My Third Harry Potter Butterbeer [Tweedle Book Cafe]

My third Harry Potter butterbeer experience took place in the serene and less traveled streets of Tomas Morato, at a cozy, not-too-crowded place called Tweedle Book Cafe. My BFF slash butterbeer buddy, Ayen, found the place and, as self-proclaimed butterbeer connoisseurs, we decided to check it out.

She also realized something that I didn’t realize before. We have been doing this butterbeer tasting/hunting every year for the past three years. The first butterbeer we’ve had was at The Royal Piccadilly and Cakery in Katipunan. The second butterbeer tasting happened in a Harry Potter-themed cafe in Maginhawa Street, called The Nook.

They say that third time’s the charm, so here we go.

Getting to Tweedle Book Cafe at Tomas Morato was pretty easy, thanks to the wonders of modern technology and that thing called GRAB CAR.

We went there on a Saturday but, to our utter surprise and delight, there were only 3 customers in the cafe. It was pretty much empty. The moment I walked in, I felt an inexplicable thrill ran through my veins. It was like I was a young kid stepping inside an amusement park for the first time.

Tweedle Book Cafe does not just cater to Harry Potter fans so even if you’re not a fan of the series, you would still enjoy hanging out in this cafe.

The moment we got to the counter, we immediately checked out the menu. Like The Royal Piccadilly’s, Tweedle Book Cafe also offers two different kinds of butterbeer: a PG-13 one and a spiked one. The Tweedled Butterbeer (no alcohol) costs P170, while the Tweedle Jack’s Butterbeer (with alcohol) costs P200. Their butterbeers also contain nuts and cinnamon powder. So if you have a nut allergy, you better tell them outright.

We were not very hungry, but we wanted to eat something salty while drinking our potentially-too-sweet butterbeers. The owner recommended one of their appetizers: 3 Lil Pigs, which is Hungarian sausage, Schublig and bacon flakes tossed together. It costs P190 and it’s good for two not-so-hungry people. 🙂

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The ambiance is very laid-back and snug. There are two bookshelves, one in the corner and one by the door. There are many “photo op worthy” areas, like the wall with the clocks and the homey couch outside. The most noticeable feature, IMO, is the Platform 9 3/4 glass door (which, I assumed leads to the kitchen). We were also mesmerized by the unique wooden ceiling with the last names of some famous writers printed on it. I kept on throwing glances at it and I even contemplated copying the idea for when I have my own house. A girl can dream, right? Haha!

On to the main event… the Tweedle Book Cafe Butterbeer! The presentation of the butterbeer was not as aesthetically pleasing as the others. It seemed like it was made higgledy piggledy. It was, by far, the most delicious butterbeer I’ve tasted. It wasn’t too sugary or caramel-y like the first two butterbeers. The sweetness was just right. The alcohol, though, was kinda strong for me. I forgot what alcohol they put in it but I think it was some kind of whiskey.

So if I have to rate all the butterbeers that I’ve tried so far, the first one was the most pleasing to the eyes, the second one was closer to the butterbeer that I’ve imagined, but was awfully sweet, and the third butterbeer was just the tastiest.

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Staying at the Tweedle Book Cafe for almost 2 hours was a wonderfully relaxing experience. It was not crowded or noisy. It’s the perfect place to de-stress, do some home-based/online work, school project, etc. or simply unplug from the outside world.

 

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Ayen and I really enjoyed reading one of the books there: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories by Joseph Gordon Levitt and this “tiny” story was our fave. 😀

 

 

My Second Harry Potter Butterbeer [The Nook Cafe]

My friend Ayen and I are now officially (self-proclaimed) butterbeer connoisseurs. And nothing can stop us. LOL. My first Harry Potter butterbeer was at The Royal Piccadilly and of course, I wrote about it here. That was one of the best moments of my life. I honestly thought that would be the first and last butterbeer that I would ever have. Apparently, I was wrong. Now that He Who Must Not Be Named is gone, witches and wizards are getting more and more comfortable revealing themselves to the Muggles. Gone are the days when they feel the need to use invisibility spells and concealment charms to — oops! Sorry. Got carried away.

