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July 6, 2010

The Hogwarts Glee Club

With Glee as my current obsession, it should hardly be surprising that I have a new idea for a story: The Hogwarts Glee Club.  I don’t know exactly what it was that made me think of it, but I was just watching a scene in which Rachel and Fill were doing a mash up of Open Your Heart and Borderline by Madonna.  They were walking through the school, singing, and for some reason this reminded me of the scene from Prisoner of Azkaban where Flitwick was directing the choir.

I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to write this, or if there’s really anything there or not, but it is very humorous.  I could just se all sorts of mishaps and misadventures.  And it would be a great way to introduce the Weird Sisters.

More to come on this, I’m sure.

June 6, 2010

The Deathly Hallows Trailer

Pop Quiz.  Multiple Choice.

  1. After Viewing the new Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Trailer, Sabrina is:
  1. Indifferent
  2. Mildly Interested
  3. Excited
  4. Hyperactive
  5. Insanely Impatient for the movie to come out!

If you’ve guessed e, you get a prize. You don’t have to hear me Squeeing!  lol.

Honestly I don’t know why I do this to myself all the time.  I tell myself that, yes, I’m looking forward to the new Harry Potter movie, but that I’m not going to let myself get so worked up this time.  And then straightaway, as soon as a new trailer comes out I’m off the charts hyper.

So it should be a small surprise to anyone reading this that I was bouncing off the walls when I went to www.leakynews.com and saw that thy had already posted the new clip that had aired at the MTV Movie Awards.  I ha to watch it immediately, unsure of what they were going to include in the piece.  I don’t think there’s that much but what there is, SQUEE.  It looks really, really amazing.

I’ve said elsewhere that I felt a little empty inside after I finished reading Deathly Hallows, but I certainly didn’t feel that while I was reading it.  The same may be said after the second movie is released in just over a year, but i the mean time I am going to study the trailer and countdown the next 165 days until I can see the first part.

Now, my comments on the trailer, such as it is:

First of all I think, if the beginning of the clip is to be held as any indication, they might have done the Voldemort thing properly.  Deathly Hallows naturally focuses more in Voldemort than any of the others  and it seems like there’s going to be more than just the requisite scene in the end!  I hope they do the thing with Charity Burbage – or maybe someone more important – in the beginning because that really sets the stage for the story.  But that’s another discussion!

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In the montage we see the scene at shell cottage after Dobby dies, I’m sure the scene in which Ollivander tells Harry that if Voldemort has the Elder wand that he will be unstoppable.  Then there are a bunch of scenes with the trio and one, I’m sure, is in the cafe where they run into the first Death Eaters outside of the Burrow – well after the escape from Privet Drive that is.

Really the focal scene though is the argument between Harry and Ron, and that’s what’s got me so excited.  It really seems sick to say that an argument is exciting, but here’s my justification.  In my least favorite Potter movie, Goblet of Fire (and in the book as well) the fight between Harry and Ron is so short lived and basically consists of them not talking.  In Deathly Hallows, however, the stakes are upped and therefore the argument should be as well.  Obviously the trio are under a lot of stress, given that they are on the run from Voldemort and the Death Eaters.  They are isolated from the rest of the world, on a quest that they are sure they will not be able to complete, and they are carrying around a piece of soul from the Darkest wizard who ever lived.  Hmmm . . .

Now bear in mind that I haven’t read Deathly Hallows nearly as many times as I’ve read the other Potter books, but I’m sure there are some differences in the movie scene as compared to the book, but I think that the movie scene looks equally as good.  For the first time it really looks like we are going to see some excellent emoting.  Let’s just hope that Snape (aka Alan Rickman) is better in this movie.

OK I have to watch the trailer one more time and then get back to writing my story.  I do have to goal to complete it before the release of the movie, don’t I?

May 15, 2010

The Second Question I Would Ask J.K. Rowling If We Ever Met

The second question on my list comes from SnapeCast, but was brought back to mind when I was discussing Half-Blood Prince with a colleague of mine.  She was asking what the big deal was about Snape being the Half-Blood Prince and as we were discussing it, I almost said that Snape’s mother was Madam Pince before realizing that this hasn’t been confirmed.  So here is my second question for J.K. Rowling:

Some have theorized that Madam Pince is Snape’s mother, Eileen Prince, but the name Irma Pince is an anagram of I am Prince.  Is the horrible librarian actually Snape’s mother?

It could be a coincidence , kind of like the ‘Mark Evans situation’ where she just chose a name that suited the character that just happened to be close to the anagram of Prince, but that seems like a hell of a stretch, doesn’t it?

I do not remember all of the evidence for the above argument that was presented on SnapeCast, but one of the most alluring was the idea that Madam Pince was almost always seen after Snape.  And how many times were Harry, Ron and Hermione in the library bad-mouthing Snape, giving the librarian ample opportunity to overhear them?  What mother wouldn’t react badly to their son being bad-mouthed and hated (something that most students at Hogwarts felt).

Another argument presented on SnapeCast was the idea that Snape would want to keep his mother safe from the Death Eaters.  This, I think is less clear cut than the previous argument.  We see scenes in Order of the Phoenix and in Deathly Hallows of Snape’s horrible existence pre-Hogwarts.  I don’t see any evidence to suggest that his home life would have got any better once he had started at the school.  His mother obviously stayed with a horrible man and didn’t take proper care of her son (think of the clothes that he was wearing!)  Would he have felt any sense of obligation towards his mother?

I suppose that it is hard to make a judgment against Snape when it comes to his relationship with his mother because we really only see the one or two scenes with her, and she isn’t doing much.  We don’t know if she’s tried to shield her son from Tobias Snape’s verbal (and/or physical) abuse.  Did Severus come to realize that his mother was a victim?  And what, by chance, happened to Tobias?  DId he die?

One has to wonder how much the Death Eaters know about each member’s blood status.  People like Voldemort and Snape might proclaim that they are purebloods but we know quite well that they are not.  This begs the question, then, of how much the other Death Eaters know.  If we make the argument that they knew that Eileen Prince married a Muggle, it wouldn’t be that far a leap to say that at the very least when they thought Snape had betrayed them, that they would take it out on his family.  And if we treat this as fact, Eileen Prince would have obviously got away.  Having nowhere else to go, maybe she went to her son and asked for protection.  I don’t know how Snape would have taken it, but let’s just say that he feels some remorse and asks Dumbledore for protection (there was that line in Half-Blood Prince about not looking for people if they’re already dead, wasn’t there!).

