The White Cottage

MY DAYS IN RETIREMENT

Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Genius

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With these long hot summer days now upon us and me unable to tolerate any heat or humidity at all, I’ve come up with some things to keep me occupied while waiting for some cooler temperatures.

Now that I’ve pretty much completed all levels of Angry Birds on the iPad and waiting for the next levels to be loaded, and having weaned myself away from We Rule, I had to come up with other ideas of entertaining myself. While scrolling through the DVD section in Amazon.ca one day, I came across the Harry Potter collection of movies. With Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows – Part 2 now out, and having read and enjoyed the first two books, I decided to order this set of 7 movies. Despite the fact that I’m 62 years of age should make no difference as to what my taste in movies are – and trust me, they’re quite varied. It wasn’t until later in life that I discovered I was a true Geek with my extensive and enthusiastic love of all things technology, so I’m thinking it stands to reason that I would be fascinated in witchcraft, wizardry and all things fantasy. I truly loved reading Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets and I admit to being curious about the movies. Knowing what lengths J.K. Rowling went to keep her movies true to the actual books, having filmed all movies in proper sequence to keep the cast ages realistic and the progression authentic, my curiosity had been peaked. Having found the complete 7 movies on Amazon.ca for under $40.00, how could I loose?? Buying the complete series (except for the final chapter) was a no brainer and obviously cheaper than buying each movie individually.

With Nat at his usual golf game on Wednesday afternoon and now looking for something to keep me entertained, I popped the first movie – HP and The Philosopher’s Stone – into the DVD. I was NOT disappointed. The movie began as I remembered reading in the book and suddenly I was enthralled in the characters, the plot development, the scenery and settings, the costuming and the script. The first thing that struck me was how accurate Ms Rowlings had kept everything. It was as if I was watching the first book come alive right in front of me. My brain hadn’t deceived me and what I had pictured was pretty accurate to what I was watching. The only thing I was glad to actually hear was the pronunciation of certain wizardry terms. I pride myself in being able to pronounce most of the English language, even if I have to sound out certain words, but Ms Rowling had me stumped on a few of her clever wizard terms. This also became a fascination while watching each movie, was Ms Rowling’s imagination in coming up with such terms and phrases.

I soon moved on to the next movies – The Chamber of Secrets – The Prisoner of Azkaban – The Goblet of Fire – the latter of which I’ve just finished, all of which have kept me engaged, enthralled, amused and fascinated. With each scene in each movie something new appears – the moving staircases, the three-headed dog, the invisible cloak, the Phoenix, the game of Quidditch, the dragons and snakes, and so much more. It’s also quite apparent that most of Britain’s top character actors appear in each and every scene. Some are hard to recognize because of the make-up, others are quite evident and still each one has truly become that character and made it their own. Robbie Coltrane’s portrayal of Hagrid is brilliant. Dame Maggie Smith’s portrayal of Minerva McGonagall was equally brilliant. Robert Hardy as the Minister of Justice and last but not least the beloved Sir Richard Harris for his short but loving portrayal of Albus Dumbledore (later portrayed by Michael Gambon). Each and every one, including those not mentioned were fun to watch, lovingly portrayed and so true to each character.

So far each movie has kept me enthralled and wanting to know and learn more. I’m looking forward to The Deathly Hollows, Part 1 and once Part 2 is released will buy that DVD. Ms Rowling’s imagination is beyond unbelievable and her imagery of how things should look were as if she had experienced the whole thing herself. For some unbeknownst reason I’m truly hooked on the whole Harry Potter empire. I believe it’s been a great success in getting young children to read again, use their own imaginations and finally get excited about other worlds, besides cartoons and “shoot-em up” video games. It would be equally wonderful if someone else could come up with another complete series of books that could enthral children and (certain) adults alike.

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Author: Twila

Born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada, with 5 sisters and a brother. Now retired, my husband and I travel, play golf and am slowly renovating our new (old) home. After my kidney transplant in 1999, we've learned to enjoy life to the fullest. Nat and I have driven across Canada, taken an Alaskan cruise and drove home via the Northern United States. We've also been to Mexico, the Caribbean, the East Coast of Canada and Cape Breton. We've done the "Snowbird" thing, having lived in Destin, Florida for a couple of months of the year. In 2007 we changed our travel plans in order to move into and renovate our new "old" home, but hope to someday get back on the road again. We also love returning to Scotland (Nat's origin of birth) to visit his family and tour the Highlands and surrounding Isles.

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