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“Until the very end”

General note: This blog post is a bit of a mess because I’m doing it hurriedly cos I wanted to get it done before midnight but I will fix it and edit it properly soon :D

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out 4 years ago today. At the time this was the biggest thing in the world for me. I waited the majority of my life for that book and read every webpage about Harry Potter I could. I still have a folder of things I had printed out before the release of book 7 (I’ve called it book 7 since the 1st time I read Philosopher’s Stone because it (obviously) didn’t have a title yet and it’s what everyone called it. I still call it that because it reminds me of the hours I spent researching that book and how completely mysterious it was to everyone for years) and I’m still amazed at how close some things were. I knew who R.A.B. was (although I know loads of people did) and I’d vaguely figured out other things like where the locket went as such although actually you couldn’t have figured out anything more than that. Anyway, Harry Potter was pretty much th biggest thing in my life. It was a lot of what I talked about but it goes beyond a mere obsession. To me it seemed like it was the only thing I was “good at”. I didn’t really have any hobbies or any skills except harry potter (Side note: Its dawning on me now that this could seem insanely pathetic but it is 100% true. I am literally not good at anything…not that I’m bad at everything but there’s nothing I have a real knack for) and it had completely filled my life with love and magic constantly. Every time I turned those pages I felt the same happiness/sadness/excitement for what was going on. When I read the last book I felt heartbroken. It’s amazing to read the end and know every thing turns out alright but it saddens me that I can never read the first 4 or 5 books and think I’ve discovered something new because everything was wrapped up perfectly.

Now that the final film has been released we really can put a wrap on the most brilliant series of our generation and I am 100% proud to say that I was part of it. I went to school with Harry, Ron and Hermione and fought Voldemort with them. The books still make me laugh and cry and I cherish the time I spent at Hogwarts.

My main point here is that it isn’t over and will never be over. I’m currently reading the whole series with my friend Tascha which I am so completely excited for. We agree that the earlier books are more fun when the wizarding world isn’t scared for their lives and Harry, Ron and Hermione and creeping around Hogwarts in the dead of night.

I’m also getting a Harry Potter tattoo. No immediate plans (although I want it soon) but I need to decide on what I want or I’ll end up with more than one (although that wouldn’t be bad to be fair). I do love the idea of a dark mark but the “It’s real for us” quote seems more apt (although that’s probably more of a Snape/Lily thing which I was never really into until it was actually in the last book). I’m hoping I’ll find something during this read through.

And now I’m off to watch Philosopher’s Stone. I will be weeping at the end (Honestly the soundtrack – Leaving Hogwarts makes me cry so much. Whoever’s idea it was to put it in Deathly Hallows part 2 deserves the philosopher’s stone).

“Whether you come back by film or by page, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

— J.K. Rowling

Films That Take Place In One Day Are The Best.

I would like to express my undying love for The Breakfast Club. If you haven’t seen it go watch it cos you should have. It’s one of those movies that everyone has seen but as it came out in the 80s that’s probably not true anymore but I’m sure you’ve heard of it. In case you hadn’t gathered from the title (and haven’t seen it), it takes place in one day. In 9 hours actually and was written in two days. Basically 5 teenagers have detention on a saturday (which starts at 7am?!) and…that’s it really. Watched it the other day cos I hadn’t seen it in a while and it’s actually as good as I remembered it. Funny that it was made in the 80s but they all still had stereotypes which are pretty similar to the ones we have now. Except you wouldn’t call them what they call them. Although I don’t think there are groups of basket heads at schools these days although that would be both funny and worrying. Suppose we have emo now though. In case you didn’t know this is also pretty much the start of the brat pack. I’m scared to think that our version of the brat pack is everyone from the Disney channel + Twilight and wherever the hell Taylor Swift came from although they are in films with other people and not just each other which would be worse. The only real reason that the brat pack were always in films with each other is because John Hughes wrote most of them and must have liked shoving them all in films together (which worked rather well) although it is strange to see them with different people in each one such as in St. Elmo’s Fire, which includes three people from The Breakfast Club – the criminal, the basket case and the athlete and the girl who plays the basket case on this cheats on the criminal with the guy that the princess ended up with in Pretty in Pink (where she dressed like an OLD LADY). I only used their stereotypes n this movie to explain what happened but I think I might have made it more complicated…whoops.

