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This is the promised post about Harry Potter! Yes! Finally! Also, in the meantime I got into Pottermore (with the perfectly ridiculous username PumpkinMagic141, which I love an unholy amount because my birthday is on Halloween and also pumpkins are awesome!) which I am unreasonably excited about. \o/

So, um, hi, hello, I realise I haven't properly updated in quite a while, but I am indeed still alive. I went to see Harry Potter 7.2 on Saturday, and well, maybe I should actually put on my glasses for this, but I can't be bothered, so you'll just have to put up with the potential typos. ^o-o^ Also, to get into nostalgic mood, have this:

IDK, I'm feeling pretty nostalgic already, what about you?

Getting back to the actual topic at hand, I didn't think that DH2 was as good as DH1 and certainly not as good as I would have wanted the conclusion to the series to be. I loved DH1 a surprising amount, considering that I wasn't a fan of what Yates had done with the previous films, and I had kind of got my hopes up for 7.2, so I guess I was in for a bit of a disappointment. I still liked it a great deal though! I had tears and snot all over my cleavage by the end of it. ;___;

Things I loved: The banter, the radio announcement ("Lightning has struck, I repeat, lightning has struck!"), Professor McGonagall and Neville being seriously awesome ("You're actually giving us permission to do this?" - "That is correct, Longbottom." - "To blow it up? Boom?" - "Boom!"), Snape's story (come on, Alan Rickman acted the shit out of that), the goblins, and the battle at Hogwarts (Molly Weasley ftw!). Scabior. Because he is still the snatchiest snatcher of 'em all. I also thought that the storyline of the Malfoys was extremely well done, and I think that the films generally do a very good job of conveying that the Malfoys are not just very evil mudblood-killing minions but actual people who are each of them just trying to protect their family. Oh gods, I love them so much. They looked so scruffy and messed up and miserable. <3 But what really broke me was Fred's death. It always does. It's so heart-wrenching and sad, and seeing the characters' deaths on screen always makes me come apart because it makes it seem so final. The scene where Fred and George are on the battlements and George asks Fred whether he is okay is just about the most powerful and significant scene in the whole film imho. It gave me the chills. (I'm still not really sure what was going on with George's ears though; it kind of looked as if he still had both of them. Huh.)

Things I was not impressed with: the final face-off between Harry and Voldemort. I mean seriously, what the fuck was that even supposed to be? WAS THAT SUPPOSED TO MAKE ANY SENSE AT ALL BECAUSE IT DIDN'T, IT JUST DIDN'T AND IT WAS NOT EVEN IMPRESSIVE, AS IN MAN, THOSE ARE GREAT SPECIAL EFFECTS, IT WAS JUST STUPID. I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT THIS OKAY. I just don't understand what they did there because giving us the actual thing with the duel and Harry's epic speech about wands in the Great Hall wouldn't have been anymore difficult, and it certainly would have been less costly. Also, why does Harry not repair his own wand at the end of the film? Just... WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK. But okay, I agree, that was so not important. You were right leaving this absolutely redundant scene out. BRB, sobbing into my pillow forever.

Okay, rant is back on. The epilogue. Seriously, David Yates, why do you insist on ruining things because you can't be bothered to find another bunch of actors. I mean, not using Polyjuice Potion to go to Godric's Hollow in DH1, then have the trio and co. play their 35-year-old selves in DH2. I mean, is there any point to this ridiculousness? AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Apart from these few things though, I liked the film, and I am super nostalgic because yes, there's Pottermore, but this just feels like the end okay, and I don't want it to end, I just want to be a child forever. ;___; To take my mind off the "Harry Potter is ending, the world is doomed" feelings- meme tiiiime. I snatched this from [ profile] altogetherisi.

