Harry Potter and Me: Part 4

*From here on out, these posts will be written in first person, as they are more of opinion posts, and aren’t really telling any stories about me personally.*

~Music Makes the Movie~

You hear it. The sounds of violins and other instruments playing a melodious tune that you recognize instantly. The Harry Potter song, or, it’s formal title, “Hedwig’s Theme.” Everyone knows this piece of music. Even those who aren’t fans of the movies. Yet, they know it, because it is the Harry Potter movies’ musical identity. It plays all around the world. I even heard Harry Potter music that was on the radio in a shop in Santorini.

The Harry Potter movies are great, but without the music, like any other movie or TV show, it would be far less interesting. Music evokes emotion; it makes you cry, smile, rock out. A world isn’t complete until music is added to it. The brilliant John Williams, composer and conductor, scored the first three Harry Potter movies. I absolutely love John Williams. John Williams is the MAN! (Reference to youtube video, which I will provide: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGYAPr6UKhs) I was actually able to see him conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra last summer in Boston (duh..), and it was absolutely amazing. Although they didn’t perform any Harry Potter songs, they performed songs from ET, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and various America-themed songs. I went with my friend Acacia, who’s also a big Harry Potter fan, and we were geeking out. We also found it funny that we were surrounded by rich people cloaked in Burberry jackets and drinking $15 dollar drinks (a small glass of watter was $3!!!). That’s what we got for getting table seats, but for $100, it was totally worth it.

The other movies were composed by Patrick Doyle (Goblet of Fire), Nicholas Hooper (Order of the Phoenix, Half-Blood Prince), and Alexandre Desplat (Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2). Each have different styles and takes on the movies and the way they describe them through their scores, making them unique. Yet, all fully embrace and define Harry Potter correctly. Here are samples from each composer:

-John Williams: Harry and Lupin talking on the bridge at Hogwarts…

-Patrick Doyle: Scene of the third task of the Triwizard Tournament, as the champions prepare to enter…

-Nicholas Hooper: Scene where they are all at Fred and George’s shop…

-Alexandre Desplat: Scene where Harry, Hermione, and Ron are running through the courtyard, dodging spiders, trolls, and spells…

I have almost every soundtrack (only missing 2, 3, and 5), and the songs take up at least 1GB on my iPod. When I listen to the songs, I get pretty into it. This probably doesn’t shock you, especially if you have read all of the Harry Potter and Me posts. You should know by now how obsessed I am. Nevertheless, the music puts you in the moment. If you listen to the music, you can picture the scene it was in in your mind. You remember how you felt in that scene. Like I said before, each piece of music evokes emotion. The actors portray their character’s emotion, but the music brings it even further to life. It carries the scene, and moves it along. The music makes the movie.

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Pitch Perfect Reunion

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This is the best news I’ve heard recently, other than the fact that they’re making Finding Dory. My inner nerd is completely freaking out.

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April 4, 2013 · 10:29 am

Pretty Little Exclusive: Meet Ravenswood‘s Crew!

For all my fellow PLL fans out there…here’s some scoop on the spin-off, Ravenswood!

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Pretty Little Liars Spinoff RavenswoodPretty Little Liars is ready to introduce some of the good people of Ravenswood, and we’ve got exclusive details on the spin-off’s cast of tortured characters.

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The new drama finds five strangers suddenly connected by a fatal curse that haunts the city, prompting them to dig into their hometown’s mysterious past before it’s too late.

Read on to get the scoop on three Ravenswood series regulars who will make their debut during Liars’ third annual Halloween special, which will introduce the off-shoot’s titular city and its residents.

MIRANDA | She’s a feisty, disarming and unconventionally attractive 17-year-old. As a fiercely independent foster kid, she has tons of confidence, but it was hard-won. She uses her wits to cover her emotional scars. If you can break through the tough exterior, you’ve got a fearless, loyal friend for life.

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Harry Potter and Me: Part 3

WQZPAdvBefore I start writing this post, I want to take a moment to remember the great Richard Griffiths, who unfortunately passed away earlier this weekend due to complications after a heart surgery. Many of us know him as the malicious Uncle Vernon, who taunted Harry since the day he arrived on the Dursley’s doorstep. However, there are many more movies under his belt that should not go unnoticed. Ballet Shoes (also starring Emma Watson), Hugo (also starring Chloe Grace-Moretz), Bedtime Stories (also starring Adam Sandler), Sleepy Hollow (also starring Johnny Depp), Ghandi, and much, much more, both on TV and on stage. His talent is remarkable, and his work will be remembered forever. We’ll all miss you..

