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Pig!?…

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 | Author: Emily

 

I was listening back to Episode #15, and I realised that I promised to put up the picture of Ron and Pig… so… enjoy!

I love that even though he wasn’t in the movie that they shot this anyway!

Talk soon,

Em

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The Unknown…

Thursday, February 17th, 2011 | Author: Emily

It’s my typical Tuesday night. I am snuggled up on the coach with my current book (In this week’s case it is “Harry, A History” by Melissa Anelli if anyone is interested!) in front of the television watching one of my favourite shows. My mobile vibrates next to me (again, if anyone is interested to the dulcet tones of B.O.B’s “Magic”) and it’s a message from one of my closest friends. Nothing out of the ordinary, but in the moment my life changed. Okay, I admit that was probably a little dramatic and exaggerated, but I think that you get the idea. The most ironic thing is that the message was nothing special, and after all of the hyping up I have done for it, it is going to seem outrageously anticlimactic. So apologise for the in advance. The message read:

“Ahhh, man, im watchin HP4 of GO! And they left out sooooo much Grrrrrr Ninja x x”

So, I will be the first to admit that she isn’t the most avid of Harry Potter fans. However, she has been known to be more tolerant of my Pottermania that others, and occasionally joins in, which is unheard from my “real life friends!” She also has a problem with R/Hr which means we never ever talk shipping, and there is also no time to explain why we call each other ninja here. That story is for another time.

My immediate response to her was:

“WOW! U just figured that out, i new about 6 years ago but wateva…. u hav 2 admit wat was in there was amazing though!”

(Hollie I am so sorry for my dreadful spelling and grammar, and I hope you can forgive me because it was a text message!)

And with an innate, intense curiosity, I changed the channel to see what scene had made her feel that way in particular. In the instant my brain experienced this kind of chemical combination of a self-implosion together with an epiphany. Finally, I understood the emotions that I have been trying to define and comprehend since late November. In that moment of realisation, I was scared. Now, I am no scientist, but I am pretty sure that was what it was….

My eyes were viewing the graveyard scene at the climax of Goblet of Fire with a young Harry trapped against the tombstone of Tom Riddle Senior, screaming with absolute agony. But my mind was racing a million miles ahead of what I was watching…

I often take actual pride in knowing these films incredibly well, and yet when they just appear to me like that, without any prior warning or decision it seems to have a profound effect on me. And in that moment I realised not that it was ending or that filming was completed etc, but what I was going to miss most of all was the unknown. Not knowing what wonders lay stretched out ahead of us for years to come. Suddenly, we have reached the end of the road and I know where it ends, instead of the infinite mist that has been clouding the way for so many years. We will finally know what is at the end of that road, and that thought scares me more than the series “ending.”

Let me explain. Does anyone else ever feel that no matter how incredible a film is, it is never the same watching it the second time. Sometimes, it takes three or four times to tire of a film, but the shift is always there. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say that I am tired of these films, it is just that there is nothing like watching it for the first time. That feeling cannot be replicated ever again. It scares me that I will never feel that rush of adrenalin when viewing a Harry Potter film for the first time ever again…

As I sat watching Ralph Fiennes make his debut as Lord Voldemort, I remembered a time when we didn’t know who was going to play the most evil Dark wizard of all time. What was the cave scene in Half-Blood Prince going to look like? How are they going to write the Lightning Struck Tower scene? What were they going to wear, what are they going to say, how are they going to say it, how is the scene going to look, to feel?

I watched Harry fall to the ground as Voldy released him from the tombstone and I couldn’t help notice how young Dan looked! At the time, I was 12, and thought that he had looked so OLD with his ridiculously long hair. Here I was marvelling at the exact same scene, in the completely opposite was for the exact same reasons as I did back then! (I realise that made no sense but it is the only way that I can put it!) There was once a time, when we got our first look at Prisoner of Azkaban in particular, when we all thought the trio were so grown up, but in reality they were still babies. How the times have changed!

