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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Posted in Books, Movies with tags , , , , , , on November 20, 2010 by otakujade

First and foremost, I must say that this is no doubt “THE BEST” HP movie EVER!!!

With that said, I must now justify that very enthusiastic comment.  Allow me first to state that I am a huge HP fanatic. I loved the books from the first one and even up to the 6th book….and I must confess that I am one of those people (I don’t know how many of us HP readers, have the same opinion but I do know of some people who share the same opinion as I do) who thinks that book 7th – was crap!

I do no impose this opinion on anyone but I personally think it didn’t live up to the expectation. A friend even told me that JKR must have run out of steam (ideas) at the very end. Though, I think she just let herself get affected by all the different demands that the fans have and she tried to please everyone and in the end came up with a very weak ending to a very, very wonderful series. It was sad really.

But back to the movie….as much as I hated book 7; I LOVED the 1st installment of the movie. I got all emotional at all the right places wherein I didn’t really get all that affected in the book. I have to give credit here to the trio (Dan, Emma & Rupert) in that their acting have matured so much in the passed years. Though I also must point out that Dan for all the love I have for him wasn’t quite was remarkable here as in the others…I don’t really know if it has something to do with the role he’s playing…I mean Harry was mostly confused and lost in this part of the story or was it that Emma’s and Rupert’s acting have drastically improved in the pass couple of years. It just feels like Dan was over shadowed by the other two in some of the scenes. But we haven’t seen the rest of the movie yet so maybe things will be different in the next installment.

The first time I got all teary-eyed was when Hermione had to Obliviate her parents’ memories of her. That was really touching, you could really see the pain in her eyes and yet see the determination in there too as she knew this was the best way she could protect her parents. I loved the way her voice nearly choked as she spoke the spell but steadied herself to do what must be done. Then she exited the home she had known all her life, took one last look at the place she would never return to again, and left to join her friends. Right at this part I was gritting my teeth and biting down a sob as hubby looked over to me….what the heck I took my hanky and wiped at my tears.

Hedwig’s death, although it was well written in the book did not affect so much as when I actually saw it happen. I thought Harry’s reaction to the situation was dead on and afterwards he steeled himself and resigned to the fact that he had lost his constant companion.

Another wickedly emotional moment was the fight between Harry and Ron. Oh that was simply magic! The trio just clicked on that scene so much that you find yourself torn between Harry and Ron. It’s like you understand what Ron was saying and what he was going through being worried about his family and all that; and siding with Harry too because you know that he was really trying his very best to get the job done.  You as the audience feel like you’re being torn in the middle up until the point where Ron said something that was below the belt and then you start to side with Harry completely.  Loved Hermione here too, as she tried to stop the fight and ended up having to choose between the boys.

See it here..

Then came the final and insanely emotional part of Dobby’s death; while I was reading this in the book I had to stop and cry for a few minutes before I could continue reading again. The movie really did justice to that scene….after all the action of the fight at the Malfoy mansion and barely escaping with their lives – – they were so happy to have been able to escape only to find out seconds later that Dobby had been hit by Bellatrix’s dagger. Honestly, watching Harry cradle Dobby as the house elf was dying didn’t affect as much as hearing Harry say he wanted to bury Dobby without magic – that it was the last thing he could do for him. It was like he thought magic made things impersonal and easy and he wanted to do this thing the hard way, shedding tears and sweat and giving extra effort for his number one follower who died for him. Needless, to say I find that very symbolic and touching and I was crying unashamedly as I watched all this on the scene.

The movie was indeed very dark as it should be. I still cannot understand how people could see the series as a children’s book when in reality HP is all about the struggle of good and evil.  But as dark as the movie was there were some really, really fun moments in there too. True the trio was struggling but there were some really sweet and funny moments in there too.  Kudos to Director David Yates for such a well rounded film.

Funny moment number was when everyone changed into Harry during the part when they had to take him away from Privet Drive.  It was funny looking at Dan Radcliffe wearing a bra as Fleur changed into Harry after drinking the Polyjuice Potion.

Funny moment number 2 was when George (or was that Fred) caught Harry and Ginny kissing in the kitchen. Loved his teasing tone and the grin he gave Harry was just lovely! hehehe!

