Kyle’s Magical Harry Potter Birthday

I can officially say that I have been to the most epic party of my life thus far. Friday night, a friend of mine (the designer Kyle Kolkovich) had a birthday celebration that any 10-year-old would kill to have.  It began  a few months ago with rumors and excitement over the soon-to-be-released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1).  The trailers were released and excitement neared its crescendo…the final installment of the Harry Potter series was almost here!

Official OWLS have been delivered to the post for those who have shown magical talent regarding this event. Keep an eye out for the Hogwarts seal in your mailbox. Don’t forget to tip the owls!

Sure enough, just a few days later…I opened my mailbox to find a letter addressed to me from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry!  The feel of the envelope and letter was that of old parchment, a purple wax seal with the letter “H” pressed into the wax kept the message inside safe.  It looked all but identical to the letter Harry received on his 11th birthday informing him of his magical heritage.  The letter, written by Professor Minerva McGonagall brought news of a special birthday celebration of a particular Head Girl!

What better way to celebrate a birthday that happens to coincide with the release of a movie of one of the most epic story lines ever written…than to rent out all 25 seats in the Directors Suite at the Warren Theatre in Old Town and invite 25 of your closest friends/Harry Potter fanatics to enjoy the movie with you!

It wasn’t required, but was requested that we dress “appropriately.” Kellie and I took that request to heart and got started on our “uniforms!” She went as Fleur Delacour (entrance into Hogwarts during the Goblet of Fire) and I went as Viktor Krum (dressed and ready to head off to the Yule Ball).

As we pulled up to the parking lot to Kyle’s apartment, we noticed other people getting out of their cars. For a minute, we laughed to ourselves, knowing that these strangers would think us weird being in full costume. Turns out that we weren’t alone. A gentleman smiled at us before strapping on his Mad-Eye Moody eye…we knew then that we were among friends. A minute later, Tom Riddle came out of the shadows and walked in our direction to meet us. We walked as a group towards the entrance of the apartment building and were met by a group of Hogwarts students.

From there we got onto Platform 9 3/4 (the elevator) and journeyed to Hogwarts! We arrived and caught a glimpse of the Great Hall…House banners hung from the ceiling and candles floated in mid-air. Before us was a grand table filled with all sorts of delicious goodies. Dragon Scales and candied apples accompanied chocolate frogs, acid pops, and Bertie Botts Every Flavor Jelly Beans. We enjoyed Butter Beer and Pumpkin Ale as everyone mingled…reveling in the awesomeness that was everyone’s costumes! There were some well-known witches and wizards present among the students. Tom Riddle (Dominic Irwin) and his snake Nagini were there, as well as Ministry of Magic official Dolores Jane Umbridge (Susanna Clark). I must note that the snake was VERY real and Harry Potter (Wes Schamle) had to calm down a visibly frightened Ginny Weasley (Katie Schamle), who was still traumatized by her snake experiences with the Basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets.   A couple of the Order of the Phoenix were present to keep an eye on things. Mad Eye Moody (Kurt Schmidt), Professor Minerva McGonagall (Laura Schmidt), and Professor Severus Snape (Michael Costello) made sure there was no ruckus at the festivities. Rita Skeeter (Bridgette West) was there in all her glory, serving Butter Beer and jotting down notes for the latest gossip.

At precisely 8:30 pm, a stool was set out and the Sorting Hat was sat upon it.  Names were called and one by one we sat on the stool to find out who we would spend the next 7 years with at Hogwarts! As we waited, with the Sorting Hat placed firmly on our heads…Kyle Kolkovich, the birthday girl (Hermione) handed each of us a brown paper package courtesy of S.P.E.W. (the Society for the Protection of Elvish Welfare). As we opened it, our chosen House was revealed to us by a hand knit scarf in the colors of said House. Ravenclaws received blue and silver/grey scarves. Hufflepuffs received yellow/gold and black scarves. The dreaded Slytherin’s received green and silver/grey scarves…the brave Gryffindors received red and gold/yellow scarves.

After we were all sorted we sang the Hogwarts song (each in our own rhythm and tune) and then made our way to the Old Town Warren Theatre just a couple short blocks away:

Hogwarts, Hogwarts, hoggy warty Hogwarts,
Teach us something please,
Whether we be old and bald,
Or young with scabby knees,
Our heads could do with filling,
With some interesting stuff,
For now they’re bare and full of air,
Dead flies and bits of fluff,
So teach us things worth knowing,
Bring back what we’ve forgot,
Just do your best, we’ll do the rest,
And learn until our brains all rot.

It was no surprise that we got some funny looks…some confusing us with recent graduates. Apparently, they didn’t know we were just BEGINNING the school year.  Most were jealous though as we walked past the growing line of those waiting to get into the movie. We zoomed up the elevator to the Director’s Suite and some even had the chance to speak with Bill Warren himself, who came just to see us in our costumes. A cake, made by Hagrid, was served as we took our seats.  Eight toothpicks were left inside…tradition says that whoever finds a toothpick in their piece of cake received the honor of giving the Head Boy (Richard Kolkovich) a kiss. Someone must have magicked away some of the toothpicks though, because only a few got up to give him a smooch.

Everyone took their seats and the lights dimmed…it was finally here…Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) was about to begin! I was amazed that it opened…not with Harry, but with Hermione. I loved that scene. Hermione preparing herself with the knowledge that she may never see her parents again as she embarks on the final journey to rid the world of Voldemort and then using Obliviate to erase her parents memories. Her image disappearing from the picture frames as all memory of her was removed. It was a hard scene to watch, as were many others. The imagery was amazing, especially in the scene when R.A.B.’s locket explodes in the forest and tries to take over Ron Weasley’s mind. The scene where Dobby was killed…having been struck by Bellatrix Lestrange’s dagger after apparating away from the Malfoy mansion…was heart wrenching. We all knew it was coming, but a sobbing gasp could be heard throughout the theatre as the camera panned out to show the wounded Dobby (with his back to the camera) standing there clutching his wound on the beach.

I won’t describe the entire movie to you, but will tell you that it is a must watch. I cannot wait until (part 2) comes out… to watch both in sequence. I almost hate that we must wait until July for the next installment…but respect Director David Yates for his decision to split the movie in two. There was absolutely WAY too much information to cram into one movie.

I need a time turner…one that goes FORWARD in time.

Some of the photos here were taken by me, but most of the credit goes to others who also took photos…especially Crookshanks (Cynthia Richardson).  She did such an awesome job!

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~ by jerrodketchersid on November 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “Kyle’s Magical Harry Potter Birthday”

  1. […] on The Burrow. Douglas and Main’s very own Jerrod Ketchersid also wrote about the event on his blog. Jerrod would like to acknowledge to the people that he did in fact just plug his own blog and is […]

  2. Thanks for the wrap-up! It looks like an amazing way to spend an evening!

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