In July, we will know. Know everything. The wonderful unknown will cease to exist. The set complete and now more wondering….We will know how Snape dies, how Ron and Hermione finally kiss, and the final showdown will look and how the trio will look aged 20 years.

So, I am treasuring these moments of the unknown. The publicity train for Deathly Hallows Part 2 is still in the station, although we can assume it will be fall steam ahead very soon! I like not knowing. For now, I can let my imagination run wild and cherish these last few months of blissful ignorance. I suppose that is similar to life in a way. The unknown becomes the known as were grow up and continue to grow. Sometimes we don’t want to know, and other times we cannot wait for find out! Sometimes you embrace the knowledge, or dismiss or neglect it, but either way we have to move on and carry that knowledge with us…

Self-proclaimed teenaged philosopher,
Emily

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12 Signs of a Real Harry Potter Fan…

Monday, November 15th, 2010 | Author: Emily

As the approach of this new film gets closer, and as Potter resurfaces into the news again, I am surrounded by people who act like they have been a fan all along. Being slightly isolated in my Harry Potter obsession, you can imagine my delight about this time of year when someone brings up the subject, because most of the time it is all that I want to talk about. However, I am usually disappointed. Why? Because these people seem to think that seeing all of the movies makes you a massive Harry Potter fan. Well, I have news for you. It doesn’t, and here are ten things that I use to sort the men from the boys, so to speak.

  1. You can refer to each book in one word, without using the whole title. For example; Stone, Chamber, Azkaban, Goblet, Phoenix, Prince and Hallows (or even just numbers.)
  2. You know what PS/SS, CoS, PoA, GoF, OoTP, HBP and DH all stand for, and use these abbreviations frequently.
  3. You are completely aware that there are two titles to the first book in the series, and which one was published first.
  4. You refer to J.K.Rowling as Jo (sorry Thio!)
  5. You know who the “three Davids” are!
  6. You are completely aware of the significance of the character of Dawlish in the Harry Potter series!
  7. You love Evanna Lynch as Luna, because you know just how much of a real fan that she is.
  8. You automatically know that the next film will be “darker” than the one before it.
  9. What know what the “Scottish Book” is and desperately looking forward to it!
  10. Hypothetically, you decide to, in preparation for the next film, start to read DH again, and realise that you already know the book off by heart! Seriously, anticipating the next line while reading the one before it. This is all just hypothetical of course.
  11. You know that “ship” refers to “relationship” and that some “ships” are bound to sink. The topic of shipping is a discussion that should be approached with extreme caution, and that words like “delusional” should definitely not be used in reference to any ship in particular!
  12. And finally, do you know that the movie is being split into TWO PARTS? I apologise for my bitterness, but I have been asked that question a lot lately! Haha.

I seem to be making a habit of making “lists,” but oh well. What do you guys think should be added to this? Food for thought…

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Emily’s Top 30 Moments So Far…

Monday, November 08th, 2010 | Author: Emily

Okay, so here is my final 15!

15. Ron and Hermione awkward handshake – I don’t mean to offend anybody, but if Ron/Hermione was not obvious here than they would have no hope! Such a cute moment and the perfect amount of awkwardness for two 12 year olds.

14. Platform Nine and Three Quarters – So much good stuff in this sequence. We get Hagrid disappearing, the introduction of the Weasley’s, Gred and Forge’s comments, the Hogwarts Express and Hermione’s introduction! WOW! I love to watch the trio’s very first scene together because Ron is kind of dismissive of Hermione, and when I watch it I usually say “He’s got no idea that he is going to fall madly in the love with this girl and marry her!” Such a sensational sequence!

13. Harry is possessed by Voldemort – My favourite part of the ending of the Order of the Phoenix. In particular I love the flashbacks to all of the previous films, which I think is a great tribute to the movies that have come before. Every time that I watch it, it always reminds me of how far we have come, and how long it has been.

