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I just wanted to wish Rupert Grint a Happy Birthday. It’s hard to believe that the kid that played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies is 24 today. He really brought Ron to life on the big screen. He also did a few other films. There was ‘Driving Lessons’ with Julie Walters (ironically Julie Walters also played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films) and ‘Wild Target with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt. I never got a chance to see them but I will one of these days.
I don’t know what he’s been up to since the last Harry Potter movie but recently he did carry the Olympic torch at 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In an interview he said, “it was an overwhelming experience that he had hoped to remember forever.” Seriously, he got to carry the Olympic torch. How cool is that?
Well, once again Happy Birthday Rupert. You truly are our king.
I would like to say Happy Birthday to the wonderful and very talented, Joanne Rowling, better known as JK Rowling. What can we say about this incredible woman. She literally went from “rags to riches” when create the Harry Potter series. Joanne was a single mother living on welfare and now she’s one of the richest women in the world. She is living proof that dreams can come true. It was so cool seeing her at the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
Also, if you guys are real hardcore Potter fans you would also know that July 31 just happens to be Harry Potter birthday as well. He was born in 1980, so if he was a real person he would be 32-years-old today.
In other Rowling news Joanne has a new book coming out called The Casual Vacancy. This will be her first published book since the Harry Potter series and it’s also her first book aimed at an adult audience. The book comes out on September 27, 2012. Anything JK Rowling or Harry Potter related I am all over it.
So Happy Birthday to Joanne and her creation, Harry. Thank you for bringing us great joy and for giving us a world to escape to from our everyday lives.
I just want to give a big birthday shout out to the once and only, Daniel Radcliffe, who turns 23 today. It seems like only yesterday that we just saw little Dan going off to Hogwarts for the first time. They grow up so first.
I remember reading somewhere about how he was in the bath when he got the news. His dad came running in and said “Guess what they want to play Harry Potter?!” Dan actually cried. I would too! Having the honor of playing Harry Potter would have been the greatest day of my life. Seriously, how many people get the chance to play such a beloved story book character and the big screen?
Even though the Harry Potter series is over already, we haven’t seen the last of Dan. I know he was in that one horror film, The Woman in Black that came out early this year. And he was this play called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I heard that one was good.
Once again, Happy Birthday Dan! I hope you have a great day.
Another retelling of the classic tale of Snow White. While Snow White and Huntsman was an action fantasy film. Mirror Mirror is more comedy.
It basically follows the same formula.
When Snow White’s mother dies, the king was raised Snow White (Lily Collins) by himself. But he left that she needed a mother so he married again. One day, the king leaves to fight a great evil that has invaded the land but never came back.
Ten years later, Queen Gertrude (Julia Roberts) has bankrupt the kingdom with her extravagant ways. Snow White has grown into a beautiful young lady but is trapped in the palace because her step mother fears she would be a threat to everything. Snow White sneaks out of the palace to see what has become of the kingdom and it’s pretty bad.
In the forest, she meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) and his companion, who have been robbed by bandits (seven dwarfs). Snow White sets them free and they go their separate ways, but you can clearly see they were really into each other. When the Queen learns about the Prince she plans to marry him so she can solve her finanical problems. She hosts a ball in hopes to win him over but he only has eyes for Snow White. The Queen has her man servant Brighton (Nathan Lane) take Snow White to the forest and kill her. But he couldn’t go through with it and let’s her go and tell her to run.
There Snow White meets the Seven Dwarfs: Grimm, Butcher, Wolf, Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub and Chuckles. They take her in and teach her how to fight so she can take on the the Queen and take back the kingdom.
I liked this movie. I mean, I loved Snow White and the Huntsman because it was action packed. This film was more fun and playful.
Once again I’m glad they didn’t make Snow White all sweet and defenseless. Instead they made her into a fighter. I liked the part where she was sword fighting with the Alcott. They were fighting and flirting at the same time. It was cute.
I was also impressed with the dwarfs. They may be small but they can fight. I loved those special stilts that made to make it look like they were really tall. I felt bad for Alcott though. He was robbed twice by these guys. They took his money, his clothes and his dignity. LOL!
Julia Roberts was all right as the Queen. When I think of the evil queen from classic story I’m thinking of someone more vicious. Gertrude was more of a diva than Satan.
All in all, not a bad movie.
This made my list of favorite romantic movies ever.
