Got my copy at 7 in the morning last Saturday. Never expecting the bookstore to be full of people since the last time when I grabbed HBP I was the only one in the bookstore at 7am, I went only on my house clothes. XD But then I waited in line for 15 minutes before I finally have the book at my hands. They gave a free bookmark, sticker and cookies. The sticker and bookmark are HP related... The cookies, not. X_X
Finished the book in two days. Well, technically, it's two reading days since I wasn't able to read the whole day yesterday and just stayed up the night til 5 in the morning to finish it. But I disgress. The book was great. It might be my third favorite book in the series. First would be PoA, followed by GoF and then more than likely, DH. I liked how Rowling ended the book. It has closure, meaning: "Finally, there really won't be any other Harry Potter books!" Don't get me wrong because I really love the books but if this drags on, it might loose its brilliance for me. Now, I wonder what her next series will be and if it'll be as big as how Harry Potter is right now. I don't know, HP has a big cult following that it could spill into her next series *shrugs* But we'll see.
I know I missed a lot more but I'm tired. My head aches either because of too much sweet, too much DS, too litte sleep or too much Potter. Take your pick. ^^;
What the... Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows could now be pre-ordered from Amazon?! XD I'm sooo late in knowing this.
And there's a deluxe edition and the normal hardbound one. So, what's the difference? I'd love to pre-order my copy but I don't know if I should pre-order from Amazon or our local bookstore. I'll be pre-ordering at Amazon if I decided to get the deluxe one. But if I'm going to pre-order just the hardbound one, I'm better off I think at my local bookstore. But still, I'd love to get my hands on the deluxe edition even without knowing what it's advantage over the normal hardbound edition. XD
Dilemma.. dilemma.. dilemma...
Oh. My. God! *faints* Watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire last Wednesday night. These are pretty late thoughts but it came out longer than I expected. But still, the movie's great! Wicked! Love! BUT even if I find it absolutely awesome, I still have a lot of gripes about it. Plus I still love Cuaron's approach and Prisoner of Azkaban movie better. But still, yeah, good. Yummy Krum!
Dan really is growing as an actor! The drama he showed at some parts of the movie make me look forward to what he'll be showing as angsty!Harry in OotP. Emma is pretty! No doubt about that one. Though the one part where she was showing tears... I found that scene too abrupt for my liking. But yeah, she's still okay in my book. As for Rupert, I've always loved him. And it never wavered. So yeah, I'm biased towards him. From the movie, I now see why people like the Dan/Emma or Harry/Hermione relationship. Seriously though, Dan has more chemistry with Emma than with Rupert. Emma and Rupert on screen are just friends. They lack tension. Even the awkward moments at the ball looks like just a squabble between friends. Now I wonder how they'll pull off the HBP R/Hr tension projected all throughout the book. Tom Felton was still annoying as Draco. He's still adorable though and already past his awkward stage from the previous film. Neville surprised me since he grew a lot. I mean there was this scene where he was walking beside Dan and it looks like Dan only reached his shoulder! Oh my god! This boy is going to grow tall!
Now for the new young actors on board: Robert (Cedric), Katie (Cho), Stanislav (Krum) and Clemence (Fleur). I was icky from the pictures with Robert since he looks so gay with the pinky cheeks and everything. But hey, he was good as Cedric. He has his cute moments and he grew on me on the movie. Katie was a surprise for me. I didn't expect much from her. I know there are a lot of people who didn't want her on the role. I remember some Pinoys were even pinning Heart for the role?! As if? She's not even British and everyone knows that the movies try to stick to the correct nationality. But yeah, I'm pretty much satisfied with Katie on the role. Clemence was lovely as Fleur. She looks similar to Claire Danes only prettier. And more refined. As for Krum... *ahem ahem* Again, biased me! But still I absolutely adore this guy, even more so now that I was able to watch him on screen. He was exuding Krum all thoughout the movie. Grunt grunt grunt. Frown. Glower. Growl. But best look for him though is when he looks at Hermione! *swoons* He smiles that lopsidded grin that just makes my heart absolutely melt and makes a mush out of me at my seat. Oh God! *fans self* I soooo want to see this guy more and more. I wonder if he'll be pursuing an acting career after this. Krum ain't in the succeeding books except for the occasional letter written to Hermione so I doubt that he'll be in any more HP movies. Dang.
On the other actors, I can only talk about a few since most of them got too little screentimes because of the kids. Mike Ganbon as Dubmbledore. Since the last movie, I never really liked him in Dumbledore's role. He was okay but his Dumbledore never grew on me. I absolutely love Richard Harris' feel to Dumbledore. He gave Dumbledore a calm, soothing and collected character. Someone who doesn't get mad and shout. Someone with a gentle touch. Someone gentle, kind and understanding. That's the Richard Harris Dumbledore and the book Dumbledore that I know. Mike Ganbon's Dumbledore on the other hand sounds too strict. Too forceful. He shoved Harry when he was asking him if he placed his name in the Goblet of Fire! Yeah, never did really like him as Dumbledore. But will still hope that he does a good job for the following films. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort. I love this man. He can absolutely act. Love his movements as the resurrected Voldemort. Sadly, the other actors, like the previous films were overshadowed by the younger cast. But still great presence by Jason Isaacs and Alan Rickman.
Anyway, overall, liked the movie as is. Not tie-ing it up with the book, it's great. I find it not as magical as the other films though, but yeah, it kept me entertained for more than two hours. Like what I said earlier, only second to Prisoner of Azkaban. But still great adventure film. Watch it!