12. “Er-mi-nee” – This was a moment in the book where I actually “squeed” out loud. If you couldn’t already tell by now I am a big Ron/Hermione shipper, and this made me totally geek out! Rupert’s delivery was spot on and Emma’s reaction was priceless! Cannot wait to see how they handle the Ron/Hermione in these next to films, because unlike lots of others things, they have actually been foreshadowing this since Chamber of Secrets, maybe even Philosopher’s Stone!

11. Hedwig’s theme – I remember vividly being in the cinemas and hearing the first notes of Hedwig’s theme gave me the shivers! That theme written by John Williams has become as iconic to this series as Dan, Rupert and Emma. Once you hear it, you know where you are, what you are doing and what you are about to watch! There had been so much hype around this movie, I was absolutely obsessed with the book, and I was finally going to see it translated to film. That is an indescribable feeling, that I will probably only feel twice more in my life and I will never forget it!

10. Shrieking Shack – Jo could not have written a better excuse for so many incredible British actors to all be in the same room together. The sheer acting calibre that is present in the scene leaves me in awe. Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis and Timothy Spall! Their interactions are incredible and I think that the trio held their own as well.

9. Hermione punches Malfoy – Such a “girl power” moment, I could hardly leave it out! I remember my entire theatre applauding when she did that in Prisoner of Azkaban. I think it was so great because it was all everyone wanted to do for the first three films, and it came from the most unlikely person! It also proves that Hermione is a total BA which I love!

8. The Yule Ball – So many things to love about this sequence. 1. Snape hitting Harry and Ron over the head, several times. 2. Harry being awkward around girls, making him not the perfect superhero. 3. Ron’s jealously over Hermione. 4. Hermione’s BIG moment when she comes down the stairs. 5. Ron and Hermione’s fight (Again, is it not obvious?) 6. Neville’s dancing!

7. Felix Felicis – If there was any doubt that Daniel Radcliffe was not a phenomenal actor, than this scene should answer all of his critics! There is always so much hype about Rupert’s comedy, but Dan has incredible timing! My highlights being how he scares Slughorn, when he says “counterproductive” and “not to mention pincers!” So good!

6. “Sorry Professor, I must not tell lies” – *Insert round of applause here* Not much else to say except, that it was such a fan moment!

5. The Chess Game – One of the best acting performance from the trio in the early films. I think that set design by Stuart Craig definitely helped, but I think the kids were really coming into their own as actors by this point. Ron finally shows his bravery, and willingly sacrifices himself, which is a huge deal! Another highlight for me is Hermione and Harry’s interaction afterwards.

4. “Yer a wizard, Harry.” – Such an iconic line in the Harry Potter films, and what better entrance can a character ask for? Getting to barge down that door! However, when Hagrid immediately apologises it really sums him up as a character in the first line. Such an OMG moment, and I love to think that it was probably one of the very first things that Jo thought of when creating this entire universe!

3. Priori Incantatem – EVERYTHING that they had done in the previous films had been building up to this moment, when we were finally going to see the rebirth of Voldemort. Ralph Fiennes was incredible, and continues to be. There isn’t much else to say, the scene speaks for itself!

2. “That’s my boy, that’s my son!” – Okay, so. When I read Cedric’s death for the first time I literally threw my copy of Goblet of Fire across my bedroom. It made such a huge noise my Mum raced in to see what was wrong. I was inconsolable at this point and just pointed at the book lying innocently on the ground. Mum went to take it away, but I couldn’t let her I needed to see what happened. In the wait leading up to this point I was worried that they would not be able to make me feel that way with a character only introduced in the beginning of the film. Let’s just say that it did! Knowing what happens to him and watching that hug with his Dad is heart wrenching. When he finds out, I can feel that tension. Perfect acting, so emotional.

