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Blog 5: Humanities

Blog 5: Humanities!

Last entry for the semester!! Thanks for a great 3 months of blogging everyone! And good luck studying for exams!

Our topic is: Introductory literature courses are intended to engage students with the humanities. Studies in the humanities don’t typically lead to “careers”. Why should a student then study the humanities? I don’t agree with the second sentence because the Humanities can definitely lead to careers – especially if you’re planning on becoming a teacher like I am.

Having a Bachelor of Arts degree, for example, can allow you to teach at the primary or secondary school level – given that you have completed the number of courses for your two teachables and have received your Bachelor of Education.

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the process of becoming a teacher, I’ll just briefly sum it up. (And if all of you know how it works, then I apologize in advance for boring you! Feel free to skip ahead!) During your undergraduate program, you have to take a certain number of courses for the two areas you want to teach. Your undergrad program can be a 3 or 4 year degree, though it’s better for your teacher’s salary if you’ve done a 4 year program, since it’s based on how many years of post-secondary education you have. With regards to teachables, I want my two (and all teachers need to have two course areas in which they can teach in) to be in English, and possibly History. To qualify as an English teacher, I need to take 3 full-year university courses in English, and the same goes for History. The prerequisites and requirements for Bachelor of Ed programs may differ slightly depending on which university you go through.

After you’ve graduated and have received your degree, you then have to attend teacher’s college, which is typically a one-year program in which you’ll receive your Bachelor of Education. There are some universities, like York University, where they have a Concurrent Education program, which means you can earn your Bachelor of Education while also working towards your Bachelor of Arts (or whichever degree you’re studying for). While doing your Bachelor of Ed, you get practical experience as well, and will spend several weeks in an elementary or high school, where you get to work with and be mentored by another teacher. At some point, you get to teach a lesson by yourself, and are evaluated by one of your professors.

And once you’ve finished your Bachelor of Ed, you can apply to teaching positions, though it’s currently a very competitive field to get into, since there’s an abundance of teachers looking for jobs, or who are working as supply teachers, or employed on a part-time basis only.

And that’s why studying and acquiring a degree in the Humanities (or any degree for that matter) can be very useful, and definitely lead to careers, as well as help open up more opportunities for you!

With English degrees (even though it’s not a guarantee), you can also go on to have a career as a journalist, editor, novelist, screenwriter, librarian, or be involved in a business/corporation and write advertising material for them, among other things. And by taking English, you develop and improve upon your writing abilities, which is required in many occupations, and a highly important skill to have in life.

With the Humanities in general, I find you learn more about yourself and gain a better appreciation for the world and society you live in. With History, we can learn from past mistakes and understand how the world got to be the way it is. With areas of study such as Philosophy, your brain is opened up to so many different ways of seeing the world and (for me, at least), that can permanently alter your life in a very positive way.

And I can’t think of anything else to say for this topic! :) So, I’ll leave you with two pictures which I thought were funny, and sort of related to our topic (plus I love any excuse to share Calvin and Hobbes). Sorry about going off on a bit of a tangent with the teaching paragraphs, but I didn’t know what else to elaborate on for this topic!

Thanks for being an awesome blogging community! And good luck to all of you in these last two weeks!

~ Kayla :)

Blog 4: ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’

I love Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet, and can appreciate certain scenes from Hamlet. I think Shakespeare deserves a place in the canon because he was an excellent playwright, and he knew how to captivate an audience with his words. His plays are timeless, and as we all know, have been adapted into modern movies, and continue to be performed. His plays can be performed in so many different ways, depending on the interpretation of the actors and director. Shakespeare’s plays are captivating because he creates these unique characters, whose lives we can relate to in some way; he makes them human, with flaws and virtues that reflect the human nature.

(I’ve heard that Shakespeare copied/borrowed some of the material for his plays from other playwrights, but I can’t remember if that’s actually true. Can anyone enlighten me on this matter please?)

In Macbeth and Hamlet, Shakespeare is able to create sympathy, or at least some empathy for his tragic heroes. While I know a lot of my fellow English classmates in high school were glad when Hamlet died, most of us could agree that the poor character did go through a lot, and didn’t really deserve to die. Yes, he was responsible for Polonius’ death (though Hamlet had thought Polonius was Claudius), and by extension, Ophelia’s. But he also lost his father, had to watch his mother marry his uncle shortly after, was accused of pretending to grieve for his father and told to basically move on from this tragedy. And then, on top of all that, he encountered his father’s ghost and discovered that his uncle had murdered his beloved father. Death of a loved one is never easy, and Hamlet idolized his father, so much so that he was willing to do whatever it took to avenge his murder – which was at the request of the ghost.

