Hey, friends! The other night (July 26th), I went to a Harry Potter event at the Mann Music Center. The Philadelphia Orchestra performed the soundtrack along with a showing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Because this is the third movie, this is their third annual Harry Potter event.
This is definitely something I look forward to every single July, and an interesting way to watch a movie that you love surrounded by people who also love it.
In the beginning of the performance, we were reminded to have fun. A man encouraged us to “applaud at our favorite parts”, and to “boo at the bad guys.” Well, a little boy sitting directly behind me took that quite literally.
As soon as we sat down, this boy was talking extremely loudly and his family sitting around him kept on telling him to be quieter (earlier on) but he didn’t show any signs of stopping. At the beginning of the movie, this calmed down a little bit, and my father and I seemed to relax in our seats.
Unfortunately, when it came to “booing at the bad guys,” as that man said, this boy decided to do so as loudly as he could. So loud that his voice echoed through the entire theater, which, if you don’t know, it’s a pretty large semi-outdoor theater.
The movie was still incredibly enjoyable, and I still loved being surrounded by so many people who came together because of one common interest. I feel like now, we hear about so many different things happening to people because of our differences, and this event really opened my eyes to realizing that events like these can bring people together for the better.
But, if your child is very obviously disrupting everyone sitting around you, please don’t encourage them. Because though I had a good time, I feel it would’ve been that much more enjoyable had the boy’s parents put in a little bit of effort to quiet him down.
Harry Potter is able to bring people together in so many different ways, it’s almost astonishing. There were so many cosplayers and those with Harry Potter merchandise… It was so incredibly obvious that everyone felt love in their hearts for this book franchise. There was even one cosplayer who was so spot on, that people kept asking him for pictures.
At the Mann, they always take advantage of all their hungry spectators by setting up so many different varieties of food for us to choose from. Though I’ve been on a pretty healthy diet as of late, I got a gourmet grilled cheese with barbecue pulled pork and it was absolutely heavenly. If you ever have the chance to get a gourmet grilled cheese, take it. Also, if you want me to find a recipe for this particular sandwich, I’ll be happy to oblige.
For those of you who live around the Mann Music Center, or maybe even a little further away, but still within an acceptable range, I greatly suggest that you consider going to the fourth Harry Potter event next summer. It’s definitely a magical experience!