Anyway…

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Unlike The Royal Piccadilly, The Nook at Maginhawa Street in QC does not just offer butterbeer, it is a paradise for Potterheads like me and my friend. The sign outside the door already sent shivers of excitement up and down my spine.

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The cafe has two floors. There are three tables in front of the small counter and two outside. It’s pretty cozy, but kinda cramped. Everywhere we looked, we could see something from the magical world of Harry Potter — action figures, the snitch AND Harry’s very own Nimbus 2000 hanging up in the ceiling.

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We were like kids in a candy store — just craning our necks and pointing excitedly as we looked around. When we arrived, the second floor was full. Fortunately, a ‘spot’ opened after about 5 minutes and we were asked if we wanted to go up.

Well, DUH.

OF COURSE WE DO!!!

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I was kinda tempted to touch the Nimbus 2000 as I went up the narrow stairs , but it was out of my reach. Boo. Right at the top of the stairs, on the coat stand, were Hogwarts robes from each of the four respective houses. Got dibs on Gryffindor! Haha!

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There was also a time turner hanging on the wall, right beside the mirror. There are three small tables and cushions on the floor. We were asked to remove our shoes before moving to the far side of the room.

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Let me just say, the mural painting of Hogsmeade on the wall was breathtakingly exquisite. Sitting right next to it, we couldn’t stop admiring the intricate and lifelike design.

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There was a small bookshelf right behind us and in all fairness to them, they were quite updated with the latest novels. I saw a copy of Eleanor and Park and I was instantly delighted.

My eyes lit up like Christmas lights when I saw a box of CHOCOLATE FROGS on the shelf. I badly wanted to open it and gobble up all the chocolates inside… unfortunately, due to my over exuberance, I dropped it behind the bookshelf and I couldn’t get it back anymore. 😦 So I wasn’t able to take a selfie with it. :(((((

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Going back to the ‘main event’ — the BUTTERBEER. They have a regular butterbeer which costs P100 and an up-sized one which costs P150. TBH, I would recommend you to get just the regular one. The so-called up-sized one isn’t THAT up-sized, if you know what I mean. There’s only a tiny bit of difference, like they just added a few drops or something. LOL. Just the mere sight of the butterbeer made me giddy and I couldn’t stop smiling like a fool. It was indeed a magical experience!

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So Ayen and I had a lengthy discussion about which butterbeer is better: The Royal Piccadilly’s or The Nook’s? While the former gave us an option of whether or not we wanted it spiked, the latter was strictly for underage witches and wizards. The former has a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which makes it more like an ice cream float than a butterbeer, but it was cold enough. The latter tasted like a melted butterscotch candy and a hint of something else that I cannot seem to fathom. It sent us into a sugar rush with every sip. Both butterbeers tasted good, however, The Nook’s butterbeer hits all the right spot.

As self-proclaimed butterbeer connoisseurs, we therefore conclude that The Nook’s butterbeer is worth enduring ten Cruciatus curses. Okay, wait, no, that’s horrible. But, yeah, you get my point. ^_^

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Mischief Managed!

My First Harry Potter Butterbeer [The Royal Piccadilly and Cakery]

As a Harry Potter fan, nothing could make me happier than knowing that some of the amazing stuff mentioned in the books (or shown in the movies) were actually REAL. Or at least there’s a version or a kind of it somewhere. 🙂 Aside from chocolate frogs and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, I’ve always been curious about the famous butterbeer from Hogsmeade. Some of my friends sent me this secret recipe from Starbucks and it was the closest thing to a butterbeer that we Muggles could have. However, one of my Potterhead friends told me about this cozy Brit-style resto-bar that sells authentic Butterbeer. According to her, The Royal Piccadilly’s owners tried butterbeer in the UK and after a series of experiments and taste tests, they were able to concoct their own butterbeer recipe! There are two types of butterbeer that you can order here:  the normal, sweet, PG-13 butterbeer which tastes like butterscotch candy AND the ‘spiked’ butterbeer which has a shot of rum… I think. I’m not sure what the alcohol was but, oh boy, that made my head spin. Haha! My friend and I ordered one normal and one spiked. 🙂

 

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At first, though, the waitress told us it was NOT available coz the “special” ice cream that they use for it is out of stock. I was NOT disappointed, okay. I was DEVASTATED! I came all the way from Baguio City — a city 7 hours away from Manila — just for this butterbeer!!! >_< It was so annoying coz the waitress was not so nice and we were trying to act all cute and kept on bugging her about it — we even offered to buy the ice cream if that’s all that was missing — but she didn’t even give us a ‘proper’ reaction or at least SMILE and sympathize with two crazy Potterheads. Ugh. Anyway, we ordered fish ‘n chips, of course, and some pasta with meatballs. They said it was only SINGLE serving and not for sharing but GDI look at the size of that FISH!