Next stop was Ron’s unexpected kiss when they entered the Ministry to steal the locket. He ended up posing as one of the Ministry employees who’s wife was being tried by Umbridge for being a muggle born. When they were able to save her and he asked her to meet him at ‘their house’…she pulled him to her and kissed him just as the real husband came into the scene. Then she shrieked as she saw Ron changed back to who he really was.

Also loved the way Hermione sacked Ron on his return after leaving her and Harry alone after the fight. Hey! She’s a girl and she can stay mad for a long…long time! hehehe!

Sexy Moment! That scene where Harry and Hermione were kissing in Ron’s delusional mind was fantastic. It was really sweet, and sexy and erotic all at the same time. I must also say that Emma’s turned out to become such a lovely young woman. Beauty and brains… and a fortune too…goodness, the girl has it all!

They didn’t show the part where Hermione and Ron paired up but I guess they’re leaving that up for the next installment.

The movie may just be part 1 of the final chapter of the series but if this is any indication of what was come I am even more excited now than ever to see part 2. I mean, even hubby actually watched the movie this and not sleep half way through like he did the others. He was laughing at all the funny moments and asking questions after the movie about parts he didn’t understand. And I guess it helped me too, that I didn’t read the book before seeing the movie. I have forgotten some of the parts from the book which was not all that memorable so I was better able to appreciate the film.

CAN’T WAIT FOR JULY 2011!!!!!!!!


10 Writers That Has the Most Influence on Me…

Posted in Books, Random, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2010 by otakujade

This is actually an off shoot of my friend Joleene Naylor’s post about the 15 authors that influenced her. Since I am an avid reader, it made me think on which among the authors I follow actually has any significance for me.  Although for my own purposes I narrowed it down to 10..the top 10! So to speak….

This is in no way done in any sort of ranking…I am just listing the names of the authors as I move along and well, explaining how they influenced me – one way or the other.

1. JK Rowling – Harry Potter – need I say more? hehehe! Well, it was through her HP books that I developed my love for the fantasy genre. I read the Sorcerer’s Stone and I was hooked. I became one of the millions of HP fanatics out in the world. An addiction that I carry up to this day…

2. David Morrell – the way I found David Morrell was really unexpected. I saw a novel of his laying around my friend’s apartment and started reading it while I was waiting for him to arrive. It turns out to be a turning point for me. David Morrell started my love for espionage and the suspense-thriller genre. And although I have started to follow other writers of the same genre and caliber I find that I like Morrell’s style better than anyone else’s.

3. Michael Crichton – I love his attention to details and I love how my intellect is constantly challenged by his works.  My brother always say that I am a glutton for information and Michael Crichton satisfies that craving. It’s sad that he has passed away and won’t be writing any more novels.

4. Anne Rice – Lestat! OMG need I say more? She ruined me for all other vampire novel writers. My idea of what a vampire is and should be is largely influenced by her vampire mythology.

5. J.R.R. Tolkien – Middle Earth; Legolas; Frodo….I don’t think I need to elaborate on how Tolkien became a huge part of any reader’s author list. LoTR was a fantastic book given legendary popularity by 3 hugely successful movies.

6. Miyamoto Musashi – “The Book of the Five Rings” – though I have not read the original Japanese work of this popular Japanese author and undefeated warrior, what I was able to gather from the English translation of the books were enough to shape my own perception of everyday life and how one should live and discipline himself to be in order to attain the perception of his craft. Many of my management and trade principles are also lifted straight out of Musashi’s teachings.

7. Sun Tzu – he was probably a little more famous than Musashi in terms of books. His teachings have been adapted by many corporate CEOs and corporate directors. His book together with Musashi’s are some of the required readings given to Japanese CEOs before they are given any high ranking positions. Though, I love his principles and writing and I would admit that they are very useful, I still find I love the simplicity of Musashi’s writings. But Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” led to me to decide to take up my graduate studies.

8. Caroleen Keene/Franklin Dixon – I know that they are only pseudo-names of several unnamed authors who wrote for Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys but those books were what started it all for me. I first started the love for fiction and reading when a cousin of mine gave me a copy of ‘The Secret of the Wooden Lady” and my love for reading just took off from there.

9. Bob Ong – again this is just another pseudo-name and yet the books made by this author was one of the most entertaining, funny and socially and politically honest books I have ever read.

10. Robert Fulgrum – it is very seldom that I take books on life lessons, opting to learn about life on my own. But Fulgrum’s books were not only very lighthearted but also he sees life in a very positive way. He takes lessons from common folks with a very uncommon look on life.