Instead, I was still in bed trying to catch more winks after having slept past midnight. The kids also could not get up in time for the 11:30 AM showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at Promenade so we took a vote and decided unanimously to just take it easy and go to the 2:15 PM show instead.
C2 lined up for tickets while M1/M2 and I went for the popcorn and drinks. We settled down excitedly as the movie began. The kids were saying that some of their friends found the initial scenes slow and uneventful. C2 herself said so. I think I was the more enthralled one, intently watching each scene and trying to remember how it was in the book. Good thing I was seated beside M2 who is, hands down, the walking HP Encyclopedia in the family. In places where I could not recall why or how, M2 gladly filled in the details. I actually enjoyed the entire movie.
Afterwards, with rains threatening to come down, we half ran to Missouri St. to the National Bookstore branch there where we had made reservations months ago. By this time, what must have been a long line at 7AM was no more. We were first in line!
The maintenance guy there went along with the fun and lent us his HP hat and mop so that M2 could have this pic taken.
The salesladies and cashier of NBS Missouri Branch were extremely gracious and helpful. When I told them I was a blogger and wanted to take photos, they allowed me to do so and even posed for some pics themselves (which I promised I’d post).
And of course, we came away not just with the book but we were able to get a souvenir HP 7 box, an HP window sticker…
and free Chips Delight snacks as well!
What a perfect ending to our HP afternoon. M2 is now holed up in a room with the book. Let’s see how long it takes him to read this from cover to cover.