After work, we were off to the
premiere of Harry Potter & The
Sorceror's Stone. We'd been impatiently waiting for it for
months, ever since we got hooked on J.K. Rowling's books this
The premiere of Harry Potter is a once in a lifetime,
movie-going experience and we decided to see it in a spanking new,
high tech theatre. Last Sunday, we stopped by the ticket
office at the AMC Theatres at Downtown Disney to purchase our
We arrived with time to
spare and had an early supper at Y
Arriba Y Arriba. For $7.99, I had the most
delicious chile relleno, made with a fresh Anaheim pepper stuffed
with cheese and crowned with guacamole and sour cream, with generous portions of
spanish rice and beans, and salsa,
muy enchiloso (very hot), just the way I like it.
DH had fish tacos, which
he enjoyed as well. The service was instantaneous, and we
still had time to while away, which we gladly did at the bookstore next
to the theatre.
Bookstore is a terrific store; it originated as the
West's oldest independent bookstore -- since 1851. Now, I love books, so of course I just had to check
out its latest books. Never mind that I was just there last
Sunday. Never mind that I was hotly anticipating the movie.
DH browsed the magazine/newspaper stand outside, while I browsed inside the store, reading
snippets of The
Prayer of Jabaz:
"The prayer is a simple one:
"And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, 'Oh, that You would bless me indeed,
and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may
not cause pain.'
So God granted him what he requested."
It is the perfect little
bookstore with kid and grown-up books on cherry wood shelves and an
adjoining cafe that serves coffee, pastries, and biscotti. Just
outside the bookstore are wicker tables and chairs, where I read my
favorite paper, The Orange County Register, last Sunday.
Finally, the time for
Harry's movie arrived,
and we strolled back to the theatre. Inspired by the décor and atmosphere of the golden days of
Hollywood, the AMC Theatres at Downtown
Disney are fabulous. With loveseat-style stadium seating and
surround sound, there is not a bad seat. Ensconced in plushy,
red partially reclining chairs with ample legroom, we were launched
on our E-ticket ride of a movie.
For the next two and
a half hours, we were transported to Harry Potter's world, loving
every moment of the beautiful scenery, lavish sets, birth of friendships,
good triumphing over
evil, and just desserts -- and I don't mean chocolate frogs.
Much is and will be written about the movie elsewhere,
and I will not ruin it for you. I'll cast an invisibility
cloak over the plot, casting and scenes, and reveal only the
Just as the books are
multi-generational mega-sellers, so is the movie. Yes, Potter-mania hit
us, full-force. We are bewitched. We are caught in its spell.
We plunged into it whole Hogwart.
Suffice it to say, we
LOVED it. This movie was made with great care, affection, and
faithfulness to the book.
Thank goodness the studio muggles didn't sell out. Sound of Music is
the only movie that I've paid twice to see in the movie theatre. Well, Harry
Potter is the second. DH feels the same way and now we're looking
forward to our second movie viewing.
In the meantime, I'll
enjoy the music by John Williams: Soundtrack
of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone and the haiku
written by Potter fans, including these:
There she goes reading
reading, reading, and reading.
~ Author Unknown
female brain magic
~ Jaki, age 45
Needless to say, I
identify most with bookworm, Hermione [pronounced: her my' oh nee].
The interviewer on the
news tonight was interviewing the kids in line: "What magic power would
you wish for?
My choice would be the invisibility cloak,
a large, silvery wrap that turns the wearer invisible.
I am an observer; my
observational skills could rise to new heights. I like sinking into
the background; I could be as discreet and unobtrusive as a fly on
the wall. It would also come in handy getting into restricted
areas. And last, I could tweak the noses of those who say,
"Hogwash!" to Harry Potter books and this movie.
Yup, the invisibility
cloak is what I want
for Christmas this year.
And if I don't get it, I won't be
disappointed as my wish will eventually come true. One day, I'll
become as invisible as my guardian angels who gather around me, even
I type this.
"Life is a Gift."
P.S. If you would
like to share a portion of yourself with words, in response to
this journal entry, you may do it here.
only gift is a portion of thyself..."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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