Growing Up with Harry Potter

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.

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SHOWBIZ Potter/Radcliffe…Handout photo of young actor Daniel Radcliffe. Daniel who starred in the BBC adaptation of David Copperfield, is named as the star of the first Harry Potter film after a worldwide hunt, director Chris Columbus said Monday 21 August 2000. Columbus and producer David Heyman discovered their Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger from the thousands of children who cast their names into the hat to play the roles. Young actor Daniel Radcliffe will be the film s Harry (centre), with newcomers Rupert Grint (right) and Emma Watson taking on the roles of Ron and Hermione. See PA story SHOWBIZ Potter. PA photo: Handout…A

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.

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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!

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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?).

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Ok, now I’m thinking I should write a separate tribute for Ron ❤ Hermione. Will do! Soon!

Any favorites?

  • 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: 
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  • 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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30 Day Writing Challenge: DAY 14

Post your Favorite Movies that You Never Get Tired of Watching

Yes, I’m still here because I promised myself I’m going to complete this challenge (for a change), no matter what. Feel free to list down your favorite movies too!

This one is easy because I’m a movie lover, but tough because like I said, I’m a movie lover! 😛 I may never reach the end of this post, but I’ll keep it less than 10 or 5!

1) Serendipity – I bought the “Ultimate Romance DVD collection” (for a whopping P50) a few years ago and like what I said in this entry, Serendipity is definitely one of my favorites. I don’t know why, but this is the ultimate, feel good, rom-com that Hollywood has ever made and I would never get tired of watching it. It must be because of John Cusack’s weird charm (though I never got attracted to him ever) or because of Kate Beckinsale’s perfect lead role vibe, or because it was set in NYC (my favorite place in the world) in the early 2000s (my favorite era including the late 90’s) or maybe because it was simply magical, and I’m a sucker for things far from reality. I’m a lost cause, I know!

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2) Stardust – I told you, I’m a sucker for movies that has both romance + magic in it! I’ve seen this movie a thousand times because it makes me feel good every time. First of all, I love the plot (thanks to Neil Gaiman) and the characters too and the adventures I never even imagined could be sewn together in a story. What I love the most about this movie is Claire Dane’s character, Yvaine’s ultimate profession of love to Tristan Thorn. You should at least watch that scene or read her speech. It would make you feel how beautiful it is to be loved, even for those who haven’t been in love yet! You can read it here, I also blogged about it before. 😉

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3) P.S. I Love You – When I’m sad, I watch this movie all the time, because it’s an instant antidepressant. I feel magically inspired even when I’m feeling down because it changed my perspective on love and on happy endings. Of course, everyone knows Gerard Butler’s character dies at the beginning but life and their love story didn’t end there. This movie always makes me bawl and I couldn’t help it because it always reminds me how love is so beautiful, it makes you feel good even when it gets taken away from you. So the buckets of tears I have cried watching this movie must be really tears of joy! 😛

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4) Harry Potter movies – Have I mentioned how much I love magic, ever? LOL. I never really thought how much I love watching movies with a touch of supernatural elements until today. Well, who doesn’t love the boy who lived, right? I admit, I’m a bigger fan of the movies than the books, so the movies made me read the books and not the other way around. Another thing, I grew up with these kids. I’m the same age with Daniel and I can remember, I was in 6th grade, 11 years old, when the first movie came out and I gathered all the cheap memorabilia, magazines and freebies I could find and kept them all safe in a box which unfortunately wasn’t spared during the great flood, a.k.a. Ondoy. Now, 4 years after the last installment, I still watch the movies time and time again. I can say that the magic definitely stays on, and I’m taken back to my childhood years, reminiscing about the magical world that the children of our generation have been blessed the great opportunity to be a part of.

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5) The Parent Trap – I used to watch this all the time, ever since we saw it in school when I was in 3rd or 4th grade. So when I saw a VHS copy at the mall, I asked my parents to buy it and we watched it as a family once and I watched it again and again after that. A few years later, VHS evolved to VCD and when I saw a copy, I got it for myself. Truly, it was one of my favorite movies to watch when I was young! We used to do the handshake too back then with my classmates. I also used to cut my own bangs like Halley and Annie did. I was obsessed! 😛

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Kaleidoscopey is not a word….yet!

