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And So, An Era Of Harry Potter Comes To An End

I was twenty when the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, came out in the cinemas and I went to watch it. That was a decade ago and yesterday, I went to watch the last instalment of the Harry Potter movies.

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I’d always had the policy of reading a book first before watching the movie and that was the main reason for me to pick up Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone, so that I can tell which parts were changed or omitted from the movie. Philosopher’s Stone led me to Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. I read the first four books of the series in under a month. I never thought that as an adult, I would have been obsessed with a book series geared towards kids but I was. There was just something about the world of Harry Potter that just drew you in and wouldn’t let you go.

Over the next ten years since that first movie, I would spend many hours reading and re-reading the books, placing my pre-orders for Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows and reading the books in one sitting, missing meals and refusing to interact with anyone until the books were done.

In fact, it was this Harry Potter obsession that got me into blogging in the first place.


The anticipation of getting the latest Harry Potter book or waiting to watch the latest Harry Potter movie is something I can’t describe to someone who isn’t a Harry Potter fan. The feeling of being a part of a group of people who love everything about the books, the story, the world that J.K. Rowling built for us, is just amazing. So I know that I won’t be the only one who’s privately mourning the end of a wonderful series.

Truth be told, I had mixed feelings about watching Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt 2. I was excited, of course, as it’s a Harry Potter movie but at the same time, sad as it’s the last one. The whole world saw Daniel Radclife, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint grew from the cute little kids they were, into the beautiful adults that they are now.

What no one expected was how much Matthew Lewis would change in the ten years since they casted him as the chubby, clumsy, yet brave Neville Longbottom.

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That kid got hot!

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The movies are like a sacred thing for me and I refuse to let anyone get in the way of me enjoying them. Prisoner of Azkaban (or what should have been called, the movie where Hermione Granger took centre stage because she looked good in a tight, pink sweater) was my least favourite movie (and book) out of the entire series and yet, I watched it twice and I told a boy who looked no more than ten, to shut to fuck up (rather loudly) because he just wouldn’t shut up with the comments throughout the enter movie. Yes, I can be that mean to little kids if they don’t keep quiet while I’m watching Harry Potter.

Anyway, when Deathly Hallows ended, I felt like I’d just said goodbye to a very good friend. I was sobbing through parts of the movie, despite already knowing the ending since I read the book at least twice. I wasn’t the only one sobbing in the theater. I thought that they did a really good job turning the second half of the book into the movie. I’d always had trouble trying to picture the Battle of Hogwarts and I loved that the scenes from the book that happened not from Harry’s POV, were translated on screen.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s definitely a must watch.

I know that Harry Potter will never really end, what with the upcoming Pottermore, and to paraphrase Dumbledore, Harry Potter will only truly end when there are none who are still loyal to him. As I’m looking forward to introducing the magical world of Harry Potter to my kids one day, I don’t think it’ll end at all.


Potter Party At The Library

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One of the best things about having friends that are very big Harry Potter fans is that they plan really cool parties. Since the latest Harry Potter movie will also be the end of the series, my friend Sarah decided to organise one for the fans, to celebrate, to recap and I think, also to mourn the end of a decade of Harry Potter movies.

The party was held at the multi-purpose room at the library and was open to all fans. We were encouraged to dress up as characters from the movie. I’d initially wanted to make a Death Eater robe but I didn’t have the time (or frankly, the inclination) to sew the robe. Heck, I didn’t even finish making my wand. However, I had a Gryffindor House t-shirt, so I was all set.


We met at the library and while waiting for everyone to arrive, we busied with the tying of the house ties and well, just taking pictures. I brought my Instax camera, hence the scanned pictures of instant film.

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When everyone was there, some of us decorated the room, some of us got into our costumes while I the rest of us guarded the door against over-eager party attenders, and there were a few.

our hosts

The party was hosted by Nymphadora Tonks and Bellatrix Lestrange, giving us the good vs evil vibe. It was fun; quizzes, house points, book recaps and even a re-enactment of some scenes in the book.