1. The Mirror of Erised – And so we finally reach number one! I chose this scene because it stands out in my mind. It shows everything that Harry Potter is about, and to share that moment with him is something special. Richard Harris will always remain in my mind as Professor Dumbledore, and this scene proves why. Dan’s reaction is perfect, and I will never get tired of admiring this scene. It was a moment in the films where I felt “it.” I don’t know what “it” is, but I felt it! Hopefully it will make the very last scene even better, when he finally does achieve his heart’s desire. Family.

That was a lot harder than I thought, and I challenge all of the bloggers and commenter’s to do the same. I think it will be great to see everyone’s different choices and why, now that we are quickly approaching the last film! Hope you enjoyed!

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Emily’s Top 30 Moments So Far…

Saturday, November 06th, 2010 | Author: Emily

Hi guys! As I was perusing the pages of Leaky the other day, as I so often do, I came across an article that had ranked their top 15 favourite moments in the Harry Potter films so far. I agreed with some, and disagreed with others, so I thought that it would be fitting to reminisce about our favourite moments as we quickly approach the release of the first part of the last film! These are my favourite moments; I couldn’t narrow them down to fifteen, so I hope you will forgive me! This is the first installment of two. These are numbers 30-16 and 15-1 will be released at a later date. I would love to hear if you agree/disagree with what I have chosen, or would prefer something that I have missed!

30. “Dumbledore’s got style.” – I had a rather embarrassing moment during this part of OoTP in the cinemas seeing the film for the first time. I was with my mum, and as soon as Dumbledore disapparated from the scene in all of his fiery glory, me, being well versed in my canon at that point, said the line right before the words came out of Shacklebolt’s mouth! I was so excited that they left that line in, because it is one of my favourites! I suppose my mum was probably embarrassed because everyone looked around and stared at me!

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29. Moaning Myrtle in the bath with Harry – what is not to love about this scene? You cannot help but smile at the ridiculousness of this situation, and it is an added bonus that it is the first time we saw Dan on screen without a shirt on! Spot on acting.

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28. Malfoy as a ferret – Apart from the fact that Tom entered the scene by jumping out of a tree, (which seemed to be a common thing in GoF!) the rest is extremely memorable. It provided an excuse for them to make more ridiculous things happen to Jamie Waylett’s pants and McGonagall’s entrance was priceless!

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27. “They’re called Thestrals!”- a line made famous by Mr John Dawlish, however this scene is a stand out performance in my mind by one Evanna Lynch. This was the first moment where I realized that she is Luna Lovegood, even if she was carrying around random bits of food in her bag!

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26. The Chamber of Secrets – I vividly remember my awe when watching this sequence for the first time (I was 10 years old at the time.) The actual moment where Harry opens the chamber and the sink slowly descends and the music swells, will be forever engrained in my memory, and of course the fact that the throw Lockhart in first!

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25. Professor Sybil Trelawney – Emma Thompson is a genius, there isn’t much else to say! She is the embodiment of Trelawney from those glasses, her shawls, the way she is constantly walking into things and the crazy combination of whispering and shouting. Amazing!

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24.Harry and Lupin’s conversation on the bridge – I think that this scene was prophetic writing on the part of Steve Kloves, because watching it now it has enormous relevance in the “Prince’s Tale.” However, my real love for this scene comes from Lupin’s honesty and I think it sums up the relationship between these two characters completely.

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23. Rita Skeeter – Miranda Richardson was, almost, the highlight of the fourth film for me. She encapsulated in one scene all that Rita Skeeter is about and what she stands for. In particular, her interaction with Harry in the broom cupboard, and that she ruffled Robert Pattinson’s hair not knowing what an icon that hair was about to become!

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22. Slughorn’s memory of Lily – This is probably the one thing that Steve Kloves has written into these films that I actually think would have a place in the actual canon, and that is saying something! The delivery of those lines by Jim Broadbent was incredible and mesmerizing.

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21. Boggart – You just have to laugh out loud! Especially when Alan Rickman is dressed up as an old woman, priceless!

