My Year of Adventure ~ Week # 9
For 2017, I have challenged myself to a Year of Adventure! For me, that means not waiting for life’s mountain top moments, but expecting an adventure everyday. This week I had the opportunity to experience one of my favorite books, Harry Potter, in a whole new way. What an adventure! I highly recommend seeking out opportunities to experience your favorite books in a new way!
Christmas Gifts That Keep on Giving
This past Christmas, for our Family Gift we chose to do tickets to a local Performing Arts Theater. We each got to choose one event from their for our part of the gift. So, in the end, we all got to experience four shows. The first show we did was my daughter’s choice. We went to Dancing with the Stars Live, and you can read about that fun here! This past weekend we got to go to the theater for my show!
Harry Potter Experience
So, let me give you a little background on myself (and my family). We are big Harry Potter fans! It started with the books, then moved on to the movies, then onto Universal Studios’ Wizarding World, and then to London for the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. So, suffice it to say, we are Harry Potter nerds! Big time!
I chose for my show the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ~ In Concert!! It was the first movie of the series, shown on a 40-foot screen, with the Orlando Philharmonic playing the soundtrack along with the movie. When I saw that this was coming to Orlando, I bought the tickets and then asked my family if they wanted to go, lol! Guess I had it a little backwards…
Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and Producer/Conductor of The Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is one of those once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomena that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen. It will be an unforgettable event.” (1)
I’m sure it was an incredible undertaking to make this happen. Prior to the show, they played a video showing some of how it all came together. Getting the timing of the music in sync with the movie must have been an incredible task! And, to have it live – which means NO MISTAKES!!
Since both of my kids are band kids, it was interesting to check out what instruments were in the Philharmonic. My daughter noticed that there were 3 bassoons (her instrument), my son plays oboe, but we weren’t sure if we actually saw any, there was a harp, lots of strings, not a lot of brass. But, it all worked beautifully together!
Right before the movie/concert started, the conductor, Justin Freer, chatted with the audience a little. He acknowledged that typically in a concert he would not encourage noise, applause throughout, or cheering/booing. But, for this experience, he wanted us to be involved with it! He encouraged us to cheer for the characters we liked, boo the ones we don’t. Cheer for our Hogwarts house. Basically, he wanted us to be part of the experience, not just by-standers!
So, when the movie started, it was welcomed with enthusiasm!
Experiencing Favorite Books in a New Way
Harry Potter is somewhat unique in that there are so many different ways to experience it! I even recently learned that there is a US Quidditch World Cup Tournament!! And, this year, it’s within driving distance. I wonder if we’ll go??
Now, I certainly understand that not all books have their own theme parks dedicated to them! But, there are many ways to celebrate and experience your favorite books!
One of our favorite things is to keep track of the books that are being made into movies. The ones we know we’d like to watch, we make sure we read (or re-read) the books first. It’s always interesting to see how the book translates to the screen and how well it’s done.
And, when we are traveling, we try to read books about the area before we go (both fiction and non-fiction). It’s always fun to remember scenes that were set in a specific place or city or neighborhood. We did this before we went to London, and we all read different books. So, it was fun to hear who had read about the different areas that we visited.
Crafting Your Own Experience
So, now it’s your turn. Here’s a few tips on crafting your own fabulous experience!
- What is your favorite book? Or a book that your would like to experience a little more than just reading it?
- Is there a movie out? Some books have even been remade several times into movies. Might be fun to check them all out!
- Is there a food you could make or try from the book? I love when books have recipes!
- Are there any cities, restaurants, museums, etc. from the book you could visit?
- Could you craft a vacation around the book? Maybe where the book was set in or where the author is from?
- Think outside the box, and look for unique ways to enjoy your book and your experience!
- It is a lot of fun to experience books in different ways!
- I love the way we did our Family Gift this year, because we are still experiencing it. And, we still have two more shows to go. Who doesn’t love dragging out Christmas gifts!
- Sharing new experiences with ones we love make them even better!