May 9, 2018 § 2 Comments
I’m back after a long blog hiatus because of two of my favourite things: Harry Potter and Henry.
This morning at breakfast, Henry asked me if Dumbledore was a “good guy”. He had been playing a LEGO Harry Potter video game at his friend’s house on the weekend. Also, at Henry’s age, he and his friends are very into “good guys” and “bad guys”. I said, yes, he’s a good guy and a great wizard in the books. Henry asked who the bad guy was, so I reminded him about Voldemort. (We haven’t read the books yet, but of course, I love to tell him anything he wants to know about Harry Potter whenever he asks ;) )
Henry’s next question was a good one and proof that kindergarteners can really make you think sometimes: why is Voldemort bad?
In school this year, Henry’s really paying attention to the other kids’ behaviours and trying some of it on for himself, experimenting with what behaviour gets what kind of reaction, but in the end, Nick and I like to remind him that we like Henry the best, and he’s back to himself shortly after. He tries to tell me that some kids are bad, but I like to ask him questions about why he thinks his classmate was acting that way. Were they sad or tired or grumpy? Maybe they were having a bad day. Can he remember a time he felt like that?
So I was faced with this question about Voldemort that I’ve never really stopped to think about before, despite being a huge Harry Potter fan. In a movie or book you just accept that the villains are the villains and the heroes are the heroes. But I wanted to give an empathetic answer, so I told him how Voldemort had no parents and no friends and maybe that just made him a sad and angry person. Then I told him how Harry actually told Voldemort how he felt sorry for him because he will never know love or friendship in the big fight scene at the end of The Order of the Phoenix. It sounds so cheesy, but it really is what life is all about and Henry got it immediately. He teared up and came to me for a hug.
Four year olds ask the best questions sometimes. And I cannot wait to read these books full of great life lessons to Henry and Charlie.
April 17, 2012 § 4 Comments
Nick and I spent a lovely long weekend in London, England! Flying out on Thursday morning, we arrived in the evening and quickly adjusted to the time difference. Flying makes the day feel 5 hours longer anyway! I was happy to eat some room service for dinner and drink the most delicious bottle of Heineken I’ve ever had then go to sleep. Those Europeans sure know how to make beer.
Nick had meetings on Friday morning and early afternoon, so after ordering some breakfast and doing a bit of work in the hotel room, I happily wandered the streets alone for a few hours. I felt very proud in remembering the area from last summer and never had the feeling that I was going to get lost. You see, my sense of direction when I was younger was horrific.
I wandered the streets of Picadilly Circus, taking photos and window shopping. The only thing I ended up buying, besides a stockpile of Cadbury chocolate of course, was the British version of 1Q84. Look at those cool black pages!
Was also tempted to buy this neat British pressing of the first Harry Potter book, but took a picture instead.
After that, I wandered some more until my feet hurt and I began to feel hungry. I had a very British lunch with some Earl Grey tea at Caffe Concerto. I ended up sitting beside two very chatty Polish women and laughed to myself that I could have just done this at home in Greenpoint, the biggest Polish neighbourhood in New York.
Friday night was the reason we were there – Frank Turner‘s headline date at Wembley Arena! Nick and I headed over there around 4pm to see everyone and make sure things were going smoothly. Everyone was in a great mood, a little anxious, but very excited. The show was being photographed and filmed for a documentary, so we got to see lots of photo ops, like this one. Can you spot Billy Bragg?
It was really cool to walk around the deserted floors of Wembley Arena, but after a couple hours, I was happy to have convinced Nick to leave for an hour to eat some Indian food for dinner. Yum!
The show was great. The fans were ecstatic to be there and responded to Frank’s every word.
The finale was the best part. Between the end of the set and the start of the encore, Frank ran off stage and got “Wembley Arena” and the date tattooed on his arm, the whole thing filmed and broadcast on the big screens to the crowd. Naturally, they went nuts and confetti cannons showered the entire arena.
Backstage later, the band was presented with framed gig posters and little glass trophies with their logo on it commemorating the show. We toasted with Veuve Clicquot and everyone’s great moods continued. It was so great to be there for such a moment!