Your house: Okay so I have very conflicted feelings about both wanting to be a Slytherin and a Hufflepuff, and it's basically tearing me apart. D: I'm kind of a worrier, and I like things to stay the way they are and everybody to be nice to each other, which I think is vaguely Hufflepuff-ish, but then again I don't think Hufflepuff would be very impressed by my snarky humour and my mean streak, both of which would put me in Slytherin. But where I actually belong is in Ravenclaw, I think. I'm an avid reader, and though that is not universally true, I usually enjoy learning a lot. I'm a perfectionist and want to get things right, which is why I sometimes research things for my translations for hours. I would choose words over people anytime (except for fandom people and my favourite RL people <3). CAN I JUST LIVE WITH BOOKS AND NOT HAVE TO SOCIALISE KTHXBYE.

Your favourite character from the trio: I think I'm going to go with Ron, though I like Hermione and Ron pretty much equally. Ron is always lightening the mood and generally a good friend, even though he sometimes gets jealous or stupid or whatever. He is the one who makes the mistakes and who still comes back, which in my opinion takes a special kind of bravery.

Three other favourite characters:

Neville Longbottom: Because he is awesome, and seeing the insecure little orphan boy grow into a BAMF who would have made his parents proud, who fights for the right cause and who never gives up even when everybody else has, and who is just basically so strong in spite of all he's been through is kind of breaking my heart every time I read the books.

Draco Malfoy:
I know that there are lots of people who think that Draco is a coward and a git and that's it, but I think that actually trying to kill one of the most powerful wizards to protect your family from another powerful wizard who is scary as shit when you know you stand no chance is anything but cowardice. He may be a git, but he also understands love, and responsibilty towards your loved ones. He is always trying so hard, and he is not left any choices that allow him to do the right thing. HE IS JUST MISUNDERSTOOD OKAY. HE NEEDS A HUG.

And now I'm not actually sure whether I should say Severus Snape because I love him unholy amounts for being so selfless and brave and for going out there on his own and facing the Dark Lord over and over without giving himself away, or Ginny Weasley because she's a fighter and not one for sitting around and crying for her lost love, but rather one for breaking into the headmaster's office and stealing swords and battling Bellatrix Lestrange to show her worth. So I'm just not going to choose. Because I'm a cheat.

Least favourite character:
That's a tough one. There are not really a lot of characters I actually despise, but um, Umbridge maybe? She's such a horrible person, and though I think she's great as an evil character, I just looaaathe her for the things she does.

Favourite canon ships: Ron/Hermione. Molly/Arthur. Lucius/Narcissa. I swear I am not just copying this from Isi. Let me prove it to you. Also kinda Dean/Ginny?

Favourite fandom ships: Definitely Draco/Ginny, my OTP of OTPs. Draco/Hermione. Harry/Draco. Snape/Tonks. Hermione/Percy. Hermione/Snape. Neville/Luna. I'm also a fan of well written Ron/Pansy, and I like Seamus/Dean.

Favourite book:
I'm having a hard time choosing between Prisoner of Azkaban and Half-Blood Prince. They're both packed with plot and general awesome. I LOVE THEM BOTH SO MUCH.

Favourite moment: Ron's return to the trio in Deathly Hallows, I think. Because it happens at a point where everything's just so bleak and hopeless, and Harry and Hermione are reeling without him there, and then he comes back and saves Harry and destroys a Horcrux and proves to himself that he really is useful and that they need him, and that he is not just The Hero's Sidekick, tagging along on this epic quest, but that he is actually vital to the quest.

How were you introduced to the series? I actually have no idea whatsoever. I suppose my parents bought the first book for my older sister, and then I was allowed to read it as well. I must have been about nine or something.

What would your favourite lesson be? Potions, definitely! It's like cooking, only better, because it is magical! (: I also think that I would enjoy Ancient Runes since I love languages and translating. I used to have Latin lessons, and I really liked those. But Charms and Transfigurations also sound fascinating! I would probably enjoy everything apart from Arithmancy.