Continuing along my train of thought, if the Death Eaters showed up and started torturing and threatening death to Tobias and Eileen, would the latter have fought hard to save her husband?  The cynical side of me says no.

Damn, this has just given me an idea for the Peverell Prophecy.

May 8, 2010

The First Question I Would Ask J.K. Rowling If We Ever Met

I told myself that I was going to get away from the Harry Potter, Dave comes up with this theme for a challenge at work.  I’m super stoked about it, but that means that I’m sitting here on a Saturday night writing a synopsis for all those oddities out there who don’t know all the ins and outs of the Potter-verse as we will affectionately call it.  Instead of working on Woes of Ginny Weasley, or even reading my Of Mice and Men for my reading group, I’m now forced into pondering questions that I don’t think were adequately answered by the Potter books.  Therefore instead of just pushing it out of my mind and getting back to the more serious matters, I’m going to start a new blog series: Questions To Ask J.K. Rowling If Ever Given The Chance.

The first question relates to Goblet of Fire:

Question 1:  Did the Impostor Moody develop the lesson plan to include the Unforgivable Curses and other jinxes and hexes, or was that the Real Moody’s plan?  And if the latter, were the Unforgivables a part of that?

I’ve been right about other things before, so here’s my best guess on the answers to the above question:

The defense against curses, jinxes and hexes – that I think would have been the whole plan form the start.  Dumbledore obviously knew that something was going on with Voldemort, although he didn’t necessarily know the whole story.  It would therefore make sense that he would want to protect as many people from Death Eaters as possible.  Alastor Moody being the best Auror the Ministry ever had, would be a perfect candidate for the position.  I can imagine that his conversation with Dumbledore would have gone something like this: (and forgive my writing skills for not being up to JKR’s):

Dumbledore: That was some hex you put on those dustbins, Alastor

Moody: Can’t be too careful.  I’ve made a lot of enemies, Dumbledore.

Dumbledore: Ah, yes, a downside of being good at your job.  Many

Moody: Good at my job, eh?  You obviously haven’t talked to Fudge or Scrimgeour lately.

Dumbledore: Cornelius has grown a bit fond of his position, I think.  As for Scrimgeour, I suppose we shall see . . . I don’t think he’s as afraid of Voldemort’s return.

Moody: You don’t eh?  Well what brings you here, Dumbledore?

Dumbledore: Lord Voldemort.  I believe his power is growing, Alastor.  People have become used to the peace since his demise and I fear that we are all going to pay for it, particularly the students at Hogwarts who have not received proper instruction in Defense.

Moody: Students?  Or Harry Potter?

Dumbledore: Harry is a student.  But he will not be the only one singled out if Voldemort should return to power.  His classmates and their families will be as much a target as anyone else.

Moody: Too right, Dumbledore, but why are you telling me all – you want me to come and take that Defense post.  Is that why you’re here?

Dumbledore: I am not as short-sighted as Cornelius, Alastor.  I want the student to know what they’re up against, and who better to tell them than someone who has seen the Death Eaters in action.

Moody: (after several minutes of silence): Defense is not something that you can teach with a curriculum – not if they might have to face Death Eaters.

Dumbledore: No.

Moody: If I do this – and I haven’t made up my mind yet – I want to teach this class my way.  If they’re going to survive they need to know how to fight the Dark Arts.  I mean really fight, not just read about dueling from a text book.  There could be injuries.  And I don’t give a damn about the Ministry’s ‘age-approved’ matter.

Dumbledore: I wouldn’t imagine you would, Alastor.  You can adapt the teachings as you see fit.

Moody: (after several more minutes of silence): I must be as mad as they all say I am, after all.  I’ll do it.  But just one year!

Or something like that.  In any case, i think that like the book says, Dumbledore wanted the kids to have the best opportunity for defending themselves so he went to the one man who could help them.  I can’t imagine that the real Moody would have shown them the killing curses, but that’s hard to say.  As a Death Eater the impostor Moody would have got some sick pleasure out of performing the spells, but also if the kids are to know what they’re up against the best way to make them fully understand is to show them what they’re up against.  it might not be pleasant but that’s the way it is.

After writing that what I now think is that the kids would have been shown the curses regardless, but I don’t think they would have been shown them in the same manner.  Barty Crouch Jr (the fake Moody) really enjoyed the torture curse, I don’t think Moody would have.  And the killing curse . . . I dunno.

And that’s precisely why I’m adding it to my list of questions to ask J.K. Rowling if ever given the chance.

March 2, 2010

Writing Updates: Once Upon A Happier Time

. . . There was a writer by the name of Sabrina.  She worked very hard writing a fan fiction or two, and though they were begun over a year apart, and both contained gaps in which no writing was done, when she sat down to write she got things accomplished.  These days, and this story are going nowhere.  It was February 4, 2009 when I made my first post regarding the Woes of Ginny Weasley story, which I had just begun writing.  Nearly 13 months to the day I am just now typing up a revision for chapter two.  That’s horrible progress, don’t you think?

I would love to say that this lack of progress on Woes of Ginny Weasley was due to the fact that I was making tremendous progress on another of my original fictions, but the sad fact is that I have not.  I have, in fact, yet to even complete a writing class that I started in 2007.  I plan to have that finished this year but just simply don’t have the time.  I’ll have to make it, I suppose.

It is now 01:55 CST.  I tell you this merely because I am about to set a goal and I want it written somewhere that I can refer back to.  My goal is thus:  to have chapter two of Woes of Ginny Weasley edited and uploaded no later than 11:59, March 2, 2010.

Let’s see how well I achieve this goal.  Back to typing I go.

December 14, 2009

“We Are Always More Powerful United Than Divided”

Oh oh!  I am going through another narcissistic phase.  What is my favorite quote on my website?  Not Robert Kennedy, or Thomas Reed, or even Stephenie Meyer, but it is my own quote.  How full of myself am I?

The quote in question is rather simple: “We are always more powerful united than divided” taken from Chapter 10 of All You Need Is Love.  I don’t claim that the idea is my own.  This type of idea has been around much longer than anyone currently living on the planet.  However as I was busy editing chapter one of Woes o Ginny Weasley that idea came to me very strongly and I realized how much I really believe it and how very appropriate it is at this time of year, and this year particularly.

