Welcome to the Realm of Wizardry, an amusing but comprehensive shrine devoted to all that is, and always will be, Harry Potter. Within these pages, you will find tons of fanfiction, artwork and movie information, as well as some new things I have brewing.

< >Despite my love for all of the characters, I have a very deep affinity for Severus Snape, Harry Potter, and Remus Lupin. Fear not! There is a plethora of material dedicated to the others & much more.

< >I first heard tell of Harry Potter in April 1999 when my teacher read Sorcerer's Stone aloud in class. Although I didn't initially care for what she read, I purchased my first book that June. I have been enchanted by the wild-haired, green-eyed boy ever since.

< >This is one of the oldest Harry Potter websites, twisted out of an insomnia fit in July 1999. I'm still here, I'm still awake, & I'm still insanely in love with J. K. Rowling's masterpiece.


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July 15, 2005 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
< >Pretty much, I know what you're all thinking. Have a wonderful time reading. It's been over two years since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix . The great thing about Harry Potter and having the series written before our eyes is that despite however many answers we get to things we were dying to know, new questions always arise. It's a great thing, never knowing what's going to happen or trying to figure out what exactly Rowling has up her sleeve. I am so excited, as I'm sure the rest of you are!
< >And Happy 6th Birthday to the Realm! :)
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July 24, 2004 J. K. Rowling pregnant with third child
< >J. K. Rowling has announced that she is pregnant with her third child! Huzzah, and a great congratulations to her
< >Let me just say, Harry and the Potters were fantastic. I saw them in LA at the Chinatown Library on the 15th and I nearly keeled over from laughing so hard. They rocked the library!
< >Please, guys, I'm sorry about not updating the books and rumors section recently, but I'm aware that the sixth book will be called Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Thanks for all your nice, informative, funny, excited, and sometimes rather nasty E-mails about it. ;D
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June 29, 2004 Harry and the Potters
< >I just had to talk about this. There is a band, located somewhere on the east coast of the United States, called Harry and the Potters. It consists of two brothers, and a sometimes-there drummer, who dress like Harry Potter and sing songs about Harry Potter. The band is hilarious and awesomely cool. I've downloaded some of their songs from their website and they are fantastic.
< >Check them out on their website. They are touring across the U.S. this summer (or at least trying to do so). I am going to try to make one of their California dates. Go see and support them! They rock.
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June 5, 2004 a review of the POA film
< >Well. I saw Prisoner of Azkaban yesterday. Twice. Once at midnight in Universal City; the other, a 4:30 IMAX showing at my local theatre. And here's what I think . . .
< >I can't say I loved it, but I can't say I hated it. There is much to be said about the script and the text that was taken directly from the novel, as well as many additional lines given to Harry, Hermione, Remus, and Dumbledore that spark questions without answers, truths with veils, and loneliness without boundaries, but there are certain parts that simply failed to catch my interest. Prisoner of Azkaban is extremely more compelling than the other two movies, though the story is even more remixed than Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets.
< >But, I can't gather myself to be mad about that like I was about the first two movies because I absolutely loved Alfonso Cuaron's directorial choices. My brain is frazzled by the dazzling cinematography and the imagery and the symbolism Cuaron grafted into the film. The movie is a veritable feast for the eye and the grittiness of the film is paradoxically beautiful. Cuaron is, simply, awesome in his use of water imagery as a liberator, destroyer, and creator; light and shadow to create emptiness and cryptic foreshadowing; and darkness as a permeating factor in the world.
< >The graphics, and the numerous re-workings of the set were superb. The grounds of the school, as well as the school itself, are so much more intricate and gorgeous - I especially love the clock in the school and the bridge connecting the castle to the grounds near Hagrid's home. I was quite disappointed with the CGI of Sirius as Padfoot and Lupin as Moony, though. Why couldn't they have used a real dog for Sirius? And Moony was just . . . well, I can't explain it, but I can't stand it either. Moony did not look "real." The mechanical rat (Peter as Wormtail) was a joke; I don't see why they didn't use a real rat again at least for a majority of the scenes. The Whomping Willow, completely revamped to the way it should have been in the second Harry Potter film, rocked my socks!
< >On our favourite young actors, I am very impressed with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Matthew Lewis, and Tom Felton. They all have matured greatly in their acting. Daniel has the ability now to fully explore Harry's emotions, and the rest of these young people play off each other magically.
