i remember when i used to stay up nights as a prepubescent teenager re-re-re-reading all the Harry Potter books – at least up until Goblet of Fire. i remember getting upset at how they didn’t put the Sphinx in the movie because i genuinely wanted to see Harry mingling with a weird creature from Ancient Egypt. i remember my enthusiasm fading as i sped through the fifth book: Ms Rowling, to put it mildly, tanked from the fifth book onwards. to honour the rest of the series, i duly bought them all on the day it was released and finished them. i remember when Dumbledore died in the sixth book, and i was strangely unmoved despite my love for his white scraggly beard and half-moon glasses. i pictured a more honourable death on Dumbledore’s behalf, not one where he was simply struck by Avada Kedavra and boom he falls dead to the floor. i was more upset at the fact that he died that way than the fact he died per se.
and the end of the Deathly Hallows…! my blood boiled. i had everything in the Wizarding World mapped out in my head: every dingy alley, the gardens by the Great Lake, every cloaked wizard and witch sitting at the Three Broomsticks. and then she comes and rudely throws the ending of the Deathly Hallows at us. from a kid who used to spend nights reading and writing 10,000 word strong fan fiction stories (all unpublished and destroyed along with my childhood), she totally doused the nerd flame in me. i know we’re not supposed to be bound by what authors write or say, but ultimately, i have come to realize that this is my not my world. it is, in every way, Ms Rowling’s empire.
BUT REALLY? DRESSING THESE KIDS UP TO LOOK LIKE DOWDY OLD PEOPLE HOLDING ON TO THEIR PHOTOSHOPPED YOUNGLINGS AT THE END OF THE MOVIE? REALLY?
P.S. was never a fan of Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley. i always imagined Ginny to be some hot redhead. Like Jessica Rabbit. not even in an imaginary world could that happen. insert stupid joke about Rabbits and Magic in here.
P.P.S. in twitter speak, this entire entry would just read #harrypotter #nerd #supermajorspoiler