It was extremely surprising for me to receive all the condolences when my dad died in October, but much appreciated nonetheless.  And thankfully I had my mom there to help, although there really wasn’t much that I had to do.  The support made what might have been an extremely hard time much easier.

Now that its is Christmas, the most important time of year for family, I want to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, be thankful for family, friends and loved ones.  They are the only thing of real value in this world.

November 2, 2009

Yes, Yes Another Post About Harry Potter

I can’t believe that it is barely a month until the release of the Half-Blood Prince DVD.  Back in July when I went to see it December seemed like ages away, but now it seems like I’ve barely blinked and the time is almost upon us.  Thinking about that made me recall comments from others saying that this movie seemed like little but set up for movie seven.  I agree with that but, unlike others, I don’t have a problem with that.  J.K. Rowling herself basically said that Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows felt like two parts of the same story.

Far from being upset about Half-Blood Prince being a set up for movie seven, I think that it is about time.  Far too often in the other movies it seemed like they were completely separate, with little or no carryover.  In this movie though, there are numerous references to previous movies (Lumos Maxima, the mention of Aragog, Bellatrix’s taunt, etc) and that just serves to strengthen the story.  It is good story telling, something that the films have sadly lacked.

Before I make my predictions (which are the reason for this post) I must tell you this: My instincts regarding this movie have been surprisingly accurate.  When first watching the scene in the Three Broomsticks between Harry and Slunghorn I was sure that Harry was acting thus because he was working for Dumbledore.  Also, when discussing the movie with a colleague at work we talked about the scene at the Burrow when the Death Eaters arrived.  My colleague said it was a stupid scene to which I replied that it was to represent the war going on in the outside world – and lo and behold the same thing was said by David Yates.  Oh, if only I could use these powers for good.

Upon watching the movie now I am wondering about a few other scenes in Half-Blood Prince that could be set up for the next movie.

  1. The scene in the diner with the waitress.  Yes, it was used in Half-Blood Prince to show that the kids are growing up and are starting with the romance stuff, but could this also be the place to which Harry, Ron and Hermione go when they escape from the wedding?  I could see the conflict here.  In the first case, there would be magic and that would have to be explained.  In the second case if they take creative license and don’t have Harry under the invisibility cloak there could be all sorts of conflict with the waitress.  But, even excluding that, this was the first place Harry saw Dumbledore and his withered hand.  It could stir up all sorts of emotions.  Of course they could just ditch this entire scene and then my thoughts are for not.  We’ll find out in 380+ days.
  2. If they keep the whole Ron leaving thing (which is where I think they’re going to split the two parts) then the scene in which Hermione shoots birds at Ron in Half-Blood Prince has two meanings as well.  The first was for this movie – she’s really hurt by him. Later though, the fact that Harry was there for her could be a source of anger for Ron – and help build the whole tension between the three of them when they’re traveling.  Oh man that would be awesome.
  3. Dumbledore doesn’t appear to know that the Horcruxes were seven in number, or that they were objects of the founder.  This also could be something to cause Harry’s conflict and confusion – even more so than the possibly dark Dumbledore.

Whether I’m right or wrong, I hope they do this movie right.  if they stick to the emotions from Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows will be awesome.  I have great faith in David Yates though.

August 15, 2008

Time Is Supposed To move Forward not Backward

I think I jinxed things by writing my little verse the other day.  Because now I hear that it is going to be July before we get the next Harry Potter movie.  WTF was my first reaction.  The news article that I read on the Leaky Cauldron’s website spoke about the writer’s strike that was over about six months ago.  Seriously, how can that really affect this movie.  I could understand if there had been a delay in filming or something because of the script . . . but I didn’t hear any reports like that.  I think they were already busy filming when the strike was going on.

I think there are one of a few things going on here.  Either they’re really behind in editing and can’t foresee having the movie ready to release in November for the Thanksgiving weekend in the US – perhaps due to the fact that they’re also working on Deathly Hallows at the same time.  Or this is some stupid studio stunt to build up hype, in which case I will not be impressed at all.  I mean . . . to be perfectly honest things happen but it seems that things were going fine and then all of a sudden to push the movie back eight months over something that really can’t have had too much of an effect at all?  Something fishy is going on here.

Oh well, that gives me more time to concentrate on writing.  We must see the bright side here.  🙂

August 13, 2008

99 Days Until Half-Blood Prince

99 Days Until Half-Blood Prince, 99 Days Until Prince . . .

Counting down, jumpin’ around . . .

98 days until Half Blood Prince . . .

But I’m calm about it, Really!

Maybe it’s all the alcohol in my house that made me write a tiny little verse based on the 99 bottles of beer song.

July 31, 2008

Harry Potter: Book Vs. Movie

It is a rare circumstance indeed for me to like a movie better than a book.  The only time I can recall saying that is with Lord Of The Rings.  Blasphemous proclamations aside, I appreciate the breadth of Tolkien’s work, but I find all the songs and recitation of every character’s lineage tedious in the extreme.  It was all I could do to keep reading once the ring had been destroyed.  Though I do have to admit it was important to include the scouring of the shire so we know that Merry and Pippin have grown as characters.  At least there was less singing in Elvish.  Where the movie did a good job was in removing all the extraneous information and streamlining the story.  Unfortunately it came in the form of great battles, but people who watch movies tend to have short attention spans and would likely fall asleep with long scenes of exposition.  It is with great displeasure that I admit our society has turned from lovers of great stories to watchers of stories with the lowest common denominator.  The people we entrust with the task of turning words into images have been taking far too many brain damaging liberties with beloved stories, including such soon-to-be classics as Harry Potter.

With the huge success of the Harry Potter movies one would think that they should be getting better not worse.  For the most part I will admit they have been – Goblet of Fire notwithstanding – but they are not showing the improvement that they should be.  It seems that the majority of effort goes into special effects and not enough goes into character development.  A certain amount of this is to be expected yet it still leaves something to be desired in the story.  While it is a generalization, most people that see a movie are expecting the flash rather than the emotion.  Even so, there needs to be an equal balance and I think this is one area where the filmmakers have been dropping the ball.