< >On the older actors, Michael Gambon is very good - an excellent choice to take over Richard Harris' place in the Harry Potter film series. He plays Dumbledore with the right vibrancy and his lines in terms of magic, light, and dreams were expressed with great thoughtfulness. Alan Rickman, although with fewer lines than even the Chamber of Secrets movie I think, brought about Snape's nastiness and mystery from the third book excellently; I love that man more every day. I was slightly disappointed with Robbie Coltrane's performance of Hagrid, perhaps because he did not seem particularly upset on Buckbeak's execution day and he was virtually left out of the film, much to my chagrin.
< >David Thewlis, it has been said, did not play Remus Lupin well. I agree and disagree. The problem with choosing Alan Rickman to play Snape is that, essentially, as much as I dearly adore and respect Rickman, the man is much older than the character is in the book. Thus, I suppose, the producers were compelled to select older actors to play Remus, Sirius, and Peter. David Thewlis seems to know the character, and he is comfortable with the role of Remus Lupin, but I just get the feeling he's too old for the role and I cannot totally make myself relate with him as I do with the books, from a child's perspective or an adult's (for I am on the cusp of childhood and adulthood). It is the same for me with Gary Oldman playing Sirius Black and Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew. They are all wonderful men, but they don't seem to connect well with the younger characters as well as they could have if younger actors for the Marauders had been selected to go along with the footing of the novel and reality of men in their mid-to-late thirties who have seen far too much in their lives. Also, Spall was not as sniveling as I perceive Peter to be and he was overtly comically grotesque way, which undermines Peter's character.
< >But I will say this about Gary Oldman and David Thewlis: each approach their roles with a goal to say something real and endearing about the character as well as express the flaws, darkness, and retributions that make each one of us human. And that, one might say, is the essence of Harry Potter - to explore every aspect that makes us who we are and that places us on the path of what we are to become.
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April 19, 2004 a pitiful excuse
< >Hi y'all! Long time no see, my friends! I'm sorry I haven't been around at all for the last six months. :0( School has been more than overwhelming lately and due to the fact it is my last year of high school, I've been working my tail off since September to keep from falling ill to the disease known as 'senioritis.' And I have also been working on my school's literary magazine, Caeruleus as a content editor (eleven people on the staff, and my friends Michelle and Jessica, and I, are the only ones doing anything, which is just lovely). I'm furthermore trying to earn scholarship money and grants, which is difficult because finanicially I don't qualify but it's not as if my family has tens of thousands of dollars to pump into my education. [Meh, if anyone cares to know, California's university costs are skyrocketing due to the lousy economy and budget cuts.] Thus, life is stressful and horrible.
< >On the bright side, however, I've decided upon which university I will attend here in California and hopefully I'll be able to start (early) in August. w00t. I am very excited. What am I going to do? What will I be preparing myself for in life? Not a clue. Do I become an English teacher and pontificate on the symbolism of a skull in Hamlet to teenagers (like me, currently) who just want the lunch bell to ring so they can relax? Do I study literature, go to England to teach, live in a cottage with six cats, and stalk Prince William? Do I get a degree in international relations, move to Switzerland, and "properly" learn French and German and Italian while working at the U.N. in Geneva? Or go to New York and become a stereotypical coffee-adicted, morose, oh-really writer who lives in a dreary little apartment in New York and stares at the rain all day? Again, I have not a clue, but all the options sound rather fun. :D
< >AHEM. Well, anyway, I'm here to announce that I will be attempting to renovate the site once I graduate (go '04!) in mid-June. Alas, yes, that will be after the June 4 release of the "Prisoner of Azkaban" film, but I'll have a new look for the Realm, more information and editorials, fanfiction and art, links, and other general stuff - with, of course, my incredible sarcasm thrown in once in a while. ::snort:: I also hope to begin drafting writing tutorials, tips, and how writing fan fiction can help you. :D I don't know how fast everything will happen, but it will eventually. I love the Realm and everyone involved with it, and I owe it to all of you who have supported me over the years to get back into the swing of things. So cross your fingers and please send good vibes! Hehe. Last on my list of things to talk about this evening is the forum! It's doing wonderfully, despite my absence. Check it out! We're always looking for new people, interesting topics, and more Potter-craziness. ::grin:: Bye for now!
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