RIP ❤

~The Series that Lived~

It was July 20, 2007. The sun was shining, the sky was a perfect blue with no cloud in sight. Birds were flying in the air, chirping their songs to one another. People were spending time at the beach, taking advantage of a wonderful day. But these beach-goers did not know what was to come. In less than a day, the Earth was going to shake, rain was going to pour down, and thunder rumble and growl. Change was coming, and many did not realize how big of a change it was going to be.

There was one community of people, however, that knew of this change. They knew everything that was going to happen, to the very last detail. This wasn’t a small community. The meaning of community for these people was vast. They were all connected, people young and old, male or female. There was, and still is, millions of people in this community from all over the world. This community is infamous. They are……the Potterphiles.

One particular Potterphile, Isabel, was enjoying the summer day in weather tempermental Rhode Island. She was especially enjoying it because soon, she would be going to the local Borders Bookstore for the midnight book release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She had convinced her mother to bring her because it was the last Harry Potter book, and she didn’t want to miss this amazing experience. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was being released July 21, 2007 at 12:00am. And as soon as the clocks around the world struck that time, the change discussed previously would occur. The Earth was going to shake, rain was going to pour down, and thunder rumble and growl.

Isabel and her mother arrived at the shopping complex where Border’s was when the sun was still high in the sky. Sunset wouldn’t occur for for another two hours. Isabel walked into the store, donning spectacles and a Gryffindor crest on the front of her shirt. She walked up to the check-in table where she received a  blue sticker. There were different colored stickers in which the hosts of the book release would call to get in line to get their pre-ordered book. Isabel’s color wasn’t the first or the last. It was right in the middle. For most of the night, she sat in the cafe with her mom. She even read an entire book while waiting that she had grabbed from one of the many bookshelves. Her mother, on the other hand, was nearly falling asleep on the cafe wall.

Then the clock struck 12, and the Earth shook, the rain poured down, and thunder rumbled and growled. The mass of people in the bookstore, one by one, received their copy of the final Harry Potter book, beginning to read it as soon as it was put in their hands. Isabel did, when she received hers at 2:00am in the morning. She was halfway through the first chapter when she paid for it. In the car, she read some more. At home, she read. Her mom then made her go to sleep. Although Isabel didn’t sleep much. She woke up four hours later, around 7:30am, and immediately picked up the book, which she had placed beside her bed, and read. She was laying on her stomach, cozy under her sheets, and without a single yawn or distraction, read. She ignored her mother’s calls for breakfast. She read, and read, and read, and read. She shook, rain poured down on her face, and thunder rumbled and growled within her. And then, five hours later, she was done. She closed the book, looked at the front cover, where Harry defiantly stood, with his wand in the air, displaying courage, bravery, and love….

…and just smiled.

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Help my friend out…(:

My friend Georgia is in Peru right now, helping out the many kids who need help. This is very important to her, and I urge you to donate some money to help these kids live the lives they deserve. Donate, share the link to your friends, families, and colleagues, and sit back and smile. You have done good in the world. Things like this may go unnoticed, but even the things that are unnoticed can stand out when it is bettering the world we live in.

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Harry Potter and Me: Part 2

~Midnight Duels at the Movies~

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When Isabel saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in theaters with her parents, she was in awe. The movie had brought her favorite characters to life. There they were, right in front of her. All she wanted to do was to jump into the screen and transform into a Hogwarts student. She wanted to walk the grounds of Hogwarts and have conversations with her fellow witches and wizards. She wanted to go to the classes and learn all sorts of things about magic and the magical world. She wanted to play quidditch, and feel the thrill of flying through the air on a broomstick. She wanted to eat the wondrous feasts that were prepared for the students in the Great Hall. Seeing the beginning of Harry’s journey come alive was paradise for Isabel. She gasped when Voldemort was revealed. She had thought about what he would look like, and he was as scary as she imagined.

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Isabel saw Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with her grandmother at the cinemas in the Providence Mall. The big screen, which was larger than average, made the visual experience even more grand. However, she was dissapointed, just like she was when reading the book, that Hermione wasn’t in this one as much. Hermione was Isabel’s favorite character. She related to her and her nerdiness. The actress who played Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, became Isabel’s favorite actress. To this day, Isabel continues to look up to her as a role model.

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The third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was a true adventure. Isabel went with her best friend Megan and her parents opening day (which happened to be a Friday), and had the most glorious time. The movie hyped her up, excitement running through her veins. For hours on end after the movie finished, Isabel and her friend reenacted the scene where Hermione punched Draco. That ended up being Isabel’s favorite scene from the movie. If you ever meet Isabel, she will gladly reenact it for you, complete with British accents. “You foul, loathsome, evil little cockroach!” “Hermione, he’s not worth it.” PULLS BACK HER WAND–PUNK’D!–BLAM YOU JUST GOT PUNCHED! “That felt good.” “Good?? Brilliant!”