The Harry Potter stories specifically were so successful because they dealt with issues in a real way.  J.K. Rowling did not sugar coat things, or make them “kid-safe.”  She may have written some things in a nuanced way that some children did not pick up on (i.e. Dumbledore’s feelings for Grindelwald), the things that she did deal with – like the deaths of Cedric, Sirius and Dumbledore, were not downplayed.  Just because kids are young it does not mean that they are automatically shielded from some of the great horrors of life.  All too often in movies, the Harry Potter series included, some of the more real or less ‘child proofed’ aspects of stories get thrown to the side.  In their place we have contrived scenes to fill the void.  Good writing from a novel is far too frequently replaced with horrible filler for the movie – scenes that do not add anything to the plot at all.  The scene in Goblet of Fire where Karkaroff, looking sinister, sneaks into the room with the Goblet is a prime example of such a scene.

Part of the problem with the Harry Potter movies has to do with the production staff, I think – or probably the management at Warner Brothers.  Why on earth do they need to keep the movies at two or two-and-a-half hours.  I doubt that there would be more than a handful of fans that agree with Melissa Anelli that it would be too long at three hours.  There is enough information in the story to drive it that long without making the story drag.  Perhaps I should rephrase that though and say that in the hands of a good director like David Yates the length of the movie would likely not be an issue.  I might take issue with a three hour Goblet of Fire (or any other Mike Newell directed Harry Potter movie).  I must say that I am quite glad that David Yates is set to direct the last three parts of the series.  He did a fantastic job with Order of the Phoenix and as the stories become more emotional I think he’s going to get the best performances out of the actors.

Speaking of actors.  I must admit there are some great actors in these movies.  Ralph Fiennes does a great Voldemort, particularly in Order Of The Phoenix.  Imelda Staunton is absolutely perfect as Umbridge, Evanna Lynch does a great Luna, and I think the trio (especially Daniel Radcliffe) are getting better with each movie.  Yet I have issues with some of the actors who tend not to take their roles seriously.  I appreciate that this is just a job for an actor and that they are not as obsessed with the material.  I would think though that they would want to do the best job possible and would therefore take a few hours of their time and do some research – like reading the book for instance.  I don’t know what the reading habits of all the actors were but the one that sticks out for me is Michael Gambon.  I’m sorry but if you are accepting the role of a most beloved character wouldn’t you want to put in a little bit of effort?  Other than some characters in Goblet of Fire (Moody, Voldemort, and Barty Crouch Jr. – although I think they were due more to the director than the actors) Michael Gambon is the actor I hate the most.  In Goblet of Fire after Harry’s name comes out of the cup a crowd of people comes rushing into the trophy room and he (as Dumbledore) pushes Harry right back into the trophies.  Even with what we’ve learned from Deathly Hallows I feel quite confident in saying that J.K. Rowling’s Dumbledore would not be so physical with Harry.

Michael Gambon has really taken all the humor out of Dumbledore.  There are certain nuances that we get in canon that definitely do not carry through on screen.  This problem is not isolated to Gambon’s performance though.  Fred and George Weasley are very funny and for the most part they’ve been cut from the movies.  Some of Ron’s funny lines are gone too, replaced with such lines as “who are you and what have you done with Hermione Granger?” which is fine, but not as good as some of Rowling’s words.  The Dursleys too have been reduced to comic relief, but not in the funny, almost tragic way they were described in the books.  But then Harry, too, was turned completely serious.  The opening scenes of Order Of The Phoenix were some of Harry’s funniest and they were all cut.  But that tends to be the case with a lot of the really sarcastic humor that we get from Harry and from Snape.  I just hope that in Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows we get some of that back.

I thought that Bellatrix Lestrange would be a really scary person to deal with.  To know that she was as cold blooded as she was . . .  torturing Neville’s parents into insanity and all.  But in the movie she was more annoying than scary.  I think that part of the problem was that we did not get enough time to see her character.  In the movie she did kill Sirius though . . . I guess that was better than nothing.  Then again she was not the only character that was completely wrong.  Other than Dumbledore, I think they could have done a much better job with Moody and Barty Crouch Jr. in Goblet of Fire.  In the book when we see Crouch’s son in the Wizengamot he’s a scared little kid, not a psychotic Voldemort supporter.  I don’t like the fact that they changed his character.  Then again I didn’t really like Moody towards the end either.

In general though, the movies tend to zoom in on the wrong things, to the exclusion of others.  In Order of The Phoenix they spent more time building up to the kiss than they did on Dumbledore’s explanation.  I don’t mean to downplay the importance of the first kiss, but I think Dumbledore’s explanation would have been a much more valuable use of time.  They spent a lot of time on the Fireworks scene in Order of the Phoenix too which, again I admit, was cool but didn’t really advance the plot much.  Motion pictures are a medium, I suppose, where the story is less important than the spectacle.

This difference in emphasis of information extends far beyond special effects over plot.  It goes right to the core of our intelligence.  There are some really bad lines in the movies.  The one that I can think of right away is Harry’s line to Sirius: “What if I’m becoming bad?”  I don’t have a problem with the delivery of the line at all, but could the writer not have thought of a better line at all?  Several occur to me: what if I’m turning evil? or What if I’m becoming more like Voldemort?  But then there are other lines that are really unnecessary.  Hermione’s “Immortal.  It means you can’t die.” is another line that vexes me greatly.  Could a kid not just look up the word immortal?  Or ask someone?  Apparently not.  And then we wonder why our children are failing reading and writing skills.  Their aptitude in language skills is not aided by Hagrid’s writing Happee Birthday Harry on the first birthday cake he gives the boy.  Really!  Could Hagrid, at thirteen, not spell birthday?  Given the fact that it was spelled correctly in the book, I think he was perfectly capable.

We need to be bludgeoned over the head to realize things though.  Or so we are told by movie makers.  We never would have guessed that the mysterious item in vault 713 was not supposed to be known to people if the letter from Dumbledore didn’t say top secret.  How irresponsible!  We don’t see J.K. Rowling beating us over the head with the book saying ‘shufti’ means have a look.  She trusts us readers to figure it out on our own.  Maybe filmmakers need to have the same faith.

While they are giving us an unnecessary education in vocabulary, or knocking us with a Beater’s Bat to tell us to pay attention to Mad-Eye Moody or the mysterious item Hagrid takes from Gringotts, they’re missing some of the very important things that need to be included.  The biggest of all screw-ups is the Snape’s Worst memory scene.  The whole reason it was his worst memory is because he called Lily Evans a Mudblood.  In the movie we never see her at all.  Its less of an issue, but we don’t hear much about wands.  We’ve never learned that Voldemort and Harry’s wands share cores.  This is something that’s rather important for the end of the series.  Flying over the Thames in plain view of Muggles isn’t cool either.  Whatever happened to the Fidelius Charm on Grimmauld Place?