I have been meaning to post something for November. After all, it’s my favorite month. Usually, I’d do it on weekends, unfortunately, even my weekends are jam-packed now! Told you, it’s my favorite time of the year, next to December, that is!

This isn’t the one where I write everything that I love about this month though. I’m saving that until after this month ends, but it wouldn’t be posted in November on my blog calendar so I’m posting one now, then the more special one in December—I’d like to work in real time! For now, I just decided to post something just because I’m itching to and because I still have a pending melodramatic entry on my journal that I haven’t found time to finish yet. So there goes my momentum and the memory of whatever dramatic thing happened to me then!

As I’m writing this by the way, I’m listening to this really good playlist I found on 8tracks. I thought I’d give it a try when I saw it on my feed just because the title says “LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES“. Kinda intriguing, right? So I did, but not with my headphones on because I prefer listening to music on loud speakers when I’m at home. Anyway the effect is just the same, if not uber amplified! Yeah, I’m weird like that.

True enough, I discovered songs that I would soon download onto my player just because I love to get lost in loud, kaleidoscopey (trippy and colorful) indie music when I’m alone aside from them being really trippy in a really good way. 🙂 That’s what I’d love to call music porn or earn porn? haha! Although I didn’t really like what they did to my all-time-favorite-stolen-song-from-bro, “She Looks so Perfect“.

While you’re at it, might as well watch the video below just to have an overall feeling of ecstacy. No, I’m not high, if that’s what you’re thinking. Or maybe I am! After all, it is still November and I am so hiiiiiiiigggghhhhhh on love, happiness and magic even though I think I’ve had much better birthdays in the past. I’m still so blessed and I saw it even more now than ever! 🙂 aaaahhhhhhhhh Amen. 🙂

I’d also like to share 2 videos I’ve seen yesterday and I’m giving both of my hands down to these guys. They’re partly the reason I’m feeling high as well. charot!

Here’s PLL‘s Janel Parrish aka Mona and her new boyfriend, apparently 🙂 It might not look as special, at least not for everyone, but like what Julianne Hough (my entry is soooo star-studded, I had to type in a lot of names in bold) said, you’d feel something real between these two while they were dancing. That’s real partnership, trusting and helping each other out. (FML! haha “not bitter” disclaimer here!!) Plus, I love the song they used! I’ve actually downloaded the song again after I’ve seen Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan‘s movie Bachelorette a few months ago and now I saw it in a whole new light in that rendition. Meganon? Daldal!

Then there’s this really amazing guy I discovered when I was looking for decent covers of Coldplay‘s “Yellow

Kaleidoscopey, aren’t they all? 😛

Magic!

According to my ever dependable pc dictionary, MAGIC is defined as any art that invokes supernatural powers. It says that it’s also any illusory feat or it is considered magical by naive observers. According to Wikipedia, it can be classified into the paranormal, illusion or in fiction. Personally, I think that magic is a phenomena that’s very hard to explain (especially like what the dictionary says, by naive observers), therefore very hard to believe in, but once you see it, you’d either be moved by it, or be further skeptic about it.

I’d like to say that I want to believe in magic because it gives me an opportunity to escape my worries even just for a while. I’d also always be astounded by the supernatural or by illusions or by works of fiction that sometimes I find myself not wanting to fight the thought of it just for the fun of indulging in it. It feels good, actually, to sometimes be vulnerable to the unimaginable, to the unbelievable.

Speaking of the unbelievable, I’d been terribly hooked to this show that I only discovered a few weeks ago, Once Upon A Time. It was first shown in 2011 and I found out about it now, when I saw on hollywood life that they would be featuring Frozen soon in the coming season. Of course I only got interested because I saw the photos of the actresses who would bring to life Anna and Elsa and so after further research, I was convinced to watch it from the very beginning, yes, right when the narrator usually say, Once upon a time….. 

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So the fourth season is not going to be shown at least for a couple more weeks, so I have more time to finish the first three ones. Currently, I just started on the third season. Yep, I’m still at it. I found it very much highly engaging as compared to other tv shows that I recently discovered too. No offense meant, I do love the other ones, but not as much as I have come to love this. 