The next day, Nick and I ventured up to do the only touristy thing I wanted to do on the trip:
See Abbey Road!
There were many other people there, doing the same thing as us and annoying traffic in order to get a photo, pretending to walk across the street where the cover of The Beatles’ Abbey Road was taken. Myself included!
I can now say I’ve been to one of the best music history landmarks ever! I wish my Dad could have been there too, but for now, these photos will suffice :)
A great trip, all in all. Short and sweet, just how I like it!
Edit: Thanks to Angela for sharing this link – Abbey Road Webcam – watch Beatles fans prance across the crosswalk and take photos and see exactly what was happening around me as Nick took the photo of me crossing. Hilarious!
August 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
Rolling Stone Magazine has a hilarious piece on their website right now entitled “Rockstars who look like Wizards” in which a variety of famous musicians are photoshopped into Harry Potter characters. The similarities are amazing, minus a few who may have just been included to stay relevant *cough* Gaga, Bieber *cough*.
See the rest here.
June 23, 2011 § Leave a comment
I am a sucker for a great story and I, along with billions of other people around the world, believe the Harry Potter series is a fantastic and incredibly detailed tale. I don’t get dressed up in a cloak and bring along the corresponding novel to the theatre when a new movie comes out (I’ve seen people do it!), but I have read all of the books more than once and I love the movies. I’m re-reading the last half of the last book right now so that I can get the most out of the final movie in a few weeks.
Like most Harry Potter fans, I’ve accepted the series had an end and enjoyed the conclusion to the story when the last book came out 4 years ago, but now it seems there’s still something to look forward to after the last movie is released. Mega-author J.K. Rowling announced interactive website Pottermore a few days ago and although it doesn’t officially launch until October, you can register to be a member now. Here’s hoping it has something to offer its adult fans!
Check out the incredibly well-done die-cut paper animations in her filmed explanation:
June 10, 2011 § 2 Comments
The new and final Harry Potter movie is going to be in theatres in just over a month. I don’t know what your big plans are to see it, but I plan on taking full advantage of my freelance, working from home situation and going to see it alone on a weekday afternoon. I find it’s truly the best way to enjoy a movie you’re really excited about. No distractions!
Have you ever gone to the movies alone? What are your Harry Potter plans?
[posters from Fandango]
November 24, 2010 § Leave a comment
Yesterday was my last day off during the week for at least a few months, as I have been taken on for the Christmas season at Insound! To celebrate, I made sure to take full advantage of the glory that is week days off by doing a large holiday grocery shop, before heading to the city to finalize our wills with Nick**, then I headed down to Union Square to see the new Harry Potter movie. As I’m a huge fan of the books, this was really the highlight of my plans for the day, even overshadowing the Bob Dylan show Nick and I went to afterward.
Going to the movies alone is quite an experience. It was only my second time doing this, but I did it up right. After I got my ticket, I headed over to Toasties and got my favourite veggie sandwich and a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie to eat during the movie, both because the movie is 2 1/2 hours long and because this would likely serve as my dinner.
The movie did not disappoint. I am still deciding, but I think yesterday The Deathly Hallows just kicked The Order of the Phoenix right out of my personal top HP movie’s spot. I almost want to brave the horrendous New York City movie crowds*** to see it again. Almost.
Coincidentally, the subway stop my theatre was closest to has been subtly Harry Potter-ified: some creative fan slapped a 9 3/4 sticker on top of the now-defunct W line in Union Square! Photo above from NY Daily News.
**Immigration note: did you know if you’re not an America citizen and you live in America, even if you’re married to a person and they die, you are entitled to nothing? Get a will made!
*** New York City inhabitants: when did you lose all your common courtesy when it comes to other people at the movies? When the real previews start, that’s when it’s time to stop talking. Whispering is tolerated, but when the movie starts, you had better shut up. Also, stop checking your cellphones. When it’s totally dark, we can easily see your iPhone flicker back on. Just relax and turn yourself off for 2 hours. You paid $13 to do so, afterall.