One of the changes I hear a lot of complains about, but I don’t agree with is the appearance of the actors versus the characters.  There was an uproar about Harry’s hair when the first series of photos were released from Order Of The Phoenix.  Then there’s always been the constant complaints about his hair not being messy enough, or his eyes being blue rather than green.  Yes, it would be nice if these physical characteristics matched the description in the books.  However, I am more concerned with the characterizations.  If the actors can act more like the characters are supposed to, then I am happy.

On the positive side though the movie can add to the experience of Harry Potter.  Seeing Hogwarts there in front of your eyes makes it seem more real.  Maybe that’s not a good thing at all though seeing as how it adds to the obsession.  There was a lot of information in the books that didn’t really add to the stories, particularly in the later books.  Hagrid’s long exposition on Giants really wasn’t necessary.  I think the movie handled it brilliantly.  Some of the scenes that are added, like the flashback scenes during Harry’s Occlumency lessons were well-done.  It is one of the most enjoyable things about keeping the same actors.  The flash between the Mirror of Erised scene in the first movie and then the current Harry was probably one of the coolest things about the movies.

Speaking of cool, there’s Quidditch.  For a man I don’t think it would be quite as enjoyable (so I hear) but the idea of being able to fly is really neat.  The Quidditch scenes in the first three movies were really well done.  If Quidditch was a real sport I would play.  What isn’t to love about a game where your chances of dying are pretty high.  If you don’t fall off the broom as you’re flying at dozens of miles an hour then there are the Bludgers and the thirteen other players that add to the danger.

While there are certain things that add to the Harry Potter universe through the films they tend to detract from the wonderfully textured world J.K. Rowling created.  Throughout the seven book series the characters are developed further and further so that by the end we have an excellent view of their character.  The movies chop up all of JKR’s hard work and replace her designs with CGI and special effects.  The plots that she worked so hard to develop are thrown to the wayside with an absurd amount of ease.  There is little or no consistency from one movie to another.  This, combined with some of the questionable acting by certain people detracts from the enjoyment of the film.  The Harry Potter movies are good as far as movies come, but they pale in comparison to the books, which is why I prefer to read about Harry’s adventures and then to watch them.

June 12, 2008

Harry Potter Fan Fiction

Anyone who knows me, or has read this blog at all, knows that I have just a slight obsession with Harry Potter.  As of late this has become quite problematic because all I want to do is write my latest fan fiction and that is interfering with my schoolwork.  In this situation the very last thing I should be doing is thinking of more stories that I’d like to write.  But on my way home from work today I thought up at least three more ideas that I’d like to pursue.

I swear, at this rate I’ll be sixty and still writing these damned things.  Damn you J.K. Rowling for developing a story that’s like crack.

Then again she did say herself that writing the 800 word short story for Waterstones was like an addict relapsing.  AH-HA – she’s not immune to it either.  Perhaps this is why we love her so.

Sabrina from Waterpeg – oops – I mean Winnipeg.

April 1, 2008

David Thewlis & Harry Potter Actors In General

I normally don’t watch a lot of movies but lately I’ve been watching more than usual.  It seems that I have got onto somewhat of a role in choosing David Thewlis movies too.  I just finished watching Basic Instict 2, and the other day I watched the new version of The Omen.  And, of course, it almost goes without saying that there’s a Harry Potter movie or two that he’s been in.

Something struck me as I was watching Basic Instinct 2 though.  He sure seems to know how to choose his roles.  In The Omen he dies.  In Basic Instinct 2 he dies.  And in the last Harry Potter movie guess what – he dies.  Granted with the Harry Potter movies he didn’t know that his character was going to die – but it’s sort of tragic.  (Don’t get me started on Lupin’s death.  I was so traumatized by that I needed to name my new puppy after it – but that’s slightly off the point I guess).

I haven’t watched anywhere near all of the movies that Mr. Thewlis has been in, but I find it rather funny that the three movies I’ve seen him in he dies.  Poor guy – he just seems to have a knack for choosing those deadly roles.  It’s a shame really.

On a completely unrelated note, I find it highly amusing that whenever there is one Harry Potter actor or actress in a movie, there tends to be more than one.  The three movies that come to mind are The Omen, Sweeney Todd and that Emma Watson movie Ballet Shoes.  And then, though it wasn’t a movie, there was Equus.  In the first example it was David Thewlis and Michael Gambon (who, funnily enough, was just as angry as he is in most of the Potter movies).  In Sweeney Todd it was Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall.  Ballet shoes had Emma Watson, of course, but also Richard Griffiths, who was also in Equus with Daniel Radcliffe.

I’m sure this has more to do with the fact that there aren’t that many really large British actors, but I just find it amusing that there are so many cases where more  than one Harry Potter actor is in the same movie.

I’m sorry if that rambled a little, it’s 3:30 in the morning here and I’m not quite thinking clearly).

Mach’s Gut

February 1, 2008

Snape Vs. The Dursleys

. . . and I wonder why I am always tired. It’s 2:30 in the morning, and instead of sleeping I’m sitting here thinking about Alternate Universe ideas for Harry Potter. However out of the blue this may seem (those who know me may disagree) it does follow logically. I was reading a blog from one of the editors of the American Edition of the Potter books. She was commenting on the lack of adverbial dialogue tags. I am ashamed to admit I did not know what that was before ten minutes ago. Thanks to Google, I am now enlightened.

In any case, the blog got me thinking about that scene where Snape dies, most specifically his request for Harry to look at him. In the following chapter we find out it was because of Lily. (Oh I am such a sap, I’m tearing up just writing this). This of course, led to the remembrance of Snape agreeing to help Dumbledore protect Harry.

I can’t see how it would follow directly, but I wonder what would have happened if Snape took Harry instead of the Dursleys. Aside from the fact Harry wouldn’t have the protection, I wonder if his life would have been better or worse if he was raised by Snivellus as opposed to Vernon and Petunia.

Hmmmm . . . I think I feel a plot developing here.

December 26, 2007

Don’t Ask Questions

There is a question that I have been pondering for many a wasted hour when in full flow about Harry Potter.  One question or statement that I hear repeated ad nauseam is Harry’s lack of inquisitiveness about his own past.  I say, and I think it’s painfully obvious, that the reason for this is twofold.  From Harry’s point of view, he’s not inquisitive because he has been raised by the Dursleys not to be, or at least not to ask questions.  The second reason I think is a literary device.

