Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I’m really bad at making reviews for my favorite things because my emotions get the best of me, so I’m not claiming that this is a review.  Rather I’d like to think that it’s a reaction to the first part of the epic finale of Harry Potter.

We had to drive all the way to Bahrain just to catch the movie on the first week. We weren’t able to reserve tickets since, well, it’s in another country. Luckily we arrived at the mall early so we were able to get really good seats (smack at the middle of the cinema yea.). I watched my the movie with my brother who until recently, had no interest in the magical world of Harry Potter.

I started crying uncontrollably when they showed Hermione in her room. That whole montage until the Order were at Harry’s door just got to me. I think the actors had grown so much. especially Emma Watson whose eyebrows were not overused in this movie (a good change).

I think the whole movie was a weepfest for me. The opening montage, Hedwig dying trying to save Harry (which I did not expect. It is a refreshing take on his whole death. I think it was better than how she died in the book), Ron getting splinched, Ron leaving (Rupert was AMAZING), Hermione getting tortured, and Dobby’s death in Harry’s arms.

I am more of a fan of the Harry Potter books than of the movies, since the movies tend to skip some parts or leave out parts that would be relevant in the next films. But I think this is more of a constraint than a conscious omission of scenes with future relevance. Not only is it difficult to perfectly translate the layers in the book onto the big screen, but it is also a challenge to please and entertain both fans of the series (both of the books and the movies) and casual viewers.

In addition to that, the movies were being made even before Rowling completed the series. Anyone who had read the series would know that the whole plot has been so intricately made that small details in past books have been highlighted in later books (seeing an old tiara where Harry hid the Half Blood Prince’s potions textbook which ends up being a Horcrux, Tom Riddle’s Diary playing a bigger role that we thought it would from CoS, and the significance of the locket found in Kreacher’s cupboard in OotP which played a greater role in the final book). Unfortunately, the writers (especially Kloves who’s getting most of the anger from fans)  did not know this while writing the script.

Although I would have liked to seen how the movies would have looked like if they were released after all seven books were published, I don’t think they would find a cast as perfect as the have right now, with the whole cast (with the understandable case of Dumbledore) had stayed with Harry Potter until the end. That itself is one of the greatest accomplishments of Harry Potter as a movie series.

And because of all I said, I don’t agree with all the purists who want every single word in the book to make an appearance in the films. Whenever I watch the films, I try to separate them from the books and see them as an entity in itself with my knowledge of the books merely as supplemental, in order for me to completely understand what was going on.

There were several missing scenes and dialogue that disappointed me a bit, some being the redemption of Dudley where he tells Harry he wasn’t a waste of space and the line “he knew you would come back” (which i was expecting while they were talking. It was one of the lines from the book that moved me). But this did not in any way curb the satisfaction I received by the end of the film.

In retrospect, this film has actually been the most accurate and faithful to the books, so you know that long and dragging camping scene casual movie goers are complaining about? Yeah that was in the book. Personally, I did not find it to be long and dragging, since well it was much longer in the books (where they actually talked about the cooking, hunting for food, overhearing Dean and the others on the run, Ron complaining about Hermione’s cooking, and a lot of talk). Also, the scenes of them camping were interrupted by the Doe, Godric’s Hollow, the Lovegood Residence, destroying a horcrux, etc. I actually thought they did a good mix of both action and camping scenes.

With all that, I just want to end this post with: OMG I LOVED THE MOVIE SFM YOU GUISE MUST ALL WATCH IT. I WAS AN EMOTIONAL MESS LEAVING THE CINEMA AFTER TWO AND A HALF HOURS.

Incoherent retelling of my action-packed week

I haven’t been able to blog this week since my friend was here for a couple of days and I tried to maximize my time with her since it’s very rare that I actually have friends around. This week has been pretty productive actually. I’ve gone shopping twice, gone to the gym for the whole week, went to the beach, drank actual coffee, and played bandhero.

I actually have a life away from the computer. I really hope I can maintain my gym activity even if I don’t have someone who will accompany me there. My whole body is sore from the exercise but I really enjoy it and maybe I shall one day experience being thin once more.

It’s November and November really excites me.

  1. Psych Mid-season premiere
  2. Darren Criss on Glee (so proud of my bb)
  3. HARRY POTTER 7 (although I’m probably watching it on July but still!!)

Also, it’s one month from Christmas!

Since I’m being extremely incoherent anyway (a lot has happened since my last post) I would like to announce that we have an addition to our small family.

Meet Portia! (We named her Portia because we found her on our porch one day) I wanted to name her Itteh Bitteh Kitteh but my brother said it was too long. She’s a stray kitten who just kept coming back no matter how far away my dad brought her. I really felt bad for her so we took her in. Now she’s gotten really fat! In just a matter of days! My whole family is amused by her since she’s really very smart.

To end this post, here’s the outfit I wore a few days ago. I haven’t been posting my outfits lately since I’ve gotten really fat and other times I just wear boring clothes. But I think I look less fat in this and I quite like what I did.

Purple Vneck: Robinsons Department Store (Men’s section) – Php150

Vest: Thrifted – Php 100

One of the biggest downsides of being in Saudi Arabia is that there are no updated Cinemas in the area. There is one cinema here that is walking distance from my house, but it shows really old movies. It really frustrates me since I won’t be watching the Harry Potter movie until December 2, which is around two weeks from the official release date.

I have decided not to go on Tumblr before I watch it. I won’t want to spoil myself. My mom told me to download a bad torrent copy of it but it won’t be the same. I’m so annoyed. But what annoyed me more is that my mom called me a brat when I explained to her that I’m a big fan. I honestly tried my best to take it well. Being a brat would mean me not talking to my parents until they can either let me go back to the Philippines early or drive me to Bahrain as soon as we can.

I was merely explaining why (1) I won’t download the ugly version from torrent – as she told me to do in the mean time and (2) why I said I would not go online to the sites I regularly go to for two weeks.

Oh, if only I could drive myself to Bahrain. Maybe I can wear a wig and a fake mustache so I can actually do that.