Wednesday, July 20, 2011

It all ends, when you think it does!

Yeah, this seems to be a very metaphorical and philosophical title, but sorry, it’s not. It is quite literal and crazy in fact!

Yeah, so tell me, did you guess from the title what this entry is going to be all about? If yes, then brilliant! If no, well, what can I say (may be, ‘You are dumb’ could be a nice understatement!) just read on…

Probably this is one rare time when I am writing a blog entry with a pre-decided entry-title. Well, for all those of you who didn’t guess, ‘It all ends 7.15’ is the tagline of the latest Harry Potter movie- The Deathly Hallows Part 2, that released last Friday and which has already broken all opening weekend box-office records!

I still remember it was a Friday evening, the 7th of January 2005, when I saw the first Harry Potter movie. I had got the CD from a classmate who was a big Potter fan herself and was literally, crazy about anything related to Harry! (Miss Potter, surely you are smiling right now if you are reading this. Right? Hehe…) I don’t remember how I had gotten interested in the series, but somehow I had entered the Potter universe. Prior to watching the first movie, I had had no idea at all what Harry Potter was all about. And my father had accompanied me in seeing the movie- well, that was the only one! And then he had got the next two parts for me also. (Yes, there were just three movies then! Feels weird when I think of it now!)

Then I borrowed the first book of the series from my friend and started reading it. I was finding the first chapter (whose only last two pages feature in the movie) very boring. I did get through till the end of the book and by then my Dad had got the first four books for me. My Potter collection had just begun. It didn’t take me long to finish the four books- hardly a month. (Judging the fact that I was in class 7 at that time, I think this is something worth of an achievement, don’t you think so? ;))

In class, my friend and I used to have long discussions about anything related to Harry Potter. She used to impart Potter-gyan to me. And MuggleNet.com proved to be my everything-Potter encyclopaedia, a website which I follow till date for all Harry Potter news and developments. Dad got the fifth book for me but my exams were approaching. Although I was extremely keen on reading the book, my Mom told me that I should read the book only when my exams end and because I was a very obedient boy then (as if I am not, now! Ain’t I?) I kept guessing what Order, a Phoenix could give for a whole month! I remember how excited I was on the day when the exams got over and I finally discovered what the Order of the Phoenix actually meant!

And then my very own Potter encyclopaedia came into existence! I borrowed the name from some online site and named it as The Potter Pensive. It was well appreciated of course and I was proud of my work!

The Potter spread in my portfolio along with The Potter Pensive.
See the newspaper clippings in the background?
This was a time when the 6th book- The Half-Blood Prince was yet to come and the 4th movie- The Goblet of Fire was under filming. I used to collect all the newspaper clippings related to Harry that came in the newspaper (and I continued this practice till mid-2008!). I had never imagined that these would come in handy at a future time for designing my portfolio (May 2010)!

My sister had gifted me a very bad quality pirated version of the Goblet of Fire movie on my birthday that year. I was so excited that I had forgotten all about the to-be-held party and seen the movie first although half the scenes were missing and a baby could be heard crying in the other half! (Well, residing in a place where the majority of the people are alien to Harry Potter, you can’t expect the cinema hall to carry the movie on its release or anytime after that!)

Times were changing fast and I had grown to be a die-hard Potter fan in a matter of weeks! I read, revised and re-read the books! By the end of Class 10 (that was 2008) I had read the seven Harry Potter books four times each and planned a revision the next year as well (which has not fructified yet).

(Of course there was a time when my passwords used to be things like harrypotter and deathlyhallows…haha…)

But it was not the books that had the major impact on me. It was the DVDs of the Potter movies that I looked forward to most and still do. Because had it not been for the Prisoner of Azkaban movie Special 2-disc edition DVD which I got as a gift from my Uncle in the U.S., today I wouldn’t have been chasing a dream of movie-making. The Behind-the-Scenes Special Feature disc is what I look forward to more than the movie itself!

Deathly Hallows Part 2:
Opening weekend: $481.5 million worldwide breaking the previous record held by The Dark Knight!
Advance bookings worth $32 million that broke the previous record of Eclipse.

The numbers speak volumes for themselves and this is only the opening weekend!

I haven’t seen the movie yet and am in no hurry. Because for me, Harry Potter is where it all began, and it will all end only when I think it should. And that is for sure not so soon!

And by ‘end’, I presume you understand that I mean the final movie. Well, no! And neither is it J K Rowling’s latest revelation of Pottermore… It is in fact, something that started thanks to a DVD and I still have a long way to reach it…

Have you seen the movie already? Well, then you know exactly how it all ends. Do share your views on anything Potter-ish you like, in the comments...

See you soon, and surely not nineteen years later...Yea, all is well. :-)

P.S.: Shame on you if you don’t know what Pottermore is, Google it right now!
P.S. 2: Yes, I am a crazy Potter fan and I am proud of it! I doubt if you understood the 'See you soon...' sentence above.
P.S. 3: With 1123 words, this is one of the longest entries I have ever written, 15 words ahead of my November 2010’s Deathly Hallows Part 1- after movie experience! Truly, It all ends, when you think it does!
And P.S. 4: It’s still not available in the market! Haha... :D

12 comments :

  1. DAVID YATES... i will his work.... potter is the best:))) bonnie wright , alian rickman , tom , rupert :)) all are me favourites ya:))

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  2. I still remember those Games periods in DAV BURLA where you would narrate me Potter stories with a spark in your eyes..... I loved to hear everything from you. I was amazed to see how much happiness it gave you to narrate the whole thing... I then knew that FANS do exist....! You insisted me to read the books and you gave me yours.. I never read a novel before.. I had already seen the movie too, so wasn't that interested too...But then had it not been for the sparkle in you for Potter; I would have never read the books....Thanks Antarik.... ! ! !

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  3. A real potter fan and a nice entry.

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  4. excellent ;). Reminds me a lot of the time i first read the books :D!

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  5. @Gurleen- dats good...thanks :)
    @Anshuman- Hehehehe....yea, unforgettable times...:)
    @Papa- Well, it's now 'potter' it is 'Potter'...:D
    @Sam bhaiya- Nyc to see your comments here...thank you :)

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  6. would like to see the encyclopedia asap :) nice to know there is another HP fan in colg !!

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    1. 'another HP fan in colg'..hahahaha...:D
      And I see your comment so soon Tanvi! I dont need to reply now! You know things really well..hahaha...:D

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  7. Nycly writen though didnt get muchout of it... Haha

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    1. Hahaha...no problem...still, thanks for the read Pallabi :)

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  8. well.. much of my childhood also went in a "potter-ish" way and i still remember how i used to cut the newspaper clippings abt harry potter stuffs from school newspaper nd on one worst day in std 7th i guess all my collections gt seized by rajesh sir ( i still wonder why? or may b he was/is anti-potter)...dat was one of my most depressing moment...again i rose from ash nd continuing collecting hp stuffs till nw :P

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    1. Well that's something even I haven't been able to understand in all these years- Why so many of our teachers used to be anti-Potter. Probably it was portrayed in a negative way to them and considering that no one ever thought of giving Harry Potter a read, nobody ever got to understand the literary genius that the novels are. They could just see some of their students going 'crazy' after something idiotic.

      Anyways, we know Potter is legend. Who cares, who says what! ;)

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