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July 16th, 2011

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10:14 am - Harry Potter and the Fearsome Foursome

Entertainment Weekly gave me a chance to win two tickets to opening night of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, and I took it, and I won. Anita (rowanceleste) snagged the other ticket before Jessica and Heidi even had a chance, but they bought their own tickets so they could join me too.

Jessica and Heidi cleverly took seats behind the reserved section. Anita and I cleverly chose to eat dinner at P.F. Chang's, which was super busy on Friday night. By the time we made it to the theater, only one of the two seats in front of them was free. The closest pair of seats was on the other side of the theater. Our plan had failed.

The only way to free up the other seat would be for everyone in the row to move down a seat, but I didn't want to ask that. The woman on our end, however, would be happy to, as long as the others did. In fact, she took it upon herself to ask the rest of the row if they'd mind moving down a seat. Everyone seemed to assent.

Except the woman at the other end. Who pointed out that there were many seats available on her side of the theater. I explained that I wanted to sit with my friends.

She shook her head. SHE REFUSED.

"Well, at least we'll be in the same theater," said Heidi.

But then both the dude in the seat I needed and the considerate woman offered to move all the way to the other side; the latter won. THANK YOU, CONSIDERATE WOMAN, FOR REMINDING ME THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE NOT ASSHOLES.

So we all got to sit together and listen to each other sniffle.

(For one stretch of the movie, I was on the verge of tears. But half the audience was sniffling at that point, and one girl in the back was sobbing. But no one was laughing at her because we were all feeling the same way. I think it was the first time I'd experienced collective sadness in a theater rather than collective laughter.)

After the movie—which was great—I really had to pee. I motioned to the restroom and remarked, "I'm going to Expelliarmus."

A couple laughed, and I believe they hung around until I came out specifically so the man could retort, "If that's what casting Expelliarmus is, I don't want to know what the wand is made of."
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: A Very Potter Musical - Goin' Back to Hogwarts

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Date:July 16th, 2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
I've been dealing with people like that woman since the midnight show on Thursday. The showings will clearly be sold out the majority of this week, some seat switching is going to happen.

I definitely choked up a bit while watching it, but I watched it by myself on Thursday morning (only perk of working at the movies)so I'm actually really excited to watch it with a crowd at some point.

Did you see it in IMAX 3D or just regular 3D? What did you think of the 3D?
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Date:July 17th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
It was IMAX 3D. The 3D was fine; it added some cool depth at points, like the dementors hovering around Hogwarts. It would have been just as good without it, though.

Hope you enjoy watching the movie with a crowd!
Date:July 16th, 2011 11:48 pm (UTC)
I’m sure I’m projecting here, at least in part, but you know, if you're single/out alone, it can really, really suck to be treated like you count less because you are alone. It is like you are expected to accommodate other people (even the ones you don’t know) because they are in a group and you aren't. Their needs and desires somehow take precedence. It gets old really fast. I'm not saying she was right, but I think your reaction is a little strong. She doesn’t know you/your friends. She got there before you did and sat where she wanted to. Sure, it would have been really nice for her to move, but I don’t think her not moving warrants condemning her like that. For all you know, she has a medical issue that means sitting in that seat is important.

The other people were really great to move, sure, but if they didn’t want to I don’t think they would have been assholes. I tend to think that most people ARE assholes, but I try to remind myself that I do not have an intimate view into everybody and their lives. Odds are, yeah, she was just being a pain, but you really don’t know that. I bet she thought you were being one. I’m happy things worked out in the end though.
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Date:July 17th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Word. I have a medical condition that sometimes forces me to get up many many many times during a long movie. Which is less considerate? My keeping my aisle seat, or my stepping on your feet eleven times?
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Date:July 19th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's an issue of being single, etc., necessarily, but planning and respect for her choice to get there early and chose that seat.

I probably wouldn't have refused because of guilt but I would have been PISSED and thought the people who asked me to move were jerks. It's nice to sit by your friends, and I would have wanted to sit by my friends, but it's also nice to not give up a seat that you took the time and effort to secure. Someone else's poor planning should not result in my being inconvenienced.

I may have just come back to it is being about being single; a group outweighs 1. No. hmmmmm.
Date:July 17th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC)
I love your tag, "I am so awesome" and I love that you and Anita got to experience that together. Online/VM friendships FOR THE WIN!
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Date:July 17th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Our 3D glasses were Harry Potter glasses - round frames. Totally awesome.
Date:July 17th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
They are awesome, but I keep seeing people putting them in the recycling bin after the movie! They should totally keep them, it kills me.
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Date:July 17th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I would have kept the 3D glasses if they were Harry Potter ones! ;D

Spads - VM friendships FTW for sure!! :)

I do think the woman absolutely had a right not to move since she got there before us, but I also think ONE seat is not really going to be the life or death of your movie experience either, especially when you're still sitting in the center.

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