Favourite Professor: Definitely McGonagall. She seems to be a very competent teacher, and she doesn't have to resort to cruelty and snide remarks to keep her students under control, as Snape sometimes does. I mean, they both know shit about their subjects, which is totally awesome and probably what I value most in teachers, but that alone doesn't make you a good teacher. Plus McGonagall is so protective of her students. *___* Flitwick would be runner-up because he is equally amazing. He's like a tiny, more laid-back version of McGonagall or something.

Which Hallow would you take? I'm not really interested in winning duels (since I probably wouldn't be fighting any in the first place if I could avoid it :D), and I think that bringing people back from the dead is just not how it works (though I sometimes wish I could talk to my granddad again), so I would go for the Cloak. I could sneak into libraries! Also, avoid people! Having an invisibility cloak would have a lot of perks, it seems.

Which character are you most like? Okay, this might come across as a little weird, but I think maybe Mr. Weasley? As in always flailing about random things and generally being oblivious. I occasionally do dumb things I regret later on (no Molly Weasley chiding me though, thank God), but given the chance, I'm usually a rather sensible person who knows what to do and who is not easily fazed, which I think describes Mr. Weasley pretty well, and oh God, I don't know whether I'm making any sense at all. D:

The spells you'd like to perform:

Accio: Not having to get up to get something to drink? I think that would be awesome. Also, I'm a rather forgetful person, and no matter how much I think I have brought/packed everything I need, there's always something missing; which is why this spell would come in really handy for me!

Alohomora: ... in case I forget my keys? OKAY YES THIS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT ME FORGETTING THINGS.

Wingardium Leviosa: Simply because it has a nice sound to it. And because making things fly is cool.

Would you have entered your name in the Goblet of Fire? Nope. I'm not nearly reckless enough to even consider that. Also, I like my body in one piece, thank you very much.

Would you have played Quidditch? Sadly, no. In that respect, I'm a lot like Neville. Would not be able to stay on a broom for two seconds for the life of me. But I would have cheered in the stands! Because I think Quidditch would be a very exciting sport to watch. Or well, I know that it is, because I've always loved the Quidditch games we got to see in the films.

What form would your Patronus take? A turtle. You know, this one question you get asked a lot for creative assignments etc when you are a kid, what animal would you be? I always said I would be a turtle without missing a beat, but I have just recently realised that's probably because turtles can just hide inside their shell whenever they're tired of looking at faces, and what with my being an introvert who sometimes takes a long time to recharge, I would love to be able to do that. So I guess my Patronus would be a turtle, since that is the animal I most identify with.

What would be your profession in the Wizarding Wolrd?
I think I would want to be much the same thing I want to be now - a translator. Only the languages I'd learn would probably be slightly more exotic, like Mermish, Gobbledegook, that kind of thing. I think that would be cool!

Also, before you go, have the most awesome fan-made DH2 trailer in existence:

And last but not least, let us all take a moment to appreciate Tom Felton telling us about how he would love to have an arsenal of wands and broomsticks. Oh Tom, you adorable wooblet. <3

Date: 2011-08-01 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melanie e (from
Schlag mich nicht, dass ich auf Deutsch kommentiere, ja? ;) (Du kannst es ja übersetzen...)

Also erstmal: du hast das alles ziemlich schön geschrieben. Dein Text hat dieses "nostalgische" Gefühl zu mir rübergebracht. Irgendwie war das eben so das erste Mal, dass mir so richtig bewusst wurde, was da gerade endet. Wenn die eBooks erscheinen, werde ich wohl auch endlich nochmal Potter lesen. Da habe ich gerade Lust drauf bekommen...

Über den Film hast du viel geschrieben, dass wir auch danach so bequatscht haben, z. B. mit dem Ohr :D Allerdings fanden wir, dass Freds Tod etwas schlecht herausgearbeitet war, der kam gar nicht richtig durch.
Und, oh ja, der Epilog im Film war noch schlimmer als im Buch. Bei uns hat der ganze Saal gelacht. Das war aber auch eher eine Parodie als sonst irgendwas. Man muss das einfach nicht verstehen...

