Marcie

    Totally cute exchange. Can’t wait to see the movie.

  • chocolateislove

    LOL I love this! Another website did something similar to this, but they had 2 newbies go to the movie so they were both just utterly confused and ended up sounding pretentious. Dan seems to have a better grasp on the deeper themes of this movie, which makes me happy.

  • Kristin

    What a great idea! Well done, guys.

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