For those of us who love our parents dearly and would do anything for them, Hamlet’s decision to avenge his father does, on some level, seem justified. It could be argued that the desire to get even with people who have hurt us or our loved ones – though we all know it isn’t morally right – is a part of basic, primal human nature. When someone wrongs us, I think most of us want to get even, though we probably don’t act upon that desire. Hamlet does though, and so he is not a cold-blooded murderer, but a distraught son who lost his beloved father and hero. Hamlet is, perhaps in a way, the manifestation of Freud’s id – that basic, primal part of our unconsciousness, where our desires and vices lie. Hamlet also represents the rebellion of teenagers against their parents, who truly don’t understand them – another aspect of his character which many can definitely relate to.

Shakespeare creates these deep characters, and though some of his main characters might not be the most likeable, they are realistic, and they reflect humanity at its worst and its best. For these reasons, I believe he deserves a place in the canon.

Some of my favourite Shakespearean quotes come from Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet.

I’m a romantic, so Romeo and Juliet’s dialogue appeals to me. My favourite quote from the play is Juliet’s soliloquy in the second act, when she’s on her balcony and reflecting on her meeting with Romeo and her discovery that he’s a member of the Montague family, who are the enemy of her family, the Capulets.

JULIET

‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself (2.2.40-51).

Juliet here is very sensible, and clearly more intelligent and mature than her parents. Her first few lines could be applied to prejudice/bias against any group, because things like ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and religion, for example, are elements of a person, but they don’t define them – just like Romeo’s surname and family does not define him. We really are all equal as far as we are all born with equal rights to respect, dignity, acceptance, and compassion from other people.

So, while Juliet and Romeo are hormonal teenagers (Juliet is coming up to her 14th birthday) and act very impulsively, there is something beautiful and pure about their love for each other, and what their love represents on a broader level. And yes, I’m aware that in their time period, they were considered to be of marriageable age, but that still doesn’t mean they were any less reckless in rushing into a marriage after having only known each other for a few hours. But I digress :)

Twelfth Night is my favourite Shakespearean play because of its humour, love triangles, and the wonderfully delightful characters within the play.

These quotes are my favourite because of the dramatic irony, the humour, and the scenes in which we all can relate to one way or another, such as being in Viola’s position and loving someone and having them be completely oblivious and blind to your affections and feelings.

OLIVIA

Your lord does know my mind; I cannot love him:
Yet I suppose him virtuous, know him noble,
Of great estate, of fresh and stainless youth;
In voices well divulged, free, learn’d and valiant;
And in dimension and the shape of nature
A gracious person: but yet I cannot love him;
He might have took his answer long ago (1.5.272-278).

Those of us who’ve ever been pestered by another person, who just can’t seem to understand that we can’t return their feelings, can completely relate to Olivia’s frustration. Shakespeare does a wonderful job of showing us both sides of Olivia and Orsino’s feelings and how they both are suffering as a result of this.

VIOLA

I left no ring with her: what means this lady?
Fortune forbid my outside have not charm’d her!
She made good view of me; indeed, so much,
That sure methought her eyes had lost her tongue,
For she did speak in starts distractedly.
She loves me, sure; the cunning of her passion
Invites me in this churlish messenger.
None of my lord’s ring! why, he sent her none.
I am the man: if it be so, as ’tis,
Poor lady, she were better love a dream.
Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness,
Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.
How easy is it for the proper-false
In women’s waxen hearts to set their forms!
Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we!
For such as we are made of, such we be.
How will this fadge? my master loves her dearly;
And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;
And she, mistaken, seems to dote on me.
What will become of this? As I am man,
My state is desperate for my master’s love;
As I am woman,–now alas the day!–
What thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe!
O time! thou must untangle this, not I;
It is too hard a knot for me to untie! (2.2.16-42).

This basically summarizes the major love triangle of Twelfth Night: Viola (pretending to be a man named Cesario) is in love with Orsino; Orsino is in love with Olivia; and Olivia is in love with Cesario (who’s really Viola), but Olivia doesn’t know that Cesario is actually a woman – until the end of the play. This only adds to the confusion and mayhem throughout the play, which is made even more funny due to the dramatic irony present.

DUKE ORSINO

Thou dost speak masterly:
My life upon’t, young though thou art, thine eye
Hath stay’d upon some favour that it loves:
Hath it not, boy?

VIOLA

A little, by your favour.

DUKE ORSINO

What kind of woman is’t?

VIOLA

Of your complexion.

DUKE ORSINO

She is not worth thee, then. What years, i’ faith?

VIOLA

About your years, my lord.

DUKE ORSINO

Too old by heaven: let still the woman take
An elder than herself: so wears she to him,
So sways she level in her husband’s heart:
For, boy, however we do praise ourselves,
Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm,
More longing, wavering, sooner lost and worn,
Than women’s are (2.4.21-36).

