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Potter Month: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them NYC Premiere Ticket Buying Experience / STRESS

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Despite this happening last week, I am writing this post mere minutes after finally acquiring tickets to the New York City premiere of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  My heart is still POUNDING.  I’ve never met J.K. Rowling and she is my literal hero so I basically sat at my computer hungrily waiting for that countdown clock on the Carnegie Hall website to hit zero because I would do anything to meet my Queen!


I had the tab open in my computer since 9 AM so I thought I would be all set when 11AM rolled around. I was wrong because technology ARG.  As soon as the counter ended, a progress bar appeared with a little man walking toward the front of the line to buy tickets.  It only took him about 30 seconds to get to the front of line and then BOOM a screen saying there’s been an error detected and I could get back in the queue if I wanted. I WANTED. So I got back in line, only to have two client show up to my office. I have never gotten anyone coffee and situated them in a conference room so quickly in my life to date.  When I got back to my computer I was still waiting in line so all was good. Then the little man made his way to the end of the progress bar only to be met with another error.  WHY DOESN’T THE UNIVERSE UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT OF THE YEAR TO ME?!?!  So I immediately started trying on my phone.  I got to the front of the line quickly there but it was near impossible to choose seats and get my phone to cooperate.  FREAK OUT COMMENCE.


(I should also point out that I am a tea drinker who stopped drinking coffee as soon as college ended because it makes me jittery and a little bit nauseated – for some reason I grabbed a grande cold brew coffee from Starbucks today of all days).  Next, I switched my browser to Internet Explorer and began trying again. At this point there was no line but no matter which tickets I clicked on (I was aiming for the balcony $25-$50 range), the website would only show me $500 tickets to add to my cart.  I began losing my mind because only one section said sold out and I should’ve been able to add cheaper ones to my cart.  So I literally sat at my computer for 20 minutes repeatedly selecting new tickets until finally I was able to add $250 tickets to my cart.  I text Andrew to see his feelings on that because it was still more than I really wanted to spend. Then I noticed that I only had one minute to complete my purchase before the tickets would expire (apparently they just started counting down my 20 minutes from the first time I searched tickets instead of when I actually placed them in my cart) so I began checking out without waiting for Andrew’s response.  Since I haven’t attended anything at Carnegie Hall in the past I had to create a new user profile which meant that my tickets expired while I was in the process. TYPICAL.  BUT, as fate would have it, the next time I tried to add tickets I was able to score two in the dress circle for $106 each!  Still more than I *wanted* to spend, but much more reasonable than $250 or $500 per ticket.  Plus, I think I’ll be really happy to be seated where we are once November rolls around.  Plus, we’re right by Melissa! So many of my New York friends were able to acquire tickets and I cannot wait to make a huge day of this premiere!


5 Responses to “Potter Month: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them NYC Premiere Ticket Buying Experience / STRESS”

  1. B says:

    I’m stressed out just reading this! I’m glad you were able to get your tickets!
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  2. Cassie says:

    There is nothing more stressful than a countdown when you’re trying to check out!
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  3. I hate buying tickets for this reason. I tried to get lollapalooza tickets a couple years ago and it stressed me out.
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  4. Sara Strauss says:

    OMG! So glad you got the tickets! That’s awesome! I agree with B’s comment, reading this made me stressed haha!!
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  5. Alexa S. says:

    I’m so excited to be attending this as well! I didn’t realize it was open until your tweet, so I got in late but… we splurged. Because JK ROWLING.
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