Efforts in Balancing


This is me making up for my admiration of the Twilight Saga. Sorry, Potterverse! *sheepish smile*

The pictures are clearly not mine, having found them in this wonderful Tumblr account. If you’re a Pothead, you better subscribe to it. And if you’re a bigger Pothead, subscribe to my account as well. It’s not officially Harry Potter related, but I reblog a lot of Potter things ;)

Harry Potter Lego, Years 5 to 7


Check out these new Harry Potter as Lego images. Aren’t they just the coolest?

And please, don’t think me weird, but doesn’t Lego Harry look similar to Daniel Radcliffe in the picture below? It’s quite uncanny… o_O

The End of an Era


That’s it. Wala na. No more movies.

The era of Harry Potter has ended.

To quote a friend of mine: “I watched Deathly Hallows, Part 2! …What do I do with my life now?” Yes, fans will still continue to read the books, watch the movies and just basically obsess over the entire world of Harry Potter, but you can’t deny that something wonderful and special just ended. There would be no more talks of I can’t wait for the next movie; instead there would be reminisces and Did you remember those seven books/eight movies about that kid with glasses?

If you couldn’t guess, I watched the movie tonight… well, today if you’re picky, since the movie elapsed well into the next morning. I’m not gonna talk about the technicalities of the movie just yet — that is reserved for another post (well, maybe), after I watch the movie a second time — since I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that THE MOVIES ARE OVER.

I cried bawled buckets of tears. My nose was running like an open faucet and my tears were falling like one of nature’s waterfalls. And I think I annoyed my family with my sobs and sniffles and random whispers about the movie/book… *cringe*

Off the top of my head, here are the comments I have of the movie:

  • Helena Bonham Carter did wonderfully playing a Polyjuiced Hermione — she even got the eyebrows thing Emma does when acting!
  • Alan Rickman did wonderfully too. I never did feel for Snape… I mean, I know I should because he’s been practically living his entire life with a broke heart. And I do feel for him, actually; just a little bit. But Alan’s portrayal — whoa. I cried. As in the tears came flowing freely.
  • The scene at the King’s Cross Station was cheesy, and in my opinion the lowest point of the movie. Perhaps it was the lack of glasses for both Harry and Dumbledore. Perhaps it was the fact that it was just so white, or maybe it was because I was too preoccupied staring at Daniel Radcliffe and wondering how big his head was compared to his shoulders… ^__^
  • I don’t think Ron and Hermione’s kiss wouldn’t be voted best kiss for the MTV Movie Awards because they didn’t even show the lip-locking. It’s a bit disappointing, since Emma and Rupert have been talking about how awkward it was to shoot. On the plus side, it wasn’t as disappointing as Harry and Ginny’s kiss.
  • Ginny’s whisper of “I know” to Harry after their kiss is worth mentioning, though. It’s just so Ginny, I’m willing to forgive Bonnie’s acting for it.
  • The best scene of the movie was Neville cutting of Nagini’s head. Matthew Lewis really did steal the show for me.
  • Despite Ron and Hermione being love interests, I can’t help but keep noticing the chemistry between Hermione and Harry — or I suppose Emma and Daniel. Near the ending when the Trio were holding hands, Hermione was closer to Harry than to Ron, her boyfriend.
  • And my most anticipated scene of the entire movie, THE EPILOGUE, was quite disappointing. I dunno, I just expected more. It was still nice, though.
All right, I’m off to cry some more now. Oh, and did I  mention that I watched the movie in 3D? Yeah, it was awesome.

Watch the Speeches at the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 Premiere


I’ve seen the reactions to these speeches first in Tumblr and then in YouTube, and I have half a mind to not watch them myself because I don’t want to make myself sad and despondent and depressed. That, and I already have a runny nose from a cold and I don’t want to make it worse by crying.

You have to admit though, the post-Potter Depression is a real thing.

On other notes, please like my page on Facebook dedicated to what Emma said to Dan about being the “perfect Harry.” Thank you!

 

 

 

Empire Magazine, a Harry Potter Special



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It might sound a little out there, the way I managed to nab this copy of Empire Magazine. The magazine can be bought in England. I live in the Philippines and, if you know your geography well, that is as far away from England as possible. I never left Asia. My mother went to England in June. She came to the Philippines and handed me the magazine, and I was all smiles.

