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?

Rediscovering Dan Bergstein’s Funny-ness


It’s been simply ages since I’ve visited the Sparknotes website to catch up on Dan and his latest critiques on the Twilight Saga as he read through them. So, logic prevails when I rediscovered his work, I was all “OMG! OMG! OMG!”

But in my head, of course. No need to alert my brother that I’m insane.

Anyway, I’ve given up halfway through Reading New Moon — or was it Reading Eclipse? because of my crappy internet connection, but I’m back on track, people! No, I’m not following his Twilight related blog posts anymore. I’m more into the Harry Potter ones. He’s currently reading though Chamber of Secrets, which is cool since I want to know his opinion of Ginny (*lamp post, giggle-giggle*).

I, on the other hand, is still in Sorcerer’s Philosopher’s Stone. (To those who know me, I insist on the British titles.)

The links to the posts are thus:

Dan’s pictures are hilarious and his sense of humor, though a tad mean sometimes, is seriously laugh out loud worthy. Read it now and tell me what you think.
Blogging Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone: Part 1

James, Voldemort and Lily casting a spell at Harry (you must read the entry to make sense of this)