When I was a junior in
hell high school something strange started happening to me. My hair started falling out. I don’t mean the normal amount of hair that falls out during an average day– oh no. I mean, I would wash my hair in the shower and it would come out in clumps. Literally, handful after handful of hair. As you can guess, I would have breakdowns in the shower, holding my hair, thinking I was dying. Apparently my mother agreed and she had me tested for all these disorders and diseases, none of which I knew about. I was just there for some blood tests. Eventually the tests came back and nothing was out of the ordinary. Do you know why my hair was falling out? Do you? Guess. Go on, try.
Yes. My hair was falling out in clumps because I was stressed. People started telling me I needed Rogaine for women. A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND MY MOM WAS BUYING ME ROGAINE. That is just not normal.
So lately, as you may have noticed, I haven’t been blogging. I don’t know what else to say other than…my hair is falling out again. No, that is not a lie, not an excuse. I have been so stressed that my hair is falling out again. Everything about this semester is just…. stressful. I pulled out a lot of hair last night (well, not pulled out, but it sort of just voluntarily left my head while I was washing my hair) and I realized JUST how stressed out I am. Lately I’ve been working on this capstone project. We had to create unit plans regarding what we will be teaching next semester. I am teaching To Kill a Mockingbird, and while I am excited about this, my unit plan turned into a 72 page document. And I just realized this week that I only wrote 7 out of the 35 lesson plans. I mean, COME ON. Too much work! On top of that I have to do photography and DON’T even get me started on that. I freaking put in so much time to that class and I hate it. It is not fun at all, nothing I wanted it to be. My professor does not like anything I do, and it makes it very difficult to care about anything in that class.
But on a lighter note, last week was the premiere of the new HARRY POTTER movie! I was sooooo freaking excited. Here are some pictures of the night:
As you can see from our spirit of dressing-up, I had a blast. And! My parents went! My father, a man who usually goes to bed at 8-9pm actually stayed awake for this because I begged him to go! Aren’t my parents just wonderful! Down the isle from us were: Filch, Mrs. Norris, Colin Creevy, Dumbledore, and some other people from Hogwarts. It was so thrilling to be in a midnight showing. The last one I went to was The Bourne Ultimatum and that was an experience. I didn’t enjoy it because I was sooooo tired! Although, looking at Matt Damon is never a bad thing. But I digress….
Overall I really, really enjoyed the movie. Obviously they are not going to get everything right from book to movie, but let’s be honest– how many movies are better (or as good as) the book? Very, very few. I was really impressed by the acting; everyone really did an amazing job this time around. Dan Radcliffe is so awkward to me (Am I the only one who notices that odd thing he does with his hand when he speaks? NOW YOU WILL TOO!) but I thought he was really brilliant. And of course, Emma Watson is so beautiful and lovely and Rupert Grint was great too. I loved all the performances.
One of my favorite scenes included the torture scene with Hermione. I was so worried how Emma would do in that scene, because when I read the novel I get a very clear picture in my mind of what she sounds like and how Ron reacts. I thought they could have made Ron go a little more mad while still in the cellar thing, but overall it was fantastic. And just seeing her crying and the mudblood practically carved into her arm– seriously, her scream sent chills down my spine. I was very impressed. Also, did anyone else notice the hair that fell on Hermione? Were you confused by it? Because I figured it out last night and basically, *MINOR SPOILER ALERT* in order to steal one of the horcruxes, Hermione drinks polyjuice potion and becomes Bellatrix. So that was Bellatrix’s hair that fell on her, and probably how they will let her be able to become Bellatrix when they break into the bank.
I also enjoyed one of the more “controversial” scenes– Harry and Hermione dancing! I KNOW RIGHT! Many fans of the book are split on this. I thought it was so beautiful and so so very sad. I must say, when I think about the movie, or when someone mentions it to me, that is the first scene that pops into my mind! I think because it is just so…. it perfectly sums up what they are going through. During many scenes of the book we see Harry’s thoughts and he is so extremely mopey and I want to stab him in the face. Being a movie we can’t really get into his head, and I like how it focuses on Hermione. In the book it is just mentioned that Harry could hear her crying herself to sleep. By him actually getting her up and dancing, and them looking so depressingly sad…. I don’t know. I think it is my favorite scene in the whole film!
The Harry/Ginny scene was sooooo awkward. I like Harry/Ginny in the book, but movie version is just soooooo uncomfortable. I was recently watching Half Blood Prince and I just squirmed every time they shared the screen together! Other than that, I didn’t have any pressing concerns with the movie. I thought everything they brought to life was well done, and I loved how they handled the traveling in the forest scenes. It could have been much longer, much more boring, and very repetitive. I think the radio was brilliant in that it brought about a link and way to make the traveling more cohesive. Also it was a great break to just a haunting tune in the background. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy the score to the movie– far from it. I’m just saying listing the names had a more desolate and sad tune.
Overall the film was hilarious. There was so much more humor to it than I thought, which leads me to believe the next movie will be anything but humorous. I’m beginning to prepare myself now; I know that I know that I know I will be a complete and utter wreck during the next movie, which comes out ONE DAY before my birthday. Just saying. Seriously though, I can’t even begin to think that this franchise is coming to an end. I’m sure all of the actors/actresses are quite happy to be turning over a new leaf, but Harry Potter has been part of my world for so long! I can’t even begin to express how sad I am that it is ending, and I won’t because it is 1:30 in the morning and I have class in a few hours, so I am just going to call it a night.
Let me know what you thought in the comments below! I know I left some awesome things out, like Bathilda Bagshot and the ear scene and whatnot. Seriously, too much goodness to cover! Also, just saying, I didn’t cry at the end. I don’t cry during that scene in the book and call me heartless but…. yeah. Just putting that out there.