Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Happy Birthday J.K Rowling

Today is the birthday of our wonderful author who created the world of Harry Potter (thereby exposing the magical world to the muggles, although they still think it's fiction).

It's also Harry's birthday. I'm pretty sure that he is celebrating it with his family. Lovely children they've got. Knowing Harry, I've just sent him an owl with his birthday card, and no, I'm not going to reveal what I wrote on it.

Now, with all the birthday wishes taken care of, I have to say that revealing the magical community to the muggles through fiction books, is a stroke of genius. I wished that I had thought of that. I'm pretty sure Jo is either a witch or has family that are witches and wizards. Now it makes me wonder if I know them.

Anyways, just thought I should send some blessings to these two amazing people. Harry did grow up to be quite a dashing young man.

As always, leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or just say hi!

Lord Severus

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Phantom of the Opera (musical) - My thoughts

Considered among one of the classics, the Phantom of the Opera is a long running musical. I recently had the opportunity to witness this form of muggle entertainment and I must say, I am utterly fascinated by it. From the tragic back story of the phantom, to the glitz and glamor of the parties thrown by the rich, to the underground river entrance, to the lair of the phantom. I was pleasantly enthralled by the beautiful sounding voices, belting out songs filled with emotion, hitting those notes with depth. It was truly an amazing experience.

The brilliant use of the stage, the genius usage of the props (it was as if these muggles knew magic), the bright, eye catching lights and colors that splashed across the set at the right times.

If you are someone who enjoys watching stories being performed live in front of you, often accompanied by an orchestra, this is one of them that you have to go to. The wonderfully composed music and lyrics draws you into the play, seamlessly engaging the audience and allows you to feel a part, investing your emotions and feeling as the characters feel. 

There really isn't much that I can say that I dislike about this musical. It has tragedy, romance, murder, suspense, and a brilliant ending. I love the ending the most (not because it's over) but because of the symbolic meaning behind the mask and the so called end of the phantom of the opera theatrics. 

All in all, I give this 4 out of 5 phantom masks.

As always, leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or just say hi!

Lord Severus

Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Wolverine (movie) - My thoughts

The Wolverine, an apparent immortal guy (I know a certain dark wizard that would be very interested in this person) who has shiny long blades extending from the flesh between his knuckles whenever he balls his hands into fists. First off, the poster looks really good. Seems to promise death and destruction to all who crossed his path (this should be exciting for those death eater wannabes). It also seems to suggests that the whole show seemed to revolve around Japan and it's Samurai.

Now witches and wizards (who swings that way, you know who you are), please refrain from kissing your screen, repeating 'Oh my god' countless times and not paying attention to what I'm saying here. Alright, alright. I'll give you a ten seconds. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (Yeah, I actually counted).

Now that you've already ogled, I'll bring your attention to the camera crew, lurking in the background. I don't really have a comment, just that it's one of those production stills from the movie. One thing I'll say about this scene though, it's a pretty interesting fight scene. The shirtless guy is of course the immortal, wolverine and the shorter guy is, well, a samurai. The apparent stalemate of fighting styles between wolverine and the samurai seems to suggest a hint of limits. Although wolverine is an immortal with superhuman strength, with the ability to heal quickly (I'm pretty sure Poppy would love to harness that for healing) and possessing claws that were made of the toughest known metal, he is unable to win fights immediately. Sometimes he would over power weak enemies, sometimes he would not and would result in fending off the enemy till the enemy is too tired thereby allowing him to deal the final blow or for him to pass out, allowing the enemy to run away (although most enemies would probably be killed or fended off by others).

As shown above, wolverine can be captured, immobilized, and rendered absolutely powerless to defend himself. The lady in green can be correctly interpreted as the femme fatale, the villian in the movie and although she is dressed in Slytherin green and is essentially a viper, she is by no means a representation of us (she is pretty cunning though). 

I can see how this would entice a muggle and transport them into a different world, allowing their imagination to roam wild, providing pleasure from a hard day of work or school or life in general. The plot is somewhat predictable but the action and graphics, I feel, makes up for that.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 shirtless wolverines.

I've attached the trailer below for your enjoyment. 

As always, leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or just say hi!

Lord Severus