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“Wangoballwime?” by Laura N. '09

C'mon. You know what this entry is about. Check out the title!

This is Akash:

Akash is the president of the Class of 2009 (like someone else you might know). If you’re wondering what Akash is actually gesturing towards in this picture, hang on. We’ll get to that.

As I hope you all know, today was the premiere of a much-anticipated movie. What movie is that?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, of course!

One afternoon about a month ago, there was a knock on my door. When I opened it, Akash asked, “Hey Laura, do you have any bread?” Now I’m a friendly kid, always willing to lend the proverbial cup of sugar to a neighbor, but…I live in Burton-Conner (W51). Akash lives in Simmons (W79). That’s a pretty big neighborhood. That athletic field is a whole lot bigger than it looks on that silly little map.

It turns out that Akash was visiting Ann ’08, who lives in my suite, and had a sudden craving for garlic bread. It turns out that, after the freshman dinner, Meara left her garlic butter spread stuff sitting around my suite kitchen, and when Akash saw this, well, he just couldn’t get garlic bread off his mind after that, apparently. I presented Akash with a loaf of white bread, and he went to work:

As we worked, Akash talked about his plans for the 2009 Class Council. “Well Laura,” he said, “I know you like Harry Potter. So I thought, ‘Hey, Laura’s an admissions blogger. She must be representative of the Class of ’09. If Laura likes Harry Potter, lots of ’09s probably like Harry Potter!’ So I think I’m going to put together an event for MIT ’09s to go to a showing of the new movie!” This is actually what he said. I take no responsibility for the flawed logic…

“Gee Akash, that sounds great!” I said. OK, so that’s not actually what I said. But something like it.

Akash continued that he was thinking about trying to get us into a sneak preview, which would be pretty awesome. On the other hand, the sneak preview would take place on a Thursday night, and we MIT students have lots of work to do. I maintained that the awesomeness of a sneak preview would outweigh anything else.

I obviously had no idea how hard my 18.01 pset was going to be.

Anyway, Akash finished the garlic bread and kindly posed so that all of the prospective ’10s could admire his handiwork:

A few weeks later, when I heard that Akash’s plan had gone into action, I signed up right away.

That’s right ladies and gents, last night I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire three whole hours before anyone else! Mwahaha!

And it was SO GOOD!

Now don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything. I’d just like to say that it was absolutely fantastic and I loved every last minute of it. I think that (finally!) they did a great job adapting the book to a screenplay- obviously they needed to cut some things out in order to make a movie that was less than 6 hours long, but I thought they did a super good job. The way they edited pieces together made the whole movie flow really nicely in a way that was coherent and true to story (if not exactly like the book). I’m also glad they managed to include a lot of genuinely funny scenes to balance out all the dark content of this book- including both scenes from the book (Fred and George and the Age Line!) and original scenes as well (look for a good one with Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Snape!) The Triwizard scenes were tense, the graveyard scene was scary, and the teenage crush scenes were cute. I guess I’m biased because I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, but I absolutely hated the 3rd movie when it first came out (although it has started to grow on me). In any case, I give it 2 thumbs up. Loved it!

Meara and Adelaide waiting anxiously for the movie to begin.

Also, that clever ’09 Class Council held a costume contest and gave away free iPods to the winners! Luckily for me, the first place winner is in a couple of freshman core classes with me, so it was only moderately awkward asking her if I could take a picture of her to post on the Internet. Erica ’09 had the most awesome costume ever, so I’m really glad she won. I hope you get it immediately like I did, otherwise that just means I’m a huge dork. Oh wait…

Click here to see the answer.

And you know what the best part is? This wasn’t even my cool adventure of the week! More on that later!

10 responses to ““Wangoballwime?””

  1. Dave says:

    You are so lucky, I intended to go to Harry Potter at 12:05 yesterday morning but I actually had to get a good night’s sleep because I was visiting *That OTHER University* yesterday. Then my friend who was driving missed a bunch of turns so I wasn’t even able to visit MIT again. Grrr. I somehow doubt that *That OTHER University* has cool things like Harry Potter sneak previews, and believe me, that weighs heavily on my list of important things. haha. I hope the movie is as good as you say it is, I’m going today.

  2. Traliza says:

    The HP film came out on Thursday in Deutschland (plus it’s some 6-7 hours ahead of Boston). Of course, I couldn’t ditch school to go see it then, but I got to see it today, and it was great. Snape in that scene was soooooo good! So was Frorge, that has got to be my favorite. Which book is your favorite?

  3. Emi says:

    You are so lucky! Really…I have to wait another 2 weeks for Harry Potter to come to Ecuadorian Cinemas. But it is great that they organized the Sneak Preview for the class of 2009.

    Its small things like that which put MIT at the top of my list. Whether I get accepted or not…well, I guess I’ll know in mid-December (The anxiety is killing me).

  4. Matt says:

    Emi- Like me, you have a chance of still not knowing after december, alot of times MIT pushes off the early action applicants to the normal action pool. and i guess after that you could get waitlisted again. hopefully well know by mid-december though

  5. Ruth says:

    HP was awesome, but a few years back, when Matrix Revolutions was still anticipated, the class councils banded together to reserve three screens for a midnight sneak preview at Loew’s Boston Common Theatre. Three screens x 300+ occupants = about 1000 MIT nerds rushing the Commons. It (if not the movie itself) was awesome!

  6. Dave says:

    Matt, don’t say that! I’m counting down to December 15th and if I don’t find out then I’ll pretty much just say “Screw MIT!” It’s too much stress, because not only am I wondering if I’ll get in or not, but then I’m also wondering that if I get in, will I choose to go there? At least take away some of the variables MIT Admissions!

  7. Akash says:

    Laura – you are wonderful and so is your garlic bread. Remember, your suitemates rock!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Wow – quite uncanny. My friends actually made me a shirt that says “wannagoballwime” to celebrate the new Harry Potter.

  9. BT says:

    I can’t believe it actually took me a few seconds to recognize that quote. I’m avoiding the movies at all costs in fear that they’ll ruin the books… but oy, I should be able to recognize quotes more easily than that.

    Once I get this English essay off my back, I should start re-reading the books in penance…

  10. Zaira says:

    It’s great to know that people at MIT really like HP. The movie was AWESOME! Sorry about that, but it was.