I don’t think I’m ever going to get a tattoo. I don’t really have anything against tattoos, I think they’re pretty cool, but I don’t think they’re for me. If I did get a tattoo though, I’d probably get the Deathly Hallows or the Dumbledore quote “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” tatted somewhere. So obviously, I have given it some thought haha.
Just watched this special feature on the Blu-ray and found it a hundred times more enlightening and enjoyable than the When Harry Left Hogwarts documentary. A lot of interesting little tidbits and stories about Rowling and Radcliffe’s experiences with the Harry Potter phenomenon. I’d start listing some of the facts, but I don’t want to spoil any of them because I think you should really check it out. It also clocks in at 53 minutes, a full 5 minutes longer than the When Harry Left Hogwarts documentary. It’s ridiculous how much better this extra is than that whole freakin’ documentary.
Picked up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 right when Target opened!
And just in case you’re wondering, yes, I will be double dipping when the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 Ultimate Edition Blu-rays drop haha.
So yeah, I saw Deathly Hallows Part 2 again, this time in 3D, just to see how the 3D affected the overall experience. I wrote a post about this a while back (right here) and I have to say, despite the post-conversion 3D, I thought it still looked pretty decent. The only other post-converted live action 3D movies I’ve seen are Alice in Wonderland and The Green Hornet, and both of those looked pretty meh. Usually live action 3D films (post-converted or not) look terrible, as I’ve heard Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender were (although those movies were inherently terrible to begin with, but that’s another story lol). With DH Part 2, it actually looked like they took some care with the conversion. It’s the best looking post-converted 3D film I’ve seen to date, but I would still recommend seeing it in 2D because that was the way the film was shot and made to be presented. That being said, if you’re not averse to the 3D experience in general, the 3D in DH Part 2 does not in any way ruin the experience of the film. I wouldn’t run out and see it in 3D, but the 3D is actually pretty decent. That’s my piece on the 3D in Deathly Hallows Part 2 and I’m probably going to see the movie at least another half a dozen times in theaters haha.
I was against the Oscars making the move to 10 nominations for Best Picture, but it’s kind of sad that the Oscars decided to scrap that model for 5-10 nominees (depending on which films get the votes) because I definitely could’ve seen Deathly Hallows Part 2 getting in on that popular vote in the last slots that got movies like Up, Toy Story 3, The Blind Side, District 9, and Inception voted in the past 2 years.
This movie series as a whole hasn’t really gotten much love from the Academy, although they aren’t necessarily the type of movies that the Academy tends to go for. None of the adult actors ever have parts significant enough to earn supporting nods and none of the younger stars ever turn in AMAZING performances, merely good ones. It’ll be interesting to see if Eduardo Serra can manage to garner a Best Cinematography nod for DH Part 2, considering he’s been nominated by the Academy before and they have nominated Bruno Delbonne for Half-Blood Prince (that movie was fucking BEAUTIFUL).
Daniel Radcliffe has been talking up Alan Rickman as Severus Snape for Best Supporting Actor. It’ll be interesting to see if the Academy thinks that he has enough screen time to warrant a nomination, then again William Hurt was nominated for an 8 minute performance in A History of Violence, so you never know. His performance was very powerful in that one key chapter (and if you’re a Harry Potter fan and you don’t know the name of that chapter, FUCKIN’ SHAME ON YOU!!! lol). If it was up to me, I’d give him a nod, but then again, it isn’t up to me now, is it?
I’m a little surprised at the way I felt when I was sitting in the theater watching the credits roll for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. I know that everyone is crying about the end and really sad that the movies are over, but I didn’t feel sad at all, I’m not sure why… maybe it just hasn’t hit me yet, the whole “my childhood is over” thing. Even though there may not be any new books or movies coming out, I don’t think Harry Potter will ever be over for me. I guess the reason why I didn’t feel sad was that I was just so happy with the final movie and the story of Harry Potter as a whole and the way everything concluded that I just couldn’t feel sad that they were over. Harry Potter is one of the most beloved series to me, if not THE most beloved series, I absolutely love everything about this series. I’ve known these characters for over half of my life, for 12 long years and I’m only 22. I’ve gotten into super in depth discussions with friends over stuff like how many wizards/witches there could possibly be in England alone or the nature of Voldemort as a character. I’ve read these books and watched the movies over and over and over. I think the reason I’m not that depressed or sad is that I’m just so happy to have been a part of it all, the Harry Potter phenomenon. And if it ever does hit me and I do cry down the line thinking about the series, it’ll be tears of joy, not sadness. That I am sure of…
I will admit that I cried twice during Deathly Hallows Part 2, don’t want to spoil it for folks who haven’t read the books, so I’ll leave it after the “read more” break.
