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It's time for some Muggle Love.
Little known fact, but "Harry Potter" is the perfect date movie. Why? Because everyone loves Harry Potter. Everyone. He's the perfect matchmaker. There he is, up on the screen, waving his wand and holding the fate of the universe in his little teenager hands, and out in the audience, millions of people are falling in love via his magical exploits.
So, take your date to a "Harry Potter" movie and you're pretty much guaranteed a night of sweeping passions. But don't let the movie do all the work for you -- why not go the extra mile and conjure up a whole evening of magic?
Harry Potter and the Perfect Date Part 1
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This first thing you're going to do is have coffee. This may seem a little weird, but trust us, it's not. It's romantic. And, more importantly, it's appropriate.
However, you can't have coffee just anywhere. The environment is key, and in keeping with the world of "Harry Potter," we recommend coffee in a bookstore. That's where all this started, after all.
Except you shouldn't go to any ol' Barnes and Noble. Do some research and find an old Mom and Pop bookstore in your city (one that also has something of a cafe, of course). Even better, find an old-looking Mom and Pop bookstore, one with stacks of floor-to-ceiling tomes, one that just hums of knowledge and mystery. Atmosphere is everything. Location is key.
After coffee, get to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" -- a late afternoon screening, around 5 p.m. or so. Get there early, because it's opening weekend, and you know how that goes. Get there early enough to snag the perfect seats. Don't worry about the potential tedium of waiting in line -- your date will be impressed that comfort and a good view are all part of your magic.
Watch together as Harry, Ron and Hermione battle the Death Eaters! As with every installment in the franchise since "Goblet of Fire," take a minute or two to get used to the somewhat unsettling sight of Ralph Fiennes with no nose. Sigh in bittersweet anticipation at the fact that you have to wait until July to see how it ends.
But your journey continues...
Harry Potter and the Perfect Date Part 2
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You saw the 5 p.m. show, which means you're out of the theater by 7:45 or so. Time to discuss the wondrous film you just experienced together over a hearty meal worthy of Hogwarts.
You know those restaurants where all the patrons sit together, friends and strangers alike? It's kind of like a high school cafeteria... or, kind of like the main hall of Hogwarts, where each school year begins with an epic feast. It's communal. It's cute. And, while it may not be the most romantic environment by default, it's certainly appropriate for the circumstances.
So find yourself a restaurant like that. What it lacks in intimacy it makes up for in... well, at least cleverness. It's a Harry Potter date, after all. The meal should reflect the world. And your date will be impressed that you went the extra mile to find something unique for your dining experience.
So, discuss the movie, enjoy good eats and maybe meet the members of your own Hufflepuff clan.
Eat a lot, in fact -- you'll need the nourishment for the next task at hand. Because after dinner, it's time to go dancing.
You saw this coming. It's a Harry Potter date, remember? And there's been a dance of some sort in every "Harry Potter" movie since "Goblet of Fire."
You don't have to find a place to change your clothes and get into formal wear. It doesn't have to be that kind of venue (or that much like a dance in a "Harry Potter" movie). But there must be dancing. Whether it's swing dancing or square dancing or going to some club where everyone is grinding about in a passionate trance of desire and release, there must be dancing.
So find the venue that hosts the kind of dancing you're both into and get to it. It's the perfect ending to your Harry Potter night, after all. And, once again, it's appropriate.
And that doesn't have to be the end. If you're lucky, maybe you can see "Deathly Hallows" a second time... after breakfast the next day.