Harry Potter Trailers (All Eight) - by Alex Todd

Trailers:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - 0:04
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - 2:31
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - 5:43
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 6:37
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 8:58
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - 11:09
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - 13:33
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - 15:59
 
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I had always wondered about the contrasting relationship between Harry Potter and Professor Snape. One could never tell if Snape hated Harry just because of his lineage, or because he possessed his mother’s eyes.

And what was the nature of Snape’s relationship with Lily Potter? One would have thought they were best friends, but how could Snape expect to have kept that friendship alive with his deteriorating attitude and his dwelling into the dark arts?

As readers delve into the seven novels outlining the story of Harry Potter and his quest to find his past and destroy Lord Voldemort, we also find ourselves being shown a more dynamic picture of how it all began.  At first we are all given sight into the prophecy unknowingly given by Professor Trelawney and overheard by Snape who then brandished this information to Lord Voldemort. But Snape had not heard the entire prophecy and thus his error led to the killing of Lily Potter and her husband James whom Snape despised.

Now there are many speculations into why Snape had done this. Into Why Lord Voldemort had chosen to go after Harry instead of Neville Longbottom who was also born around the same time and could have also been the “chosen one”.

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I however thought that maybe, given the fact that Snape loved Lily Potter in a more obsessive way, that he would have told Lord Voldemort it was in fact Harry Potter the prophecy foretold about in order to rid the world of James Potter and Harry so that he alone could comfort Lily and she may very well fall for him instead.

The obsession Snape had with Lily was not only uncomfortable but fatally fanatic. He never read the signs in all his years of knowing Lily that she would despise anyone who delved into the dark arts. He never took her kind and delicate nature into consideration, only seeing what he himself wanted to see. His obsession soon became emotionally battering as his jealousy of James Potter turned him against Lily. So one, seeing as how he always reacted when James was around, could conclude that with the announcement of their marriage and having bore James’s son, Snape would seek revenge not only on James Potter, his son Harry, but Lily as well.

Could Snape, in such an obsessive rage have set up his beloved in a moment of fury as he had once done when he called her a Mudblood? Had he told Lord Voldemort about Harry in his peak of rage, and then felt terribly guilty later about what he had done?

But then Snape turned a new leaf. Upon the death of his beloved Lily, he promised Dumbledore he would help protect Harry should Lord Voldemort rise again. But that promise didn’t stop Snape from making every moment spent in Harry’s company a pleasant occurrence. In fact, Snape made a point to bully Harry, encouraging Harry to snap back in order to give him detention or remove points from the Gryffindor house.

So how could one truly believe that Snape had anything but hate towards Harry Potter?

There were so many contradicting instances where the reader, had they not paid close attention, could undoubtedly become confused.

Snape hated Harry but kept a close eye on Professor Quirrell in the “sorcerer’s Stone” at the bequest of Dumbledore. Snape trained Harry with Occlumency, a strengthening of the mind in order to keep Lord Voldemort out, at the instructions of Dumbledore. Yet during each lesson, he disdainfully chastised Harry so much the boy nearly broke. It was Snape who made sure Harry could retrieve the sword of Gryffindor, it was Snape who worked as a double agent between Lord Voldemort and Dumbledore & the order of the phoenix in order to  help the order stay one step ahead of Voldemort, and to keep Snape as his most informative so as not to suspect fraud.

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And when Voldemort killed Snape, in his last moments of life, he made sure he gave Harry his memories in order to give him the last message from Dumbledore that would end Lord Voldemort.

Even as we looked into Snape’s memories, we found that he had a peculiar way of showing his feelings. So much so that readers have to decide for them selves if they believe Snape really cared for Lily and that her death had really destroyed his resolve to entertain dark magic.

We follow Snape as he relives the reasons for his hatred of James Potter a man that bullied him and stole the love of his life. We find that Snape, so much like Voldemort, blamed others for his misfortune instead of looking at the clear picture in front of them.

Snape, being that he had known Lily the longest, had ample opportunity to show his care of her. He knew her better than Potter and yet he chose to explore the dark arts, chose to become a death eater, chose to work alongside the Dark Lord instead of following a better path with the love of his life.

One can only speculate if Snape somehow had the ambition to be an evil ruler himself, as he named himself the half-blood Prince. I had no doubt it wasn’t just his lineage that brought on this name. He must have had ambitions to conquer the magic & muggle world.