It’s about this married couple Paige (Rachel McAdams) and Leo (Channing Tatum) who end up in a car accident one night while leaving the movie theater. Paige didn’t have her seatbelt on and she crashed through the windshield. Both of them are rushed to the hospital. When Paige wakes up she doesn’t know who Leo is, having lost her memory of the last few years.
Paige’s parents show up, Bill (Sam Neill) and Rita Thornton (Jessica Lange), when found out what happened and they come to take her home. This is the first time Leo has met Paige’s parents. Paige is confused about a lot of things. Like, why she left law school, why she broke off her engagement with her previous finance, Jeremy (Scott Speedman), and why she didn’t keep in touch with her family. After some thinking Paige decides to go with Leo to see if she can regain her lost memory.
The thing I like most about this movie was that it was based off true events. Kris and Krickitt Carpenter, wrote a book about their marriage, also called The Vow. Ten weeks after their wedding they got into a car accident, where Krickitt suffered brain trauma, which erased her memories of Kris and their marriage. Kris still loved his wife, but Krickitt saw him as a stranger after the accident. Krickitt didn’t get her memories back but they’re still married and have two kids. That’s love right there.
I felt bad for Leo. I know he was trying to help Paige remember but he was trying too hard. You can’t shove all this information down her throat and expect everything to be okay. This kind of thing takes time.
At least Leo didn’t manipulate Paige into being with him. When you find why Paige alienated herself from her family all those years, you can’t help but be disgusted by their actions. They were trying to turn her into the Paige they remember, not the Paige now. I think it’s unbelievable they had to wait for their daugther to be in a car accident for them to reconcile with her, when they could have done it at any time. But they started to accept the real Paige when she decides to drop out of law school and start studying art again.
I love seeing the flashbacks, where it showed how Leo and Paige start met and how they fell in love. My favorite scene was when they exchanged wedding vows.
Paige: “I vow to help you love life, to always hold you with tenderness and to have the patience that love demands, to speak when words are needed and to share the silence when they are not and to live within the warmth of your heart and always call it home.”
Leo: “I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love.”
A lot of people didn’t like the ending, but I thought it was good. The ending was more reality and not chessy, where they have the man and woman run toward each other in the snow, and have them kiss and all of a sudden she remembers everything and then they kiss some more and play some love song in the background while it fades to black and they roll the credits.
I would like to remind people that both the film and the book are based off true events! This isn’t 50 First Dates, where Adam Sandler tries to make Drew Barrymore fall in love with him everyday in a weird comical way.
I like the part when Leo said that life is all about moments of impact and how they change our lives forever. That is so true. I think love is the biggest impact of them all, it hits you without warning.
If you guys love Harry Potter you’re going to love this. Pottermore is a website that let’s fans experience the world of Harry Potter on a whole new level. You get to shop in Diagon Alley. You get to learn how to make potions.
I had a blast on this site. Not only do I get to live the adventure again, but I also get a more hands on experience. I’ve met Hagrid, I rode the Hogwarts Express, I got to use the Mirror of Erised, etc. I’m already done with Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stone now I have to wait for the Chamber of Secrets.
It was interesting discovering new things.
For example, when I went to Ollivander’s to get my wand, I got Vine and Unicorn, eleven and a half inches, slightly yielding. I was curious what my wand said about me so I check on the links for wands woods and wands cores and read some of Ollivander’s notes, who believed that wand wood has an almost human powers of perception and preferences.
Vine-The druids considered anything with a woody stem as a tree, and vine makes of such a special nature that I have been happy to continue their ancient tradition. Vine wands are among the less common types, and I have been intrigued to notice that their owners are nearly always those wizards or witches who seek a greater purpose, who have a vision beyond the ordinary and who frequently astound those who think they know best. Vine wands seem strongly attracted by personalities with hidden depths, and I have found them more sensitive than any other when it comes to instantly detecting a prospective match. Reliable sources claim that these wands can emit magical effects upon the mere entrance into their room of a suitable owner, and I have twice observed the phenomenon in my own shop.
Unicorn-Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.
Also, another thing I found interesting was the house I was sorted in. I answered every question honestly and I was surprised to find myself in Ravenclaw. I thought for sure I would end up in Gryffindor or at least Hufflepuff.
At first I didn’t think I belong in Ravenclaw because they’re suppose to the brainiacs of the school. After all the house motto is “wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure”, but than I read the welcoming letter and I got a better idea of what a Ravenclaw really was.