Sounds a bit too much for just a simple magazine, doesn’t it?

But that’s the thing. It’s not just a simple magazine. It’s Harry Potter special. Though I haven’t read it yet (I’ve been busy like a bee), I know that there’s a booklet full of behind the scenes information about the actors Daniel, Emma, Rupert, Bonnie, Tom, James and Oliver, and Evanna.

Yeah — I know, right?! I just had to get a copy. I don’t care what measures I had to take…

… Fortunately, my mother had already schedule a trip to England. My hopes of getting a copy of the magazine weren’t very high, but when she announced that she was going, I was beyond beyond beyond ecstatic. She was going to scout colleges for me, and a little thing such as a magazine would be no trouble for her. So, voilà! Weeks later, I’m hugging my own copy of Empire Magazine.

I have the best mom ever. That is not an exaggeration; it is a fact. If you don’t believe me, then you don’t understand. It’s not just the Harry Potter magazine. It’s about the Doctor Who DVDs (season 4 and 5) as well. It’s about the little key chain she got me, knowing my affinity — or I should say obsession — for them. It’s about accompanying me as I move back to England, where I’ll mostly be independent.

My mom is the best. Beat that.

Harry Potter Movie Re-View: Part 2 of 7


European & American posters for the film

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Yes, it’s Sunday again. I’ve been meaning to make a post about how my re-view of Philosopher’s Stone went, but what can I say? Procrastination got the better of me. I won’t make any excuses — I pride myself as being a loyal Harry Potter fan. I know, it was inexcusable! *dramatic sniffle*

Anyway, the viewing was fine. I watched the movie with my brother, even going as far as making the two of us snacks. It was just toasted sandwiches pasted together with Lady’s Choice spread, but I somehow forgot that my brother did not eat mayonnaise. Oh well. More for me.

As I was watching the movie, a some things things popped into my mind:

  • I know that the First Year students weren’t Sorted into Houses yet so their uniform would’ve looked incomplete without the ties, but why bother have one if you’re only going to use it that one time? I never saw those black ties again in the movie… I think. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)
  • The student whom Hermione was talking to in the Great Hall (before the Sorting), I wasn’t really certain before whether s/he was a he or a she. The haircut really threw me off. Anyway, I’ve decided that she was a girl!
  • I’ve also wondered if she was Pansy Parkinson (I’ve seen a picture somewhere, I think). I’m not sure at the moment, since why would someone like Pansy listen to a Muggleborn.
  • When Harry was Sorted into Gryffindor, Fred and George were chanting “We got Potter!” over and over. I didn’t notice that before — I was probably too busy staring at Daniel Radcliffe‘s cherub face. Shame the twins didn’t dance around like in the book, though.
  • The actor who played Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington was that same guy who was at Fawlty Towers, a British TV show that I really like.
  • Out of all the child actors, I found Tom Felton to be the most convincing. That might be because he had previous roles before Philosopher’s (Anna and the King), but Daniel has that excuse, too (The Tailor of Panama). Maybe portraying a bad guy is easier? Hmm…
  • I never noticed before, but some of the scenes were clearly computerized. The scene that comes to mind was the troll scene, when Harry jumped on his back. I don’t know how I’d missed it in the first place. Must be because I wasn’t looking for it.
  • Lastly, in my copy of the movie Harry, Ron and Hermione say “Sorcerer’s Stone” instead of “Philosopher’s Stone”… I suppose that’d karma, right? Anyway, I noticed that whenever they had to mention the Stone, their lips or faces were covered. Coincidence? I think not!

So those were the things I noticed whilst watching the movie. Moving on to the actual topic of this post: watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It’s one of my favorite books of the series, mainly because the Harry/Ginny shipper in me just feels fulfilled somehow at the very end, after (SPOILERS!) Harry slays the Basilisk, defeats Tom Riddle and saves Ginny.

Hmm, I wonder if my brother would want to watch Chamber of Secrets with me? He finds the movie frightening, and I’ve got to admit that at his age, I did as well. Perhaps I can bribe him with some snacks?

The Secrets of Chambers


The HBO channel showed Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets again tonight, and though I do have my own copy of the film, it has simply been ages since I last saw any of the Harry Potter films, let alone one of the ones from the earlier times. I do tend to avoid them, since watching young Daniel, Rupert and Emma act just makes me… *shudder*.