I don’t know why people are so afraid to admit to crying while watching a film. If a movie or a book or whatever manages to stir up those emotions in me, I just let it go and let the water works fly. The moment in the Deathly Hallows book that made me tear up was when Harry asked “will it hurt” when he’s talking to James, Lily, Sirius, and Lupin about dying. I’m tearing up as I type this sentence right now. That was just such a powerful moment in the book. Harry facing his impending death… but in the movie two different moments hit me the hardest.
The two moments in Deathly Hallows Part 2 that made me cry were Snape’s death and during The Prince’s Tale portion of the film where Snape sees Lily lying on the floor and holds her dead body. Those two scenes tore me to bits and pieces. I was surprised I felt so strongly about Snape’s death because while he was an incredibly brave man, he was still kind of a dick. You can certainly understand why he was an asshole to Harry; he was a reminder that he lost Lily to James every time he looked at him, but through Harry’s eyes, he was also a reminder of the woman he loved. And when you see Snape holding Lily in his arms, I just fucking lost it, I couldn’t help it. Alan Rickman as Severus Snape has always been 100% perfect casting in my eyes, I can’t imagine anyone else playing that role and his performance in Deathly Hallows Part 2 was nothing short of amazing.
Oliver Boyd & the Remembralls - End of an Era
For all my Harry Potter fans. Click play, close your eyes, listen, and remember all the good times we had =’)
I think I’m going to do a Harry Potter retrospective on the books and films since the final Harry Potter movie is coming out in a week’s time. I’ll probably go into each book/movie and give my thoughts on them and how they tie together to the series as a whole. I’ll put spoiler warnings on each post, but I will say up front that I’m going to be spoiling the entire Harry Potter series; so if you haven’t read the books, you’ve been warned.
Harry Potter has been a part of over half my life. I was first introduced to the series in the sixth grade, 1999. Chris and I often say that the only good thing about sixth grade, besides us meeting, was getting introduced to the Harry Potter series. Our sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Casey (who was a real BITCH by the way lol), read the books to us and I immediately went out and bought the first three books which I constantly read over and over as kid. Ever since then, Harry Potter has been one of my favorite series/properties and a big part of my life.
I can remember waiting for the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th books… all the theories and wondering what the hell was going to happen. It’s something that may never be matched again. I’ve gotten into other series such as The Hunger Games and Percy Jackson, but the anticipation for those new Harry Potter books is something I’ll never forget, especially for the final book. Those ridiculous theories such as Dumbledore isn’t dead, McGonagall is a Death Eater, and, my personal favorite (as far as hilariously stupid theories go), Dumbledore is Ron from the future hahaha.
Harry Potter has just been one of those things for me, it’s difficult to explain. I was completely drawn into the world and this franchise. Besides all seven books, I’ve also bought Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. As far as movies go, I’ve got the first five movies two disc special edition DVD’s, Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Part 1 on Blu-ray, I even bought all six Ultimate Edition Blu-rays released so far (which are pretty fucking spectacular). To take it to another level, I work for MuggleCast, one of the most popular Harry Potter podcasts on the internet, as a transcriber for the show. I even went to the Harry Potter convention, Azkatraz, in 2009 when they brought the convention to San Francisco. This series is practically ingrained in my DNA by this point and if you can’t tell, I LOVE THIS FUCKING SERIES.
I see a lot of people saying that the release of the last movie is “the end,” but we all know it isn’t really, just the end of the movies. J.K. may decide to write more supplementary books in the future and you know that Pottermore is basically going to keep the Harry Potter fandom alive forever. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they reboot the movies down the road (my over/under is at 20 years). Harry Potter is basically the biggest fandom on Earth. We’re second to the Bible in terms of book sales (last I checked lol), I think the book series is close to half a billion sold. This is a series that won’t die, period. Us Harry Potter fans are going to pass down these books to our children and our grandchildren, who will hopefully come to love the series as much as we have, and the series will go down as a classic, no doubt about it.
J.K. Rowling is a genius for coming up with this series that so many have come to adore and relate to. I honestly can’t imagine a world without Harry Potter and thankfully, we won’t ever have to. Harry Potter isn’t a passing fancy or fad that we’ll look back on in time and say “oh that was fun when I was younger” or “that was good for its time”. Harry Potter is something that will undoubtedly last forever. So here’s to The Boy Who Lived!
I got my tickets! So excited and so sad! The end of an era =(