Going to the cinema late on a Friday evening feels like a semi-normal occurrence. That is until you realise it’s the beginning of a 10 hour Harry Potter half-marathon and you won’t be let out until 10am the following morning. Those not dressed in full Hogwarts attire feel like outsiders while those in the first few rows get settled in for an evening of neck pain.
For those unaware, I’m referring to the Harry Potter all nighters held at the IMAX in London to celebrate the final Harry Potter film that is mere weeks away. The IMAX is hosting Harry Potter all nighters over the weekends of the 17th and the 24th June, the Friday showing films 1-4 and Saturday 5-7.1.
The IMAX serves free tea, coffee and hot chocolate during the half an hour break between each film but most will be pleased to know there is also a fully stocked bar ready to supply beer, spirits and wines to get you through the night.
With a costume competition each night you won’t be surprised to see Dumbledore, Trelawney, Quirrel, and many Hogwarts students amongst the theatre.
Having sat through films 1-7 over the past 48 hours here are my brief reviews of the films so far to ready you for the final instalment.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Harry learns he is a Wizard and leaves his family in the company of a giant man he’s never met before. Professor Snape hates him for taking notes in Potions, learns Professor McGonagall is a cat and Hermione Granger hates to be bullied. Also he had to power of touch to defeat evil Wizards.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Harry and Ron’s voices break. They meet their first homosexual wizard, Gilderoy Lockhart. Harry discovers he can talk to snakes (a possible kink for future relationships) and spends an inordinate amount of time in the girls’ bathrooms.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Hermione acts weirdly, Draco gets beaten up by a Hippogriff, Ron’s rat acts strangely, Harry meets his Godfather then finds out his teacher’s a Werewolf and lots of time travel occurs.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Despite being underage Harry gets chosen to be part of a dangerous tournament alongside Edward Cullen. He faces dragons, a maze and water demons whilst trying to find a date for the Yule Ball. Someone dies.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix: Nothing happens.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Harry finds a used potions book, property of the half blood prince which becomes his new best friend. He forms a romantic relationship with Ginny after she wins a Quidditch game. They kiss twice. Someone dies.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1: Harry and gang run away from their final year at school, spending their year camping, eating berries and getting in arguments while trying to find the Horcruxes. Someone betrays them and lots of people die.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, the final ever Harry Potter film reaches cinemas on July 15th, tickets have already started selling so book now to avoid disappointment!