My love for the Harry Potter movies and my journey as a Potterhead!!

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I am beyond thrilled to be taking part in the Harry Potter blog fest. Thank you Aentee for for organizing this entire event throughout the month. I can’t wait to blog-hop and read all the amazing posts everyday!! (Do check out the entire schedule here)

I was pretty confused about which topic to post on and then finally decided to pick up something which is not related to any specific character, plot or book. Because, it has been a while since I have re-read the books and I think I won’t be able to recall some of the finer points.

So, without further ado, here are my top 5 reasons I love the HP movies:

Visual reference copy  I started reading the books in early 2000’s and at that time, it was hard for me to really imagine the world described in the books. Moreover, till then,  I hadn’t traveled anywhere beyond the south of India. But the Philosopher’s Stone movie changed everything. I could finally picture not just Diagon Alley and the Great Hall, but also the King’s Cross station and Privet Drive.

harry potter theme parks Well, if it wasn’t for the movies, we wouldn’t have gotten all those amazing theme parks to put into our bucket list of Must-See places. It has been on my list for as long as I remember (even when there were no theme parks as such, but recreation of sets on a smaller scale) – to spend my 25th birthday in one of them. So it felt surreal when my dream actually came true last year. Ah, the feeling entering into the Diagon Alley … walking through Gringotts… I wasn’t the only one who let out a tiny squeal..

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It is quite easy to lose track of time, especially when you are browsing through all the wands at Ollivander’s. After much deliberation:

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fandom I think movies definitely contribute to the fandom growing bigger. It brings in more readers to try the books, and even if the movie-goers are not inclined to read the books after watching the movies, I think it is still cool that people have fallen in love with the franchise through the movies. And for the readers, well, it sort of kept the whole online buzz and updates active even after all the books were released.

background theme I could go on and on about this but… listen :

Special mention to the opening logos, like seriously, how can anyone skip the opening credits :

(credit: to the original uploaders of the videos)

supporting cast I love the cast as a whole. But, I would definitely like to single out the fantastic supporting cast. I mean, I love all the younger actors, but all of them were new and inexperienced and we have seen them grow into better actors over the course of the movies. I think it was very important to cast strong actors for the roles of characters like Mc Gonagall, Snape and Hagrid. And they have all been so amazingggggg for not just making the characters their own but also going beyond what the book material provided by bringing in something extra, either through their mannerisms or body language.

Special mention to Helena Bonham Carter and Imelda Staunton, two of my favorite on-screen baddies!!!!

journey with HP

By the time I started reading Harry Potter, the first four book in the series had already been released. I read the books in the order of 1->2->4->3 .. So yea, I found GoF super-confusing. I really liked the books, but till then I didn’t “lovveeee” them. All that changed pretty soon.

There was this three-year gap between GoF and OOtP . This was also the time when our family moved into another city. I was halfway through my 7th grade when I had to move into a new city and and new school. I guess, when you are older and look back at those years, it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but at that age, there is nothing worse than abruptly switching from a school in one city (the one you have been in since kindergarten) to a school in another …

The next three years were kind of difficult, and it was during this time that I bought HP paperbacks and re-read the entire series. I got sucked into the whole online world of theorizing, essays, shipping, fanfics and I loved the distraction it provided. I loved the wait for OOtP , then HBP… for JKR to provide the next clue through her website and all the discussions over it.

So two things that provided me with a lot of cheer during my high school years were HP and two of my best friends (you know who you are!!!). I turned them into Potterheads too :p . And well, it started with HP, and continued with other bookish talk and recommendations. The three of us are now in different countries and it has been many years since we have met, and on the rare occasions that we successfully figure out the different time zones (and pray to all the internet Gods) and Skype, we do occasionally reminisce about this and swap reading updates.

I started reading when I was in first grade, but I think it is the HP books that made me think about different aspects that go into building a story. Prior to this, I never consciously thought about things such as character progression and world-building. This was also the first fantasy series that I started reading, and well, since then I have read a few others. While some of them were really good, I think what made HP so awesome was how it managed to address so many themes, how it stood on a strong foundation of some rich history and world-building and how the depiction of evil never felt gratuitous.

As usual I am meandering away, instead of figuring out a way to end this post. So, I think I will just shout-out my friend’s favorite catchphrase :

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15 thoughts on “My love for the Harry Potter movies and my journey as a Potterhead!!

