Shoes: from Japan
I don't think the title of this entry needs explaining (and I'm still in a state of speechlessness anyway) but yeah, you guessed it: my best friends and I watched the final installment of the Harry Potter film series: the final book brought to life, and the last piece that ends the progression of the entire saga. A huge part of my childhood has just found closure, and it feels like suddenly, after a mad, long-winding and life-changing adventure-- I blink once and find that everything is all over and I'm back home into a state of shocking normalcy.
I love the Harry Potter series so much, and so do the rest of my friends, so last night was a very historical night for us. I don't think I'm giving the statement any justice when I say that I grew up with the book because I didn't. I didn't grow up with just the book, I grew up with everything that lived inside of it-- with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Snape and everyone in Hogwarts. I aged with the wooden posts of the Quidditch field, the trees in Forbidden Forest, and saw the stores in Diagon Alley open, close, come and go-- this magical world was a part of my life. I remember the first time I heard that a movie of the 1st book was coming out-- and how I was so thrilled by the idea that my favorite heroes who were already alive inside of me were going to be breathed into even more life and tangibility on the silverscreen! The strange thing is, the normal thing to say would be "it all happened so fast," but it didn't. It happened very slowly. It felt like an entire lifespan. It was a long wait before each new book, each new movie, so the memories built up inside of me and blossomed and bloomed and exploded themselves into feelings when I would finally read each new installment-- yeah, I'm rambling but I think that by now you get the picture. And I'm not ashamed to say that I'm not exaggerating. All this time spent growing up with the world of Harry Potter... To finally feel that the story is finished.. Well. I can't even sum the whole experience up. There are no words.
Siiiigh. Anyway, on to more photos!
This pose is terribly awkward, but I like the way my jacket falls here and this is how gawky I really tend to be anyway! I almost dressed up as a Hogwarts student but the robes I owned were shoddy and I didn't want to go half-assed so I just decided to wear multiple articles of clothing that expressed my fandom for the series. Naturally, I wore my "I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good" shirt, care of my friend Tintin, who owns Revolution 9 with her sisters. Then I dressed it up with red and gold, the colors of Gryffindor, the house that our favorite trio belongs to! Then I donned a time-turner on my neck in true Hermione fashion...
Time-turner: gift from professor McGonagall in order to maximize my classes at Hogwarts. No, just kidding; I bought it at Borders.
.. And wore some Harry Potter baller bands!
If you can't see them properly, they read "Undesirable No. 1" (on the left) and "Quidditch Varsity" (on the right.)
Did I mention that Ina and I wore complementary outfits? Here's what she wore. In any case, I'll let her talk about her experience for now...
Blazer, Skirt: Thrifted | Shirt: Revolution Nine | Shoes: Fancy Flats | Bag: Borrowed from mom
Where do I even begin? No really. WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO SAY AND DO AFTER ALL OF THIS? The whole anticipation for the movie was tearful -- literally, I, and I am not exaggerating this, have been crying daily since last weekend when the London premiere was shown online and there were these speeches by the actors and The Hogwarts Queen herself, J.K. Rowling. I couldn't stop thinking about how this was the end, and while the story for me had ended with the book all those years ago, I couldn't help but suddenly be affected with the reality that the movie franchise was coming to a close as well. IT'S LIKE OPENING A WOUND THAT'S BEEN SEALED FOR YEARS. It's like the end of the movie officially closes the story once and for all. GONE ARE THE DAYS OF BEING EXCITED FOR SOME NEW HARRY POTTER MATERIAL HUHUHU
Collection of bracelets are mostly my mom's. I... I CAN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT MY OUTFIT PROPERLY BECAUSE MY FEELINGS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE
This really dope feather earring was given to me by one of my blockmates. I thought it'd be a nice addition to my tribute of an outfit for the occasion. Erm, blazer = Gryffindor colors, sort of? Feather = Ravenclaw? Epic pretty skirt = erm, it's rad and witch-y? NO I DON'T HAVE TO EXPLAIN MYSELF.
Hi, I've got a thunderbolt and I solemnly swear that I CAN'T GET A HOLD OF MYSELF. Seriously, I'm so heartbroken. I cried during several parts of the film. I cried when the credits rolled, and even after. Never have I cried so much in a movie house, or for any movie, for that matter. When the credits rolled, I couldn't get up from my seat. JAM AND I JUST CONTINUED TO SOB LIKE MORONS. It doesn't help that I get so horribly attached to things and I'm nostalgic and I have really bad issues when it comes to letting go. Harry Potter has, and always will be, a part of my life. So privileged am I to be part of something so beautiful and inspiring and magical and sublime.
HOW DO I GO ON AFTER ALL OF THIS? *continues lamenting in a very dark corner that would make even Dementors cry*
Aaaand it's Maronne typing again! I needed to have some semblance of a photo with Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange. She was so amazing-- well, she always is-- that part when she portrayed Hermione transformed into Bellatrix care of the Polyjuice Potion was absolutely golden! She nailed every aspect of Hermione's body language. I really look up to this woman; plus it doesn't help that she's married to Tim Burton, whose artistry and aesthetic has been inspiring me for years.
Here's Ina and I before the movie...
... Aaaand here's me with my best friends after the movie. Note the drastic change in our dispositions. We found it very difficult to smile afterwards! Our hearts felt so heavy. Oh oh, and in true tumblr netizen fashion, we yelled out "MISCHIEF MANAGED!!" in the theatre at the end of the film.
Luis and CJ, two of my (dashing and adorable) friends from BlueRep, also happened to be in the same cinema! (Hi CJ, your lips are so red in this photo, you pretty boy, you!)
Ina and Jam stayed in the cinema for 20 minutes even after the credits were done, just sobbing. Hahaha!! I needed to fix my face (I cried my eyeliner to the bottom of my face) and greet my other friends who were watching at the same time as I, so I left when the list of actors were done scrolling.
Yes, we were this affected by the movie. Digressing, however, I came across this promotional board for Conan...
Can somebody please explain to me why those little white men at the back look like that?
I mean... You're going to promote the movie like that? Seriously? ... Seriously? They look like bubble bath monsters from a reject episode of the Power Rangers.
Anyway, as a parting message I present to you my toilet paper consumption (for my tears. HAHA. These are before and after shots of this roll when I left for the movie and when I got back home. Take note that in an attempt to conserve tissue I would only tear out 2 sheets at a time. HAHAHAHA. Anyway, I hope you guys get to see the film, especially fellow Potterheads like my friends and I.
Albus Dumbledore said in the King's Cross scene that "Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic," and on that note I would like to express my eternal gratitude to JK Rowling, who brought out all the magic that words could possibly offer in the form of the Harry Potter books.
"Will you stay with me?"asked Harry.
"Always. Until the very end,"they said. And we have, too.