Ever since I was little I have loved going to the ballet. From that I developed a great appreciation for classical music which continues to this day. I find myself listening to movie scores all the time. Most of my Spotify listening record is classical music on my downtime.
With all this in mind the Harry Potter Concert Series is just a dream (You will come to find that I have a bit of a crazy HP obsession). I’ve now had the privilege of seeing the concert series twice. The first time was in Hollywood at the Hollywood Bowl where I saw the presentation of Prisoner of Azkaban. This time I got to see the San Francisco Orchestra perform Sorcerer’s Stone.
If the concert series comes to a city that you are or live in I highly recommend grabbing tickets. For those of you who don’t know what the concert entails, you watch the film as you would at the cinema but underneath the screen a live orchestra plays the score of the movie and does the musical sound effects. Both orchestras that I saw perform did it so well that I forgot at times that they were there because I was so into the film. You have to remind yourself to look down and realise a great performance is taking place from time to time.
The evening in San Francisco began with pre performance champagne and people watching at the Davies Symphony Hall. So many people were dressed in their house colours, rocked the school uniform, and shirts. If you get a chance to go, it is the perfect time to wear your whole Hogwarts uniform plus your wand. The conductor encouraged audience participation which resulted in cheering and yelling for favourite characters and moments. It felt a lot like when the films would open and the infectious energy of the midnight premiers (let me know in the comments which midnight premier was your favourite).
It was an amazing way to experience the symphony as well as revisit the first film. I ended up carrying my wand around with me to dinner where many people asked me what it even was. Silly muggles.