I threw a huge all-day Harry Potter Movie Marathon and went pretty crazy with the decor. I spent three days preparing, shopping, and gathering together every bit of HP related stuff I had around the house. I made a sizable spread of wizarding world inspired foodstuff, as well as drinks and my very own Honeydukes. I painted my own Hogwarts banner and made my own Platform 9 3/4 sign, as well as designed a sign for the popcorn and labeled every food & drink in HP themed text. My sister Brittany baked Hagrid's cake, and I even forayed into some kitchen magic myself with homemade Pumpkin Pasties (DELICIOUS!), Butterbeer, and Pumpkin Juice. We had ourselves quite a feast! And for dinner I heated up some classic chicken pies and roasted potatoes in the tradition of Mrs. Weasley. NOM NOM NOM.
It was amazingly fun, and my sisters, husband, and brother-in-law all dressed up for it. We crammed in as much of all the films as we could and then headed to Providence for the 10:30 showing of Deathly Hallows Part 2. The theater wasn't very crowded but we did get some shouts of approval on our costumes and some guys even took a photo with us. I love Harry Potter fans!
The film was beyond perfect, and emotionally difficult for me to get through, quite honestly. I've had Post-Potter-Depression since but am now fully functioning again. Overall, this weekend was one of the best of my life. Chock full of sister time, friend time, epic films, engaging fantasy, and a passion for something that only those who embrace J.K.'s books will ever fully understand. I feel privileged and thankful that I am part of the Hogwarts generation, it has made me a person who understands how to truly enjoy things that make me happy.