As is usually the case, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Those of you who've read the books or seen the movie know whereof I speak. There were a surprising number of people who had clearly not read the books and were gobsmacked by various and sundry turns of event.
The acting was splendid, the settings were awesome, and the movie is made of WIN!
There was widespread sobbing in the theatre - including guys, at least two of whom tried to pretend they were coughing instead. Dudes, it's okay. We all understood why people were upset.
Things I saw in the theatre before the movie started:
Hand-drawn darkmarks on people's arms. Like, really detailed ones.
Death-Eaters in hand-painted masks and black hooded sweatshirts. Just as creepy as it sounds.
Nifflers on shoulders - I spotted a pink one and a yellow one.
A large assortment of Gryffindor garb, from scarves to hats to ties to T-shirts.
Multiple people in black school robes. One guy in a Gryffindor Quidditch robe.
One guy dressed as Lupin.
One girl dressed as Hedwig. (There were white tights and quite a lot of white feathers involved.)
Any number of Harrys, Hermiones and Lunas.
Two different Hedwig hand puppets.
Any number of different wands. Some of which lit up. Not sure if the word lumos was required.
Things I heard in the theatre before the movie started:
A guy named Jason bellowing his fan fiction at the crowd. (Quoth M, "You've just got to write more stories and yell 'em at me.")
Someone playing the Harry Potter theme music. On a harmonica.
Extreme laughter over the name of the forthcoming Jon Favreau film starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford: COWBOYS AND ALIENS.
Extreme excitement over the forthcoming VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (evidently, there's a decent fandom intersect between HP and Narnia).
About the movie:
It's good. I thought it was really good, although there were one or two pacing points I quibble with and two things changed or omitted that I wish hadn't been.
There's quite a lot of humor in it, but be warned - it's not a funny movie. It's quite serious. As an avid fan of the books (who recently re-read Deathly Hallows, btw), I was prepared for the things that occurred in the movie. But people who haven't read the book ought to know that it does not end in a happy place. I don't count this as a spoiler, since they've split the final book into two movies, so you have to assume they're leaving off somewhere in the middle of the book, and that in the middle of the book is where the fecal matter hits the fan.
That said, M and her friend and I left the movie excited and overall happy, because the film was SO GOOD. I was really interested to hear what Alexa thought, sinc she did not read the books, and was therefore a bit more surprised by some of the twists and turns in the movie. Although they both said that M essentially spoiled her friends at lunch the other day by talking about the books - she's shocked how many of her friends haven't read the books, as am I.
Man, I cannot believe we have months to wait until the second part!