As real as novels can seem sometimes, we all know that they are not written to mimic daily life.   It would be highly amusing, but not very realistic if we were to walk around, not getting all information straight away because it would ruin our story arc.  “Oops, sorry, I can’t tell you who that mystery person was, you can’t find out until chapter twelve or your whole life is ruined!” Rather unproductive I’d have to say, too.   And so J.K. Rowling, sneaky and subtly as she could, puts Harry with relatives that spend ten years of his life telling him “Don’t ask questions.”  It’s bloody brilliant if you ask me.

Old habits die hard.  When you have spent the entirety of your childhood being told not to do something, it is not that easy to start doing it.  When hearing for ten years, that you should not ask questions, I think that it would become second nature to not ask them.  Certainly you would still have them, but they’re not going to come spilling out.

November 20, 2007

On Writing And Deathly Hallows

Since great dollops of time seem to pass where I don’t update the site, at least more than adding a post or two, I forget what I’ve changed and haven’t changed.  So this evening – or morning now I guess – I have gone about changing some of the Quotes, Mottos, and the like.  This put me in a reflective mood, and so I went back and read some of my older posts.  Most of these are mundane, but there are two threads I need to comment on, one back in July about my writing, and the three or so posts from back in July about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Deathly Hallows first.

After now having had several months to digest the book, and having read it four times now, I think some of my opinions have changed.  In fact, I know my opinions have changed.  When I first finished reading the book I liked it, but felt rather sad and disappointed.  Some of this was due to the fact that I knew no new stories would come again.  And part of me, I think because I had been in such a high state of anticipation, felt that it did not meet with my expectations.  Some of the story, particularly Hermione’s speech when they are still at the Burrow, about Horcruxes, seemed (and still does somewhat) a little too like Fan Fiction to me.  However, I think that she needed to get a lot of exposition out of the way, and that was the  quickest way to do it. Favorite scenes or moments?  I think these have changed.  I don’t know if there are more or less of them, but the most poignant ones to me are more moments than scenes.

Chronologically:
– the first chapter with Voldemort and the setting up of the pureblood platform
– the return to the Burrow and Lupin’s behaviour (the suspicion of Harry, the proclamation that Harry was like his father, and that Harry should not let Expelliarmus become his signature move)
-Harry’s statement to Ginny “And then what does she think’s going to happen?  Someone else might kill off Voldemort while she’s holding us here making Vol-au-vents?”
– The scene in Sirius’s room, where he sees the picture of the Marauders
– Lupin’s visit at Grimmauld Place
– The horrible Umbridge and the Muggle-born Registration Commission
– The entire scene in Godric’s Hollow, especially the scene at Bathilda Bagshot’s house
– Lupin making Harry Godfather to Teddy.
– Ron and Hermione’s passionate kiss, and Harry’s reaction (We’re in the middle of a war here!).
–  The scene in the forest with the Resurrection Stone.
– Harry calling Voldemort Riddle and the fact that what saved him was Expelliarmus
– Mrs. Weasley’s “Not my daughter, you bitch!”
– Neville Cleaving off Nagini’s head.

Yes, I know that’s not strictly chronological, but . . . you get my drift. I love that book. There are so many scenes, particularly the ones with Lupin, that I love so much. Lupin’s one of my favorite characters, and one that we don’t get to see much of. I think that in this book, particularly the scene where he appears a bit mad and unreasonable in Grimmauld Place (which is definitely in my top five of the whole series) is very well written indeed.Are these views set in stone? Hell no, this is the age of Electronica, all it takes is a couple of backspaces or mouse clicks and you’d never know these favorites existed at all. But we’ll leave that there for now.

Now, onto writing . . .
A while back, even before the release of Deathly Hallows, I was busy plugging away ay my own fan fiction. However, in the interim I was also reading other people’s stories. I must have been going through a very depressed state, and bad writing period when I composed that post. Especially in light of what I have now read.

A quick explanation if you please. Normally I type my story, as that is certainly the quicker way to write for me (and I sometimes have ideas swirling very fast indeed). When I am at work though it is more prudent to keep personal information off my computer, so I write long-hand. This temporary need for paper means I would be wasting a lot more than even just typing would generate. Therefore I have been using the backside of old drafts of All You Need Is Love. Thus just the other day I happened to flip a page over. This is what was written as the last paragraph:

Wandless, fear etched over the entirety of his face, Voldemort tried to extricate himself from the path of rushing death, but was not quick enough. Harry stood there, in a dimension where time seemed to be running at one tenth it’s normal speed, and watched as those haunting red eyes widened in horror. A blood-curdling scream rent the still night air of Godric’s Hollow. The jet of green light hit Voldemort square in the chest. Two bodies fell, and moved no more.

Is it a great literary passage? I would venture to say no. It’s certainly not in the caliber of Lawrence, Nabokov, Austen or (gulp!) Dickens. However, for me, someone who hasn’t seriously written anything in her life (well, anything with an actual structure) I think it’s damn good (forgive the lack of modesty). And tooting my own horn is something I do rarely.

In any case, pour maintenant amortissez tandis que je travaille à mon chef d’oeuvre.

November 7, 2007

My Harry Potter Day Off

Back to work tomorrow it goes, and I think that might be a good thing.  It will get me back to my own universe and out of the Harry Potterverse.   It’s been a very enjoyable two days, I can tell you (and I shall).  I’m currently working on a second Harry Potter fanfiction so have been living these last few weeks in the Potter world, getting character descriptions, jotting down ideas as fast as I can, but apparently not fast enough to stop them from ebbing away before I can, and trying to organize the canon and integrate it into my story.  Having said that, it might seem like boring work, but I’m getting as excited about this fiction as I did about All You Need Is Love, which despite needing tweaking still, I rather like (again, a rare thing for me).

I am reminded just now of why I LOOOOOOOVE the Order of the Phoenix movie.  It certainly isn’t because it’s canon compliant, but that doesn’t matter.  It’s a cohesive story, and the changes that are done are ones that make sense.  And I also love the possession at the end.  It’s completely different than in the book, but it works.  I love Voldemort in this one (Ralph Fiennes is still hot, even though the lack of a nose somewhat diminishes that I must say).  But his taunting Harry, it’s excellent.  I totally think that should have been done in the book, but I don’t know if it would have translated. Anyway, now I’m hpyed about Half-Blood Prince and that damned movie doesn’t come out for another year.!!!!!

