The Harry Potter Series

I’ve finally finished the Harry Potter series and now I’m stuck not knowing what to read next.

It’s kinda of  weird actually.

I got used with the story and the characters so much in the past 6 months that I didn’t realize the ending would make me feel sad. I kinda wished for one more book instead of the epilogue. I know that Harry’s has had enough to last him a life time (he even admits this) but I want to know how things got back to normal. Silly, isn’t it? But for me the ending felt to abrupt and there’s this huge gap (19 years) between the battle at Hogwarts and the the epilogue.

Not only that, but all my favorite characters died by the end of the series.
Rowling even killed Fred. Why Fred? So many Weasleys and she kills one of the twins.

Even so, my most loved character is Snape. Is my choice predictable? Maybe. But, he’s the only one who seems more real than any of the other characters. Rowling might call him a “flawed human being“, but what human being isn’t flawed?

I didn’t like Snape because he has loyal to Dumbledore or because he gave up his life to help Harry and his friends. I liked Snape for being Snape. Even if he loved Lilly Evans he still remained true to his nature: he loved the dark arts, was a very good teacher (even if he bullied his students and showed preference for his own house), was smart and cunning. He was himself and I was hoping for a better ending for him.

Then again, his death seems natural (as natural being bitten by a huge snake and left to die can be). I couldn’t imagine Snape living in a world that knows he’s a good guy.

I was reading on the Internet that maybe Rowling would publish a Harry Potter encyclopedia. That might be fun to read, but wouldn’t that go against her initial thoughts of leaving the ending vague? Why bother leaving the ending to the readers imagination if you’re going to write your own version of how the characters end up in their own fictional universe?

Still, I loved the series and I’m happy I had the chance to read the books (even before the last movie comes out). I am actually looking forward for the release of a box set with all the movies.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Very rarely one can find the three wizards in the news at the same time, but in different situations. Emma talks about her on-screen kiss with Rupert, Daniel is on the Esquire cover and poor Rupert is recovering from swine flu.

I can imagine how Emma feels about her on-screen kiss with Rupert, considering they practically grew up together while filming the “Harry Potter” movies. But what interested me was seeing pictures of  her real life boyfriend: Jay Barrymore. While I googled “Emma Watson boyfriend” I found some pictures of her and this man that looks very much like Prince William, but just from the side and with less hair. Either way, they look good together.

I can’t say the same thing about Daniel Radcliffe. He is featured on the Esquire magazine and he looks like Voldemort gave him a really good beating. But, it seems our Harry Potter is gonna have his first kiss with Ginny Weasley. Another on-screen kiss that I will look forward to.

And poor Rupert, it seems he caught the swine flu. But it’s good news to hear that he is recovering from it and that he will be attending the premiere of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince in Leicester Square. I’m just curious what he has to say about his on-screen kiss with Emma.

A slow weekend

The Harry Potter marathon has reached the third movie. I would’ve watched and the last 2 movies but one movie per day is good enough. Plus I don’t have the patience to sit in front of the TV for more than 3 hours. I think that’s why I find it hard sometimes to watch Bollywood movies.

This weekend I saw a movie that I wanted to see when I was in high school but couldn’t, cause no one wanted to go with me/they were busy/had a life/etc. It’s called “Home on the range“. It’s an really old movie from 2004. But it has two things that I really love: cows and rabbits (well just one rabbit, but that is more than enough). It was a cute movie, worth watching with the entire family and I’m glad that after 5 years I finally watched it. Oh, while we were watching it (me and Johnny that is) we felt the sofa moving and the parrot just went berserk in his cage. It was a “small” earthquake if you can call it that. I live at the 6th floor so it was a bit scary. Hopefully we won’t be getting a bigger earthquake as in Italy, cause the results could be far worse.

Anyway, I just realised that there are a lot of old movies that I want to see. And most of them are recommendations from friends and coworkers (“August rush”, “Zeitgeist”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”; I don’t even want to think about Korean horror movies and Bollywood movies). So I think I’ll take it slowly. I’ll finish the Harry Potter marathon and move on to “Ballet Shoes” (2007) and “Driving Lessons” (2006). I’m just curious what kind of characters Emma Watson and Rupert Grint play besides Hermione and Ron. Plus I think I was really lucky to find these two movies since they aren’t that well known.

Harry Potter marathon

There have been many articles on the net with pictures from “Harry Potter and the half blood prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows“. So I decided to watch the first 5 movies because I forgot some things. It’s a good way to waste some time, plus I didn’t even saw the 5th movie in the first place.

I must say, I am pretty much surprised of how much Emma, Rupert and Daniel have grown. When I first saw the first Harry Potter movie  back in 2001 I was a kid (just 14 years old) so I didn’t considered them cute, I just liked the movie. But now after I re-saw the first 2 Harry Potter movies, I thought to myself “HOW CUTE!!!”. Well I did turn 22 on 15th April so I can say that my point of view did change.

The only bummer part of this marathon is that no one wants to watch the movies with me. It seems that I am the only one from my current group of friends that is interested in Harry Potter. I wanted to watch the first movie in my brother’s room, but when he came home and saw me all he could say was “Why me? What did I do wrong?”. After that I had to watch the movie in the living room, all alone. Not even Johnny wants to see the movies. So I guess I won’t be going to the cinema to see  “Harry Potter and the half blood prince“, I’ll just have to wait for the DVD version. But who knows, the movie isn’t in the theaters right now and maybe I can change Johnny’s mind till then.

By the way, Emma Watson has grown really beautiful. Kinda makes me jealous.