Here we see some more of the dramatic irony occurring – Viola is in love with her master, is trying to help him win the women he loves, and all the while Orsino believes she’s a man and in love with some other woman. And Orsino is frustratingly unaware of Viola’s feelings and her attempts at hinting of her love for him – which is something that everyone, who’s ever been the victim of unrequited love, can relate to.

DUKE ORSINO

Your master quits you; and for your service done him,
So much against the mettle of your sex,
So far beneath your soft and tender breeding,
And since you call’d me master for so long,
Here is my hand: you shall from this time be
Your master’s mistress (5.1.328-333).

And I love this quote because it’s the fulfillment of the happy ending that comedy promises us – all the chaos is resolved, and everyone is happy and with the people they love.

I found two pictures, and thought you all might enjoy them. The first is the Hamlet Facebook News Feed Edition (http://www.angelfire.com/art2/antwerplettuce/hamlet.html). You can click on the picture, and then it’ll open up in another window, and you can make it bigger so that it’s easier to read the text.

The one below is Romeo and Juliet summarized visually and quite accurately (http://aqua-taco.deviantart.com/art/Romeo-and-Juliet-53069911).

Blog 3 – How do I Love Thee Poems

The poems that I really enjoyed were “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath (even though we didn’t actually cover it in class, it was on the reading list), “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, and “How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

“Mirror” is such a haunting, beautifully composed poem. The word choice is very effective, and Sylvia Plath incorporates different poetic elements and devices to provide an insightful and deep piece of writing. The personification of the mirror, as being a living entity, which has motives, feelings, and attachments, creates a kind of eerie feel to the poem. The lines which strike me in particular are:

“I am important to her” (Plath, 15);
“Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness” (16); and
“Faces and darkness separate us over and over” (9).

Sylvia Plath is such an amazing poet and I love how, each time I reread this poem, I notice some new meaning in the lines.

I actually found a painting online, which is based on “Mirror,” which I thought I’d share since the artist’s visual interpretation of the poem is interesting. It’s called “Soul Mirror” (link: http://murcielago-77.deviantart.com/art/Soul-Mirror-179262754).

“Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” does such a wonderful job expressing the emotions of the poet. It’s a poem that, because of its universal messages, we can all relate to in some way. Even if a reader has not lost someone precious to them, majority of us can sense and understand the pain and yearning of the poet. The use of repetition is extremely effective, and done in a way that each time you read those two lines – “Do not go gentle into that good night” (Thomas, 1) and “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” (3) – they have an enhanced meaning, and can be read slightly differently from the previous ones. This poem touches me because of the raw emotions present, and the poet’s complete honesty in sharing and expressing his suffering.

“How do I love thee?” is a beautiful poem, and I love how the closed form does not detract, but rather adds to the reading of the poem. I have a hard time writing in close form and with a tight rhyme scheme, so I’m always impressed by those poets who are able to write effectively within those strict parameters. While some people might find that this poem seems a little over-the-top, I appreciate the romanticism within the poem. Of all the lines, I find these ones to be the most beautiful and sincere:

“I love thee . . . with my childhood’s faith./I love thee with a love I seemed to lose/With my lost saints” (Barrett Browning, 9-12).

That description of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s love for her beloved is so beautiful because she is talking about loving him as a child loves – which is unconditionally, completely trusting, and with a deep sense of admiration. The notion of the poet possessing that kind of love is a testimony to the depth of her attachment and commitment to her partner.

I also enjoyed the postmodern symbol poem we watched on Youtube, even though I wouldn’t have understood it without the poet’s accompanying explanation. That’s the first time I’ve seen that style of poetry and it was really fascinating. I have a hard time seeing that as poetry (given my preconception of what qualifies as ‘poetry’), but I guess that might be an indication of the future of poetry? I’d like to learn how to write poems like that, just for fun :)

Great job with the play today everyone – we did a spectacular job working together!

~Kayla :)

Blog 2: I Heart Poetry

Blog 2: I <3 Poetry (for some reason, WordPress won’t let me have “<3” in the title)

I personally love poetry – I might be in the minority here :)

Poetry is my favourite form/genre of writing, especially when it’s free-verse because then you have so much freedom with your poems!

Apart from the general frustration we all experience when trying to interpret the meaning behind a complex poem, there isn’t much I dislike about poetry. The only other thing I don’t like about poetry is when you have to write in a constrained format, like a limerick, and you have to find the right words, make them rhyme, and have them make sense at the same time. Apart from that, though, poetry is wonderful!

I love the fact that poetry can be any length and that you can write multiple poems in one sitting, whereas writing a short story or essay can take days. And when you have the freedom to write in whatever style you wish, poetry can also be one of the most intimate forms of writing.

In Grade Twelve Writer’s Craft, my teacher explained to us that the best poems are honest, and that when the poet wants to express an emotion, they do so not by telling their reader what they’re feeling, but by showing it through their words. Everything in writing comes back to: “show, don’t tell.” In poetry, word choice is crucial – you always want to pick the most apt words. Where you place certain words also has significance and requires thought. Line breaks can be used to put emphasis on certain words, for example, which can change how your poem is read.

