The evening began with pumping music and a low stage in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union for After Dark: Harry Potter.
Chris Ruggiero’s One Man Variety Show kicked off with juggling and ended with a unicycle that stood a few feet above his own head and then, more juggling. Fun magic tricks, like switching a glass with a bottle of Malibu underneath shaded vases without actually moving the vases and predicting cards drawn by audience members accompanied Ruggiero as he bounced up and down on the stage moving about as fast as a fire bolt from left to right.
“I liked the floating table trick,” KAMS student Bliss Betzen said on the magic show referring to the closing of Ruggiero’s night where he paid homage to the magicians who inspired him by floating a special box on a table with a note inside.
After the magic show, the showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took place in Cody Commons and lasted till midnight. Through the entirety of the movie, the audience remained glued as they enjoyed sandwiches, ice cream and root beer from Gella’s.
In the meantime, wand making was available just outside of the ballroom using chopsticks, hot glue and paint.
“It’s cool, creative,” grad student Josh Novak said.
Over in the Black and Gold room a Quidditch tournament took place in a blown up, inflatable arena. The participants were placed in roped off areas and harnessed to a rope while they wielded a broom taped at the bottom in different colors and hit a rubber ball around.
“It was exhilarating,” freshman David Schneider said as he exited the arena. “Slight changes and modifications to make the game …The brooms were very realistic.”
After the Harry Potter movie, an hour of lag time took place where people made a wand, played Quidditch or socialized in Cody Commons waiting for the prize drawing. At 1 a.m., the drawing of five names awarded different prizes. The first three names drawn were rewarded their choice of Harry Potter cut-out character. The next name drawn received a gift card to Wal-mart. The final name acquired the iPad Mini.
“Alright, I liked the magic show and the movie,” Betzen said when asked about her overall reaction of the After Dark event. When asked what her favorite part was, she replied, “Probably the movie.”