I finally got down to watching Harry Potter 7 part 2. It was sad, very sad. The saddest part of the whole movie to me (and I don’t know why this part was the saddest) was where McGonagall cast all those protective spells around Hogwarts. It was sort of… like… final. Like ‘do or die’, like protecting something so valued. She also did it with such authority, with such demeanour.
I’ve always liked Harry Potter, even though my friends never understood why. For all its magic, awesome spells and unrealities, it was human. There was love and death. There was pain. Even with magic, nothing could be perfect.
There was also this sense of escapism from the real world… what if such a world actually existed?
I often found myself in Hogwarts. Ok now don’t panic… I just envied the invisibility cloak. Aaaand, well, sometimes went a little overboard trying to make those spells work.
I started reading the first Harry Potter book some years after it was released. I was sick for a while (a small accident). I borrowed the book from my cousin to pass time and I was hooked. I read through the next two books rather quickly and then the others as and when they were released.
I wasn’t a big fan of the movies though. I just thought the books always had more feelings, and somehow the actors didn’t really capture these. Maybe I’m being too harsh here, having formulated my own feelings and perceptions on behalf of the actors. The movies weren’t as dark as they portrayed them to be, and I didn’t cry that much (as I did with the books).
I had a thing for Sirius Black. Also for Cedric Diggory. But then, Robert Pattinson came along. Haiyo.
I’m also not a big fan of the end… the way he died (I was banking for a painful death where his life splashed before him) and also that bit ’19 years later’. I would have liked to see Malfoy come out a bit more.
My favourite book of all was Prisoner of Azkaban. My favourite chapter, ‘The Prince’s Tale’. I’ve read it over and over… and will do again, soon.
Recently, I found this Harry Potter pencil I’ve gotten from somewhere. I don’t know who gave that to me, I think it was a friend of mine… Thank you for that. I got it when I was in school – along with a Dawson’s Creek pencil – and I haven’t used it. It’s still in good condition. I also have a HP sticker book and I don’t know what else.
Oh well… till I take the kids through this….
P.s. – it’s amazing how McGonagall, Hogwarts and Azkaban even show up on the spellchecker on Word