Epic End of an Era

16 July 2011

ϟ My Harry Potter Film Wizardry book, my premiere night tickets, and the Harry Potter glasses from Ana ϟ
Today I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 for the THIRD time. The other times I saw it were: with Ana [read her account of it here] in Glorietta at the advance screening last July 13 thanks to my friend Dewi; and with my friends Jonas and Joner on the first regular showing day last July 14 at the IMAX theater in SM North-EDSA. I even requested for a half-day shift for Thursday just so I can catch the first screening for the day which was at 10:30AM. Today, I saw it in SM Fairview with my friends from the office Frank and Terry with her daughter Stephenie.

I don't think I am over-acting, but I didn't tire of the movie even after seeing it thrice. I still teared up at most of the scenes (tears all around from the point Professor McGonagall said "Potter, it's good to see you."), and the funny little moments still never failed to make me smile. Who here didn't tear up at the panning long shot of the trio the morning after, knowing that it is the last time we would see them that way? Whose heartstrings weren't tugged at the Epilogue? Who here didn't admire Neville Longbottom, especially at his speech towards the end (which I have already memorized)? Only a true Potter fan would understand.

I won't post a review yet because I don't want to spoil the movie experience for some who have yet to see it. I know that the ending wouldn't come as a surprise anymore especially for those who have read the book, but we got to admit there were a few instances where the director took liberties with how a scene would turn out just to make the transition from book to film smooth and easier. I just wanted to say though, "RUDDY BRILLIANT!"

*Pause and deep breath* It just feels surreal that it has already ended. I am one of the millions of fans who feel sad that there will be no more books and movies to look forward to in the coming years, yet I still feel grateful that I have been born in this generation - for if I weren't, then I wouldn't have known all about Ron Weasley, and Hogsmeade, and Patronuses, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It would have been cool to wear petticoats and pretty dresses like they did in the Victorian era, but thanks but no thanks. I love my Android apps, my Internet, and my Harry Potter books, so I wholeheartedly embrace being born in the late 1980s.

I know I am not being very original here, but I just want to quote another of my favorite authors Liz Gilbert in her book Eat Pray Love, that "in the end, maybe it's wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices." Thank you Warner Bros. and David Heyman for producing these films. Thank you Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell, and David Yates. Thank you Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, for being the perfect Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Thank you, Joanne Kathleen Rowling, for sharing with us this wonderful world of wizards and witches. Our childhood would have been a lot less magical without your stories.

*Make Love, Not Horcruxes*

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