He should have known that walking this path would put off Lily so much so that the bullying from James Potter and his friends seemed innocent at best.  Why then, didn’t Snape prove his love? Why didn’t he do more than stand outside the Gryffindor Portrait hole refusing to leave? He should have done more than say “sorry”.

Instead at the breaking of their friendship, he delved more into the dark arts. And from there the history of his misdeeds continued. Until that is, he became the sole source of information that caused the death of the woman he so called loved.

This also led me to wonder, if the horrible way in which Snape died, was poetic justice for his misdeeds throughout his life. It also puzzled me, if the manner of his death was the reason Harry so quickly forgave him.

After all the way in which we followed Snape throughout the series was a little misleading. He was almost like two personalities; struggling with his grief while being more humbled, and the wicked Snape we knew from the beginning; a bully, a liar and a conniving miscreant.

While this behavior can be justified, he was in fact working against Voldemort, I still wonder if he had really changed. Had he really somewhere in his duty to watch over Potter, began to love the boy as if he was his own? Had he cared? Had the purity of his acts of good finally broken through to him and he changed for good?

One can only Ponder the musings of Severus Snape a man who once coveted the dark arts like a blanket, but loved to a point of obsession a woman so far out of his reach it was devastating.  And one must wonder, had Snape not been the one to tell Lord Voldemort about the prophecy setting off a chain of events leading up to the death of Lily Potter, if he would eventually have changed his ways for the better.

I would like to hope so.


 

Harry Potter Trailers (All Eight)

Molly Weasley vs Bellatrix Lestrange

Harry Potter VS Lord Voldemort - Final Battle Hogwarts courtyard

 
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In detail:

I love the lead in for the novel. J. K. Rowling starts the story simplistically with a cat with marking upon her face, sitting on Privet Drive waiting for what, the reader at first did not know. Only to be submerged in a first bit of magic as Dumbledore, one of the most powerful wizards in his time, greets this mysterious cat after extinguishing all the lights on the street.

They wait…and for what the reader is grasping on the edge of their seat to know. Why is the mysterious cat that sat for days upon days without so much as blinking suddenly changing into a well seasoned witch, approaching the wizard Dumbledore with odd questions about a family and their whereabouts?

We soon find out, that Harry Potter has lost both of his parents, orphaned by a magically devious man who shall not be named, and whisked away into the night to safety where he is left on the doorstep of his estranged Aunt’s door.

This opening while satisfying and very well detailed reminded me of many stories along the lines of orphans from Annie to Oliver Twist, where children are fragile and frail left to their own vises in a cruel, cruel world.

Later we visit Harry as he is older, a scraggly unkempt and unwanted house guest living in a cupboard below the stairs of the Dursley’s house as they treat him like dirt beneath their fingers. They barely feed him, work him to the bone and chastise him on a regular, even going to such lengths to ignore the bullying their own son does to poor Harry.

As eloquently as this story is written, this reminded me of Cinderella, a girl beaten down by life and family forced to work for them like a servant. Criticized and ridiculed until finally she is able to run free. This can be said too for Harry Potter as he gets his chance at freedom when an Owl Post comes for him with his acceptance to Hogwarts a school for witches and wizards.

Though the road to getting to school was not that simple, His Uncle Vernon Dursley tried desperately to keep that lifestyle from him. Vernon as well as Petunia his Aunt didn’t want Harry to know he had wizards blood flowing through his veins, they didn’t even want to hear the word Magic.


So as the letters announcing Harry’s acceptance into the school began to flow in, the Dursley’s left finding places to hide only to be followed by the letters. Eventually Harry gets his letter and is rescued by Rubeus Hagrid, the same man who rescued him from the empty shell of what was left of his home when his parents were killed.

Hagrid takes Harry under his wing and helps him prepare for school. He promises to see Harry soon, a boy who is now overly ecstatic to be breaking away from his terrible family.

Throughout the novel we are introduced to the many main characters of the Harry Potter Series.

Draco Malfoy- from a pure bred wizarding family that mostly practices the dark arts and was in league with the dark lord when he was in power. Draco becomes one of Harry’s enemies inside the Hogwarts school.

Hermione Granger- one of Harry’s best friends who at first can be seen as obnoxious and bossy.

