August 20, 2011
Crunch crunch…slurp! Smack…ruffle ruffle…crunch! My taste buds, they felt a nutty cheesiness of seasoning at one point and at immediately the next a smoky sweetness of caramel. The icy cola served as a welcome break in between mouthfuls of hot and salty popcorn. I sat at the edge of my seat thoroughly engrossed as I watched the much awaited (for most of us) last movie of the Harry Potter series.
I clearly remember reading the first book; a thick bound of entertainment and, in more ways than one, erudition. I had sat up all night hastily devouring the black print sprawled across crisp pages of pure white. The story that my alter ego had narrated to the child in me had been as colorful as the paint palette of The Picasso.
I really admire the creative imagination and narration skills of the author who with something as humble as words creates imagery so graphic. I dare say that I am a voracious reader; but I love books. The Harry Potter series is the first set of novels that I have read from the first word to the very last. The few novels that I had determined to read before my tryst with J K Rowling’s magical saga had managed to keep me rapt only till the chapter beyond the first triplet or so of chapters.
The books and the movies share a symbiotic bond. Reading the books has made my experience of watching the movies all the more exciting and fun filled. In turn, watching the movies has made my experience of reading the books very lively. Whenever I’d watch the movie, my knowledge of the edited parts from the book would help me put the pieces together; and whenever I’d read about a Dumbledore with moon eyed glasses or about a Hermione casting spells I’d actually imagine the cast of the movie.
When in school most of my friends had been diehard fans of both the written and the audio visual form of the fiction story. I had been a victim of ridicule for having thought differently about the whole Harry Potter hullabaloo. I thought of it as highly overrated and found it irksome and childish to be crazy about Harry Potter. Even after I started reading the books and watching the movies I wasn’t a fan beyond reasonable proportions. Nevertheless I appreciated the talent beneath the fame.
Harry Potter has been a wonderful and a magical journey for most of us and though it has come to end, like all good things, it has etched its mark on our hearts. A series brimming with entertainment value and good lessons to learn, Harry Potter has definitely rendered its fans expelliarmus!
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