  1. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense July 2, 2016 / 11:40 pm

    I haven’t been to one of the theme parks yet, but I’m pretty sure I’d probably start to cry, seeing the Wizarding World come to life right before my eyes. The theme song fills me up with so much nostalgia, I don’t think there will ever be a greater book and movie combination like HP. I love that the series helped you through a difficult time as well. Wonderful post!

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    • Ishita July 5, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      Aww thank you!! I know what you mean, it was a wonderful experience and what made it amazing was just to be among all these crowds of people who were so excited about everything.. it was infectious!!! Just spotting the enthusiasm of some families which comprised of three generations was lovely to watch!!

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  2. Heather July 3, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Wow, Harry Potter must have meant a great deal to you with that big transition you made! I think that a lot of people have shared similar stories—that even when everything around them was changing (especially since a lot of people were entering their tween/teen years when the books were coming out) Harry Potter was a source of refuge and stability. 🙂 Thanks for adding your piece to the story, too!

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    • Ishita July 5, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it did. On some days, it was a refuge in an almost-literal sense. Because I would have a not-so-great day at school and I couldn’t wait to get back home, switch on the computer and start browsing.

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  3. Haley Keller July 3, 2016 / 12:30 am

    Interestingly enough, even though I read a ton when I was a kid, I refused to read the books until after my grandparents dragged me to see the first movie. Because of that, I think I feel a special attachment to the movies that I might not if I’d read the books first. It’s hard for me to be harsh on them in the way some other fans are (not that it isn’t their right to feel that way). When I read the first book, everything pretty much looks exactly like the first movie because I saw it first, but with the later books, since I read them first, most things look different from the movies in my head. It’s interesting.

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    • Ishita July 5, 2016 / 4:43 pm

      Interesting, and it is something I wonder too, whether I would have felt the same way if I had watched the movies first. Now if I read GoT, or read Outlander after watching the series, I wonder which version would I be more fond of..

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  4. Leah@Heart Full of Ink July 3, 2016 / 12:35 am

    What a delightful post, Ishita! The Harry Potter movies are definitely one of my favorite book to movie adaptations as a whole. Of course there were things missing and things they changed from the books, but I love getting to experience the magical world J. K. Rowling created through another medium like film. The music soundtrack is also phenomenal. Whenever I hear the opening notes of “Hedwig’s Theme”, the nostalgia hits me.

    I went to Harry Potter World two summers ago and had an absolute blast! I was even chosen for the wand ceremony. I didn’t end up buying the wand because I was on a budget and thought it was too expensive, but I hope to go back one day and buy a wand:)

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    • Ishita July 5, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you! Yes, there were, as expected, things cut out from the movies.. and as expected, I compared everything scene-to-book and cribbed :p . But over time, and all the re-watching over the years, I have come to appreciate so many moments that were shown so well in the movies, with their own unique li’l touches. For example, tale of the three brothers, and the Dumbledore-Voldemort duel in the fifth movie are two scenes are two of my favorite adaptations!
      Glad to know you had a great time in the HP world and I wish you get to go again in the future! 😀

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  5. Lunch-Time Librarian July 4, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    OMG that background theme song. To this day, nothing is more effective in making me shiver in excitement. I remember when I was younger sitting in the movie theatre and that was the moment where I would literally be bouncing in my seat. Great list!

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    • Ishita July 5, 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Ohh yesss!! And I always used to get worried that I would somehow turn up late and miss the opening themes.
      Thank youuu 😀

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  6. Tasya July 6, 2016 / 8:23 am

    I haven’t been on any of the theme parks, but it’s definitely on my bucket list! I agree, the visualisation definitely helps with the wizarding world, and for years, Hedwig’s Theme is my phone ringtone! 😀 I watch the movie first actually, I accidentaly stumble upon Chamber of Secrets movie, and so I read the series started from book 5 (it just came out at that time!) It’s really weird, but I watch 1-2-3-4 and doesn’t even read them until I finish book 7 😀

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    • Ishita July 7, 2016 / 7:03 pm

      Oh I love Hedwig’s theme ! Oh wow, OoTP is a huge book to start with.. but I have heard from people who have watched some movies first and then continued with the next book that they didnt have any problems following the books after watching the first four movies (Except for a bit of the Rita Skeeter track that GoF movie skipped)
      Thanks for dropping by!

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  7. youngadultfictionreviews July 7, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    I was very late to read the Harry Potter books and watch the movies (I only finished them last year), but I’ve been a huge fan every since! Great post! 🙂

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    • Ishita July 7, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you 🙂 . … Glad to hear you loved the series!

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