So you're going to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" on Thursday at midnight, eh?
Midnight showings of big movies are sometimes bigger spectacles than the films themselves. It's midnight, after all, and that's a time when things are prone to getting a little... well, crazy. And more than a little weird. And most definitely passionate.
It's worth it to take part in such an event. Moviegoing experiences come and go, but you'll cherish the memories of a midnight screening forever.
Here's just a few tips to keep in mind before you embark on your adventure:
Pretend you're getting sick during the day. You're going to a midnight screening, which means you're not going to get home until crazy late. Who wants to drag themselves out of bed and go to work or school a few hours later? Let's face it, you're going to call in sick on Friday, so at least do some prep work on Thursday. Cough a lot. Or say, "I think I'm coming down with something..." It's not really a lie -- you're coming down with Harry Potter Fever.
Get there early. Attending a midnight screenings requires wizard-like discipline and focus. Getting your ticket is just the beginning -- now you've got to get a good seat. Get there early and get in line. And since you're getting there early...
Eat before you go. It's going to be a long night, and you'll need nourishment for the task at hand. Chow down on some Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans before departing for the theater.
Bring your Harry Posse. A midnight screening is an event, and one that shouldn't be experienced solo. Bring your own personal Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Griffindor or Ravenclaw and contribute to the communal atmosphere.
Show your team spirit. It's the last "Harry Potter" movie -- dress for the occasion. Go as your favorite Harry Potter character, or sport a snazzy Harry Potter T-shirt.
Make friends. A midnight screening will be filled with like-minded fans -- all potential new friends just waiting to be met! Log off Facebook and put in some real Face time.
Stay through the credits. Show respect to all the men and women who made this movie possible. And there's always the possibility of a bonus scene at the end, you know...
And there you have it. Follow these steps and you're in for one magical night. And morning, at that.
Originally published November 14, 2010.