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I was starving, yes, but I cannot devour that by myself! Haha! We ate for almost an hour and we were still hoping that the butterbeer would be available anytime soon. Haha! After staying there for 87 minutes — yes I have proof coz they printed that out in the receipt LOL!

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We were ready to go and we billed out already… but we decided to ask another waitress about the butterbeer. Yep, we are NOT leaving without a taste of butterbeer! We asked her if it is available and she was nice enough to actually TRY telling the people in the kitchen to make us some butterbeer! Or maybe she got sick and tired of us and just wanted us to leave already. Hahaha! We must have had a sign on our foreheads that says “WE ARE NOT LEAVING WITHOUT THE BUTTERBEER!” LOL 😄 She said “I will try to find a way to get you some butterbeer” and SHE DID!!! I so wanna hug her and tip her big! And I wanted to throw some meatballs at that other waitress who couldn’t be bothered with our request. Ugh.

Minutes later, we got our butterbeers and when I took the first sip I felt euphoric~ It was probably coz I didn’t stir it and all the rum below went straight to my head or something. Hahaha! I really enjoyed every sip! It was, as cliche-ish as it might sound, magical. 🙂

I highly recommend it to all the Harry Potter fans out there. 

Here are some pics of this must-visit classy and spectacular place.

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[Review] The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

If you didn’t enjoy reading this awesome book … you are a PIED NINNY. >:) It’s been a while since I read a simple book with a ‘feel good’ story, moving characters, witty humor & sarcasm, inspiring characters with some great twists and turns. It actually made me cry and laugh, and feel ashamed, and then laugh again, and feel melancholy and laugh again and feel sympathy and then laugh again. This book totally deserves a MOVIE. A great adaptation. I can totally imagine the scenes and the characters while reading it, as if I was actually watching it on the big screen. Moreover, if The Diary of a Wimpy Kid made it to the big screen, then this one totally deserves it!

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Holling Hoodhood is one of the best protagonists I’ve come to know so far. Even better than Harry Potter. Although we have nothing in common and I couldn’t really relate to whatever he’s going through or what sort of emotions a 13-year-old like him could possibly harbor, I was able to relate to him… in a way. It’s like seeing another you. A different you. I sympathized with him. I understood every single emotion he had. I laughed and cried with him. I even felt humiliated for him when I thought about how horrifying those yellow tights with feathers on the — must’ve been… ^^ He was a fun character to read. No stupid mumbo jumbo, no hiding behind fake masks, no overflowing and exaggerated emotions – just a simple kid. My fave Holling moment would be the one with his sister – the whole Western Union and bus station thing. I didn’t realize I was already crying and laughing and smiling all at the same time.

I like Danny Hupfer too. He’s sort of like that annoying jerk in class who’d surprise you with his inner charm and kindness. I was so touched during that whole Mickey Mantle thing. The other characters are likeable and quite interesting too. It’s not like other books where the minor characters would either annoy you or bore you to death. Actually, that’s one of the reasons I like this book. You’ll get to know each character well without reading a whole chapter or at least a dozen pages about their boring and nonsensical lives. Each character, no matter how minor, has a story. Mr. Goldman and his light, fresh, brown cream puffs… Mr. Vendleri and his asbestos tiles… Mrs. Bigio and her Lunch Surprises… Doug and his 410 ways to annoy a teacher… Holling’s sister and her fight for civil rights and equality… Meryl Lee and her hidden affection for Holling… even Holling’s parents despite their being, well, so parent-ish. 😄 I’m telling you, I have never enjoyed all characters in one book this much!