Date: 2011-08-03 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, ich schlag doch niemanden. (;

Oh Gott oh Gott, meine Kindheit ist vorbei. ;___; Ich weiß gar nicht, was ich jetzt mit mir anfangen soll.

Das mit Georges Ohr war eventuell nur, weil man das nie so wirklich gesehen hat, und ein Stück Ohr hat er wohl noch? Aber ich weiß auch nicht so genau. Ich hab auch schon mehr Beschwerden über Freds Tod gelesen, aber ehrlich gesagt fand ich das perfekt so. Die Buchszene hätte filmisch, glaub ich, nicht so gut gewirkt, und die Szene in der Großen Halle fand ich unheimlich berührend.

Date: 2011-08-02 08:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Pottermore starts now? How did I not know that! How doe it work?

I agreee about the wand. What happens now? He uses Malfoy's forever?

Date: 2011-08-03 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Answering the Pottermore questions has become rather redundant now, I believe... (: I CAN'T WAIT TO GO TO HOGWARTS WITH ALL OF YOU GUYS. IT'S GONNA BE TOTALLY AWESOME. \o/

I love that idea, because it would just fit so much with my idea of Harry being an utter git. :D Or maybe he doesn't ~need a wand. BECAUSE HE'S. HARRY. POTTER.

Date: 2011-08-02 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kann mit deinem Film-Review voll und ganz übereinstimmen :) Insgesamt fand ich den Film schon sehr gut, bis auf die letzte Viertelstunde oder so, OMFG D:
Den Drachen fand ich übrigens auch seeehr cool, der war echt super gemacht, der hat mir bloß voll Leid getan T_T Aber es war so cool, als er davongeflogen ist :) Und einer der schönsten Momente war, als Ron und Hermine sich geküsst haben *.* das ganze Kino synchron: Aaaawwww... das war echt super :)
Und auch gut gemacht, fand ich Snapes Tod... man hat zwar nichts gesehen, aber immer diese Schläge gegen die Glastür waren schon... *schluck* (Ich war zwar verwirrt von dem Bootshaus, aber whatever?)
Sehr beeindruckend fand ich auch, wie Voldemort da barfuß durch das Blut seiner Opfer gelaufen ist, das ging schon in Richtung Psycho/Horror, fand ich.
Aber durch den Endkampf und den Epilog haben sie den Film ruiniert... waaaahhhh... Wie Voldemort und Harry sich da runterstürzen... WTF? Und dann dieses "epische Battle"... boah... war ja im Buch schon schlimm genug, aber im Film haben sie es endgültig ruiniert xD Und der Epilog war echt die Krönung der Grausamkeit; die Leute haben jedes Mal GELACHT, als die Schauspieler auf die Leinwand kamen, weil es einfach soooo schlecht war xD Die sahen kein bisschen älter aus, einfach nur fette Augenringe angeschminkt und in spießige Klamotten gesteckt... ich hoffe nur, ich sehe mit vierzig nicht so aus xD

Date: 2011-08-02 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ach ja, und ganz vergessen, omg, du bist auf Pottermore! Ist das cool! :) Wie ist es da denn so? Bin ja schon sehr gespannt darauf :)

Date: 2011-08-03 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh ja, der Drachen war echt toll gemacht! (Obwohl ich ein bisschen geschluckt habe, als die ganzen Dächer eingestürzt sind - wie viele Leute haben die eigentlich unnötig ins Krankenhaus gebracht?) Ansonsten stimm ich dir auch total zu! Ron/Hermione! Snape! <3 Aber das Ende war wirklich katastrophal. Ich weiß einfach nicht, was die sich dabei gedacht haben. D: Ich weiß gar nicht mehr, ob die Leute bei usn gelacht haben, ich musste mich selbst so zusammenreißen.

Also, Pottermore: Man kann sich zwar schon registrieren (jetzt grad eine Woche lang, sodass man vor Oktober reinkommt), aber noch ist die Seite nicht offen. Das fängt dann so ab nächster Woche an. Ich bin auch schon gespannt!


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