Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It All Ends: Part 1

July 15th, 2011 came and went, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Part 2 did not...At least not for me. In fact, the most populated country in the world was taking a casual lunch break while practically everyone I know was lined up at midnight outside a movie theater dressed up in robes and scarves for the grand finale of the greatest series since The Lord of the Rings.

"So why was there no sign of Harry in China?", you may ask. Z and I spent months trying to answer this very question. We searched the magazine stands and the subway advertisements, the DVD markets and the Beijing movie theaters, all to no avail. No one seemed to care that Harry had already defeated Voldemort on the big screen and no one in the nation had seen it. We started to worry that HP had been banned from China and were resigned to the fact that we would just have to wait until late August when we returned to the States to catch up with the rest of the world.

Luckily for Mommy and Daddy, we discovered Hermione Granger on the cover of Movie Magazine before Z and I died of anticipation. Beneath her rather weathered face, written in Chinese, was the date August 4th. So, with our fears quenched about Harry's absence in China, we were forced to accept the fact that we would be a month behind the rest of the world while the Chinese translated and recorded the movie for the Harry Potter fans on this side of the world.

We waited patiently for the 4th and occupied our excitement by trying to figure out what scenes the pictures in the magazine showed and looking for a movie theater where we could see it in English. One day, after eating lunch in a local mall, we even saw the movie theater staff building the giant cardboard advertisement of Harry facing You Know Who.

But as the date approached, Z and I realized we would be spending the 4th on a fabulous trip to Datong. Now, while Datong may be the second largest city in the Province of Shanxi, it is no Beijing, so the prospects of finding a movie theater were not looking too good.

But China never ceases to surprise me...



At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you get to watch HP? I bet you did! (Zhou Wei)


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