October 24, 2007

I Need To Throw My Hat Into The Dumbledore Sexuality Ring, Too

A while back my tag line for this site was OmniBri: OmniHP. I think I need to put that back on here, because it seems that the only posts that I have been putting up lately were ones in reference to Harry Potter.

In any case, the huge discussion in the Harry Potter world as of late is the fact that J.K. Rowling announced that Dumbledore is gay.

I will be the first to admit that when I heard the news I didn’t believe it. I am a daily visitor to The Leaky Cauldron that reports on all of this news. Because I am currently in the middle of developing a new Harry Potter Fan Fiction I hadn’t been to the site in a few days. My stepdad said that he read about it at work. Being the Fred and George Weasley type person that he is I thought that he was trying to pull my leg. Obviously he was not.

To say that it was a shock to learn that Dumbledore was gay would be a little of an understatement I do have to admit. However, after having a few days to reflect on it, I’m rather fond of the idea, and jealous of J.K. Rowling’s brain. LOL.

I think that it’s a masterstroke for her to write Dumbledore the way that she did. For the first six books we all (all right, the majority of us fans) thought of the headmaster as a grandfather like figure. In fact, my mom was actually sure that Dumbledore was Harry’s grandfather. And then Deathly Hallows came along. I have to say that I was pretty shocked with the Dumbledore that was portrayed in that book. Now to find out that he was not only infatuated with Grindelwald because he was similarly powerful, but also for other reasons, is fascinating.

Not being the greatest follower of the whole “shipping” phenomenon I hadn’t heard of a lot of the pairings (like Snarry for example – EWWWWWWW). However, from listening to Snapecast, I learned that one of the big theories was that the token gay character was thought to be Lupin. I could see that right away when I heard that. Obviously that was disproved at the end of Half-Blood Prince. I personally like it being Dumbledore more than Lupin due to the fact that the latter is supposed to also be the representation of disabled individuals.

It’s a great thing that she made the most powerful man in the books (magically speaking of course) the homosexual one. That speaks volumes. It was something that was subtle too, not in big flashing lights with an arrow saying “Gay man here” as though it were something that she needed to put in to she she was being politically correct. This information makes me wonder though. If Dumbledore were not gay would he have been wearing that suit of plum like he was in the scene when he went to tell the boy Tom Riddle he was a wizard. Then again, it was probably just to show the headmaster’s eccentricity. (Mind you, do the two things have to be mutually exclusive).

I think that it’s a masterstroke for her to write Dumbledore the way that she did. For the first six books we all (all right, the majority of us fans) thought of the headmaster as a grandfather like figure. In fact, my mom was actually sure that Dumbledore was Harry’s grandfather. And then Deathly Hallows came along. I have to say that I was pretty shocked with the Dumbledore that was portrayed in that book. Now to find out that he was not only infatuated with Grindelwald because he was similarly powerful, but also for other reasons, is fascinating.

Not being the greatest follower of the whole “shipping” phenomenon I hadn’t heard of a lot of the pairings (like Snarry for example – EWWWWWWW). However, from listening to Snapecast, I learned that one of the big theories was that the token gay character was thought to be Lupin. I could see that right away when I heard that. Obviously that was disproved at the end of Half-Blood Prince. I personally like it being Dumbledore more than Lupin due to the fact that the latter is supposed to also be the representation of disabled individuals.

It’s a great thing that she made the most powerful man in the books (magically speaking of course) the homosexual one. That speaks volumes. It was something that was subtle too, not in big flashing lights with an arrow saying “Gay man here” as though it were something that she needed to put in to she she was being politically correct. This information makes me wonder though. If Dumbledore were not gay would he have been wearing that suit of plum like he was in the scene when he went to tell the boy Tom Riddle he was a wizard. Then again, it was probably just to show the headmaster’s eccentricity. (Mind you, do the two things have to be mutually exclusive).

 

July 26, 2007

Deathly Hallows 2, Now Including Spoilers

It’s been several days since I’ve read the book. And I’ve only read it once (dratted need to share the book :D). I have to say, after having a few days to reflect on it – I’m a little happier with the book.

It’s not that I didn’t like it to start with, it was just very different than what we’ve come to be used to from a Potter book. The other books were dark, but usually suffused with enough humor, or delightful incidence to counterbalance the dark. In this book we didn’t get that. We also didn’t see Hogwarts as much as in previous books, hardly surprising given that Harry didn’t go back.

I loved, loved, loved, all of the Voldemort stuff that was in this book, the fact that Harry was seeing into his mind again, as that was probably my favorite part of Order of the Phoenix. JKR did include the whole idea that Harry might be able to use some form of Occlumency in his life, but the whole burying Dobby thing wasn’t where I would have thought she would put it. It was good though.

Speaking of Dobby . . . that and Hedwig were probably the most shocking deaths in the book for me. It’s rather funny in retrospect. I didn’t cry when Moody died (although I figured that out just by the chapter title), or Fred, or Tonks or Lupin, or any of the others, but I absolutely bawled when Dobby died. I was not too impressed with JKR then I’ll tell you that.

I’m sort of mixed about the whole Dumbledore plot line. I like the fact that she included the fact that he’s not perfect, that he too was enthralled with the Dark Arts to a degree. It underlines the importance of his statement that it is our choices far more than our abilities that show who we truly are. And I love the explanation of how his hand was blackened, it had nothing to do with the Horcrux at all, well at least not from the destruction of the Horcrux.

I loved the Dudley thing too. It was sort of understated, which is what I love best about her writing. I think that this is the person that performs magic later in life. I know I am not the first to say this, but she was probably not referring to magic in the sense of a wand. But it was rather magical to see Dudley’s reaction to Harry, totally shocking, and touching at the same time. I love the thing at the end when Dudley (to me at least) seems sort of lost and sad that Harry’s not going to come with them. It was a complete surprise, but a nice one nonetheless.

I thought there would be more in Godric’s Hollow – but if I remember correctly, he had a very similar reaction to the graves of his parents, that I thought he would – yay me. Completely out of the blue, and rather disgusting, but the Bathilda Bagshot chapter was good. I liked the whole parseltongue thing.

Xenophilius Lovegood – I don’t know how to react to this guy. He was really, really strange, even more so than Luna. But you’ve got to feel for him when you learn that Luna’s been kidnapped. That made that chapter a little more bearable to me.

