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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Solemnly Swear.....

Say it with me now-- 
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How many of you looked at that title and thought 'AHA....she's going to talk about Harry Potter!'? Well if you did, then you thought correctly because today is the Harry Potter Lovers Linkup which means I can shamelessly dedicate an entire post to my favorite wizard and all of his friends. 

I have a confession first though--well actually two of them. Number one is that I have yet to read the actual Harry Potter books. (Gasp!! I know, I know, pretty much a carnal sin for an HP lover) See our library never seems to have book 1 of the series and when I read a series, I NEED to start from the beginning. I just can't help it--I'm calling it a special form of OCD. And now you're probably wondering what bush I've lived under all my life where libraries didn't have Harry Potter books. And that leads me to confession number two--I was extremely late to the whole Harry Potter scene--like around 15 years late. I hadn't even watched the Harry Potter movies up until two years ago. It really wasn't my fault though! My parents were pretty strict about what I watched (and read) growing up and, being who they were, Harry Potter did not make their approved list. Once in awhile I'd be able to catch a half-a-movie on TV but other than that, nada until I was out of the house. After that though, I pretty much went Potter crazy and bought and watched all the movies in one fatal swoop! 

However, even without having read the books and being kind of a newbie to the movies, I still consider myself a Harry Potter lover! Why? Because I truly believe that they're the classics of our generation. No matter what age you are and what background you are from, there's always something in Harry Potter that strikes a chord in each of us. 

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For me, the saddest part of the movies was the aftermath of Cedric's death. I mean obviously it was emotionally charged because of the whole Voldemort coming back thing and the reappearance of Mum and Dad Potter and Sirius, but it really marked a turning point for Harry. He lost a friend and suddenly Voldemort and his power were even more real and inescapable. Harry after Cedric's death is a darker Harry--one who is continually wrestling with himself to beat the devil within. 

Surprisingly though, Harry really isn't my favorite character. That distinction would go to Ron Weasley--whom everyone knows was meant to be the comic relief. Ron definitely provides some much-needed humor but he's so much more than that. A loyal friend, a confidant, an accomplice in crime--Harry without Ron is like bread without butter--they're just better together. And you do have to admit, Ron has some of the funniest lines ever! 


Plus he's the clown who got the leading lady and I'm a complete sucker for the clown getting the leading lady. Speaking of the leading lady, let's talk about her. Hermione Granger--what a character she is. I personally think she's the glue of the whole series. I love that we get to see her change into the strong and capable woman she becomes. And I just love hers and Harry's relationship, if there is such a thing as soul mates for life--those two are definitely it. That being said I believe she and Ron were just destined to be together from the very first eye roll (and I think JK Rowling agrees with me)

And what would Harry Potter be without Dumbledore. I cried when he died just like pretty much everyone else who ever watched that movie....heck, even the husband had tears in his eyes although he will tell you it was "the light". I'm fairly certain that Dumbledore is the wisest person ever--his little nuggets of wisdom are pretty much life-changing. 

I could pretty much write a book on all of the many aspects I love about Harry Potter and those he loves but I think I'll leave you with this quote instead which I hold really close to my heart. 

"You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him." --Dumbledore
  
Linking up with Kalyn, Morgan, Sara, Ashten, and Melissa

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

I Solemnly Swear.....

Say it with me now-- 
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How many of you looked at that title and thought 'AHA....she's going to talk about Harry Potter!'? Well if you did, then you thought correctly because today is the Harry Potter Lovers Linkup which means I can shamelessly dedicate an entire post to my favorite wizard and all of his friends. 

I have a confession first though--well actually two of them. Number one is that I have yet to read the actual Harry Potter books. (Gasp!! I know, I know, pretty much a carnal sin for an HP lover) See our library never seems to have book 1 of the series and when I read a series, I NEED to start from the beginning. I just can't help it--I'm calling it a special form of OCD. And now you're probably wondering what bush I've lived under all my life where libraries didn't have Harry Potter books. And that leads me to confession number two--I was extremely late to the whole Harry Potter scene--like around 15 years late. I hadn't even watched the Harry Potter movies up until two years ago. It really wasn't my fault though! My parents were pretty strict about what I watched (and read) growing up and, being who they were, Harry Potter did not make their approved list. Once in awhile I'd be able to catch a half-a-movie on TV but other than that, nada until I was out of the house. After that though, I pretty much went Potter crazy and bought and watched all the movies in one fatal swoop! 

However, even without having read the books and being kind of a newbie to the movies, I still consider myself a Harry Potter lover! Why? Because I truly believe that they're the classics of our generation. No matter what age you are and what background you are from, there's always something in Harry Potter that strikes a chord in each of us. 

Source
For me, the saddest part of the movies was the aftermath of Cedric's death. I mean obviously it was emotionally charged because of the whole Voldemort coming back thing and the reappearance of Mum and Dad Potter and Sirius, but it really marked a turning point for Harry. He lost a friend and suddenly Voldemort and his power were even more real and inescapable. Harry after Cedric's death is a darker Harry--one who is continually wrestling with himself to beat the devil within. 

Surprisingly though, Harry really isn't my favorite character. That distinction would go to Ron Weasley--whom everyone knows was meant to be the comic relief. Ron definitely provides some much-needed humor but he's so much more than that. A loyal friend, a confidant, an accomplice in crime--Harry without Ron is like bread without butter--they're just better together. And you do have to admit, Ron has some of the funniest lines ever! 


Plus he's the clown who got the leading lady and I'm a complete sucker for the clown getting the leading lady. Speaking of the leading lady, let's talk about her. Hermione Granger--what a character she is. I personally think she's the glue of the whole series. I love that we get to see her change into the strong and capable woman she becomes. And I just love hers and Harry's relationship, if there is such a thing as soul mates for life--those two are definitely it. That being said I believe she and Ron were just destined to be together from the very first eye roll (and I think JK Rowling agrees with me)

And what would Harry Potter be without Dumbledore. I cried when he died just like pretty much everyone else who ever watched that movie....heck, even the husband had tears in his eyes although he will tell you it was "the light". I'm fairly certain that Dumbledore is the wisest person ever--his little nuggets of wisdom are pretty much life-changing. 

I could pretty much write a book on all of the many aspects I love about Harry Potter and those he loves but I think I'll leave you with this quote instead which I hold really close to my heart. 

"You think the dead we loved ever truly leave us? You think that we don't recall them more clearly than ever in times of trouble? Your father is alive in you, Harry, and shows himself most plainly when you have need of him." --Dumbledore
  
Linking up with Kalyn, Morgan, Sara, Ashten, and Melissa

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