Saturday, July 23, 2011
Harry Potter grinds to a halt
A few things that made Harry Potter book-cum-movie juggernaut so magical for someone who is well past her childhood:
A true blue, does-exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin, baddie.
The slow-burning, at times dangerous, romance between Harry and Ron's sister, Ginny.
Nutty but razor sharp Luna Lovegood played by Evanna Lynch from Termonfeckin, Co Louth,Ireland, who was selected for the role from 15,000 auditioners.
Oodles of talented actors: Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Brendan Gleeson, Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Walters, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Kenneth Brannagh, dressed up as wizards and witches, waving wands and casting spells.
A quiddich game, as thrilling as a GAA (Irish Football) final any day.
The Boggart in the Wardrobe from Prisioner of Azkaban advising us to face down our demons by imagining them dressed in silly clothes.
Molly Weasley (Harriet Walters) shouting "Not my daughter, you bitch" before killing Helena Bonham Carter's evil Bellatrix Lestrange when Lestrange tried to kill Ginny, in The Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Watching Radcliffe, Grint and Watson grow up on screen.
Books I could read to my children that engaged me as much as(and sometimes even more than)them.