To those who are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter movie franchise, don’t worry; they do get better. (Thank goodness.)

Watching the movie resurfaced some thoughts I never knew I’d be thinking about again. Not to sound weird and random or anything, but having only caught the late second half when Harry and Ron were in the Forbidden Forest talking to Aragog, my mind wasn’t as into the story plot as it might have been if I watched it from the beginning.

Anyway, I noticed a couple of things:

  1. Special effects in 2002 really were a fail.
  2. Again, young Daniel and young Rupert’s acting — especially during the part when they’re uncovering all the information about the basilisk – really made me cringe, but at the same time giddy with pleasure.
  3. Professor (if he even deserves to be called that) Lockhart really must be a coward to be pushed around by two twelve-year-old boys.
  4. That actor playing Tom Riddle is kinda good-looking.
  5. Harry looked horribly crazy swinging the Sword of Gryffindor around. Like madman crazy.
  6. No matter how much I respect Ginny’s character, Bonnie Wright can so not act — in the Chamber scene at least.
  7. You can see Jason Isaacs‘ real hair underneath his wig in that scene in Dumbledore’s office.
  8. And finally: what the hell with the “There’s no Hogwarts without you, Hagrid.” The way Daniel said that was just… *cringe and shudder* I literally hid my face in embarrassment for him. It was so cliché and his expression was so cheesy and — *shudder again* I really, really, hate that line. I have nothing against Hagrid, but really?!

Now that’s off my chest… *heaves a long sigh* What did you think of the movie? I’m in a real Harry Potter mood tonight, so here’s a toast to J.K Rowling for her wonderful creations! Hmm, perhaps I’ll re-read all the books again… not! Re-reading is just not my thing, sorry. However, fan fiction is another matter. ^_^

Get Out of My Head!


No, seriously — please. Get out of my head, Harry Potter.

Don’t get distracted by the poster because by ‘Harry Potter’ I really do mean the character, not the actor. I mean, Daniel has a heavenly, deep British accent and all — have you heard him sing in ‘Brotherhood of Man’ from How to Succeed? *swoon* — but not even he can compare to the boy who lived.

What can I say? I love me some speccy-eyed wizard.

I’ve first come about Harry Potter after I’ve seen Goblet of Fire. A friend of my mom’s suggested to me that I should read the book series (I was around eleven at the time), and so I read Order of the Phoenix. Before long, I was hooked. I found myself going to the local library in Ashington borrowing any of the books from the Harry Potter series that were available at the time. I didn’t care that I read them in order. As long as I read them, I was happy.

The Harry Potter series is a really, really wonderful read. I know I’ve mentioned this once before, but I’m not one of those bookworms who reads books over and over again. I don’t like that. Once I read something, that’s it. I look back on it every now and again, but to actually read it cover to cover for the second or third time?

Na-uh.

Which leads you to wonder: how come I’m such a big a fan? I know all these insignificant details about the Harry Potter universe that really, it’s a wonder I know them because the movies barely cover them — you should’ve heard my running commentary while watching Deathly Hallows Part 1. Anyway, the answer to that question is fan fiction.

Being the internet addict that I am, I stumbled upon Harry Potter fan fiction when I was around twelve. By then I have finished reading all the original Harry Potter books (the ones that were out anyway) and was craving for more.

My first website love was harrypotterfanfiction.com.

And then I discovered SIYE and became a die-hard Harry/Ginny shipper.

Finally, I found fanfiction.net where I have a working account with stories and such, which kind of leads me to my dilemma now…

Get out of my head, HARRY POTTER!

Plot bunnies have been invading my thoughts. They hop around in my head incessantly and I can’t seem to get rid of them unless I write them down and post them online as a fan fiction. I’ve read a lot of Harry Potter fiction (and some Twilight as well ;D), and let’s just say that the stories have all blended together. They are all alike in one way or the other and I just can’t help but think that hey, what if I look at this classic storyline and write about it from a different angle?

See, that’s the kind of trouble I’m in right now. My thoughts think I have time to make these plot ideas, character conversations and catalysts and whatnot because the things is, I don’t. It’s summer! I want to be lazy and watch movies and blog about them. My writing juices, as of this moment, is dried up.

Oh, the woes of me. Over and out.