Being A Nerd Earned Me An Ice Cream

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I went to see Harry Potter for the second time the other night with my dearest darling (and fabulous photographer) SarahΒ and of course, we stopped by the snack counter before the movies. We were directed into like 5 different snack lines before finally standing our ground in the last one and refusing to move again. There was a guy standing in front of us and he made some comment about how many times we switched lines and I think I made some polite comment back. Then, we had this conversation.

Guy: So, are you guys here to see Harry Potter?

Me: Yep.

Guy: Did you read the books?

Me: Uh yeah! I read the books like a million times.

Guy: Oh good. I thought I was the only nerd here.

Me: Not only are you not the only nerd here, you’re not even the biggest nerd here. Maybe you didn’t notice, but I’m wearing a Ravenclaw pin on my shirt. (Because I would totally be in Ravenclaw if Hogwarts existed)

Guy: Wow! That’s impressive.

Me: Yes, I believe it is.

Guy: To be fair, I didn’t read the books, I listened to them on tape, but they were great because it was professional thespians playing all the parts.

Me: So, again, I’ve got you beat in the nerd department.

Guy: Good for you.

Then it was the guys turn to order his snacks. After he paid, he turned around to me, handed me an ice-cream and told me to enjoy the movie. Say what? I was totally shocked, finally, finally, my nerdiness had earned me a treat, and in fact, one of my favorite treats ice-cream. I mean, how completely amazing is that? I’ll answer for you- TOTALLY AMAZING. It was so unexpected and maybe one of the nicest things a stranger has ever done for me. And you know what, it helped a little bit with my end of Harry Potter depression.


40 thoughts on “Being A Nerd Earned Me An Ice Cream

  1. Meagzpeditions says:

    As an avid HP fan and ice cream fanatic, I truly appreciate the meaning of this event. The positive reinforcement of your nerdiness gives us all hope. How’s the post-HP depression going? I’m struggling with it but seeking new reads to lock it away. Taking you up on your recommendation of The Memoirs of Cleopatra on the nook today as I head to the beach. Thanks!

    1. The post HP depression is ok. Still having a bit of a hard time. The Hunger Games helped me get through- and they are making movies of those books as well so I have lots to look forward to!

      1. Meagzpeditions says:

        Oh gosh, I tore through the Hunger Games precisely for that reason. I’m thrilled about the movies as well. Actually, a best friend of mine has been writing about the movie production; she writes for Thompson on Hollywood. Check out her latest update: The image of Peeta with the bread wrenches my heart out! πŸ™‚

      2. I know!!! I saw that pic and was totally overcome. I can’t wait for these movies to come out. Hopefully something comes along after the third movie is released because without HP and without Hunger Games, what will I have to look forward to?

  2. Wow! That’s sweet! It feels awesome when strangers do/ say nice things to you. When I was in Brazil I went to a small tourist town and there was a flower fair kinda thing. There was a beautiful big rose in one flowers stall and I was taking pictures of it. My friend told the florist that I was actually from India. Immediately, that sweet lady walked upto me, took that beautiful big rose and gave it me. I hugged her in happiness! Btw, First time reader here and I already like you. Cheers! πŸ™‚

  3. I saw Harry Potter last night and just as Harry walked into the Forbidden Forest and looked at the golden ball in his hand holding the Stone of Remembrance, THE ELECTRICITY IN THE THEATER WENT OUT!!!! I could have used an ice cream at that point. Or a scotch and soda.

      1. It’s the Resurrection Stone of course, not the Stone of Remembrance. See, I’m not nerdy enough, no wonder I didn’t get ice cream 😦 They got it working again after about 7 minutes and picked it up right where they left off. It was probably a good thing to have a 7 minute break because I had been crying steadily since I saw Fred’s cold dead body lying on the floor. Then the whole pensieve scene…I was verging on hysterical.

  4. Read a few of your posts and am now subscribing πŸ™‚ Love your style and it’s always a thrill to come by a fellow nerd πŸ™‚

  5. very nice treat from a stranger, I would be surprised too if I have the same experience….

    I guess that’s one of the great things that could ever happen if you’re such a fan of Harry Potter πŸ™‚

    I’ve read the books and seen the movies several times as well, haha
    (been following your blog thru bloglovin and having a good time reading your entries…just thought of letting you know… )

  6. So, if your nerdiness of reading the books and wearing the pin gets you an ice cream, do you think my reading the books, going to the theme park, and buying you the pin gets me an ice cream sundae? Because I feel like that’s how the world should work.

    If I’m not offered an ice cream sundae the next time I see HP, I shall be very disappointed in the universe.

  7. I’m going to try this approach everywhere I go. Snack counter, post office, gas station. “Hi, you filling your tank? Yeah, me too. You like Harry Potter? I like Harry Potter. A lot. You want to pay for my gas? I could use a wash ‘n wax, too.”

  8. Not to be another nerd, but I only know of one audio version, and that was read by Jim Dale. He’s good, but perhaps not “cast of thespians” good. Okay, almost cast of thespians good. Okay, cast of thespians good. Still, any real HP nerd should know his name. Or is there another version out there that I don’t know about? Do I need to turn in my badge?

      1. Okay, I’m just going to up the nerd ante here. The American version is definitely narrated by Jim Dale, but there is also a British version that is narrated by Stephen Fry – who is so delightful and awesome that he’s basically not one thespian, but a cast of many.


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