I am not really going to talk about what’s it about or how the storyline goes, now that I’m on the third season, but I want to talk about how much it has given me that opportunity to believe in magic in this day and age. First of all, I find it magical to have found me at my lowest and darkest point because it gives me that certain hope and energy to find the good in everything despite what I’ve been going through. It sounds awfully a lot like a cliche, but that’s what this series is about: love, family, happy endings, good vs evil, magic that always comes with a price and always finding the good even in the most evil in all of the enchanted forest, the world where all the characters were originally from. 

What I also love about this is that it gives another angle or story to the fairy tales and characters we thought we knew or how we always knew them. It’s really funny and creative how they were able to magically just bring about a whole new world with all of the familiar characters we grew up believing in. What’s even more amazing is that the creators were able to make up a way to kind of involve all of these characters in the wildest of stories and put them all in a tangled up web. It’s like one of those all-star cast movies that gave each of the characters the right amount of exposure and equal importance to the whole plot. It’s amazing, almost made me believe that the stories there were the real ones the Grimm brothers or the other authors actually wrote. Who would’ve thought that Belle can actually be friends with little red riding hood, who lives right across Jimini cricket, or that Aurora wakes up from her somber sleep only to have Prince Philip taken away from her and gets him back by joining forces with Mulan? Crazy right? No, that’s magic!

I could tell you how much more magic I find here by the minute and I couldn’t even assure you that I’ll finish in a day, but all I can say is that what these fictional characters and us, human beings have in common is the belief that the greatest magic of all can actually be summoned not by a spell, but by the heart, which is, yep you got that right, the big L-O-V-E.

I love how it centers on LOVE still. Love is very powerful, yet very magical that I couldn’t imagine what all of the fairy tales would have been without love, the goodness of love and being in love and loving even the most vile of all creatures. Isn’t it just magical how two people can end up together despite not having anything in common or despite their differences in status or beliefs or despite the absence of physical attraction? Don’t you find it magical to fall for someone who only used to be a stranger? So there, I do believe in magic because I believe in love, which again I say is the most powerful and the greatest magic of all. 

Did I also say that two of the main actors who play lead roles, Snow White and Prince Charming actually fell for each other on set and recently got married and had their first born in freaking REAL LIFE?!?!!!? That I find really magical too. Seeing their onscreen chemistry, it’s no wonder they have something within them that’s more than just great acting. Plus they actually look good together too and I’m just happy for Ginnifer Goodwin to find her real life prince, Josh Dallas

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Now that’s real magic! I just can’t get enough of it. I find it magical that magic uplifts my mood and makes me feel better any day. Now, I’m happy again! 🙂 

I should also say that aside from good, the evil in this story/series have also got to be one of the best magical creatures and villains I have ever come to love, Regina, the evil queen and Rumplestiltskin. They have the most wretched and selfish of hearts, but surprisingly also the kindest and purest if I may say. Nothing touches my heart more than bad people giving in to their soft sides, again all thanks to magic! ❤

Plus, I also love the deep, dark magical feeling the musical scoring of the show evokes. Let me give you a sample, which is also my favorite, by the way… they play this whenever the evil queen needs a really good dramatic entrance….

Anyway, so much for the familiar characters, before I end this, I want to say something about my favorite character, Emma. Ring a bell? No it didn’t too, when I first started watching this. Apparently, she’s the long-lost daughter of Snow and Charming and 28 years later, she finds a way back to them through her own son. I told you the story is all jumbled up, but despite it, I find Emma, the savior, my favorite, because she is an embodiment of a strong and independent woman and I love it. She also looks a lot like Elisha Cuthbert, that girl, Jennifer Morrison, so that makes her really pretty too. 

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True enough, other people think they look alike too! (photo links back to the original site/owner)

I’m trying not to get into so much hurry finishing the third season because who knows how impatient I can get until they show the fourth one, but I couldn’t really say how much I owe this show the sanity I still have left in me as much as I owe FRIENDS, but I’m saving that for another entry. For now, I’d like to believe in magic and be able to pass this on to my future children and grandchildren, after all, it’s something worth living for, something good to escape to and something which lights up that pure unadulterated spark of innocence and optimism within us. Magic will be true for those who believe in it and even though it isn’t, somehow, it gives you hope that in all adversities and misfortunes, there is still power, great enough up there that is quite like magic. You just have to have faith. 🙂

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