Here are some frequently (or anticipated frequently) asked questions. If your question is not answered here, please contact us.
- What is this exactly?
- Will you be broadcasting/streaming the movie somewhere?
- What version of the movie should I watch?
- I’m new to Twitter or haven’t used it much. Do you have a Twitter tutorial?
- Can I participate if I don’t use Twitter?
- How can I help spread the word?
- How do I host a viewing party?
Q: What is this exactly?
A: This is a bunch of fans getting together to watch one Harry Potter movie every week, leading right up to the release of the last movie. It’s our way of celebrating as a fandom! Because the fandom stretches far and wide and there wouldn’t be a place for all of us to meet, we got the idea to have a virtual meetup. All you have to do is pop your copy of the movie into your DVD player and hit PLAY at 8:00 PM EDT. Then you’ll be watching the movie at the same time as fans around the world! If you want to virtually discuss the movie with other fans as you’re watching it, head to Twitter and tweet about the movie using the hashtag #hpreview.
Q: Will you be broadcasting/streaming the movie somewhere?
A: No. We do not have the rights to broadcast the movie online. You will be responsible for playing your own copy of the movie. Either purchase it, rent it from a rental store/online rental store/library, borrow it from a friend, or watch it at a viewing party or friend’s house. Just be sure to start the movie at exactly 8:00 PM EDT so you’re watching at exactly the same time as the rest of the world.
Q: What version of the movie should I watch?
A: Please watch the standard theatrical release version of each movie.
Q: I’m new to Twitter or haven’t used it much. Do you have a Twitter tutorial?
A: No problem! Everyone is invited to participate. Here’s what you need to know:
STEP 1: Sign up for a Twitter Account at http://twitter.com
STEP 2: Write a few practice tweets. Log into Twitter at http://twitter.com with your username & password. At the top of the page, you’ll see a title with the words “What’s happening?” and a box beneath it. Just type your tweet of 130 characters or fewer. Don’t press the Tweet button just yet!
STEP 3: At the end of the tweet, type a space and then #hpreview. That pound symbol turns that word into what is called a hashtag. Hit the Tweet button and you’ll see your tweet show up below in your feed and the #hpreview will be a link. If you click on that link, you’ll see every other tweet where people have used that tag. So during the event, you’ll be able to search for #hpreview on the Twitter site to see what everyone who is watching the movie together is saying about the movie!
STEP 4: To get notices from us to appear in the feed on your page (along with your tweets and tweets of anyone else you friend) just visit http://twitter.com/hpDADA and hit the Follow button near the top of the page. If you want to talk with someone on Twitter, just use an @ before the username. Practice this by going back to http://twitter.com and type something in “What’s happening” box like “I’m using @hpDADA’s handy tutorial to practice tweeting before the next #hpreview event”. After you hit the Tweet button, you’ll see in your posted tweet that both the name hpDADA and the #hpreview will be links.
STEP 5: Go to the Settings page (menu at the top of the page, on the right) to change things like your time zone, your profile picture, etc. You can set up your phone for tweeting by visiting the mobile tab.
Q: Can I participate if I don’t use Twitter?
A: Absolutely! If you just want to see what other people are tweeting about, go to: a search for #hpreview. If you want to join in on the discussion, go to the new Livestream page http://www.livestream.com/hpreview and log in there. You can chat easily there via Livestream. People with Facebook and Twitter can also log in there to share and tweet directly from Livestream.
Q: How can I help spread the word?
A: The more people watch the movie, the more fun we’ll all have discussing it! There are a number of things you can do to help get the word out. Check out the Spread the Word page for more information.
Q: How do I host a viewing party?
A: The beauty of the event is that people can participate on their own or in groups. If you want to host a viewing, check out the Viewing Parties page for tips.