“It’s not unusual to find twenty people standing outside the common room door, all trying to work out the answer to the day’s question together. This is a great way to meet fellow Ravenclaws from other years, and to learn from them.”
“Another cool thing about Ravenclaw is that our people are the most individual, some might even call them eccentrics. But geniuses are often out of step with ordinary folk, and unlike some other houses we could mention, we think you’ve got the right to wear what you like, believe what you want, and say what you feel. We aren’t put off by people who march to a different tune; on the contrary, we value them!”
What the letter said made a lot sense. I’ve always been a bit different. Ravenclaw doesn’t automatically mean you are an egghead. I mean, look at Luna Lovegood. She wears radish earrings and a cork necklace to keep the Nargles away. Luna maybe odd but she’s very wise and not afraid to be herself, which is why she’s one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter universe. Someone once told me that a smart person seeks knowledge, while a wise person puts that knowledge to good use. I guess the Sorting Hat knew what it was doing when it put me in Ravenclaw.
As I wait for them to post up book two, I’m practicing my spells and my potions. Who knew that making a cure for boils could be so hard?
But with anything involving Harry Potter and JK Rowling, it’s worth it in the end.
On July 15, 2011 thousands upon thousands of Harry Potter fans went to the nearest movie theater and to wait in line for the midnight showing of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, the eighth and final movie in the film series. I was one of the many Potterheads out that night. I was rocking the Gryffindor colors, complete with tie. I even wrote “I Must Not Tell Lies” on my hand for added effect. It was amazing being among my fellow Potterheads. I saw people dressed like Harry Potter, Death Eaters, Bellatrix Lestrange and other characters from the books we all know and love.
And for some weird reason I saw this one guy dressed as Spider Man. Wrong franchise, dude!
You know I almost missed the midnight showing because one of my friends forgot to get me a ticket, which was a completely misunderstanding. I was like “NNNNNOOOOOO!!!”
Despite not having a ticket I decided to stay in hopes that maybe, just maybe, someone wouldn’t show up to claim their ticket. There are many things in this world you must never deny me of, Harry Potter is one of them.
I tried to keep my spirits up by talking to my friends and talking to the other Potterheads in line. It was the nice to meet other people that share my love for the series. I also tried singing. I sang this Harry Potter themed song that I found on youtube and I thought it was pretty good.
“I never thought you’d be in my life
To different worlds that we let collide
and it will never be the way it was before
Cause baby I’m a Slytherin and girl you are a Gryffindor”
Everyone enjoyed it but time was running out. So in a last ditch effort I prayed, Lord did I pray, that I would get in to see this movie. I mean, sure I could have see it the next day but for hardcore Potter fans like myself, I wanted to be with the rest of Potterheads experiencing the magic one last time.
And I did! When I asked them if they had a tickets available for the midnight showing one last time, they said, YES! Thank you god! It was a Harry Potter miracle!
So there I sat in the first row, ready to watch the eight and final movie in the Harry Potter series. After two hours I came to a conclusion.
Deathly Hallows part 2 wasn’t awesome… no… IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!!!!
Deathly Hallows is my favorite out of all the Harry Potter books but to actually see it come to life on the big screen was absolutely amazing.
To recap, the movie picks up from where we left off where Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) just escape from Malfoy Manor and are hiding out at Shell Cottage with Ron’s brother, Bill (Domhnall Gleeson) and his wife Fleur (Celemence Poesy). With the help of Griphook the Goblin (Warwick Davis) they plan on sneaking into Gringotts (wizard bank) so they can break into Bellatrix Lestrange’s (Helena Bonham Carter), where they believe they’ll find one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes.
Ever since Harry found out that he was a wizard on his 11th birthday, he had to deal with a lot even by normal wizard standards. While most wizard kids had to worry about casting the right spell for class the next day, Harry was constantly watching his back because an evil wizard wanted him dead. But luckily he had his friends to watch his back and he managed to defeat The Dark Lord.
I had so many favorite scenes:
-Aftery years of waiting Ron and Hermione final kiss. Thank you! Seriously, took them long enough.
-Molly Weasley fighting Bellatrix and saying “NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!” I love that line! That was also in the book and I was so happy they put it in the film.
-The part where Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis) blew up the bridge. Also when he gave that big speech and killed the snake with the Sword of Gryffindor. Neville has come a long way since the Sorcerer’s Stone. He used to be a shy and clumsy but the boy grew up to be a fucking bad ass! And the fact that he drew the sword out of the Sorting Hat just proves that he’s a true Gryffindor. I also liked that the writers added that Neville had a thing for Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch). I always thought they would make a cute couple.
-Professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith) did the Piertotum Locomotor spell and made all the statues at Hogwarts come to life. “I always wanted to use that spell.” LOL!
-I loved it when Harry talked to the Grey Lady (Kelly Macdonald), the ghost of Ravenclaw. As much as I wanted to see the Ravenclaw Common Room, it would have taken to long. I love Kelly Macdonald in Boardwalk Empire.
-Nineteen years later, Harry and Ginny (Bonnie Wright) are married with three kids: James Sirius, Albus Severus, and Lily Luna Potter. Ron and Hermione are married with two kids: Rose and Hugo Weasley. And their off to see young Al and Rose off for their first year at Hogwarts. I wish they had the other kids say a few lines though, not just Al.
I know they couldn’t put everything from the book into the movies but I wish they explained a bit better for those who haven’t read the books.
Warning Spoilers! (For those who haven’t read the books or seen the movies yet, turn back now.)
1. The Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore: Okay, in the Deathly Hallows Part 1, they hinted that Dumbledore wasn’t the Saint were lead to believe, that he had a few skeletons in his closet, like the thing with Gellert Grindelwald and his brother. Here’s the whole story (again, if you don’t want to know, don’t read this part).
Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) was the eldest son of Percival and Kendra, and the elder brother of Aberforth and Ariana. When his sister was six, she was attacked by a group Muggle boys who saw her practicing magic. Ariana was unable to do the trick again so they violently assaulted her. The attack left her emotionally scarred and unable to control her magic. Percival killed the boys out of revenge and was sentenced to life in Azkaban.
Soon Kendra moved the family to Godric’s Hollow and keep Ariana secluded from the outside, knowing that she would be sent to St. Mungo’s if her condition was discovered. Most people didn’t know that the Dumbledores had a daugther. Those who did know about her wondered why she didn’t attend Hogwarts. Some believed her to be a Squib (someone born into a magicial family but doesn’t have any magicial powers).
Ariana was a sweet girl but when she couldn’t control her magic, she became slighty dangerous. When she was fourteen she had one of her episodes. Usually her favorite brother Aberforth would be able to calm her down but he wasn’t home at the time and her magic caused an explosion that accidentally killed her mother.
Albus became her guardian after that. Aberforth wanted to be the one to take care of her but Albus wanted his brother to finish his education. During that time he met and became friends with Gellert Grindelwald, who was staying with his great-aunt Bathilda Bagshot for the summer in Goldric’s Hollow. They started making plans on looking the Deathly Hallows and create a world where wizards ruled over Muggles for the greater good. Aberforth tried to stop them but a fight broke out and Ariana was killed in the crossfire. Grindelwald ran off after that.
Aberforth never forgave his brother after what happened to their sister. And Dumbledore never forgave himself either.
It’s hard to believe that we’re talking about the same Albus Dumbledore, the kind, wise and powerful headmaster of Hogwarts. This just shows that no one is perfect. I mean look at James Potter, Harry’s dad. They were both arrogant and a bit selfish but they learned from their mistakes and became better men.
2. Teddy Remus Lupin: In Deathly Hallows part 1, Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) and Nymphadora Tonks (Natalia Tena) are now married and were about to make announcement until Mad Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson) interrupted them. For those of you who were wondering what they were going to say, they were going to announce that Tonks was pregnant.
Sometime afterwards she gives birth to a boy. They named him after Tonks father, Ted Tonks, who was killed by Snatchers because he was a Muggle-born. Remus and Tonks made Harry the godfather.
After his parents died, Teddy was raised by his grandmother Andromeda Tonks with the help of Harry. Like Harry, Teddy never knew his parents but he was surrounded by family and friends and had a good childhood. He didn’t become a werewolf like his father, but he was a Metamorphmagus, like his mother.
Remus and Tonks would’ve have been proud of their son and the man he would grow up to be.
3. The Deathly Hallows: Okay they explained what the Deathly Hallows are. The Elder Wand, The Resurrection Stone, and The Cloak of Invisibility. The Elder Wand is the powerful wand ever created and they explained why it didn’t want for Voldemort, which I’m glad. But they didn’t really explain about the other two.
Remember earlier in the series that Dumbledore was slowly dying because he tried on the Horcrux ring?