I especially like the bits about Shakespeare and his works. How a 13-year-old boy like Holling analyzes it and gives his thoughts about it. Honestly, I’ve NEVER read a Shakespeare novel – NOT one single novel. I know. Lame, right? I just… I’ve never been a big fan of classic stuff with obsolete words and language that I probably won’t understand even if I tried. So I love how some of Shakespeare’s famous works were briefly discussed and summarized here. It was intricately mixed into each chapter and sprinkled with humor, wit and sarcasm here and there… so as not to make it draggy or boring. I never would’ve known anything about Caliban from The Tempest and his colorful curses. ^^

The story is set in the 1960s during the American-Vietnam War so there were some historical stuff here and there. But even that didn’t bore me at all. Important figures like Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were also important characters in the story.

I think the thing that I love the most here is how simple and creative the writing style is. It’s easy enough for a middle-schooler to understand, yet not too childish for, well, adults like me. ^^

I’m glad I started reading this novel. I’ll probably read the next one too – OKAY FOR NOW – in which Doug is the protagonist. And I will definitely enjoy it. Lastly, if you’re not amused with this wonderful novel… well, here’s what I gotta say: TOADS, BEETLES and BATS you PIED NINNY! ^__^

Fame is the name of the game

Don’t confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other. ~ Erma Bombeck

I have always wondered what makes someone famous and what makes the other successful. What makes something a ‘hype’ and what makes another thing genuinely booming? When I stumbled upon various famous things on the Internet it made me realize how diverse the definition of ‘fame’ and ‘success’ are. Some people are famous because they made such remarkable achievements and contributions to the history of the world, while others are famous for their unparalleled skills and abilities. Some are famous for their athletic abilities while others are famous for being athletes despite their abilities. Some become famous at a young age while others are still famous even when their almost in their 60s. When it comes to success, though, it is a whole different story. Not all famous people are successful, in the same way that not all successful people are famous. Confusing, right? So what really determines fame and success? I often see this phenomenon in the entertainment business. Take for example the wide range of famous actors, both from the past and the present. One Internet site I visited showed various deciding factors as to why they think these are the most famous actors of all time. It depends on different aspects such as the popularity of the actor, number of movies done, his public appearances, his endorsements and other projects, his annual profit, and his bankability among others.

Look at Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, who took the number eight spot in that ‘most famous actors of all time’ list.

He is young and raw compared to the other actors on the list but he is considered both famous and successful. He has only been in one movie franchise and he instantly became a huge hit and a worldwide sensation. He will forever be remembered as “The boy who lived” and that definitely put him up on a pedestal. In my country, sensations and hypes often come and go. I think this is one important factor to find out whether or not something is famous or successful. People have the tendency to ride on the so-called bandwagon and that’s what marketers and advertisers are counting on.

There is this ice cream called Magnum, created by a company called Selecta.

It’s not a new product, actually, coz it has been around for quite some time now. Recently, though, due to its latest series of TVC, people have been Facebook-ing about it – posting pictures, shout outs, status updates or simply questioning what all the ‘hype’ is about. Before you know it, the 7-11 stores in my neighborhood ran out of stock. Some are quite happy and couldn’t stop ranting on and on about it, while others are still cynical and kept on criticizing and bashing it. Those who belong to the latter group would probably give in to the temptation and try it for themselves sooner or later. In short, this seemingly overpriced and not-so-special ice cream bar became an instant hit overnight. It is both famous and successful. At least in MY country, that is.

Fame doesn’t just apply to the good guys though, especially in movies and TV. I had quite a blast reading about the famous movie villains of all time in one site.  Just when you thought the protagonist gets to hog the spotlight all to himself, in comes some of the most famous actors portraying such awesome antagonist roles such as Anthony Hopkins aka Hannibal Lecter, Ralph Fiennes aka Voldemort, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. People despise them but you can’t deny the fact that they revolutionized the way we look at villains. Sometimes the villains are even more famous and successful than the protagonists.

Movies are either famous before they are successful or successful before they become famous. Most of the time though it’s both. Whether we like it or not, the line between fame and success is too blurred and vague nowadays. It takes an expert to determine what is successful, what is famous and what is simply a “passing hype”.

Disclaimer: Googled the pics so obviously I do not own them.

Four additional cast for the Beautiful Creatures movie!

NEW CASTS FOR BEAUTIFUL CREATURES THE MOVIE!!!

