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Harry Potter and My 4th Anniversary 

Of all things to break this blogging draught: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - the movie.

I managed to catch it on the day it opened. I couldn't line up for it, so I ended up having to sit in the front row, but it certainly did not detract from the experience. I would say that this is the best movie yet - iff (that is not a typo, it means "if and only if") you have read the book. I say this because the movie doesn't really bother to take the time with exposition. Rather, it very magnificently brings episodes in the book to life. So, if you've read the book, you have a good handle of what's going on and you can watch the magic of Hollywood make the story leap off the page. If you've never read the book, then it's sort of like a look into the mind of someone with moderate to severe ADD. (Also, if you've never read the books, then the best movie to date would be the third. Unequivocally the third.)

It's really cool to see how the actors have all grown up - despite what Lisa says, I contend that regardless of age they are becoming quite droolworthy. Well, some of them at least. I also really appreciate how Fred and George are featured more prominently as the comic relief and how you really feel like the stories are taking place in a boarding school rather than some far away magical place. I expected to dislike Prof Moody due to the fact that he did not - not in the least! - look like what I thought Moody should look like. The actor (Brendan Gleeson) did such a good job of the role, that I have no further objections.

I would be a really bad blogger if the first real post I've written this whole month only involves a movie that has already been extensively reviewed. So:

Today is my 4th Anniversary with Jim. That would mean that from the time he first expressed his intentions (by kissing me) I have aged by 4 years (~20% of my life to date). It's mind boggling to think about it this way and I can't even say if here is where I expected to be when I thought ahead at 17. Where I expected to be at 21? That was too far away at 17 for me to be concerned with. If my 17 year-old self could see me now though, I think I would be happy about it. After I get over my shock and disbelief, that is.

This year we agreed not to get anything for each other and I suspect that it's borne out of the fact that neither can think of what to get the other. (Well, I would appreciate a white cat/kitten named Bechamel but not under our current living conditions) I might be doing a little something for Jim, but that's between us, as far as I'm concerned. Jim has made secret dinner reservations that he's going to surprise me with so I don't know what's going to happen tonight, but I sure am excited about it. 4 years. That's hell of a long time.


posted by Joie! at 11:12 AM

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