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20. Dobby the House Elf – who would have thought that an orange ball on a stick could be turned into such an iconic character all the way back in the second film. Considering what he had to work with Dan did a phenomenal job in their first scene. Even though we have missed Dobby’s presence in recent times, I will always appreciate the way he splattered that disgusting cake all over the Mason’s. I hope his reintroduction and death are done justice in this next film!

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19. “TTTRRROOLLLLL, in the dungeon!” – Such a big adventure was needed to create such an iconic friendship between the trio. For some reason Quirrell’s collapse in the middle of the Great Hall sticks out in my mind as well! Weird.

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18. Harry and Sirius in the tapestry room – Having read the book and knowing what is about to happen, this is really the last interaction that we get between Harry and Sirius in the films. Some of my favourite dialogue from the book was included and the acting from both Dan and Gary Oldman was phenomenal.

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17. “Petrificus Totalus” – I think this was the most memorable spell, if not moment, from the first film for me and my classmates as 10 year olds! I can remember a time in primary school where you couldn’t walk 5 metres without someone shouting this spell at you! Even better is Ron’s reaction to the spell afterwards. So good (also creates a whole new level when you think that he will one day fall madly in love with and marry this girl!)

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16. “EXPECTO PATRONUM!” – This is such a huge moment in both the books and films for several reasons. Firstly, it gave Dan a chance to show complete, utter raw emotion that we had never seen in the previous films. Secondly, to the movie audience the past 30min of film finally make sense and thirdly, I could not help but geek out when I saw the stag charge down those horrible Dementors!

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Keep in mind that these are just my own opinion and I would love to hear your feedback!

Can’t wait for the movie!

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The End of an Era…

Saturday, October 09th, 2010 | Author: Emily

Firstly, I would just like to say a big hello to everyone,   and I am very excited to be a part of this project! Today I am going to share with you a piece of writing that I wrote all the way back when the first pictures of the epilogue scenes being filmed for Part 2 of Deathly Hallows were leaked.

“Why does this make me so sad? An enormous punctuation mark on my childhood is fastly approaching. A full stop. These movies, these books, these characters have been such an integral part of my life for the last 10 years, I wonder, how to say goodbye? How to imagine life without them? I find comfort knowing that there are others out there that care as much as I do, but sometimes it makes me feel isolated. All I receive is an incredulous look and a roll of the eyes. Emily, it’s not real. But to me it is real and so many others of millions of people, this is real. The power of J.K.Rowling’s writing captivated me from the very first sentence and it has formed me into the person that I am today. The era of Potter is coming to a close right before my very eyes, and I feel like I am going to lose a part of myself along with it. I seems silly to say, but what am I without it? It is part of my identity. What will we all do, those who have stuck by Harry through all of these years, when those final credits roll? When we hear “Hedwig’s theme” for the very last time? (Probably cry, a lot!) 10 years of living and breathing Potter has all come down to this, the conclusion of the most amazing story probably ever written. I am consumed with bitter sweet feelings. After all, isn’t this what we have all been waiting for? This is what we wanted, all of those days we counted. But, do I really want it to end? It feels like only yesterday that I received the first film on VCR, has it really been that long? That long since we all fell in love with Dan, Rupert and Emma?

Every trailer, every teaser, every new picture filled me with the complete joy and anticipation that only Potter can bring. I don’t want to lose that feeling. I cannot help but wonder how I am going to feel when we see the WB logo for the last time. Where will I be? Who will be with me? I grew up with these people. The actors, the crew, the editors and the people I met over the Internet. We have shared all of our ups and downs, and they have helped my through the toughest times in my life. All because of one boy under the stairs. Everything that I know about lie, and death for that matter, is contained within these books. The power of love and friendship.

These movies will never be the books, but they represent all that I love about them. I owe everyone so many hours of pure joy and excitement in my life. So I will continue to contemplate the ending and try to come to terms with the conclusion of my childhood. It sounds so Peter Pan, but I really don’t want it to end. All I can do is reminisce about all of the great times we spent together, and for that I will be eternally grateful.”

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