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Kami Garcia announced the latest additions to the cast of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES movie! I literally squealed with excitement!!! First is THOMAS MANN who will be playing LINK. Well, he has that ‘naughty/mischievous’ look on his face so I guess he’ll pass. But he kinda looked boy-ish next to Emmy Rossum who is going to play Ridley… Hmmm… Anyway.

Second is Margo Martindale as Aunt Del. Can’t say anything much but she looks Aunt-ish enough. 😀

Margo Martindale as Aunt Del

Next up is Rachel Brosnahan playing popular girl Emily Asher. She looks bitchy and irritating enough. 😀 But she’s pretty and I heard she was in Gossip Girl

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Then there’s pretty Zoey Deutch as Genevieve Duchannes. Gahd. She’s gorgeous! Hands down!

AND LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST! My fave character… the one I was looking forward to… Macon Ravenwood’s part goes to….

JEREMY IRONS. Well, it’s not YET official. It’s still in negotiation… but, yeah, well… he’s kinda… too OLD for me? I kinda imagined Uncle Macon (like how I imagined Sirius Black from Harry Potter) – old but NOT THAT OLD… Jeremy’s a good actor though so I have no complaints… It’s just that… yeah, I’m in love with Macon’s character here… so I kinda pictured him as someone like this… ^___^

My Ideal Macon: Shane Brolly 😀

~Hollow-fied~

“It’s exhilarating, Abbey. You exhilarate me” ~ Caspian, The Haunted

Ever since the Harry Potter series ended, I’ve never been attached to any book trilogies or series. Well, I THOUGHT I’d never get hooked again. But then there’s Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s fantastic trilogy, Beautiful CreaturesBeautiful Darkness– ??? Yeah, I dunno the third book’s title yet. ^^ I loved it from start to finish and I just can’t hardly wait for the third installment.

So I started reading Jessica Verday’s THE HOLLOW. Then went on to read THE HAUNTED. It took me about two and a half months to finish them. And I can say it was well worth my time.  I don’t really plan on making a long-ass review here. I just want to share my thoughts about these wonderful reads.

I liked The Hollow due to the simple fact that it was refreshing and unique as compared to the current craze over sparkling vampires with bad attitudes or hot-tempered fallen angels. There are no werewolves or wizards here either. Just a simple dead boy who is haunting the haunted village of Sleepy Hollow. 😀

From the start, Caspian had been nothing but nice, sweet, kind and a true gentleman. Although he has his ‘moments of teenage angst‘, he never showed it to Abbey. I think my problem with the first book was Abbey’s ‘pity-me-my-bff-died-its-all-my-fault-i-shouldn’t-be-happy-i-should-forever-be-emo’ attitude. With the first few chapters it was okay. Tolerable, to say the least. But as I read more of her outbursts and crazy wild emo moments, I got more and more irked. Okay, I know how she feels. I lost someone too. Been there done that. But it was just… I dunno… sometimes it feels like she’s being TOO emotional and she’s overreacting.

Anyway, although there were lots of loopholes and WTF moments in The Hollow, especially when my suspicions about Caspian were right, some of them were thoroughly explained in the second book– The Haunted.

I still don’t get Nikolas and Katy though. I KNOW. They’re Shades or whatever, but their connection to the legend of Sleepy Hollow is just– WTF. ~__~

The things that didn’t make sense in The Hollow were finally explained in The Haunted which made it a compelling read. With every page I  get awed by Caspian’s sweetness and I get enlightened by the revelations. ^^

What set Caspian apart from the other ‘lead guys’ in fiction novels is the fact that he’s just a boy. Who died, yeah. But his being separated from his physical body didn’t stop his heart from beating. It didn’t stop him from falling in love with Abbey. And that makes it more interesting and special.

He has his flaws, yes, but that’s what makes him more gorgeous. He’s NOT perfect. It’s just like having a normal teenage boy as your  boyfriend. Only he’s dead. 😄 But I think he’s so much better than most kids his age who are ill-mannered, bad-tempered and who thinks of nothing but doing ‘THAT’.

