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End to an Era..

Went to see Harry Potter Friday night. It was kinda cool to get to go with one of the members of what we’ve lovingly referred to as the “Harry Potter Crew” for the last few years. She and I were among the group not able to go see it while we were in Vegas a couple of weeks ago and so we decided to go see it at the last minute Friday night.

It was a very good conclusion to the series. It wasn’t as “epic” or “blockbuster” as I may have expected but it was (for the most part) quite true to the book and was an admirable conclusion. I think they got the main point of the story across although part of me wonders why they really needed to do an entire 8th movie for it. I think fans would have been ok with a longer 7th film and they could still have shown most of what they did in this one. All that said though… I still loved it. It was a story that I followed and loved for many many years. And the crew that dedicated so much time and energy to the making of these movies deserve true props for their dedication to the heart of the story that is Harry Potter.

It’s sad to think that there will be no more books and no more movies in the Harry Potter franchise. I think that they COULD make a few more movies… a “next generation” kind of thing but I really don’t think they should. I think they would be better served to let a good thing continue to be a good thing and to just enjoy how wonderful JK Rowlings characters and storyline have been. After all, it captured the hearts and minds of MILLIONS of people… I think if they tried to continue the series just for the sake of making more money off of it, it would fail miserably and that would disappoint the myriad of Harry Potter fans across the globe.

I fell in love with these books over Christmas one year… I’d gotten a gift set of the first three books for Christmas (because I’ve just always been a fan of great stories and had heard wonderful things about them). I read the first three books and 1/2 of the fourth book in the week that I was home on vacation. I was hooked from about 30 pages into the first book. They blew me away. I waited patiently every year for the new book to be released. More than once I ‘pre-ordered’ it so that I’d be sure I had it in the first week it was released. Two of the books have been released since I moved to DC 5 years ago…. and I’ve actually gone home to Canada to make sure that I could purchase the British Editions (to complete my set) instead of just getting the book. I did mistakenly purchase the American edition of the “Order of the Phoenix” and have in on my shelf…but the minute I realized my error I also purchased the British edition. Partially to complete my set in the same style and format… but mostly because I like the un-edited style in which JK Rowling wrote the stories… complete with all the british slang and cultural references.

It’s been a great ride… and year after year of great stories. They are stories that I know without a doubt I will read to my own children. They are books that I will keep forever …. movies too. As I said, it’s sad to think there will be no more chapters in the saga of Harry Potter but I can’t think of a better conclusion to a wonderful decade of story telling. Hats off to both JK Rowling for spinning such a wonderful yarn and to Warner Brothers for executing it with the utmost respect to the story.

July 24, 2011 Posted by | Movies | , | Leave a comment

Feeling the HP Withdrawl

So… I haven’t yet seen the new Harry Potter movie… for anyone who knows how much I LOVE the Harry Potter series you realize how big of a deal this is for me. I’ve seen every other movie on opening weekend and here we are a week into the movie’s run and I still have not been to see it.

Reasons:
ONE –Ā  I chose climbing in Red Rocks over going to see HP8 with the crew in Vegas – a choice I don’t regret even a little bit.
TWO – the other people I would normally go see it with have all already seen it with other people and I don’t want to watch it with someone who has already seen the ending.
THREE – My BF would go with me but he hasn’t yet seen ANY of the previous movies (yes, I know) and I will not explain to him what’s going on so he’d just be confused for a big part of the movie and that wouldn’t be any fun for anyone.

Would I go see it by myself – of course… but I haven’t had time yet to do that. And, if I am honest about it I kind of want to see it with my BF which means that he needs to watch the first seven movies (or at least the 6th and the 7th one) before we go watch the final one. Thankfully I do have copies of ALL of the previously released movies so it’s realistic that he COULD watch them all in a relatively quick turn around… perhaps a week or so. But that’s a pretty serious commitment to movie watching and I am not sure he wants to do that. I think I need to sweet talk him a little bit this weekend (and of course bring all seven movies with me when I go over there so that he HAS them and doesn’t have that as a reason to not watch them).

But, it’s getting harder and harder to WAIT to go see it. Everyone I know is raving about how great it was and I am sure that if I wait much longer someone will end up inadvertently spoiling something for me. Sure, IĀ  know how the STORY ends (I’ve read all the books) but these movies have generally been so well done that I really don’t want to know a single thing about the movie before I see it…. and I am not kidding about that. If any of you jokers try to spoil it for me with comments I will just delete them without reading them šŸ™‚

Yes, it’s a bit of an obsession. And yes, it’s a CHILDREN’s story… but honestly if you’ve not read any of the books or seen any of the movies then you are truly missing out. I know plenty of people who had no desire at all to see them (or to read the books) only to get sucked into them by children, younger siblings or family members and find themselves hooked before they knew what hit them. Seriously one of the best STORIES I’ve ever read…and I’ve read a whole lot of stories in my time.

So, I give it about another week or so before I cave and tell my BF I am not waiting for him to catch up. As much as I want to go see the movie with him my need to see it while it’s still relatively new to theatres will win out soon. So, I guess if you want to come with me babe you’d better get watching!! šŸ™‚

July 22, 2011 Posted by | Movies | , , , , , | Leave a comment