Premiere Night: Twitter Ablaze With Harry Potter Updates
The final installment of the Harry Potter film series premiered just after midnight last night and as fans took to the theaters for their final Harry Potter ride, #HarryPotter rapidly became one of Twitter's hottest trending topics.
Fans everywhere took to their cell phones, tweeting updates as soon as they got in line for the show - up to 4 hours in advance of the midnight screening. Costumes abounded at the late night premiere, and many were quick to tweet about best of them. "There is a Voldemort, a Hagrid, a Professor Trelawney, and a Sirius Black in my theatre. Holy balls I love HP fans," tweeted one user. Said another: "In the theater! There is an entire Quidditch team behind us."
Others described the festive mood and good-natured play-acting that was taking place in the theater lobbies. One user tweeted that someone got up and called for a moment of silence for the dearly departed Dobby. Another tweeted: "Death Eaters just walked through the theater & shouts of "stupefy" rang out from Hogwarts students."
Others were more somber. "I feel like my childhood ends tonight," tweeted one 20-something Harry Potter fan. Another said: "I'm glad we got the HP 3D glasses. No one will see me cry."
After the movie, most viewers were in agreement that Alan Rickman's Severus Snape was the best character and performance by far. "Alan Rickman is the perfect Severus Snape. I'm glad they finally let him shine in the last movie." said one. Most tweeted that his death scene brought them to tears. Other popular moments amongst viewers were Mrs. Weasley's fight with Bellatrix Lestrange and Neville's fight with Nagini. Said one user, "Not sure what our theater cheered more for: Mrs. Weasley vs. Bellatrix or Neville vs. The Snake."
By the end of the evening, many Harry Potter topics were trending on twitter, including Gryffindor, Albus Severus Potter, Neville Longbottom, Mischief Managed and Mrs. Weasley. Tweets have continued into the morning and Harry Potter topics continue to trend on Twitter in the wake of last's night premiere.
While the tweets come in all moods - happy, sad, wistful, enthusiastic - one Harry Potter fan may have summed it up best. "HarryPotter is a once-in-a-generation event. Make the most of it."