Another thing about The Haunted is that it stands well alone. I think even if I wasn’t able to read book one, I won’t be lost upon reading this. All the important facts and events in book one were recalled and well expounded in book two. Although the author might’ve missed a few issues here and there –like what the hell is Nikolas and Katy REALLY??? Or what is Ben supposed to be– the dead bff’s secret admirer, the unofficial other guy or just Abbey’s friend? Why was Caspian chosen as a shade? Or rather, how did he become a shade?

I dunno. I don’t really nitpick when it comes to the books I read. Unless there’s really A LOT to nitpick on. 😄 I try to put myself in the author’s shoes, being a writer myself… ^^

Anyway, although I sympathize a little with Ben– the unofficial other guy– I still love Caspian to death. Okay, no PUN intended. XP He’s just the best dead boyfriend ever.  He understands Abbey’s shortcomings and unreasonable emotional outbursts and he really cherishes her so much. I mean, let’s face it. The way I imagined Abbey, she’s not THAT pretty. I bet she’s more on the average-looking side. Not the head-turner type. I really like how deep and passionate their love for each other is despite their young age.

I still don’t get how this story’s gonna end though… ^_^;; I mean, okay, so Vincent Drake doesn’t want Abbey to die coz he doesn’t want her and Caspian to be ‘whole/complete’– but WHY??? And what’s up with those creepy revenants anyway? Why should the living half die as well…? Are they really trying to help?  Can’t the living half and dead half be together as it is? *sighs* I need the third book NAO! >_<

AND can I just say that IF EVER there is  a movie adaptation, this person should TOTALLY be Caspian. 😀

Tom to tom tom ~ Tom tom ~~~

 

Goodbye, Mr. Potter.

‎”Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend.” – Stephen King

“We are part of you,” said Sirius, “Invisible to anyone else.”

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?  ~J.K. Rowling, “King’s Cross,” Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 2007, spoken by the character Albus Dumbledore

I just saw the last part of the Harry Potter seriesDeathly Hallows 2 and let me just say this. IT.WAS.BLOODY.BRILLIANT.

I was teary-eyed for like 60% of the movie. Everything kept flashing through my mind, as if all those scenes from the last 7 Potter movies have always been there… From The Sorcerer’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows 1, it was like an endless slideshow of pictures.

 

Piece of advice for those fanatics who couldn’t get over themselves and kept on saying something like “THE BOOK IS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE…” — GROW.THE.FuCK.UP. The book WILL ALWAYS be better than the movie. That’s how it rolls. *rolls eyes* I used to be like that, but I GREW UP. I’m thinking more maturely now. I’m not like “Oh, where is that scene and that scene..? That’s not the character who said that line! That scene should happen before that other scene! She’s not supposed to be wearing those kind of clothes!!!”

It’s a good thing that I didn’t re-read the book before watching the movie. Otherwise I would have turned into one of those ‘ALWAYS disappointed’ fans too.

I just like the fact that the movie went straight into action. No more stupid and pointless abracadabras. It showed the sense of urgency in the movie. No matter how much they still wanted to take a rest and grieve over the deaths of their special friends, like Dobby T.T, they couldn’t. They needed to keep going… they must keep fighting. There was no time to mull things over or to regret what has and has not been done. Or what could have been done. 😦

The trio’s trip to Gringotts Bank — that was breathtaking and gripping at the same time. I almost forgot about that ‘dragon part.’ All those multiplying goblets — that was pretty cool. 😀

I must say Dan and Rupert taking their tops off and changing their clothes in front of Emma was just… exciting. Haha. There were a few perverted reactions from the crowd during that scene. Haha. NO, I wasn’t one of those. 

Once again, Emma Watson was just bloody amazing. She’s pretty, smart and talented. I’m so gonna miss seeing her as the brilliant Hermione Granger.

 

ANYWAY. I just have to say the movie emphasized the sinister and dramatic side of the story. It’s like everywhere they go there’s a threat– there’s an uneasy feeling that someone’s always following you — ready to hit you with an Avada Kedavra or some unforgivable curse. It was creepy and terrifying and horrifying altogether.

The beauty of it all was the fact that you can see it as a standalone movie. It revealed so many things from the past and unveiled secrets which connects and explains pretty much everything. So people who didn’t get to read the book (losers XD) can still enjoy it without bombarding the person sitting next to them to death with the 4 W questions.

