Deathly Hallows Part 2 Film Countdown Begins: Getting Ready for the Big Premiere

As the excitement increases about next month’s release of the second half of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we’ll be posting plenty of relevant pieces about plans, activities, and feedback. But we’ll also be revisiting some our “Greatest Hits” that relate to the film. If you have a favorite from the archives that you’d like to see featured as part of the countdown, send us a note, and we’ll dust it off and bring out! For those who really get into the whole movie premiere hoopla, now is the time to make plans (and maybe a swell costume, if you are into that sort of thing). I’m looking forward to seeing what folks are sporting at Leaky-Con, where many of them will be going to the midnight release. Though I don’t do the costume angle myself, I am a keen spectator, and I love seeing creative approaches (last year at Infinitus, several of the HogPros wondered for hours about the guy in the soda jerk outfit; he was Florean Fortescue).  Melanie Lee, friend of this blog, has a fun persona and plan that she’ll be using to reach out to others on July 15, and she’s sharing some of her goodies with us.  We’d also like to hear what others have planned, too!

Melanie will  be reprising her Professor Umbridge persona in Times Square, which was a big hit for part 1, and she’ll be handing out tea and sweeties, along with her own Mudbloods and the Dangers They Pose to a Peaceful Pureblood Society leaflets. Though they look like Umbridge’s dreadful propaganda, they are actually evangelistic tools that Melanie designed to share the message of Christ’s love with others (hey, when you’re on line for three hours waiting for tickets, there’s a captive audience). While this approach may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s a wonderful twist on the idea of “Mudblood”! Melanie has really enjoyed this unique form of outreach (and everyone seems to like the cookies and tea!)  She’s also happy to let others use her idea,  if you’d like to create your own leaflets. Melanie is planning to make them on pink paper (of course), and has them printed up to look like pamplets.

If you do adopt Melanie’s tools, or if you have your own creative plan for the big premier, please let us know, and send along pictures! And, if you are in Times Square, say hello to the kinder, gentler version of Dolores!

Thanks, Melanie, for sharing, and blessings on your unique mission field July 15!

Comments

  1. Melanie Lee says:

    Truthfully, I was considering going to another location besides Times Square, but I think Times Square it will be. Depending upon my finances and energy level, I might continue onto other sites during the weekend or the following weekend.

    In addition, HP7.2 will have its New York premiere at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center on Monday, July 11, 2011, starting at 5pm!

    I’m awaiting the Harry Potter-themed business cards that I ordered from Vistaprint.com, and I anticipate a busy weekend of assembling Mudblood pamphlets and possibly treats!

  2. Melanie Lee says:

    BTW, the way I handle the printout, I print them out 4 to a page, with pages 2 & 3 side by side and pages 4 & 1 side by side, and printed back to back, two pamphlets per page, at the FedEx/Kinko’s, then cut. (You can ask the clerks there to do it for you if you’d rather not print them yourself.) Use light pink paper, as dark pink paper will smear or scatter the ink.

    I’m also thinking of reshaping the Mudblood pamphlet into six columns for a foldable pamphlet, although that will get you only one pamphlet per page on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper.

    I’m planning a more summer-friendly outfit, of course!

  3. Melanie Lee says:

    BTW, the way I handle the printout, I print them out 4 to a page, with pages 2 & 3 side by side and pages 4 & 1 side by side, and printed back to back, two pamphlets per page, at the FedEx/Kinko’s, then cut. (You can ask the clerks there to do it for you if you’d rather not print them yourself.) Use light pink paper, as dark pink paper will smear or scatter the ink.

    I’m also thinking of reshaping the Mudblood pamphlet into six columns for a foldable pamphlet, although that will get you only one pamphlet per page on 8 1/2″ by 11″ paper.

    I’m planning a more summer-friendly outfit, of course!

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for posting the pamphlet for me!

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