This Friday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 will premiere in theaters across the country. Lots of kids, my own included, will be racing to the theater as soon as school lets out that day. But some kids won’t have to wait that long. Thanks to advanced online ticketing, they’ve already purchased seats for the very first showing on Friday morning. That showing, of course, is at midnight.
Why the studio would schedule the first showing at midnight on a school night is beyond me. But in doing so, they have forced parents to make a choice between school and being the first to see the new movie.
For me, it’s a no-brainer. Harry Potter is a big deal and I am as excited to see it as anyone else, but it can wait until after school.
That decision upset my child more than I would have expected. She’s mad for the Harry Potter characters and can talk of little else these days. And besides, she says, most of the kids at school are going to the midnight showing.
I kind of assumed most parents would feel the same way I do about missing school to see a movie. It’s not like it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be showing multiple times per day for many, many weeks. So these kids are either all lying or her classmates have extraordinarily permissive parents.
Sure, missing one day of school isn’t such a big deal. But to miss school to see a movie – however exciting and awesome that movie may be – seems like a case of mixed up priorities to me.
What do you think? Are you planning to see the movie? Would you let your kids miss school to catch the first showing?
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