rockfotze: (Harry Potter - Cho Chang is emo)

Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’re bound to be aware that the final Harry Potter movie is coming out this week. If you also happen to read my blog regularly, then you may have noticed I have been MIA lately. These things are not just coincidence, I have been spending much of my spare time these last couple of weeks re-reading all seven books and re-watching the seven movies. Yes, I am a MASSIVE Harry Potter fan and I am not ashamed to admit it. I became a fan of the books back in 2000 after my mum bought the first three books (the fourth book, Goblet of Fire had only just come out at this stage) and spent the next two weeks gushing over them and begging me to read them. I figured it was some dumb fad and wouldn’t give in at first, but my mum was extremely persistent and so I decided to finally give them a go. And the rest, as they say, is history. I was obsessed almost immediately and devoured those books in no time. Shortly after I finished the fourth book, there was news that they were making the Philosopher’s Stone into a film. So for the next year I obsessed over these beloved books, and eagerly awaited the first film. I must have spent thousands on Harry Potter merchandise, in fact when I look back through photos at that time, I barely wore anything but my Harry Potter shirts. I bought ridiculous amount of collectibles off ebay and generally spent any time not at uni, obsessing over Harry and his magical world.

During my second year of Uni, I decided to start a Harry Potter fan club. I’d gotten inspiration from a local school that held weekly fan club meetings in the library and wanted something for adults to take part in, since I often got comments from other fans on my many shirts that I owned. I put up flyers around my uni and received a few emails from interested people. I even discovered a few people doing the same course as me were huge fans and quickly became good friends with them. The fan club was a pretty big deal back then, the first film had been a huge success and people were Potter mad everywhere you went. We got invited to the premiere of the second film at Movieworld and even got to meet Jason Isaacs, who plays Lucius Malfoy (he was here shooting Peter Pan at the time). I was on TV and in the paper all the time whenever a new film or book was released and lots of local book shops and libraries would get us to come act like characters and even hand out the new books. During my time living in the UK I saw the release of the Half Blood Prince (we lined up at Waterstones in Oxford Street for over 6 hours in a queue that ended up being about 10 blocks long and I’m now forever immortalised on getty images as a result) and the film release of the Goblet of Fire where I got to see all of the actors in the flesh and even got to shake the hand of Mark Williams.

And even after 11 years I am still a huge fan and find myself re-reading the books every year, I still finding them funny, sad, exciting and complete magic. I even have two Harry Potter tattoos (the dark mark and the Hogwarts crest) and still have ideas for others. I class myself as a Gryffindor and still have a rather vast collection of Harry Potter collectibles. I am a fan of the books first and foremost, but the films (even the 1st, 2nd and 4th ones which are pretty poor) hold a special place in my heart. I have gone through relentless teasing over the years for being such a big fan, and have even been called, stupid, childish, evil and a (god forbid) nerd for being so open about it. But it doesn’t matter, because I have helped so many other people discover the magic of Harry Potter over the years, and I feel that anyone who is so unwilling to give it a go is sad, boring and absolutely not worth any of my time.  If you can’t give the most famous series of books a chance and feel the need to tease anyone who likes them, then I have nothing more to say to you. If however, you’re willing to give them a go, I promise you they will at the very least be a very enjoyable read. And at most they will be the greatest books you’ve ever committed yourself to and will undoubtedly become as big a fan as million of us Harry Potters geeks around the world!

So I am nervous and excited and even a little bit sad about seeing the final film at midnight tonight. While I will always love the books more than the movies, the last three films have actually been really good and this will be the end of an era for many of us. Personally it’s been eleven years but I have friends who have grown up with harry Potter since the first book came out back in 1997 so it really is a big deal to many people.So it is with pride that I will be wearing my Gryffindor uniform once again, not for the last time but at the last proper launch of something this big and official. I’ve made some terrific friends and had some incredible memories as a result of my love for Harry Potter and for that alone it has been totally worth it.

Share your Harry Potter memories or stories. I’d love to hear them!


Monday, 23 July 2007 00:22
rockfotze: (Harry Potter - Ron is sad)
I am both relieved and devestated.

That's all I have to say right now.


Thursday, 19 July 2007 14:29
rockfotze: (Bela Potter O_o)
I'm sure most of you are probably bored of all this Harry Potter business by now. Well I am too. I'm sick to death of people trying to post spoilers everywhere, and I refuse to have this book spoilt at all. God knows I'm still fucking FURIOUS last year when a "friend" posted a scan of the page in which Dumbledore dies saying "HAHA DUMBLEDORE DIES" (why I stayed friends with him is beyond me, come to think of it). I don't get why people are trying SO hard to spoint this for me and all Harry Potter fans out there. It's even happening with RL friends, which is infuriatiing but apart from a stream of viscious abuse there's little I can do to prevent that.

Liveournal is another thing though. So from today on, I am having nothing to do with LJ until I'm over this whole fiasco. I'm not risking any more spoilers or enduring any more crap from those who "hate" Harry Potter (read the fucking books before you say that, assholes). I was going to stay offline completely but I've had no troubles on Myspace or Facebook thus far so I won't ditch them entirely just now.

This might only be only until I'm finished the book, but that all depends on how I cope when I'm done. Maybe I'm being a bit weird/obsessive but I'm getting really upset about the impending release, so unless the book ends all happy and sunshiney (which I doubt) then I may take a while to recover.

