BY the time you read this I will be in some kind of post-Harry Potter haze.
That’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince for those of you living on Mars.
It took a bit of a miracle but I did manage to secure a ticket to Reading Cinema’s Gold Lounge 3.45pm session at Harbour Town yesterday.
I say miracle because somewhere in the middle of Wednesday night’s State of Origin-slash-tsunami frenzy I managed to crash my computer and I’ve been without internet access at home ever since.
Chariot Netconnect, if you’re reading this, please fix. Ta.
So I had to wait until yesterday morning and a lull in proceedings here in The Bulletin newsroom before I could get online and try to book myself a seat on a comfy leather recliner, but that didn’t work either.
Potter frenzy killed Reading Cinemas’ website stone, cold dead. “Provider error ’80004005,” it said. “Unspecified error.”
That’s technospeak for ‘completely buggered’.
So I had to pick up the phone and call — speak to an actual human being.
The lovely lad at the end of the phone was very helpful, except he couldn’t book me a ticket right away because the lines were jammed with people trying to book a ticket. Eventually I received a call back.
“We can squeeze you in at 3.45pm,” he said.
“Done,” I said.
Obviously I can’t tell you how the film was because I haven’t seen it yet — if you see what I mean.
But $A27.95 million can’t be wrong. That’s how much Half-Blood Prince raked in on its midnight release in the US. One night. One country.
That smashed the previous record of $A22.66 million set by The Dark Knight last year and the $A21.4 million set by the execrable Revenge of the Sith, the (thankfully) last in the Star Wars saga.
I would love JK Rowling’s bank balance.
Fans of the teen vampire romance series Twilight, the first film of which was released last year, have been trying to convince the world that Harry Potter is naff and twinkly celibate vampires are the only form of cool left in pop culture.
It took a full weekend and 300 more screens for Twilight to bring Potter-like numbers.
I read those books and yes, they were very addictive. But the film? Not so much.
Unless you’re a 13-year-old girl, of course, in which case, honestly, you’d be better off emulating Hermione than Bella.
Bella’s doomed to lose everything that made her interesting in the early books whereas Hermione just gets more fascinating as she gets older.
Trust me on that one.
And now, from Twilight to Twitter — awkward segue, cool topic.
The Gold Coast Bulletin, as most of you know, has an online presence at www.goldcoast.com.au and we’re about to expand our reach even further.
Yes, The Bully is on Twitter.
Again, for those of you on Mars, Twitter is a social networking site where people communicate by way of 160-character updates.
It’s similar to text messaging but with a much more interactive and public approach. If you’re already tweeting, The Bulletin‘s account is, surprisingly, @GCBulletin.
You will also find some of our journalists there — news reporter Leah Fineran (@fineranswake), sports reporter Nick Smart (@GCBNickSmart) and I (@swannellGCB) are tweeting our days already and we hope to have some more of our reporters and editors set up on Twitter soon.
Our aim is to provide another way of talking with you, the readers of the paper and the website, not just about the news of the day but about issues that concern all Gold Coasters and about how we do our jobs day-to-day.
Yes, we’ll be pointing you at our stories sometimes but we also want you to get to know us and vice versa.
All the research says newspapers need to connect, or reconnect, with their communities and in these modern times we’re keen to use every means available to do that.