... in which I kill time by the hour ...

Nov 27, 2011

Putting le HP Freak on

Stole this off random blogger in order to keep my HP muse activated. My inspiration keeps fluctuating D8

01. If you went to Hogwarts, which house would you be sorted in?
Gryffindor or Ravenclaw. But definitely the former as the Hat takes my choice into account xD

02. Have you ever been to a Harry Potter midnight release?
For the last three books. The sleep lost each time was so worth it!

03. What did you think of Deathly Hallows?
A pretty satisfying ending. Lots of action all around and many loose ends tied up ^^ Though I sometimes think too much happened in just one book.

04. How many times have you reread the books?
I have lost count D: Prizoner of Azkaban is almost in ruins, I abused it so much.

05. Whose death was the saddest?
Dumbledore, Sirius and Fred T-T

06. If you went to Hogwarts, would you rather have a pet owl, cat, or rat?
Owl. Duh.

07. What did you think of the movie Half-Blood Prince?
I had issues with crucial Tom Riddle memories being cut, Michael Gambon's unconvincing Dumbledore and tons of stuff, but as a film, it kicked ass. 

08. What do you think of Deathly Hallows being split in half?
Good choice. They actually managed to stick the majority of the plot into the movies this time.

09. Have you read The Tales of Beedle the Bard?
Yep. Some stories were a little dragging, but most were very amusing, with legit morals.

10. When did you first become a Harry Potter fan?
I was in grade 3 or 4. Around 9 years old ... 2000?? Wow, it's been a while.


Female Character: Luna Lovegood. Your argument is invalid.
Male Character: Neville Longbottom, Sirius Black, Ron Weasley. The more flawed, the better xD
Professor: Remus Lupin and Minerva McGonagall.
Death Eater: Bellatrix Lestrange.
Magical Creature: Phoenix
Spell: The Patronus Charm
Quote: "It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices."
Book: Prisoner of Azkaban. Deathly Hallows come close ^^
Movie: Deathly Hallows for actually following most of the plot.
Hogwarts House: Gryffindor & Slytherin
Place: Hogwarts castle, The Three Broomsticks, Honeydukes, Diagon Alley
Weasley: Gred and Forge + Ron + Bill
Couple: Ron/Hermione. The only canon couple I actually supported. O.o

Gryffindor or Slytherin: *forcefully merges them together*
Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff: Hufflepuff. Them Badgers are awesome, OK.
Fred or George: GRED AND FORGE. This ain't a legit choice.
Ginny or Luna: Luna. Hands down.
Butterbeer or Firewhiskey: Butterbeer. Why do people even want to get drunk?
Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley: *puts Diagon Alley smack in the middle of Hogsmeade*
Books or Movies: BOOKS. ALWAYS.
Half-Blood Prince or Deathly Hallows: Deathly Hallows
Sorcerer’s Stone or Chamber of Secrets: Neither, much. And it's Philosopher's Stone D8
Snape or Slughorn: Snivellus
Lupin or Sirius: Sirius, but I adore Remus very much, too.
Harry/Ginny or Harry/Hermione: HARRY/DRACO. SUE ME.
Lavender Brown or Parvati Patil: Parvati. HBP killed Lavender for me.  
Seamus Finnigan or Dean Thomas: Leprechaun Boy FTW
Kreacher or Dobby: Dobby
Muggleborn or Pureblood: No difference. Magical blood is magical blood =_=
Dan Radcliffe or Rupert Grint: Rupert Grint. ♥
Bellatrix Lestrange or Narcissa Malfoy: Bellatrix kicks ass. I like Cissy too, though.
Voldemort or Tom Riddle: Invalid. Same thing >.>
Hedwig or Crookshanks: Hedwig! I miss her ;-;

Nov 26, 2011

Harry Potter + Titanic = EPIC (fail >.>)

In which Euko-chan linked this on my facebook -

- and began a comment conversation of monstrous magnitude about my WIP Draco/fem!Harry fic and what it will take for Harry to finally be a part of this oh so gloomy and morbid Malfoy family, the nonexistent possibilities of Harry addressing Lucius as "Father" (LOL WHUT xD), how Narcissa would be a BAMF at breaking the ice between them whereas Draco would fail pathetically at it, and how long before the still-not-quite-accepting-the-reality Harry can actually begin calling Draco by his first name, at which point I pointed out that even Draco hasn't officially taken that step, and thus they are both "in the same boat" that inevitably led to this WTFery:

Euko:   Same boat, eh ... I wonder, who rows the boat? ;) xD

Me:   It would capsize before anyone can think of rowing :P

Euko:   YAAAY!!! So romantic! xD ♥ :P


Euko:   NO no. Drakie will have his arms around her. Harry's crushed against him. Their clothes are wet and clinging onto their body ... ;) *smirk*

Me:    And then they promptly drown xP

Euko:   Why are you so adamant on drowning them? >_<

Me:   Because if the two of them are on the same boat, it will obviously capsize! (Didn't I say that a few comments ago? >.>)

Euko:   Yeah but, they'll know how to swim ey >_<


Euko:   I'm willing to drown to death, but keep them alive :@

Me:   It's a perfect ending xDD

Euko:   You sadist!

Me:   >8D

And now I'm overcome with an annoying urge to belt out a crack Titanic parody starring HP characters in which, ultimately, everybody dies. *headdesk*

I dunno what crack I'm on. Pointless blog post is pointless. iRock

Nov 18, 2011

Ramblings + Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2

Le blog dump, both sad and happy tiemz.

One sharp pebble can cause the crack that shatters the glass...
Similarly, one harsh sentence can cause the scar that can break a relationship, if no one is willing to take the pains to heal it.
That's kind of how I feel now, with regards to ... well, a lot of stuff. It seems to me as if there are cracks in the glass all around me. Here and there, within and outside my family, so many relationships seem to be teetering on the edge of breaking. I can actually see the strain between the individuals involved, no matter how bright a smile they force onto their faces.
They try to act as if nothing happened between them, that no harsh words were exchanged, that all of us can still be friends and one happy family that will always be the same-old-same-old, but it's not the same. We're not the same. Some things are like nothing to what I remember during my childhood. (Or was I too blind as a child to negativity that already existed from way back then?)
Relationships have changed, and some, I fear, for the worse. One has broken. A few are barely surviving. And more and more seem to be taking a beating every day, with the majority being initiated by freakin' misunderstandings that are like little stones dropped into a pond where one ripple overlaps with the other until they keep getting bigger and bigger and all hell breaks loose. And when the misunderstanding is finally understood, no one is willing to stand up and say sorry. The scars and wounds inflicted on the heart remain.
I am grateful that I'm a third party observer in all this, but more often than not, I feel like I'm the only one that actually cares about all this. No one else seems to give a damn that some of us are actually growing apart; and I can't believe that some of the very people that I actually thought would share my feelings have brushed off my worries, as if they are just a child's irrational fears. I'm freaking twenty years old! I can see what's happening to us and when I express my concerns, it's because they are serious! Aren't family relationships important anymore? Why isn't anyone even bothering to take the blame and apologise even when they are so clearly in the wrong? Is a person's pride that important? Since when have we stopped caring about the other person and maintaining a loving, caring relation between us?
When I think about it, all this drama around me actually feels like a faint echo of what's happening to our country in general. We were a happy people once, where a person did not wish any suffering on the other, and where you can always find a helping hand and us Dhivehin were actually one. Now it's just every man for himself, a dog eat dog world where no one cares as long as it's the other person that's suffering and not them. I'll stop here now, because politics, as much as it pisses me off, is the one topic I'm determined not to give a damn about.

