Warning: Spoilers Ahead!
Silver Spring, Md. 3:16AM
In the crowded Washington D.C. suburb of Silver Spring, Md., one extremely caffeinated and extremely tired entertainment reporter braved the throngs of wannabe Hogwarts students, frat boys, and costumed fangirls to ask the 'Potter' faithful what they thought of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.' But first, a brief timeline of what it's like to attend a midnight screening:
9:45PM: Buy Chick-Fil-A sandwich for sustenance and meet two 'Potter' fans, both of whom are 17 and have seen every single midnight screening. "I can't wait to see the entire scene when Ron kills the locket horcrux. That chapter ['Silver Doe'] was my favorite in all of the books," says Sara.
10:05PM: Get in queue and realize there are only a handful of us without Gryffindor T-shirts, scarves, or full-on costumes.
10:30PM: Sit in front of four sorority sisters from George Washington University, all of whom are self-described "big fans" (one is wearing a Hogwarts uniform, 'Potter' glasses, and a lightning bolt on her forehead).
"I really want to see when they find the locket horcrux in the cave," one says.
"Um, that didn't happen in this book," another interrupts.
"No?" she asks.
"That was 'Half Blood Prince,'" I offer.
"Oh. Then I can't wait until whats-their-name's [Bill and Fleur] wedding, when Kingsley's thing [Patronus] comes and says 'They are coming, they are coming.' That will be cool."