Well if you look closely at the stone on the ring, it has the symbol of the Deathly Hallows. Cadmus Peverell, the second brother from the story The Tale of Three Brothers, tried to resurrected the woman he loved back from the dead but when he discovered she was only a ghost he killed himself to truly be with her. After his death, the stone was fitted into a ring and passed on to his descendents, the Gaunt Family and later to Tom Riddle Jr.
Not knowing it was a Deathly Hallow, Voldemort made the ring into a Horcrux since it was a family heirloom. When Dumbledore found the ring he realized that it contained the Resurrection Stone and put it on wanting to see his sister one last time. However, he completely forgot that the ring had a cursed on it. He would have died right than and there but Snape arrived and managed to slow the process for the time being.
And finally The Cloak of Invisibility. Ignotus Peverell, the third brother from the story The Tale of Three Brothers, used to the cloak to hide from death and it wasn’t until he was an old man that he took off the cloak and gave it to his son. The cloak was passed down through out the years until it ended up with Ignotus last known descendents, the Potters. James Potter used it in his youth back at Hogwarts. When Dumbledore recognizied it and asked James if he could borrow. After James was killed, the cloak was left in Dumbledore’s possession. Ten years later, Dumbledore gave Harry the cloak as a Christmas present anonymously, since it was rightfully his.
In the book, Harry didn’t destory The Elder Wand. He used the wand to repair his old one and put the the Elder Wand back in Dumbledore’e tomb, so if he died of natural causes, its power would finally be broken, ending it’s bloody history. The Resurrection Stone was lost somewhere in the Forbidden Forest and Harry kept The Cloak of Invisibility since it was family heirloom.
Harry is the only known master of Death and it’s not because he fights death, he accepts it. That’s the difference between him and Voldemort. Voldemort believes dying is the worst thing in the world, but there are things way worst than death. And even though Harry knew he was gonna die, he wasn’t afraid because death was part of life. Without death there is no life. No one is meant to live forever.
4. Severus Snape: For years we’ve seen Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) being all mean and hateful toward Harry, because of how Harry’s father treated him when they were kids. I admit that James was kind of a jerk to Snape but he was a kid and he grew out of it. Snape was pretty much the most hated teacher at Hogwarts, except with the Slytherin students since he was Head of Slytherin. It wasn’t until I read the last book that I learned what side Snape was really on.
Not only was I surprised that Snape really was one of the good guys, but his reason behind everything he did.
Snape hated James Potter for the a lot of reasons, but the main one was he was with Lily. Snape was in love with Harry’s mom. They used to be best friends when they were kids. Even when they were placed in different houses, him in Slytherin and Lily in Gryffindor they were still close. But did you ever wonder why they stopped being friends?
You guys remember in the fifth movie, Order of the Phoenix, where they showed the memory of James picking on Snape as a kid? Well in the book, Lily came to Snape’s rescue and defended him, but Snape was so embarrassed he called her a Mudblood. He tried to apologize afterwards but she wasn’t hearing it. It also didn’t help that he was hanging around a bad crowd and getting into the Dark Arts. That was the end of their friendship and that Snape’s Worst Memory.
Snape joined the Death Eaters and he was the one that overhear the prophecy about Voldemort’s downfall. Snape thought it meant Lily’s child so he went to Dumbledore for help, asking him to protect the Potters and in return he would be a double agent. Even after Lily died Snape looked after Harry out love for her.
I’m telling you I cried a lot during this film. I cried when Fred died and the whole Weasley family mourned for him. It was so sad.
I cried when Snape died after he got bitten by Nagini. When Snape told Harry he had his mother’s eyes before dying that really got to me.
But when they showed the memory of Snape holding Lily’s dead body, I was a goner. Plus, they added the part where you see Snape’s patronus was a silver doe and Dumbledore said “After all this time?” and Snape replied “Always”, I cried a fucking river! Seriously, I knew what was gonna happen but to actually see it, wow!
Even though the books and the movies are all done, it doesn’t feel like it. I go on Twitter and talk to hundreds of Potterheads from around the world. On Pottermore, I’m a Ravenclaw and my wand is vine and unicorn, eleven and a half inches, slightly yielding. Hell, I even write Harry Potter fanfiction. That’s how much love I love the series. I hope to one day to visit the Wizardly World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL.
JK Rowling said it herself that “the stories we love best do live in us forever.” Harry Potter has become a thing of legend and I’m gonna make sure I read the books to my kids someday.
Just remember this, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”
My name is Joanna and I’m a Potterhead. Always and Until the Very End.