 Cousins are the first friends of your life...
And always will remain as such for the rest of it, so I have learned to treasure them. Most of my friend circle is made up of cousins anyway 'cause I have more of them than I'll ever need but I love all of you so yeah xD 
When it comes to friendshippy-bonding-with-cousins, I realised that I go through phases where, for a period of time, I'll be closer to a certain batch of cousins, then in the next period, I become closer to another batch, and then back again and repeat. This kinda happens when my interests in things change and so, in that time, I always connect most with the cousin(s) that share(s) my immediate interest. (Make sense?) This worries me a little sometimes, 'cause I wonder, what if the ones I'm growing a temporarily distanced from think that I don't care about them as much as I used to? There will always be a part of me, I guess, that will worry about the possibility of broken bonds and relationships.
So, lately, I've been trying really hard to maintain relationships all around, even though I notice that with some of them, I don't have as much to talk about as before. It saddens me, but that's just how it is, I suppose. At least we're all still on good terms and we can find topics to talk about, so for now, I satisfy myself with that.
Latest crazy escapade with cousins involve an insanely fun trip to Hulhumale', of which I have a ton of hilarious pictures that I can't really post here because we all share a phobia paranoia of revealing identities/photos on the Internet, but I'll just leave this here:
Le photographer: Moi. The above dorks took the liberty of transforming my pics into a gif xP
More than half of my childhood revolved around Harry Potter...
And I can still remember that one of my biggest fears was that Jo Rowling might die before she finished the books. The other fear was that I might die before she finished the books. xP I distinctly recall reassuring my ten year old self that I can always find out how the story ends in Heaven because of course Allah would tell me, right?. #ChildhoodFails.
I was both ecstatic and sad after finishing the seventh book. That same feeling has returned after finally seeing the last film. I'm happy, satisfied, sad, unsatisfied, blissful, melancholic and a whole lot of other things that would require me to rape a thesaurus, but mostly just content. It was a spectacular ending to an outstanding saga and David Yates didn't let me down.
SPOILERS AHEAD: Oh, I have issues with it, certainly, but for an HP book-turned-film, it was a lot better than I had dared to hope. True, it did bother me that Harry never actually knew that the other two Horcruxes were specifically Hufflepuff's cup and Nagini, and that he just conveniently "felt" them or "saw" them when he happened across them (I can't forgive Yates for cutting out those crucial memories in the sixth film. What was that nonsense about not wanting the focus of the film to be on Voldemort's childhood?! The entire book's core plot revolved around that!!!). It always gets on my nerves that the Polyjuice Potion never changes the original voice of the drinker - because, believe me, Hermione Granger's high voice coming out of Bellatrix Lestrange's mouth ... No. Just no. Aberforth Dumbledore did not get as much screen time as I'd have liked him to. The true story between the three Dumbledores and Grindelwald was never really explained; it was just a footnote. The Prince's Tale had important memories missing - like how and why Lily gave up on her friendship with Snape. I wish they had made Harry tell Neville to kill the snake, instead of Ron and Hermione, because in the book, Harry's determination to not say goodbye to his best friends (or anyone) and entrusting Neville to join Ron/Hermione to form the "new trio" was one of the key points that made Harry's walk to his death that much more emotional for me. Also, I wish more key points had been explained at "King's Cross", because so many things became clear at that point in the book. FINALLY, WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE SHOWN LITTLE SCORPIUS MALFOY'S FACE, HMM?!
Long rant is long, yes, but I honestly loved the film. From the make-up to the special effects, the acting to the soundtrack - everything has been improving and this film certainly features the best yet. I adored the break-out from Gringotts on the dragon's back (but why'd they make it Hermione's idea? I know she's labelled as the "brilliant one", but it was supposed to be Harry's idea. Let him have some insanely brilliant moments, too, come on!). Also a shout-out to Helena Bonham Carter, because not only did she pwn as Bellatrix again, but she pulled off Emma Watson's Hermione-esque expressions wonderfully during the Polyjuice scenes. I forget the name of the dude portraying Aberforth, but I find myself preferring him to Michael Gambom (sort of like how I prefer Aberforth himself to Albus, I guess) and I think he did really well, given his limited screen time. I was actually impressed by the encounter between Harry and The Grey Lady, because they pulled it off better than I expected as she's a pretty sudden character.
The lead-up to the Battle of Hogwarts had a great atmosphere, laced with tension, excitement and apprehension and the promise of death and destruction, but with always the hope that the Light can succeed.. My heart was pounding when the professors began to fortify the castle and everyone got ready for the war. I almost spazzed when McGonagall brought those stone statues to life and went all hyper and giddy like a little child, "I've always wanted to use that spell xD". I literally laughed at that. :D
