The Pottermania Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse

July 4th, 1776: The Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

July 21st, 1969: Man first walks on the moon.

July 15th, 2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 opens in theaters nationwide.

July is the month for historic events, and while Harry Potter didn’t begin a revolution or end a space race, it’s equally important for those of us who can remember cracking open the first book some 12 years ago. Now the series that has sold over 400 million books, earned over $6.5 billion in box office revenues, and turned a generation of muggles into believers has come to a bittersweet end.

At Alamo Drafthouse, it certainly ended with a bang rather than a whimper. The buzz of the event was palpable from the get-go. Lines for the various showings serpentined through the lobby and wound outside of the theater.

Waiting inside the theater

Waiting outside the theater





















Staff opened the theaters a couple hours before midnight, and the audience packed the theater and began bombarding the waitstaff for orders of butterbeer and other wizarding delicacies.

Movie theater...or Hogsmeade?











True to form, the Drafthouse had prepared a pre-show reel of the best Potter parodies, including this gem-

The attractions on screen were perhaps only rivaled by the sights in the audience themselves. Patrons ranged the gamut from Hermione to house elves, and Draco to Death Eaters. “Most likely to cast an unforgivable curse” went to this terrifying duo-

An audience of Avada Kedavras











With all of the pomp and circumstance, it might be tempting to overlook the film itself…except that this particular entry in the series was arguably the best yet. A movie with equal parts gloom and redemption, the last film is a pulse-pounding broomstick ride through the climactic showdown between Harry and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. And what better place to see the film than at Alamo Drafthouse, a theater that understands that for disciples of Rowling’s universe, nothing is more sacred than saying goodbye to the franchise that opened our eyes to magic.

Also, dressing as a broomstick to watch the movie certainly isn’t required, but it does get you lots of comments from the Alamo staff and photos with fangirls.

The gold letters say "Nimbus 2000", which is Latin for "nerd"











Here at D0512, we’ve all come down with a case of Potter fever, as Darien demonstrates by rocking her Hannah Abbott costume, flanked by pals in Ginny Weasley and Ravenclaw getups-

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