Oh and Umbridge. At first I didn’t know how to take it, but upon reflection and listening to some other comments I rather enjoy it. I was at first thinking it was out of character for her, but her raging against half-breeds came back to mind. And the whole Muggle-born registration commission has Nazi written all over it. Those moments in the book when you had people screaming that they were half-blood were probably some of the most poignant for me, who has an affinity for the second world war, and the sufferings at the hands of the Nazis. That I would have to say was probably my favorite part of the entire book.

I actually laughed at the scene in the beginning of the book (bizarre me, it wasn’t really funny) when Lupin points out that the Death Eaters seem to think that “expelliarmus’ is Harry’s signature move. All I could think of when I read that was, does she listen to Pottercast? Wasn’t that point made several times on that show, that this was the only spell Harry knew? I’m laughing even now as I write this. It was funny. Anyways . . .

I also couldn’t hold back my laughter at the scene at Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione. How so true to character, they pick exactly the wrong time to declare their true feelings for each other. I loved it though.

Hagrid and his stupid acromantulas. I couldn’t believe that scene, and was so angry at him for his monster obsession. I was happier though when I found out he was not dead. However, in that same scene is the self-sacrifice. Seeing Lily and James and Sirius all there, I was bawling my eyes out. I don’t know, I think it was the realization that Harry was really that young and having to go through all this . . .

The King’s Cross stuff – sort of weird . . . I don’t have an opinion on that just yet, at least until I re-read. Although I do like the Dumbledore line about Harry being the better man. That was so touching.

In the last chapter my two favorite things ever in Harry Potter happen. The first is Neville cleaving off the Snake’s head. That was just frickin’ awesome – WAY TO GO NEVILLE. The other is probably my favorite line. That being, “NOT MY DAUGHTER YOU BITCH!” from Mrs. Weasley before she takes down Bellatrix.

I just read an article in which JKR was interviewed and she said that she liked the epilogue because it showed Harry had exactly what he wanted, a family. AWWWW – so true, and frankly, well deserved.

 

July 22, 2007

Deathly Hallows

K just finished reading the last Harry Potter book.   I have to say it came as somewhat of a shock.  When J.K. Rowling said a while back that Voldemort was taking up much of her time I was pleased that there would be a lot of him in the book.  I love Voldemort as a character.  Don’t go running away with the idea that I’ve got a Bellatrix like fascination with him – but I’d have to say that he and Harry were my favorite characters in the book.

The first chapter, which I heard before even reading the book, was a shock to say the least.  It was excellent.  And the book was full of a whole bunch of things that I didn’t expect.  Least of all discovering what the Deathly Hallows were.  It was rather odd – but all in all even though it wasn’t what I expected I have to say I still enjoyed it.  I laughed – I cried – I hated JKR at times – but it was all in good fun.

Excellent writing – what a potential writer aspires to one day.

Now I have to go and finish my HP fan fiction – damn I didn’t make it to finish before DH – ah well – still one more week of vacation.

 

July 20, 2007

Deathly Hallows Moonlight Reading

I just watched the streaming video of the reading of what is probably the first chapter of the book. I am going to be incoherent and say only OH MY GOD – Voldemort in the first chapter – I love it – and man that seems totally dark – excellent. If the rest of the book is something like this I have a feeling that I am going to enjoy it above all others. And here’s my vote for way more Voldy – hee hee!!

The next time I write I’ll probably have the book in hand – what a thought :D.

I heard people saying that they were going to stop and record their thoughts after each chapter. At first I thought that was a little excessive – but I might have to as well – If I can stand to stop reading long enough

OMGGGGGGGG

Can’t wait.

 

July 19, 2007

Horcruxes In Lord Of The Rings

I’m just watching Fellowship of the Ring right now and when Gandalf explains that Sauron wasn’t destroyed during the second age because the ring survived I had a thought. OH MY GOD – the ring is a Horcrux. LOL. If it had been destroyed like it was supposed to Sauron wouldn’t be back for this war, just as if Voldemort hadn’t created the Horcruxes he would have died the night he tried to kill Harry.

Just one more example of how I can relate nearly everything back to Harry Potter.

There’s less than two days left until Deathly Hallows – I so cannot wait for it.

 

July 10, 2007

Harry Potter & The Fidelius Charm

I must start off by deflating my huge head a bit and saying that I am not really all knowing. How much would that suck? It would be nice to know certain things, but then nothing would be a surprise. But that’s not the point of my post.

I need to rant a little bit about people sometimes ignoring the obvious (I can do it too, but we’ll leave that out for now). Anyone reading this that doesn’t know what the Fidelius charm is I will enlighten you so that you’re not completely lost. According to Professor Flitwick:

[The Fidelius Charm Is] An immensely complex spell involving the magical concealment of a secret inside a single, living soul. The information is hidden inside the chosen person, or Secret-Keeper, and is henceforth impossible to find — unless, of course, the Secret-Keeper chooses to divulge it. (POA, Ch. 12)

We see in Half-Blood Prince, when Snape is talking with Bellatrix and Narcissa that he cannot reveal the location of the Order of the Phoenix headquarters. The house is under the same spell presumably. Dumbledore told others where the location was and they were able to repeat it. It isn’t really much of a stretch to assume the same of the Potters.

It was only a week between when Pettigrew was made Secret Keeper and when Voldemort showed up in Godric’s Hollow. Even though it was such a short amount of time I would think that people like Sirius and Lupin, who were James’s best friends, would be told the secret right away. I don’t think that a lot of people would have known, but depending on how close Hagrid was to the Potters he might have been let it too. In fact, i wouldn’t be surprised if everyone in the Order knew. They could not repeat the information after all – seeing as they were not the Secret Keeper.

I am sure that someone else has made this point somewhere in the Harry Potter fandom, but PotterCast and MuggleCast seem to keep overlooking it as an option. As I said, I could be wrong, maybe there was something else in play, but this seems more logical than some of the theories that have been expounded upon.

End of rant.

 

June 22, 2007

Deathly Hallows & Order Of The Phoenix

I have seriously got to tell you how excited I am. When I found out that OOTP was going to be playing at the Imax here in Winnipeg I literally screamed, and I never do that. The one problem that I have is the fact that I was so hyped for Goblet of Fire and I left the theatre so disappointed. Well except for Mr. Fiennes. He does Voldemort so well. I can even forgive the whole Crucio / Crucioff thing.

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