Archive | July, 2011

5 Days of Farewell: Day 5

15 Jul

OK. This is it. The day Harry Potter fans of all ages have been waiting for. If you’re really hardcore, you might have seen the movie last night, at one of the midnight or 3am showings. As of yesterday, advance ticket sales reached a new pre-opening record of more than $32 million dollars. Before the movie even opened!

I certainly contributed to that number. My tickets are purchased and I am stoked about seeing HP and the Deathly Hallows part 2. As excited as am, it’s weird to think that it’s all over.

Which brings us to the final day of 5 days of farewell to Harry Potter. We’ve had pivotal moments from movies 3, 4, 6 and 7, and today’s moment comes from the one that started it all, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Less than half an hour into the first movie, it’s been established that a) there’s something a little weird about young Harry, with the talking to snakes and all and b) the Dursley’s are terrible people to be raised by. Which is why things really get started when Harry finds out he’s a wizard.

This introduction to Hagrid and Harry’s true self marks the start of a well, magical, journey that lasts the next 10 years and provides 7 additional movies which bring the world of Harry Potter to life (along with the 7 wonderful books that introduced the joys of reading to a whole generation of kids!)

The Harry Potter series really resonates with audiences, and I’ll miss the excitement around the release of a new movie or new book (can’t believe it’s been just about 4 years since Deathly Hallows was released!), but I’m glad it’s come to a nice, complete, eventful end, even though I’m likely to cry tonight. Just sayin’.

Any initial thoughts from you midnight movie goers? What was your favorite movie of the series? Will you miss Harry as much as I will?

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5 Days of Farewell: Day 4

14 Jul

So this is it: the last full day in a world with a little mystery left around Harry Potter. For those who haven’t read the books, they don’t actually know what will happen to our beloved characters. I am not one of those people, but I am still so excited for this last installment.

I know the movie is technically out at midnight tonight, I will not be joining the crazy, costumed masses to take in the showing. I have to work tomorrow (hello, real life), and, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a BIG fan of the Lux Level for major premieres like this, and as such, have already bought my tickets, chosen my (luxurious, large, leather) seats and am rearing to go tomorrow night!

Now, onward and upward to the day 4 of 5 days of farewell to Harry Potter! (Check out days 1,2 and 3 too!)

Today’s pivotal moment should come as no surprise to HP fans: it’s from 2009’s Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and it changed the game completely for the 7th and 8th movies.

Dumbledore’s death at the hands of Snape is such a blow, to Harry and all the characters, and to the readers and viewers. Even after reading it (and crying, not gonna lie), I still hoped maybe things would be different in the movie, and Dumbledore would live to cast another spell–and hopefully help Harry out in deal with Voldemort. But alas, no such changes were made (but imagine the uproar, had it been? Yikes.)

This was the death of Harry’s last, greatest ally and mentor. It really does set the stage nicely for the last movie though; there’s no knowledgeable authority figure left to help him. For the first time, we really see Harry as being on his own (with Ron and Hermione, of course).

Going to see HP tonight? What do you think tomorrow’s moment will be? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and check back for the final day of farewell to Harry!

5 Days of Farewell: Day 3

13 Jul

We’re down to LESS than 3 days until Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 hits theaters, which means…day 3 of 5 days to farewell! Day 1 and day 2 can be seen at their respective links.

So far, I’ve chosen moments from the 3rd and 7th movie, which I see as being on different halves of the series. The first half was much lighter and less dark and scary, while the second half is much more serious, darker and gives a real impression of bad things happening.

For me, the definite turning point in the whole series is the 4th movie, 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Goblet of Fire isn’t my favorite of the books or movies, but it does have a pivotal moment that changes the course of the series.

When Wormtail kills Cedric Diggory and then helps Voldemort regain his body, you get a real idea that we are not (pardon the language) fucking around anymore. Things get real serious after this. In the three previous books, the threat of Voldemort was always there in a vague, backgroundish way–he was always discussed, but it was uncertain what would actual happen to him. At this point in GoF, it’s pretty clear: he has a body, he’s totally back and he’s one nasty dark lord ready to mess things up. And the scene is set for movies 5,6 and 7 to really get down to business.

Anyone count the 4th movie as their favorite? Did seeing Ralph Fiennes all Voldemort’d up freak anyone else out majorly?

5 Days of Farewell: Day 2

12 Jul

And the second day of farewell to my fake film and literary friend Harry Potter marches on (check out the first one here)! Yesterday’s favorite HP moment was from the 7th and most recent movie. Today’s is from 2004’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (the 3rd movie in the series).

Necessary disclaimer: the third book and hence, movie, mayyyy be my favorite of the series so far. It was hard for me to pick an actual moment from this movie, as I think the whole thing is wonderful. I love Sirius Black and his relationship with Harry. What can I say, I’m a sucker for good things?

There are so many good parts here, but if I have to narrow it down, I’ll go with this one: when Harry saves Sirius from certain death-by Dementor, after realizing it wasn’t his (long dead) father that produced the stag patronus, but that he had done it himself. <– Yes, I’m aware there are a lot of HP jargon-y words in this sentence, but a dementor by a any other name…probably wouldn’t make any sense at all, either. So there’s that.

This is Harry, being badass and saving Sirius' life.

Honorable mention: When Harry learns that Sirius is his godfather and has invited Harry to live with him, thereby ending Harry’s terrible time with the Dursley’s.

Harry and Sirius are BFF

What’s your favorite moment from Prisoner of Azkaban? I won’t blame you if you say the whole thing =)

Check back tomorrow for day 3 of my farewell to HP!

5 Days of Farewell: Day 1

11 Jul

Even though I’ve been a sucky blogger and haven’t posted in almost a month, I just can’t let the 5 days leading up to potentially the movie I am most excited about seeing in the world pass without commemorating the occasion.

Don’t know what this momentous film opening is? DO YOU LIVE UNDER A ROCK?? Even if you do call a cave or some other unsavory place home, then surely you know what movie I’m talking about if you’ve ever read Oscartini before.

Yes. It’s almost time for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2. The finale. The conclusion. The END OF A WONDERFUL SERIES!

As a celebration of the end of H to the P, I present: the first of my 5 favorite Harry Potter movie moments.

This moment comes from the most recent HP movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. This was an intense part in the first half of the finale (um spoiler alert? The movie did come out last year…) and occurred during the wedding scene: when Kingsley’s Patronus comes to warn the wedding guests and order members that the Death Eaters are coming.

This is such a favorite of mine because it’s so intense; “The Minestry has fallen. The Minister of magic is dead. They are coming.” I loved this part when I read it in the book, and I love how it was done in the movie. You know ish is about to go down. Start the below video at 3:30 for the full impact!

Honorable mention:

Though I’m usually a stickler for sticking to the books, I loved this insertion. It was such a semi-cheerful interlude during an otherwise somber time for our favorite trio.

What was your favorite HP scene from the 7th movie? Leave it below in the comments, and check back tomorrow for another fav moment!