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The Hogwarts teachers were dressed rather casually but then, it is a party after all.

The party was concluded with a feast that included cake, Berti Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and even Butter Beer, contributed by one of the teachers. I didn’t stay long for the feast but it was still going strong when I left.

I know that most of us are actually excited about the new movie but those of us who’ve read all the books and watched all the movies, multiple times in the last decade or more, it feels like we’re saying goodbye to a beloved friend. So what better way to send off a friend than an awesome party?


Happy July!

Half the year has passed and so begins the next half of the year. What have you achieved in the last six months? Personally, I haven’t achieved all that much. Other than going to school, having exams and discovering that I’m single again, nothing much.

For me, July has traditionally been Harry Potter month. The books and some of the movies were released in the 7th month of the year. July is also the birthday month of both the author and the title character of the series. So many wonderful memories tied to this month.

They recently released the trailer for part 1 of The Deathly Hallows and the tiny Harry Potter fan within, sprung to life and squealed like a teenager. The trailer is after the jump.

I could watch that over and over again.

Or course, I’ll be watching Mints just for the LOLZ but I’ll be wearing this t-shirt.

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Since I don’t really want to get attacked by the TwiFans, I’ll be going with a group of friends; all of them wearing the same t-shirt.

Maybe do we have a deathwish but we’ll go out laughing.


Cheating On Voldermort?

I was listening to Foreigner’s Hot Blooded yesterday when this line caught my attention:

Now it’s up to you, can we make a secret rendezvous?
Oh, before we do, you’ll have to get away from you know who

So, does that mean that the singer is out to bang Voldermort’s girlfriend? Wouldn’t he be worried that Voldie is just going to Avada Kedavra his ass?


Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince aka The Hotness That Is Ron Weasley

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Watching the sixth instalment of the Harry Potter series today, I realised how much the kids have grown since the very first movie and how much the story has been told. There’s only one book left to show on the big screen and I’m definitely looking forward to it.

I enjoyed this movie. They streamlined the main points of the book rather well. I even teared up at a few scenes, especially the death scene. All the important parts are there, though I wished that the ending was done rather differently. I’d rather that it ended more ominously or darker, to set the tone for the next movie.

The part that I enjoyed the most was the sleeveless Ron scene. Back in the first movie, you’d never have thought that the scrawny ginger-haired child to bulk up really well when he hits puberty.

sleevless Ron Weasley

This shot doesn’t really show it but trust me, if he works out a little bit more, he’d be a heart throb.

I like the poster with Ron in his Quidditch gear.

Ron in quidditch uniform

He looks so much hotter than Harry. Don’t you agree?


1 Comment

Haha! Guess What?

I actually finished reading Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows at 5pm earlier today but there won’t be any spoilers from me. I even managed to catch the 7pm show of OoTP.

Regarding the book, I have this to say:


She killed my ship but it’s not that we expected Draco to end up with Ginny in the first place.

The book answered my questions and most of the things that I thought would happen, were correct. Quite a few characters died and all of them I never expected. To say that I teared up when the characters fell, was a severe understatement. Yes, I have a lot of emotion invested in this series. I read the book for seven hours straight, right through lunch and almost tea time too. Definitely a record for me. I’m going to have to re-read the book again soon, because I don’t really want it to end. It’s like LoTR all over again. At least there’s two more movie to wait for.

Speaking about movies, I rather liked this fifth one. Dan Radcliffe was gorgeous and muscular brilliant in his portrayal as angsty Harry, Gary Oldman was awesome as usual, Helena Bonham Carter was amazing and the greatest surprise for me was Matthew Lewis, the guy who acted as Neville Longbottom in the movies. The boy grew up fine. He’s tall and was actually kind of better looking than Rupert Grint, who’s actually one of my favourites in the movie. Anyway, for a movie that was based on a book, it’s actually quite good. It’s understandable why they had to chop a few things out of the book but somehow, most of the storyline isn’t affected by the chop. They did a rather wonderful job of the movie. I might even want to watch it again I think.

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