Also, if I happen to burst into tears at Borders on Saturday, please don't be surprised or worried, I'm just completely overwhelmed by this event :(
rockfotze: (Farin - NERD ALERT!)
FIRST AND FOREMOST! I am thinking of commemorating the final Harry Potter book by getting a tattoo of the Golden Snitch, possibly on my shoulder. Not 100% confirmed yet, I admit. HOWEVER! I can't find a design I like, and as I know a number of excellent artists here, would someone be willing to whip something up? I will pay you, if you'd like. But I'd need something beyond a crappy cartoon or that stupid movie-Snitchin 2-3 days!!! PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME OUT!!!!

Saturday, after randomly getting my pictures taken for a newspaper (more info on that later) I spent the day shopping with mum. I met up with [ profile] _snitchbitch to see OotP again BUT I left my purse at home. And as no one else was able to come to the film, we called it quits. I spent SO much money but my god did I get the best deals ever on the sexiest goth-flapper shoes and various tops from Sex Kitten. Mum and I had a ball together, I so love our shopping adventures :D

I had three birthday parties Saturday night, Sabrina's at 6pm, Pete Smith's at 8pm and the Lorenzo's sometime afterwards. I hated the fact I needed to flit about, I felt totally rude, but I couldn't bare to disappoint anyone. I got WASTED at the Met for Pete's party as people were shouting drinks left, right and center. We then went to Lorenzo's party at the newly refurbished Embassy, though I'm having trouble recalling most of that part of the night. Orrrr anything after that. But even in my drunken state I managed to get Cas, Flip and Daz up to the VIP area. God knows how, but I managed to convince the girl on the door they deserved to be up there with me! Oh and some random dude wigged out when he saw me, it was as iff I was some sort of celebrity, the way he gushed. He someone knew me from Myspace though he hadn't added me. Weird.

Anyway have some photos of tomfoolery at Lorenzo's party )

Needless to say I spent Sunday in bed, wishing I was dead. The moral of the story? Gin is my kryptonyte and after learning this lesson the hard way one too many times, it's time for me to give up this delicious beverage once and for all :( But aside from that: BEST NIGHT EVER!

I have a job interview tomorrow. Wish me luck because I'll surely need it!
rockfotze: (Dark Mark is better than yours...)
HAHAHAHA! OH MY GOD! I was trying to find some old news articles I was in for previous Harry Potter book/film releases. So I googled myself to see if I could find them that way. Instead I found the most awesome thing ever!

Clock the link and see what I'm talking about. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THIS EXISTED! Hehehehehe :D :D :D
rockfotze: (Harry Potter - trio)
In case anyone was interested, the new Harry Potter film comes out tomorrow! [ profile] _snitchbitch and I are seeing it tomorrow night at Myer Center cinemas at 6:40pm and then again this Saturday at 12:50pm. I mention this as I know a few of you guys are secret Harry Potter fans who'd probably love to go see the film but haven't put much thought into it, or don't have anyone to go with. So if you wanna come with us, please do! Just be aware that you may be slightly overwhelmed with the nerdiness, especially mine!


Please note: If you feel inclined to make a nasty comment about my love of Harry Potter or to attempt to tease me, be aware that I will kick your arse. Seriously. I'm the first to admit I'm a crazy Harry Potter nerd, so there's no point in trying to attack me about it, because I don't care. I say this now, because I'm constantly defending myself when I mention Harry Potter and it's starting to get annoying now. So deal with it!
rockfotze: (Bela - sad in sepia)
WELL! After all the anticipation, the Brisbane Medieval Fair was CANCELED! We drove all the way to Kedron to find this out, so we were very unimpressed. We didn't want to waste the day so we went and saw the new Fantastic Four film, which was pretty good (though I haven't seen the first one due to the fact I was traveling when it came out, so I'm sure I missed a lot).

Weekend wise was alright, I went to Breaks & Enter with Anthony which ended up being really good. Though a fight broke out at one point where I somehow summoned the strength to hold back some random guy from getting into the fight (my arms are hurting now, let me tell ya) and Anthony was somehow kicked in the throat when he tried to break it up, so now he can hardly talk. Nothing like alcohol to fuel the aggression in men, huh! Actually something rather unsettling happened but I won't write about it here or now. I only just got it cleared up tonight, so I'd rather not think about it just now (yes, I am being cryptic, thank you very much).

I was in a terrible mood on Saturday, though I did go out and get my photos taken for Sexy Young Things which cheered me up quite a bit (gotta love compliments from strangers when you're feeling down). That night I took mum to the Custom Rockabilly gig which was good, a guy asked me up to do some rock n roll dancing with him and despite it being about five years since I learned it, I did OK.


Alright, so after seeing the awesome displays at the cinemas for the latest Harry Potter film, I'm now as stumped as ever as to who to dress as for all of the upcoming film/book releases, as well as the Harry Potter day we're all attending for the club. My two favourite options are Bellatrix Lestrange or Tonks. Both costumes would be really easy to come up with (though I'm going to have to make some sort of black cloak for either one, I reckon).

Should I be Bellatrix as from the new film, or should I be Tonks as drawn by [ profile] vikingcarrot? I guess I could do both since I'll need to dress up at least three times in the coming month...but maybe I should just go with one? Man, Tonks would be so easy, I probably wouldn't need to buy anything extra except maybe some pink hair spray. But upon seeing pictures of Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix I am madly in love with this look. OH THE DECISIONS!


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