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Missing School for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

By sandymaple |

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Losing sleep over Harry Potter?

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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0 thoughts on “Missing School for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?

  1. jrmiss86 says:

    Our 16 year old babysitter is going to the Midnight showing. However her mom told her that she still had to go to school the next day, and no sleeping in class was allowed. I am with her, if my children were old enough to want to do that, I don’t mind letting them go, but they won’t be cut any slack at school the next day.

  2. Leanne says:

    I sincerely doubt they are in any way connected, but our board has a Professional Development day scheduled. So, I COULD take my son to see the movie, if I wanted to. We’ll be heading to a funeral instead.

  3. PlumbLucky says:

    I can see my mom saying the same – go if you’re so inclined, but you will not skip or sleep through school the next day, either.

  4. Diera says:

    My children are too young to want to go, but honestly I’d probably let a child do this if it was genuinely a big deal to that particular child and wasn’t any kind of regular thing. If it’s just an excuse to stay up late, no. If the child is a rabid HP fan and this would really make their day, then yes, I’d allow it. I believe school is important, but it’s not the only important thing in life, and although you can always see the movie another day, the excitement of a midnight showing on opening night does have the potential for a major childhood memory. I guess I’m an extraordinarily permissive parent. :-)

  5. Joseph Finn says:

    “Why the studio would schedule the first showing at midnight on a school night is beyond me.”

    So that adults can go see it at midnight if they so like.

  6. moch says:

    I’m in high school and most of my friends are going to see it AND going to school. Sure they’ll be tired but they will go to school so you can do both.

  7. Jessica says:

    Well, the only reason this isn’t a once in a lifetime opportunity, is because there is one more movie, but the Midnight showing is WAY different than any others! You have so much excitement, and people dressing up in costumes, and waiting in line for hours, because even if you buy tickets in advance you still need to get good seats right? I am 15 and going to the showing, an hour away from my house. It is a wonderful experience, to go see the midnight showing, there isn’t even words to discribe the atmosphere at these things. I went to the midnight release of the 6th and 7th Books! Which sounds silly in a way, because There Books! But standing outside the bookstore, playing 20 questions with other Potter fans with people you’ve never met before and never will again. I, being me, started that game and like 7 people joined. And then there were groups playing all down the line(different of course, not every can play one game) and Borders put on bingo, and i won! So i got a free shirt, one version said Snape with a thumbs up or down, because this was when the debate was still on. The totally hard Harry Potter fans go to the early ones, and the pure joy with other fans is amazing.

  8. Clair says:

    Your daughter is totally right about ‘everyone’ going! Just saying, and its not just ‘bad’ parents either, and also how much do you really learn in one school day? like nothing, until you get to high school, though i dont know how old your daughter is. It might be too late for you guys to get tickets, since warner bros has already made over 27 mil! but at least you can take your children to the last movie:)

  9. Triplemom says:

    A real fan DESERVES to go to the midnight showing on opening night. It´s an event she´ll remember foreverand how much will she really miss on one school day? I´d definetly let my children go, I´d even buy them the costumes!

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