With every moment of triumph, I still felt disturbed because I KNEW it was not yet over. I knew something huge was bound to happen. Mcgonagall’s stand against Snape and those filthy death eaters was pretty awesome. From then on, my eyes were just filled with tears as they all stood up with each other and fought side by side, not just for their lives, not just for their friends and families, but for the magical community that had always been there to protect them. They fought for those who sacrificed themselves in order to create the magnificent and fantastic world that they were all living in. Everyone has matured and forgot about their differences. Even the annoyingly pig-headed Draco Malfoy learned his lesson and chose to be a coward as his own way of showing his “gratefulness” towards Harry and his friends. He was still a jerk at the end though… but still, just seeing him waver for a second when Lord Voldy was calling him forth earned him some ‘pogi points’ for me. 😀

The movie was fast-paced, even the flashbacks and the wordy conversations in an attempt to explain certain stuff were made in a way that made people focus and not yawn or munch on their popcorn. There was never a dull or ho-hum moment for me. I particularly liked the Pensieve part, when Harry literally looked into Snape’s memories inside the Pensieve. I didn’t expect them to include that bit. Young Lily and Snape were so adorable. It was too heartbreaking to actually witness how the story unfolds, compared to just reading it from the book before and imagining it. I could totally feel Snape’s frustration, anger and agony when Lily and James got together. What’s even more shattering was the fact that he STILL loved her even after all those years… even after everything that happened.

The epic battle between Voldemort’s forces and the “good side of the magical world” was just LEGENDAAAAARRRRYYYY. It was like Narnia + Lord Of The Rings. I especially liked Neville’s I STAND ALONE/ ME AGAINST THE UGLY LOSER DEATH EATERS moment there. It cracked me up so much. That’s another thing that made me feel satisfied about the movie. There was a perfect balance between the funny part, the romance part, the drama part, the action part and the suspense part, BUT it was doused with sufficient amount of magic, thrill and excitement.  REALLY, some people were saying something about it being “UNfabulous” or lacking in some areas… but I honestly can’t think of ANYTHING ELSE that can make it SO MUCH BETTER than it already was. I can’t say something like “It could’ve been better” because I THINK it IS better. Not just GOOD ENOUGH, it was so much more than that.

Moving on from the haters… *evil grin*

The majestic Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry turned into a humongous piece of rubble by the end of the movie. Bodies were disposed and scattered here and there—both the good ones and the bad ones. Everyone was injured not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. I almost forgot that Fred, Tonks and Lupin died… so I was just devastated seeing them lifeless among others in the Great Hall. TT__TT

I got goosebumps when I saw them lying there, lifeless. I came to realize something as well – Moony, Padfoot and Prongs are now all in HEAVEN… or wherever dead wizards go. But then again… I might be contradicting myself here but whatever… I think it’s brilliant that JKR killed off some important characters in the end. I honestly believe that there’s no happy ending in this world. YES, even in fiction. -.-

Probably the only thing that disappointed me a bit was… no more young, yummy, gorgeous Gellert Grindelwald in this film. Is Bonnie Wright hiding her fiancé from public now? Hehehe…

Let me just say… the scene 19 years later was just adorable. Albus Severus is one fine little man. I bet he’ll grow up to be just like Matthew Lewis. Errmm, I mean, his dad—Harry Potter. Hehehe.

I have to say the 19-years-later Dan REALLY looked like someone… 19-years-later-ish… Hahaha. 😄

Harry Potter was such a huge part of my teenage life that it feels weird not to look forward to another movie again next year. Or Googling some news about the latest Harry Potter movie. Or waiting desperately for the trailers to be out. Or checking out the newest additions to the characters – like who’s gonna play who. It’s like a huge chunk of the innocent child in me –the one that BELIEVES in magic – will be gone with it. I never really realized that until I saw the ending credits roll. I will never see any of THAT again. Ever. Unless I re-watch the movie of course.

I feel sad and happy that it’s over. It’s sort of a bittersweet moment. Like what they say, all things MUST come to an end. But I guess every ending is just the beginning…. right? I do hope I still get to see all these wonderful actors in other projects and movies. And to quote my favorite character, Sirius Black…

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It is goodbye, for now, Mr. Potter. But you and the rest of the gang will stay in my heart FOREVER. 

 

MISCHIEF… MANAGED!