And the battle itself? Mind-blowing. I know that Deathly Hallows Part 1 was a set-up to the climax and this Part 2, the grand finale, so lots of action is to be expected, of course. And there were loads, with not a boring moment. What I loved most was how the action and entire battle were actually propelled by the characters; it wasn't just about random shit being blown up, but what they, as the storytellers of this saga, were actually doing to protect the world they live and believe in. It certainly established Neville as being the BAMF that he is and I was all HELL YEAH! And though I can understand that not all the personalities we adore can be brought on screen and individually shown, I did like the effort put in to the battle by the film-makers.
This is one of the few HP films where I actually liked the acting. Daniel has grown and I can actually accept him as Harry now. I have to give props to Emma 'cause I can see she is really trying (though her Hermione still doesn't entirely click it for me) and Rupert and Tom Felton were always, in my opinion, two of the best amateur actors in this series. Helena Bonham Carter owns the screen, even as a side character; no one can be McGonagall except Maggie Smith, and there are tons of others I wanna praise like Ralph Fiennes who brings Voldemort to life (in a different way than I imagined, but yeah OK), but right now the only actor I can actually spazz over is Alan Rickman. He is Snape. 'Nuff said. But I shall still spazz. In the previous films, he portrayed the side Snape expresses to Harry and the general public to near perfection, and in this film, when his past with Lily was revealed, it was like an arrow to my heart. His love for a woman who would never be his, the love that never changed over the years and which drove him to protect Harry though he is the living reminder of Lily's love for James, his heart breaking when he finally comes across the murdered Lily and how his face just falls and you can see his entire world crumbling around him ... I will admit to crying. Shedding actual tears. Snape will never be an ideal hero. He is only a tragic hero of sorts only because he fell in love; had he not, he would have been a Death Eater through and through. Nevertheless, he is one of the most complex and intriguing characters ever written with a solid and beautiful history behind him and Alan Rickman portrayed that to perfection. I most probably will still cry when I happen across The Prince's Tale again.
Finally, the epilogue. I was never too fond of the written epilogue (did we really need that?) but the film portrayed the scenes well. James Sirius has a face that is exactly how I imagined it to be - cocky and arrogantly playful - and Lily Luna was cute and Albus Severus was perfect and just too adorable for words! I liked the choice of child actors (BUT WHY NO SCORPIUS' FACE? WAEEEE?!) The make-up wasn't too bad, I guess, but I thought they could have made Harry, Ron and Hermione seem older. I was a bit happier with Ginny and Draco's make-up (and was intrigued with Astoria Greengrass and went all, 'Oooh~! So that's Felton's girlfriend! Not bad).
And then right when the Hogwarts Express begins to move out of King's Cross, THAT MUSIC begins to play. The classic Harry Potter soundtrack that used to play at the end of the first few films and then the camera zooms in on the trio's smiling faces and it was just so right and fitting and brought the whole story together that I totally "nostalgia'd" - as my friend would say - and thought I could forgive every little thing I disliked because this - this was just perfect and how this brilliant story should end and I was left with a smile on my face and just pure bliss in my heart. And that's what matters.
A part of my childhood has ended with this film, but like the Dumbledore here said, 'Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic'. I know that the halls of Hogwarts will always be there, waiting for me to walk through them the next time I open one of the books and I guess that's the real magic of Harry Potter. It is a powerful and moving story about a boy who turned out to be just ordinary in the end but still accomplished so much because he had who and what mattered beside him and with him, and that rings true for all of us too because the story draws us right into that world and a part of our hearts will always believe in it. I certainly do. It's been nine years since the deadline and I'm still waiting for my owl from Hogwarts :D A part of me always will, I think. Thank you, JKR, for this wonderful world you've built for us, and the film-makers who, even with all the unavoidable mistakes, brought that world to life. I enjoyed every moment of it.

I need more Arabic songs in my life...


Nov 4, 2011

Bring it

Exams are done. Results will be shown after the 20th ... and there are certain contributing factors that should concern me:

  • My Bio prof loves toughening up the exam so much that I'm actually unsure if I can win the challenge.
  • My English prof's "English" is such that, more often than not, we're the ones teaching her her own subject.
  • The Uni administrators are such ruthless merciful, callous thoughtful and tactless considerate @$$h0le$ angels that they screwed up the exam timetable most magnificently at the last minute and I couldn't revise Chem.
  • I'm so confident about Psych that I'm quite possibly the perfect target for that one monster called Situational Irony.

Call it whatever you will, but right now, this is my attitude towards the whole issue.

I'm just praying I won't end up being this when I finally do see the results...