Another film from the 80s that I love and takes place in one day is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s where Save Ferris got their name from. It was also written by John Hughes and was filmed at the same school that The Breakfast Club was filmed at and came out a year after. I think of it every time I’m off school because I always wanted a day off like Ferris’. It also has Jennifer Grey in it who looks exactly the same as she did in Dirty Dancing which can’t have come out much longer after but I’m too lazy to check and like doing this off the top of my head. I think the main reason I like this film is because it shows you how to get off school (something I’m good at) and basically some major ninja-ing techniques (something I’m also majorly good at). Basically a guy called Ferris Bueller feigns sickness and gets a day off school. His friend Cameron is also off sick but he is actually sick. He makes Cameron go over (he really doesn’t want to cos he’s ill) and they phone the school to get Ferris’ girlfriend out. The principal knows/thinks that Ferris has phoned to get her out and yells down the phone at him until Ferris phones the other line (Cameron had phoned) and the principal has to apologise thinking that it was actually her dad. This is possibly my favourite scene in it apart from the end when Ferris’ sister (who is annoyed that he got the day off because she knows he isn’t sick) is driving home from the police station after getting arrested (long story) and she races him home but then is nice and pretty much covers for him. It’s also one of, if not, the first movie to have a credit cookie (which is when something happens after the credits) because films hadn’t been puting credits at the end for that long. It’s good that like 10 years earlier if you waited till after the credits you got a film but now if you wait till after the credits you’ve missed the film. Huh.

I really have nothing more to say about these films except that John Hughes wrote good films (he wrote Home Alone a few years later which Ferris Bueller’s Day Off actually reminds me of and he wrote Flubber which I haven’t seen in years) and that we should write more films which take place in short amounts of time so…I’ll be over in the week =D.

All I wanted was a mix tape.

Either I can’t remember how to make mix tapes or my CD player is broken. I thought you put the cassette in, then played a CD or the radio or whatever and then pressed record? I’m pretty sure how that’s how we always did it…Do you have to use a completely blank one? I think I have a blank BBC one downstairs. Not that it matters anyway. I can’t find my cassette player either so it would have to be played on my CD player or the boombox…if I get this to work this is what you’re all getting for Christmas haha. I did go up to the attic to look for my cassette player and then looked through all of our cameras and could find every brand but the Polaroid which was the one I wanted. Then went downstairs to look for it and found some Jimmy Nail tapes (my dad used to play these in the car ALL the time…I knew all the words) and an old BBC recording of Macbeth but still, my red cassette player remains lost. I had it a while ago too. GAH. Honestly. how can you have something one day and then have it disappear not that long after? If I could find my mum in this mess of a house I’d ask her but I think we tidied her into a cupboard a few weeks ago. Found loads of old pictures though. In all the ones of us in Spain, my dad actually looks so young, its scary. Funny to think that I probably thought he looked really old then haha but he was in like his forties o.O. It’s also funny to think that in like twenty years I’ll look at pictures from him now and think he looks young. It was bizarre. Even my nanny looked young…and she was always old to me XD. She wasn’t in Spain with us. That was some other pictures. I did seem to be wearing Disney t-shirts though XD and some Barbie ones which I would still wear now if I had them. Come to the conclusion that I was adorable when i was younger but my sister wasn’t quite as cute. I’ll show you some pictures sometime if you need proof provided I know you or we meet at some point.

So, if you’ve found this blog ages after this entry was written…make me a mix tape. Chances are that I will be overly pleased and may have found my tape player by then or bought a new one. If you’re reading this soon after I write it…buy me a tape player? I’ve honestly spent all day looking for it. It wasn’t even that long since I made one…I hope. It’s what we did in the olden days before anyone knew what burning CDs was. Instead of my brother copying Now 44 onto a CD for me (how the hell would you do that?!) he put it on a tape for me. True story.