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When Isabel went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, it was a special circumstance. When the movie came out, she was in sixth grade. As a field trip, the whole entire sixth grade went to go see the movie. One of the greatest cinematic reveals occured in this movie…the ressurection of Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter had gone to a whole new level. Now, it is known that tween Isabel already knew everything that was going to happen in the movie–her mom always told her, “You have to read the book before you see the movie!” Isabel was ahead of the game when it came to Harry Potter. But even so, when Isabel saw the movie, she knew that it was her favorite of all the movies so far.

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It was a warm summer night in July when Isabel went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at midnight It was her first time ever seeing a Harry Potter movie at midnight, and Isabel was extremely excited. She attended the event with her friend Megan and her parents, arriving at the movie theaters at six o’clock. They were third in line. What made this experience even more exhilerating was that in two weeks time, the final Harry Potter book was going to be released. As she was waiting in line, playing Harry Potter Uno (naturally), a news reporter came up to the line of people. She was here interviewing attendees what they thought was going to happen in the last book. Isabel was one of the interviewed attendees. She was asked the question above, and she answered with this: “I think Harry is going to die. He is a horcrux, because Voldemort accidentally made him into one and Dumbledore’s been hinting on it in the other books. So the only way to kill Voldemort is if Harry, Ron, and Hermione destroy all the horcruxes. I think either Ron or Hermione is going to have to kill Harry. I know it’s sad to say it, but that’s the only way they’d be able to defeat Voldemort. And they will.” Isabel’s prediction was almost true. The interview, which is not online, can only be found on a video tape her friend’s grandmother had taped. This moment was one of the most thrilling Harry Potter moments Isabel had been in. The wait inside the theater was equally as thrilling. People were dressed to the max. There was Hagrid, Hermione, Harry, Ron, Bellatrix, and many more characters. Isabel believed that the midnight showings for a Harry Potter movie were for TRUE fans. As in, they have actually read the books. If you are someone who has only seen the movies, and attends a midnight release, you just ruin it because you will definitely not have the same reactions as ones who have read the books.

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On to the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! This movie’s midnight showing emphasized Isabel’s dedication. You see, Isabel was in Italy. She had gone there for two and a half weeks by herself to visit her family, and she was coming back the day before the movie’s release–or, the day she was going to the midnight showing. Like she does before all the movies come out, Isabel re-read all the Harry Potter books up to that point. All Isabel did on the flight home was read and sleep. She was determined to finish the book. Her flight came into Boston around 1pm. Isabel’s dad and sisters were there to pick her up, and they left immediately. They stopped at Friendly’s on the way home because Isabel hadn’t eaten since she before she had left Italy. You see, Isabel hated airplane food. The taste, even the smell, made her nauseous. So by the time they left Friendly’s, it was about 4pm. Her dad raced home, because as soon as she got home, she was quickly getting things together to go to Megan’s, and then immediately go to the theaters. Luckily, she got to her friend’s house around 5:30pm, and was at the theater by 6:30pm. Again, they were one of the first few people there. However, while they were waiting to be let in, Isabel couldn’t be distracted, because she only had about 100 pages left in the sixth book. Long story short, she was able to finish the book (50 points to Gryffindor!), and the movie experience was spectacular as always.

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The penultimate movie experience was a sad one. This was Isabel’s last Harry Potter midnight premiere. You may be confused, because there was still one more movie that was coming out the following year. But yet, it was Isabel’s last Harry Potter midnight premiere. The reason? She would be in Greece when the final movie came out. She was excited to go to Greece, but she was still sad she wouldn’t be able to experience the final Harry Potter movie the way she had been for the past few movies. So she decided to go all out for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. She dressed up as Hermione Granger, her absolute favorite character. She took pictures so she would remember it forever. And when she saw the movie, she cried. A lot. Not only because of the deaths in the movie, but also because of this whole experience. She knew she would never experience something like this ever again. Nothing could ever be equivalent to a Harry Potter midnight showing. Nothing.

