As I watched the final credits appear for the last Harry Potter film, I could not help but feel sad. I shed a tear as did most of the movie theatre. Harry Potter has been a huge part of my childhood, I grew up reading the books and eventually watching the films one by one when they were released.
I remember when I got my first copy of The Philosopher’s Stone and reading page for page in one sitting and thinking WOW I hope there is going to be more of this. I remember begging my mum when the Goblet of Fire came out to take me to the bookshop at midnight so I could get me hands on a copy. I told her there was no way I could wait to the morning when I knew thousands of people would be finding out what happened to Harry before I did. I found I would devour the book in a single sitting eager to find out what had happened to Harry and then would go back through it days later to pick up on bits that I had missed in the first sitting. I also spent a huge part of my childhood secretly hoping a Hogwarts letter would turn up inviting me into the world of magic.
When asked who is your favourite character in Harry Potter? A lot of people would probably answer the Harry or Hermione or Ron but for me my favourite character from the start has been Professor Snape. I loved how complex his character was and how he turned out to be one of the good guys in the end. Though I do believe that if he did turn out evil he still would be my favourite character. I loved how he looked out for Harry all those years, while Harry thought he hated him.
To me the books will always have a special place in my heart, don’t get me wrong I loved the films but for me they just didn’t live up to the books. I found that the characters I saw in my head when I was reading the books where nothing like the ones that appeared on-screen and for me this slightly spoiled the films for me. However I loved seeing the books being portrayed on-screen and attended every midnight showing of the films.
Harry Potter represents a lot to me as a reader, I feel like the books will always have a place on my bookshelves even 50 years from now. The old battered copy of each book next to the copy that is actually readable. I have had to buy two copies of every book due to the fact that I have read the book so much. I am not saying goodbye to Harry Potter as I know I will reread the books many times, enjoying it just as much as I did the first time.
7 Things I didn’t like about the movies
1) Neville part in the prophecy was ignored and not explained in the Order of the Phoenix and I fell that his defining moment in Deathly Hallows part 2 was not as important as in the book. People that have just watched the movies might not get how crucial this point is.
2) Flying Dementors this has annoyed me throughout the films. It clearly states in the books that dementors do not fly.
3) The lack of the Ravenclaw back story in the Deathly Hallows part 2. I loved this part of this book and was sad it was changed in the movie.
4) Neville and Luna getting together. Never happened in the books, they are meant to be just friends.
5) Peeves the Poltergeist was not mentioned in any of the movies. Would like to have seen what he would have looked like on-screen. He does not play any major role in the books but he does play small parts that I did miss.
6) Ron and Hermione’s Kiss it was meant to happen in the middle of battle, this annoyed me that is happened after they got soaked.
7) Never truly explaining who the Half blood Prince really was, there was a lot of background in this movie and we could have been provided with more information about Snape. His mother, Eileen Prince, was a pure blood wizard and whose father, Tobias Snape, was a muggle. Hence how he is half-blood and half-prince. This should have been incorporated into the films.
To wrap up the post some of my favourite Harry Potter quotes:
“Yeah, Quirrell was a great teacher. There was just that minor drawback of him having Lord Voldemort sticking out of the back of his head!”
“Cut it out,” he said firmly, rubbing the scar as the pain receded again. “First sign of madness, talking to your own head,” said a sly voice from the empty picture on the wall.
“Severus Snape wasn’t yours,” said Harry. “Snape was Dumbledores, Dumbledores from the moment you started hunting down my mother…”
“Albus Severus..you were named for the two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
“Snapes patronus was a doe. The same as my mothers, because he loved her for nearly all his life, from the time when they were children. You should have realised. “He asked you to spare her life, didn’t he?”
“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
“You place too much importance… on the so-called purity of blood! You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!”
“Pathetic, pathetic! With the whole world of ear-related humour before you, you go for holey?”