Introducing: The Weasley Twins

The other night I accepted an invitation from a colleague to gather together to watch Harry Potter and play some trivia. I typically play cards on Fridays with a core group of good friends but the movie/trivia combined with a chance to meet some new people seemed too interesting to pass up. The Eminent Colleague introduced to me 7 Eminent Friends and the movie began.

I was surprised to find that a couple of them hadn’t seen or read the books (that being said, they looked pretty young to me, but then again, that would have put them right in the middle of the HP crazed demographic). We watched The Half-Blood Prince and I have to say that it was extremely fun. I’ve only watched the movies with my daughter so she doesn’t notice the smaller nuances or elements that appeal to adults. I’ve not watched a movie with Americans in a long time, either, and it was great to be among those who laugh and enjoy a show. It was a lot of fun.

About an hour into the show, we brought the lights up and the Eminent Colleague announced the cancellation of trivia (apparently it was a bit one-sided previously), waved away the coffee table and spread out a huge plastic dropsheet. Instead of trivia, we discovered, we were now thrust into a sock-puppet contest! The trivia trophy (yes, there really is a trophy) would be redistributed to the best sock puppeteer, perhaps in perpetuity as the Eminent Colleague will be departing for post in just a few weeks.

We had paints, glue, yarn, rhinestones, popsicle sticks, beads, pipe cleaners, felt, construction paper, you name it. There weren’t technically any rules about it but we all fell into Harry Potter characters. We ended up with Dumbledore, a couple of Snapes, Ron in his Quidditch goalie gear on a broomstick (my personal favorite), Malfoy, Hermoine, and:

Sock_Weasleys

The Weasley Twins: Fred and George!

Truth be told I was stymied for what to make and opted for a quantity vs quality approach. But when the voting came around for the best sock puppets, I ended up tied with the Malfoy. Sensing a bit of pity for the new guy and then considering that I simply splashed orange paint and stuck some pipe cleaners in while the Malfoy maker had built clothes, I begged to concede to her. Malfoy thus was granted the trophy and the movie resumed.

It was a really ingenious idea. Silly fun but yet actually not condescending. Huge props to the Eminent Colleague for both having the idea and cojones to follow through. Well done!

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