“Mysterious thing, TIME.” – Albus Dumbledore
20 years ago the Magic of Harry Potter enchanted our screens for the first time…A reunion of note, back where it all began at Hogwarts Castle. The avid Harry Potter Fans will say it began at no. 4 Privet Drive but we all know Hogwarts Castle is where the bulk of the amazement was created.
Taking us back 20 years a beautiful, mesmerising and emotional reunion show for the anniversary was streamed on HBO Max….ohhhhh how the memories came flooding back, definitely some teary eyed moments.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” – Albus Dumbledore
To Harry Potter, The Boy who Lived
I wrote a post in 2013 about Harry Potter, this was probably the time I completed the series of books I think. My letter to Hogwarts came late due to the postal service…owls and magic are not used anymore so we have to make due with muggle services, anyway I am happy to have read these encapsulating stories and living in my imagination of the events that were portrayed through the pages.
You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be! – Albus Dumbledore
As you may have noticed I am more a fan of the books than the movies but watching the anniversary show and seeing the images and memories played back, it was still majestic at how brilliantly the directors, actors and all the production team brought what was written between the pages of the 7 books to life. Taking the trip down memory lane was a special experience and made me appreciate reading the books even more…..there is just something about reading and creating your own images that is magical in itself.
Seeing the actors going through their experiences of 20 years ago feels surreal, my eyes lit up when I saw scenes of Cho Chang the girl who gave Harry Potter his first ever kiss…..the three main characters are the familiar household names but ofcourse Neville Longbottom’s (Matthew Lewis) physical transformation 20 years later is impressive.
You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” said Dum-bledore loudly. “The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart,” – Albus Dumbledore
The love that the actors have for each other is dazzling, the anniversary really brings out an emotion that I am sure everyone who watches and is a fan of the series will feel. The behind the scenes and hearing the first-hand experiences from the cast were both entertaining and heart-warming.
Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love. – Albus Dumbledore
We grew up with theses characters and through their acting have become emotionally attached after 8 movies over a span of 10 years, a moving tribute to those who have passed on, seeing them on screen brought back some touching memories.
The measures they have taken to protect their families made him realize more than anything else had done that they really were going to come with him and that they knew exactly how dangerous that would be. He wanted to tell them what that meant to him but he simply could not find words important enough – Harry Potter The Deathly Hallows
Words are not enough to explain how these books and movies have impacted our lives, even if you haven’t watched or read the books you are impacted through social media that is how crazy and magical the experience is…..
After all this time? – Albus Dumbledore
….we can only thank the vivid mind of J.K. Rowling for putting pen to paper and creating this extraordinary and beautiful world and the cast for bringing it to life. The Magic Will Live On….
ALWAYS! – Severus Snape