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Harry Potter!

And speaking of Harry Potter! :)

My hunny & I watched it (again) last night. We already watched it last saturday with the kids, but because the ending was soooooo nice, I begged my hunny to watch it again with me! ;) Besides, he knew I wasn’t on “full-concentration” mode last saturday. The child behind me was soooooo noisy! He kept talking the whole time & barfed his milk & popcorn combo midway! @_@ yes, think SOUR! It stank up our area so bad I wanted to get out of the movie house fast, but alas, our desire to watch the movie won out! :(

What irked me was the mother didn’t even hush up her child! She was equally as noisy & didn’t even bother to use hushed tones when replying to her child! @_@ How I wish all parents would be considerate enough not to take their children (who obviously cannot be quiet, or sit still) to the movie house. This wasn’t even cartoons, for goodness sake! :P

Anyway, going back to Harry Potter! HP is a series of 8 films (as if you didn’t already know!) by J.K. Rowling:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Harry Potter is an orphaned boy brought up by his hostile aunt and uncle. At the age of eleven, half-giant Rubeus Hagrid informs him that he is actually a wizard. Harry finds out that his parents were murdered by the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Voldemort also attempted to kill one-year old Harry on the same night, but his killing curse mysteriously rebounded and reduced him to a weak and helpless form. Harry is an extremely famous wizard due to his uncanny survival and ventures into the Wizarding World where he begins his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry and learns about magic, along with new friends Ron Weasly and Hermoine Granger. During the year, the trio become entangled in the mystery of the Philosopher’s Stone which is being kept within the school.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)

Harry, Ron, and Hermione return to Hogwarts for their second year, which proves to be more challenging than the last. The Chamber of Secrets has been opened, leaving students and ghosts petrified by an unleashed monster. Harry must face up to claims that he is the heir of Salazar Slytherin (founder of the Chamber), learns that he can speak Parseltongue, and also discovers the properties of a mysterious diary only to find himself trapped within the Chamber of Secrets itself.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter’s third year sees the boy wizard, along with his friends, attending Hogwarts School once again. Professor R.J. Lupin joins the staff as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, while convicted murderer Sirius Black escapes from Azkaban Prison. The Ministry of Magic entrusts the Dementors of Azkaban to guard Hogwarts from Black. Harry learns more about his past and his connection with the escaped prisoner.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

During Harry’s fourth year, the Dark Mark appears in the sky after a Death Eater attack at the Quiddich World Cup, Hogwarts plays host to a legendary event: the Triwizard Tournament, there is a new professor Alastor Moody and frequent nightmares bother Harry all year. Three European schools participate in the tournament, with three ‘champions’ representing each school in the deadly tasks. The Goblet of Fire chooses Fleur Delacour (you gotta love her name, haha!), Victor Krum & Cedric Diggory to compete against each other. However, curiously, Harry’s name is also produced from the Goblet making him a fourth champion, which results in a terrifying encounter with a re-born Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry’s fifth year begins with him being attacked by Dementors in Little Whinging. Later, he finds out that the Ministry of Magic is in denial of Lord Voldemort’s return. Harry is also beset by disturbing and realistic nightmares while Professor Umbridge, a representative of Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge, is the new teacher. Therefore the rebellion involving the students of Hogwarts, secret organisation Order of the Phoenix, the Ministry of Magic and the Death Eaters begins.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

In Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters are increasing their terror upon the Wizarding and Muggle worlds. Albus Dumbledore persuades his old friend and colleague Horace Slughorn to return to Hogwarts as a professor as there is a vacancy to fill. However, there is a more important reason for Slughorn’s return. While in a Potions lesson, Harry takes possession of a strangely annotated school textbook, inscribed ‘This is the property of the Half-Blood Prince’, which contains astonishing information. Meanwhile, Dumbledore and Harry secretly work together to discover the method on how to destroy Voldemort once and for all. As romance and hormones lurk within the castle’s walls all year, Draco Malfoy struggles to carry out a deed presented to him by the Dark Lord.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010)

After unexpected events at the end of the previous year, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are entrusted with a quest to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s secret to immortality – the Horcruxes. It is supposed to be their final year at Hogwarts, but the collapse of the Ministry of Magic and Voldemort’s rise to power prevents them from attending. The trio undergo a long adventure with many obstacles in their path including Death Eaters, Snatchers, the mysterious Deathly Hallows and Harry’s connection with the Dark Lord’s mind becoming ever stronger.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

After destroying one Horcrux and discovering the significance of the three Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron and Hermione continue to seek the other Horcruxes in an attempt to destroy Lord Voldemort. However, now that the Dark Lord has obtained the yet unbeatable Elder Wand, he aims to complete his final stage to ultimate power and launches an attack on Hogwarts School, where the trio return for one last stand against the dark forces that threaten to take over the Wizarding and Muggle worlds.


With the film series, you actually see the young cast members grow from being children in the first movie in 2001 to lanky teenagers in 2005, to young adults in 2011. It’s like watching your own kids grow up, which made the series endearing. I cried buckets of tears (like always) with the ending, because it’s like not being able to see a favorite niece or nephew anymore! :( And I found it bittersweet.. at least you know they are now in good hands with loving families of their own.. especially Harry who had a very sad childhood! An era coming to end! ;P

The main cast on the premiere night of DH part 2, with the author JK Rowling.


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