Ron Weasley- comes from a poor pur blood wizarding family and is Harry’s best friend

Fred & George Weasley- mischievous twins

Severus Snape-a professor at Hogwarts who hates Harry for unknown reasons.

Neville Longbottom- Who I must say had more of a presence in the books than he did in the movies.

As well as many others. And as we get to know these characters we also get a first year’s course on Magic as Harry takes his. We experience Harry’s first broom ride, and his first taste of fame which leads up back to the core of the story.

Harry Potter known as the boy who lived despite being cast with a very deadly curse Avada Kedavra, had no knowledge of the events that transpired around his parents death. He now knew that they hadn’t died from a car crash as his Aunt and Uncle had told him growing up, but that Lord Voldemort a Dark sorcerer had killed them…killed them trying to get close enough to Harry, who had been no more than a year old then, but the curse backfired and instead destroyed Lord Voldemort. A name no witch or wizard dare speak out loud in case it would conjure him.

Harry was never used to so much attention. He was used to being ridiculed, verbally abused and forced into punishment. He was not used to cheers of encouragement or everybody knowing his name.

The tales of how he lived was told even before he knew his own past. And with positivity in the wings, one must know there is always negativity. Draco Malfoy along with his crew Crabe and Goyle make Harry’s life at Hogwarts very difficult. There is also Professor Snape who seems to despise Harry for reasons unknown.

Not to mention the mysterious happenings on school grounds as a troll finds its way into the castle on Halloween. A mysterious beast guarding a trap door down the third floor corridor, and a stuttering Professor who can’t stand the touch of Harry. Yes, very mysterious indeed. Until we learn of the unique quality of power the Sorcerer’s stone possesses, and Lord Voldermort’s plot to steal it in order to regain his strength as well as immortality.

But who could be Aiding Lord Voldemort the dark lord that everyone had thought to be dead?

Find out by reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and seeing the coinciding movie. Both I know you will love as the book may be more detailed, but the Movie is an adventurous endeavor I can say will tickle the eyes and senses.

Follow DWED as we showcase the Harry Potter series both books and movies throughout the month of May. Also stay tuned…we dare to have a giveaway! One you won’t want to miss!!!

 
The Phenomenon that is Harry Potter has enchanted many with its magical wealth of books and movies, characters that boggle the mind and a Cast of Actors that upheld the true nature of these fictional characters unflinchingly.

So without further ado, I present the Books &Characters of Harry Potter.

Book 1: Originally titled the Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone later renamed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Synopsis- Harry potter is an ordinary boy living with his Aunt & Uncle who treat him like a sack of dirt, they along with their son, make it a habit to keep poor Harry miserable while he sleeps in a cupboard under the stairs. One day this all changes as he find out he is a Wizard and has been accepted into Hogwarts a prestigious school for Witches and Wizards. In this book we follow Harry on his journey of discovering his birthright, his fame, how his parents died, and who is behind their death.

Book 2: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Synopsis- Harry potter is at Hogwarts again for his second Year. He has made some friends and enemies, he is still coming to terms with his life and its ever revolving changes, yet once again he finds himself in danger, as a hideous secret that has been thought as only a myth in the wizarding world is found to be true and people are starting to be petrified by an unknown beast lurking in the castle. A beast that only Harry can hear.

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Book 3: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Synopsis- Harry potter is attacked by a gruesomely ugly flying beast that seems to suck out the harsh memories of his past while riding the Hogwarts express to School. It is later found that a prisoner who has the thirst for Harry’s death has escaped from Azkaban a prison for Witches & Wizards, in search of him. We follow Harry as he seeks the truth on another puzzle piece connected to his parents death and this notorious escaped prisoner.

Book 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Synopsis- Harry potter is once again in the lime light. Somehow in the dark of night his name was slipped into the Goblet of Fire in order for him to compete in Magical, but deadly challenges in the Triwizard tournament. As his friends turn against him, the houses in Hogwarts shun him, and a mysteriously disfigured teacher of the Dark Arts tries to guide him, Harry finds himself facing death once again, only this time doubt and fear seem the most of his undoing.

