Once in awhile, I’ll happen upon something that I will–for a short time–consider the “Greatest Thing Ever.” While this practice is often more spasmodic and arguably useless than Keith Olbermann’s lists of Best and Worst Persons in the World, it often serves to satiate my otherwise excruciating somnambulism during the average work-day.
Just about every other Sunday, I’ll find that there is nothing else of interest on the tiny TV at my desk at work aside from a constant marathon of each of the five current Harry Potter films. When the first of these films came out, I was a Freshman in High School, and I was severely underwhelmed. In all fairness, I would modestly count myself as a fan of Children’s Cinema only a bit less than Adult* Cinema.
I tried to read the first Harry Potter book in that year, and was told by my psychotic dwarf English teacher that I needed to read a “Big Boy Book.” Even though the “Little Boy Book” had been spotted on his own bookshelf days later. Little cunt.
That being said, I must also admit that I had very little interest in the series; however, another cinematic “marvel” broke that same year…the ever-so-magical and ever-so-interminable Lord of the Rings. Most of my friends at the time were huge Hobbit-Heads**. I tried to get into the series. Really, I did…but they’re all just so fucking boring***.
Being willfully subjected to almost every Harry Potter film on a semi-bi-weekly basis has actually been quite a joy, and revitalized my interest in the series. I’m not a huge fan of magic, fairies, wizards, and witchcraft, but I can and do find myself oddly drawn to it from time to time. It breaks monotony and (strangely enough) holds my interest much more tenaciously than…say…the new episodes of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Family Guy, and American Dad that happen to be airing right now.
And while I’m not certain exactly what compelled me to write this (not really a) review of the Harry Potter franchise, after being so drawn to this consistently engaging series, I find myself getter a huge nerd-boner in anticipation of the next installment****.
*That, of course, would include Hardcore Pornography.
**Not a sexual reference.
****…and not just over Emma Watson, thank you very much!!
(EDIT: I just realized that I was duped by abc Family and I was not indeed shown all of the Harry Potter movies. They stopped at Goblet of Fire and I am quite…quite pissy about it. I have seen “Order of the Phoenix” though…if it helps.)