I'm exhausted. I'm simply too old to be up until 3 AM on a work night.
But...it was totally worth it!
Of course I followed through with my plan to dress up as Luna. I had purchased her wand some time ago knowing that I would do so...
...same with the Spectra Specs. Both were purchased on sale ;)
And the rest of it? I bought the skirt at Old Navy, but I'll wear it again so no biggie. The button down shirt, bag, tights, socks, and sneakers I had; the tie is Steve's. The radish earrings are made from fimo and courtesy of my wonderful mother in law :) And Steve and I spent about $10 at Michael's to make the "Butterbeer cork" necklace!
And the Quibbler was homemade too.
In case you can't tell, I was pretty darn proud of my costume!
I'm a bit disappointed that I didn't get more/better pictures :-/ But I didn't want to be constantly bugging Steve to take them, and I didn't want to interrupt the other people who were dressed up...though I would have loved to get pictures of the really awesome Tonks and Bellatrix costumes I saw, and there was a cool Voldemort outfit as well...complete with a stuffed snake wrapped around the person's neck!
It's all good though, because I'm pretty sure this is the perfect Halloween costume for me this year :) We will be Drinking Around the World in Orlando ON Halloween...comfort is key and this outfit is pretty comfy, so there ya go!
As for the movie...well, let's not lie: the only HP movies that were true enough to the book to not be seriously criticized by, well, everyone were Sorcerer's Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Goblet of Fire. Personally, after a major rant over Prisoner of Azkaban (the movie), I gave up outright complaining about the HP movies and therefore won't do so with this one either.
(I'm giving y'all a slight spoiler alert right now!)
Some things were great - Mrs. Weasley's classic line, the actual moment when Neville cut off Nagini's head...and Snape's death. Which doesn't happen exactly like it does in the book, but it is - if anything - better. But as usual, they cut out huge chunks of the storyline, pieces that are extremely important in the book, and added in random scenes that were - to say the least - completely unnecessary.
As a whole, I was pleased by not amazed. Still, I've long since given up feeling disappointed in these movies and instead just taking them for what they are - good entertainment, and a piece of a wonderful world that teaches true courage and friendship to younger generations.