Book 5: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Synopsis- Harry potter is in danger once again. Slated to return to Hogwarts once the summer is over, he finds himself being attacked by Dementors forcing him to use Magic outside of school grounds, thus getting him temporarily expelled from school. We follow Harry as he fights for his innocence as he is on trial by the ministry of Magic, which is also having its own issues, and comes face to face with an undercover organization of Witches & Wizards  fighting against Lord Voldemort Harry’s nemesis. The group is led by Albus Dumbledore, the head of Hogwarts School and the very man that Lord Voldemort is afraid of.


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Book 6: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Synopsis- Harry potter is once again at Hogwarts and he is being tested. While taking potions he finds a used textbook with notes on how to make the most potent potions. Using this book throughout his lessons he becomes top student. During the course of the book Harry is unsure who the textbook belongs to all the while working together with Albus Dumbledore to hunt for Horcruxes in order to destroy Lord Voldemort.

Book 7: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Synopsis- Harry potter is devastated by the recent death of Albus Dumbledore and has found himself to be hunted by death eaters and Voldemort’s supporters. While hunting Horcruxes with the help of his best friends, he is challenged by hiding out, searching secret dwellings to find the Horcruxes, and a final battle with Lord Voldemort and his followers that may end in his death. It is while searching out these Horcruxes that he finds Lord Voldemort is searching out the three deathly hallows that will make the ultimate death weapon and its user the most powerful being on earth.

Other Books by J.K Rowling with regards to Harry Potter:

-The tales of Beedle the Bard

-Harry Potter Schoolbooks

    -Fantastic Beasts and where to find them
    - Quidditch through the ages


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Main Characters:

Harry Potter

Hermione Granger

Ron Weasley

Lord Voldemort

Albus Dumbledore

Rubeus Hagrid

Professor McGonagall

Draco Malfoy

Severus Snape

Revolving Characters:

Sirius Black

Remus Lupin

James Potter

Lily Potter

Petunia Dursley

Vernon Dursley

Dudley Dursley

Neville Longbottom

Seamus Finnigan

Ginny Weasley

Fred Weasley

George Weasley

Percy Weasley

Molly Weasley

Arthur Weasley

Dean Thomas

Parvati Patil

Padma Patil

Viktor Krum

Cedric Diggory

Amos Diggory

Cho Chang

Fleur Delacour

Gregory Goyle

Vincent Crabbe

Lucius Malfoy

Narcissa Malfoy

Cornelus Fudge

Angelina Johnson

Katie Bell

Alicia Spinnet

Oliver Wood

The Bloody baron

Nearly Headless Nick

The Fat Lady

Dobby

Colin Creevy

Madam Hooch

Sybill Trelawney

Irma Pince

Quirinus Quirrell

Mr. Ollivander

Professor Sprout

Justin Finch-Fletchley

Peter Pettigrew

Marjorie Dursley

Alastor Moody

Sir Cadogan

Marcus Flint

Lee Jordan

Moaning Myrtle

Gilderoy Lockhart

Luna Lovegood

Pansy Parkinson

Bill Weasley

Charlie Weasley

Grawp Hagrid

Bellatrix Lestrange

Kingsley Shacklebolt

Dolores Umbridge

Igor Karkaroff

Madam Rosmerta

Madame Maxime

Rita Skeeter

Barty Crouch

Argus Filch

Madame Pomfrey

Filis Flitwick



 
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Welcome to DWED’s main event for the month of May. This month we will be focusing on the phenomenon that is Harry Potter and his journey on discovering the world of wizards and witch craft.

Like Many I was a new fan of the series only after seeing one of its top grossing films while aired in the theater. The one that won me over was “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

It was then I found myself enthralled in the world created by J. K. Rowling, as many others before me. So I have decided, though it may be a little late to some, to embark on my own Journey of Harry Potter, bringing his wealth of adventure to the blog, and taking an in-depth stroll through the books, the movies, the characters and their acting counterparts.

I hope you enjoy this month’s theme. Please know that while Harry Potter Books were slated for adolescent view, there is a child at heart in all of us, and there is no age limit to the excitement of brilliant craftsmanship from the world which J. K Rowling created. After all she is an adult, and had she not had such a vast imagination the world would not know this Harry Potter, nor would they know how one can turn an old myth of magic into a stunning world of imagery.

Please stay tuned to DWED’s Blog throughout the Month of May for postings on this exclusive adventure. And do not hesitate to check our Contest page for an exclusive giveaway that would definitely entice the magic within you.