TO ONCE AGAIN, BEGIN – BEFORE IT ALL ENDS: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

After 7 books, 8 films and 10 years, our journey with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley ends. The release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 this July 2011 is a bittersweet moment for all the Harry Potter fans.

Like everyone who has been brought into his magical world by Harry Potter, I have taken steps to prepare myself before seeing the last installment of the Harry Potter film series.

Gusto ko sana basahin ulit yung books, problem is, I never owned any of the Harry Potter books that I read. Lahat yun, hiram from my friends; Icay, Paolo, Geliq, and Mama Elline, I am truly grateful that you shared your books with me. Let’s face it, kung hindi dahil sa inyo, ignorant ako about HP. You guys introduced me to HP’s magic. 🙂

So I decided to watch all the Harry Potter films to prepare me for the culmination of the story I not only loved, but revered. Hats off to the creator of Hogwarts, Quidditch, Patronus Charm and all the wonderful things in the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Again, let me say: Thank you, JK Rowling…

For when you let Harry escape into a world full of magic, YOU TOOK US WITH HIM…

Now, this is not a review (although the tags say otherwise) of the Harry Potter Films. I may post a few comments here and there but it’s more of remembering Harry and his journey and the little charming moments all throughout each film…

*****

HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Shown in November 2001, directed by Chris Columbus. Starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Rupert Grint (Ronald Weasley), Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall) and Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell).

This is where the magic, and my  fascination with the British Accent, began.

*****

In this film, I loved:

The cupboard under the stairs

The Hogwarts acceptance letters flooding into the Dursley’s living room from the chimney

HAGRID  ❤

Dudley’s curly tail

THE DIAGON ALLEY

All the gold left for Harry; imagine being made to believe that you are worthless freeloader while growing up and finding out you were famous and RICH, albeit, in another world. 🙂

Choosing Harry’s wand at Ollivanders’

Hedwig, the owl

Hagrid and Hedwig ♥

Platfrom 9 ¾ and the Hogwarts Express

Meeting the Weasleys

RON WEASLEY and his cute facial expressions; it’s amazing to realize that they were really so young back then and that they grew up in this film.

“Sunshine daisies, butter mellow. Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow!” – Ron trying to change Scabber’s color

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans – they mean every flavor!

HERMIONE GRANGER and Oculus Reparo!

Draco Malfoy (You’d love to hate this kid!)

The enchanted ceiling at the Great Hall

The Sorting Hat

HERMIONE, RON AND HARRY MADE GRYFFINDOR!

The Young Ones: Ron, Harry, Hermione

“Nearly headless? How can you be neeeerly headless?!” – Hermione, to Nearly Headless Nick

“I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory and even put a stopper in death”– Severus Snape, Potions Teacher and Head of the Slytherin House

Neville Longbottom and his Remembral

The first flying lessons with Madame Hooch

The handsome keeper: Oliver Wood

The Golden Snitch

Harry learning that his father was also a SEEKER

Alohomora!

“Now, if you two don’t mind, I’m going to bed before either of you come up with another clever idea to us killed. Or worse – expelled!” – Hermione, to Harry and Ron

“She needs to sort out her priorities” – Ron, to Harry, in response to Hermione’s statement

Wingardium Leviosa!

“It’s LEVI-OH-SA, not levio-sa!” Ron, animatedly talking about Hermione to Harry and their friends

The Nimbus 2000

QUIDDITCH!

The Gryffindor Quidditch Team

Lacarnum Inflamarae

Wizard’s chess

Harry’s first Christmas with presents!

The Invisibility Cloak

Screaming books at the restricted section

The Mirror of Erised (which I just realized, is DESIRE spelled backwards. Tsss. Late bloomer?!)

NORBERT, the Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon

PETRIFICUS TOTALUS!

Neville trying to fight Harry, Ron and Hermione

FLUFFY, the Three-Headed Dog

Devil’s Snare and Lumos Solem!

Ron’s sacrifice (and his face while he was waiting to be attacked by the king)

The wisdom that is Albus Dumbledore

Gryffindor wins house cup because of Harry, Hermione, Ron and Neville

Hagrid’s gift to Harry – magical pictures of Lily and James Potter

Lily and James Potter

*****

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