So how did Isabel see the final movie? She was coming back the day after it was opening in the U.S. She HAD to see it opening day. But she couldn’t. She was in Greece on a school field trip. But then a miracle happened, delivered straight from Dumbledore in Wizard Heaven. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was opening in Greece before it was opening in the U.S. The last day they were in Athens, Isabel and her friends scrambled around the section of the city they were in, asking restaurant waiters and shop owners if there was a movie theater nearby, and if it had the movie in English. When she and her friends were eating at the Hard Rock Cafe, they found out that what they were looking for was real. There was a movie theater only two blocks away from the hotel everyone was staying at. And they were playing the movie in English with Greek subtitles. There was more scrambling as they asked if people would be interested in going to see the last Harry Potter movie with them. Many were (there were about 100 students on the trip). People wanted to go, but there was one person they had to get the all clear from. Ms. Mason. She was the leader of the trip, and without her permission, Isabel and her friends’ desperate attempts to see the movie would go kerplunk. Early in the afternoon, they all went to Poseidon’s Temple. There, they gathered the courage to ask her if they would be able to organize an outing for the students to go see the movie. They told her the movie time, and that many people were interested. However, she would only let them and other students go if they gave her a list of all the students going so everyone would be accounted for. Also, they had to be back to the hotel within a half hour after the movie ended. So this is how it went down. There were two busses carrying the students. Isabel took down a list of names of people that wanted to go on her bus, and one of her friends collected the money from those people. On the other bus, Isabel’s friend Sarah did the same thing. Suddenly, disaster struck. Isabel’s bus had left on its way back to the hotel, but the other bus broke down with a flat tire. Were the other people going to make it? No one knew. They had to go buy the tickets, and they were hoping the other bus would get there in time to buy theirs. Isabel and her friends went to go buy the tickets for the people on her list, and just as they got back, they were notified that the other bus had finally made it back. Sarah and a few others were on their way to get their tickets. Once everyone was back, they gave the lists to Ms. Mason. Everyone ate quickly and the mob of Americans (about half of the people on the trip) began their way to the theater. They took a group picture in front of the giant Harry Potter poster. They filed into the movie theater, where they took up most of the space. The movie started…and then…THERE WAS AN INTERMISSION. WHAT?! The Americans were astounded. Some had heart attacks. Some yelled out comments. One that was particularly funny to Isabel and others was: “I didn’t know Harry Potter went to the disco!” The comment had been funny because the “intermission” was in bright neon coloring like it was from the seventies. Isabel was sobbing because the intermission had come right after Snape died, and there being an intermission just made her sob even more. Her friend Jess had to give her tissues. The Americans were going hysterical while the few Greeks in the theater were just casually walking out to get snacks like it was no big deal. It was a big deal for the Americans. Ten minutes later, the movie continued, and everything calmed down. And once the movie ended, Isabel was just quiet. Quiet and softly crying. It was over. Harry Potter was over.

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Harry Potter and Me: Part 1

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t written in a while, but I have been quite busy and have not had the time to put up a post. It is about time that I write a post about my love for Harry Potter. In my very first blog post I mentioned how I love Harry Potter, and that at some point I would write about it. Well, it is that time, my friends. This is the first part of a series that will ultimately have seven parts (naturally). This first one will just be about my introduction to Harry Potter, and a general overview. I hope all you Potterphiles like what I have to say about the biggest movie phenomenon in film history. For all you non-Potterphiles: I hope you get kissed by a dementor. PS: I am going to make this first part in third-person, like a story. I don’t know if I’ll do that for the other parts, but I’ll decide when the time comes.

A long time ago, in a land far, far away known as Rhode Island, a young girl was opening her presents on the beautiful Christmas morning of 2001. It was beautiful, but there was no snow. No snow you may ask? Well, Rhode Island was a strange land. It had the most peculiar weather, and there were many a Christmases where not a single snowflake would fall from the sky. The lack of snow did not distract the young girl from the glam and glitter of the Christmas tree, the presents beneath it, and the blubber of noises coming from her three-year-old twin sisters. No, Isabel was focused on ripping apart the colorful wrapping paper from Santa to see what she had been given. Soon enough, she had opened all of her presents. There were clothes–the usual present a seven-year-old would get. But there was one present Isabel was completely fascinated about. A hardcover book, with its crisp pages and smell. On the cover was a boy catching a snitch. The title of this book? Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Before you could say “Quidditch,” Isabel had read the book. She fell in love. She was mesmerized by the magic; sucked in by the story and its characters. It was the best book she had ever read. Before she turned eight, she read the second, and the third, and the fourth. No one could stop her from reading these books, not even the evilest of people. But there was something more that happened when she read these books. Yes, she became a dedicated and loyal fan, but there was something else. The Harry Potter books and their author, J.K. Rowling, inspired her to start writing her own stories. At this age, she was writing at most five page stories, starring her and her best friends on amazing adventures. Her passion for writing grew, as did her passion for Harry Potter as she started seeing the movies. Harry Potter and writing were one for young Isabel. She would explain, for the rest of her life, that she was not only an obsessed fan–that the books also inspired her to write and made her want to grow up to be an author. Yet, no matter how many times she would tell this to friends or to people she just met, no one really knew Harry Potter’s actual importance. It was a feeling–a love–no one, not even Isabel, could describe in detail. And it only got stronger as she grew older, and as the phenomenon grew to a close. It still gets stronger, even if it is now over. A relationship like this one will never end. Historians say Queen Elizabeth was “married” to England. Well, Isabel’s first “marriage” was to the book series she first layed her eyes on at age seven.

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