I never wrote a full entry solely dedicated to Harry Potter, to think that I always made a big fuss about him and Daniel Radcliffe being of the same age as my batch mates and I when the first movie came out. PHEW!
I did mention the biggest franchise of this generation from time to time, in 7 entries to be exact, but none of those truly gave tribute to what once was a big part of my childhood. So without further ado, I give you my long overdue tribute to J.K. Rowling’s biggest masterpiece yet.
2000-2001: Back in 5th grade, I remember my seatmate reading a book in between classes and she was excited because apparently, a movie adaptation was in the works at the time. That was all I could remember then.
Fast forward to a few months after that, I was in 6th grade, I remember getting in on the hype that was about to change our lives forever. A little bit dramatic, don’t you think? Well, I beg to disagree!
Before the movie came out, I found myself lining up to our library’s photocopy machine lady with a Time magazine in one hand and you guessed it right. It had a blown up image of a then 11-year old Daniel Radcliffe on the cover and it was all mine. So what was I getting in line there for? Well, I really didn’t want to cut out and rip the magazine apart, because it was way too special for me at the time, so I had the article and his photos photocopied instead. (I would have had the copy to this day if it weren’t for Ondoy in 2009).
Word spread like wildfire and before I knew it, kids from both my class and from the other sections were flocking to our classroom asking to borrow my magazine. Let’s just say that later that afternoon, I went home and I wasn’t too thrilled about what Daniel looked like after.
When the movie came out, obviously we had to see what the fuss was about. I remember my father being as thrilled as I was seeing the movie for the first time. We had to buy a VCD copy a few months after because we were all in love with it, especially me.
I remember getting really obsessed with the franchise and the actors. I even memorized all of Hermione’s lines from the first movie. I collected photos from the internet. I read and watched all of their interviews. I was hooked! I was a kid on sugar rush and Harry Potter was my candy bar.
To be honest, I was a bigger fan of the movie franchise than of the books. I only got to read books 4, 6 and 7 and that was because I couldn’t wait for the movies to come out and I was really curious about the new characters and scenes I saw in the teasers. Since then, I was always on the lookout for news on the actors and when the succeeding movies would be released. I would get giddy just getting a glimpse of BTS photos. I would be emotional when a character dies and more so when an actor does. I remember getting really sad when Richard Harris died because I get too attached easily and I wasn’t ready for a new guy to take over his role, but then again, Michael Gambon was pretty spectacular himself too.
CRUSHES. When the first movie came out, obviously, I only had eyes for Daniel, but then Tom Felton really looked cute too up until the second movie, so I had a little crush on him too. If you remember, Oliver Wood, team captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team? Yes, I had eyes for him too. Then when we started growing older (sorry I really had to include myself in all of this), Rupert Grint started to look really good too. I’m not sure exactly when I started getting
obsessed attracted to him, but one thing’s for sure, I still think he’s pretty cute up to this day! The whole Daniel hoopla died in me when his voice started cracking; so if I remember it right, it was right about after the 2nd movie! haha!
THE LOVE FACTOR. Okay, I know that this franchise revolved mainly on witchcraft and wizardry but for me, it was pretty much a RoMione love story peppered with magical elements (kinda how Titanic was really just about Jack-Rose). haha!
Kidding aside, I’m sure a lot would agree that teenage life wouldn’t be the same without a little bit of romance on the side, even for non-muggles. At first, I was rooting for the whole Draco-Hermione thing, but eventually and for the longest time, I was and still am a Ron-Hermione fan. I couldn’t wait for their love-hate relationship to finally be out in the open, after years of Ms. Rowling building it up. So you can just imagine how extremely elated I was to see them holding hands and hugging on the second part of the Deathly Hallows, even at the verge of death (remember the scene just before Neville cut off the basilisk’s head?).
Ok, now I’m thinking I should write a separate tribute for Ron ❤ Hermione. Will do! Soon!
- Character: Hermione!
- Professor: Dumbledore of course and the “good” Mad-Eye Moody!
- Villain: Professor Snape because he turned out to be a hero in the end 😥
- Magical Creatures: bogarts! dementors, flesh eating slugs, and hippogriffs!
- Magical Items: Marauder’s Map! a wand, a broom and Hermione’s expandable bag (undetectable extension charm), time-turner and the moving paintings!!!
- Spells I’m familiar with: Accio! Obliviate, Reparo, Rictusempra
- Spells I could really use in real life: Accio, Lumos & Nox, Stupefy, Alohomora, Episkey, Geminio, Expelliarmus, Immobulus, Muffliato, Pack, Tergeo! haha!
- Book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (book 7)
- Movie: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1st), the Deathly Hallows (last) and a tie between Prisoner of Azkaban (3rd) and Goblet of Fire (4th)
- Movie Scenes: Love this moment when Ron came back after being crazy-jealous of Harry on the second part of the last film, The time-turner scene where they had to re-do something from the past, I love the sorting hat scene from the first movie, the yule ball dance, and this one: and this:
- Favorite musical score from the films: Battle of Hogwarts/Courtyard Apocalypse
What I hate the most:
- Hatest Villain: Professor Umbridge
- Hatest movie scenes: In the 6th movie, when Harry had to force Dumbledore drink the potion of despair. It was too hard to watch and the cave was pretty creepy too. I also hated the moment when Harry entered the Triwizard maze. All of sudden there was silence even though a whole audience and the band was just on the other side of this huge hedge. And then there were the Bathilda Bagshot scene and that Death Eaters’ meeting at the Malfoy Manor with Burbage’s body hanging in the air. Creepy, creepy, creepy!
- Hatest Harry and Ron look: 4th film!
This could go on for a while. I bet I could write a second part or I could make this a trilogy! I have too much to say on how Harry Potter has been a big part of my childhood and my life. I was introduced to this whole new world where every child’s dream and fantasy came to life. I’ve always thought that witchcraft was pure evil, but I never thought we could see a whole new side to it. I had a deeper appreciation for books, for magic, powerful imaginations, for lasting friendships, and also for creativity and passion. Harry Potter taught me so many things beyond spells and incantations. It taught and inspired me to never give up and to fight for what’s good and what’s right.
I know the franchise ended 5 years ago, same time I graduated from college (yes, I had to bring that up again! edi batch na namin yung special!), but the magic never ends. I’ll be sure to pass this on to my children and grand children and I know they’ll enjoy it as much as we did and still do, even though technology would be way advanced by that time. I’ll forever be grateful not only to J.K. Rowling for making a mark in history and in our childhood, but also to Harry for teaching us to be brave, to Hermione for teaching us to be wise and to Ron for teaching us to be loyal.
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