Friday was exactly 3 months. Friday was also the day that the DVD for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was released. And Harry Potter also covered the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. I am an Entertainment Weekly subscriber. Sometimes I worry that my magazines will get stolen depending on the cover stories. I worried that my Harry wouldn’t arrive. It did. I enjoyed it in the bath.

The photos are delightful. But my favourite part of it all was the section from the Times Square gathering recently when several cast members took part in a panel discussion about their favourite scenes. Helen McCrory who plays Narcissa Malfoy (Jo created the most amazing names, non?) straight up made me cry. Caution: spoiler.

“Mine’s a cheat — I can’t really talk all about it, because you haven’t actually seen it yet. But the culmination of Harry looking at Voldemort, and all of us being present in that scene that we did with all those extras — they were really there, the place was on fire — it was extraordinary. The silence and the concentration at 10 o’clock on a cold, frosty morning, with that grey-blue light that we only have in rainy, rainy London town, and realizing that for one of those people, he had been waiting literally all his life to say those lines and finally stand up and to prove, in his character, that this character is a man fighting for what is good, was an extraordinary thing to witness. We filmed it in real time. It really happened, and it was a privilege to be there. It was electric.”


I’m crying again.

Also I loved the part when David Thewlis describes how he initially played Lupin as gay.

Click here to read all the recollections. And here to see more photos of badass Neville being all Gryffindor braveheart and sh-t.

And if you can stand it, but SPOILER ALERT, a reader called Allie (lucky bitch!) attended the only advance screening (it took place in Chicago) two weeks ago and sent me a quick note with her thoughts:

Hi Lainey!!

Looong time reader, but I never had anything great to email you about until now! I live in Chicago and just saw the only advance screening of HP Deathly Hollows Pt 2!! It was AMAZING!!!!! If you want me back, I don't want to spoil it for you!! It definitely surpassed and and all expectations!! I laughed and I cried (many times). Best part...the Snape flashbacks...just perfect (I'm a big Snape fan!). Being a huge fan too...and can honestly say they left nothing out. Producers David Barron and David Heyman say right behind me!!! It's one of the best days of my life, and having grown up with these guys (i'm 24), I feel like my childhood is coming to a true close. I know you're a big fan too, so I just thought you would want some info!