That’s why poetry is so much fun to write; well, at least for me :) Another reason I like poetry is that it can be incredibly therapeutic. When I write poetry, I can express myself more clearly and sometimes I understand myself better because of what I’ve written down.

Another aspect of poetry that I like is how every reader can interpret a poem differently. I’m so happy that Professor Arvast has emphasized this in class! It’s always interesting to see how people connect differently to a poem. With Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” I initially thought the poem had a very sinister tone to it. To me, it sounded like the narrator of the poem was creepily watching the inhabitant(s) of the house that’s referred to, and that they were plotting against the people living there. However, I much prefer the happier interpretation – that it’s about Christmas Eve and Santa Claus taking a break in his busy schedule :)

Since our blogs are supposed to be engaging and creative, I thought I’d share two of my poems. The first one is from when I was taking Philosophy two years ago, and I was reflecting on our unit on justice and equality. The second poem, which is open to interpretation, was something from my Writer’s Craft class. It was just an idea that popped into my head, and I wanted to play around with it. (I’m not the greatest poet, and I write more for fun, so these aren’t very deep)

—-

Deconstructing Equality: The “-er” problem

nicer

smarter

friendlier

happier

faster

prettier

better

nice-er

smart-er

friendly-er

happy-er

fast-er

pretty-er

bettER

-er

We need a better definition for “equality”

and “inequality.”

though we may all be different,

better in certain aspects than others,

we share many things in common,

which join us together,

which must overcome our natural tendency

to think of and judge others

in terms of being better or

more “-er” than us.

—-

Did you?

The first time she asks –

after their first date –

he tells her the

answer that

she

wants to hear.

The second time she asks –

after their first kiss –

he tells her the

answer that

he

wants to believe.

The third time she asks –

after their one-year anniversary –

he hugs her tightly,

so she won’t see his face

when he tells her:

no,

I never loved

her.

and the rooster crows

—-

To end, I thought the picture below was fitting for the topic of this blog. For anyone who has ever experienced frustration writing a haiku or any form of poetry, I thought you’d like this :)

Here’s the link for the poster, if anyone wants it: http://www.motifake.com/facebookview.php?id=81816

~ Kayla :)

Blog 1: Drawn In – Films and Reviews

Hi everyone!

I do read critiques of films before deciding to go watch them at the movie theatre. I rarely watch movies before they come out on DVD – unless it’s Harry Potter, in which case I never read the reviews, since I always knew it would be amazing, like the books (and sadly, I don’t have that to look forward to anymore). So, when I am considering going to see a movie, reviews/critiques help me decide whether or not a movie is worth spending money on.

When reading reviews or people’s comments on a movie, I look for explanations and details as to why a movie has been deemed great, good, or bad. It’s helpful when a movie critic’s review has been commented on by others who have also seen the movie – if most of the people agree with the critic’s opinion, then that usually affects my decision. I read several critics’ reviews of the same movie to see what the general consensus is – if majority of the reviews say that the movie was not interesting or well done, then I usually don’t go see the movie, or at least wait until it comes out on DVD. That happened with Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I’m glad I didn’t spend my money on a movie ticket, since I think I would have been kicked out of the theatre for ranting about the glaring inaccuracies between the movie and the series (which is infinity times better – the movie didn’t even come close to doing the series justice).

I’m usually drawn to films that are romantic comedies, musicals, hero quests, or sci-fi.

 Movies that revolve around musical numbers, singing, and/or dancing never fail to catch my interest. Some of my favourite movies that fall under this category are: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, White Christmas, Mamma Mia! The Movie, Grease, Take the Lead, and Hairspray.

I love these kinds of movies because I’m a singer myself and love getting to listen to different singers, and see the ways in which songs are incorporated into a film, and how they’re used to tell a story. While I’m not a good dancer, I still love to dance – and when I watch films with dancing in them, I’m always left amazed by the incredible skill of both the dancers and the choreographers.

Romantic comedies are my comfort or “feel good” movies when I’m having a bad day, or need a laugh, or am feeling depressed about my non-existent dating life :) These kinds of movies appeal to me because I love watching the characters fall in love, go through the ups and downs of life and dating, and then finally end up together, despite all the trials they went through. One of my favourite things about romantic comedies is that I know that there always has to be a happy ending, of some sort – which, as we all know, is not a guarantee we have in reality with dating. I love that in these movies, whenever love is present, anything is possible and almost any challenge can be overcome.

Some of my favourite romantic comedies are The Holiday, 27 Dresses, You’ve Got Mail, Love Actually, and While You Were Sleeping. These four are brilliantly written, and such great films because they incorporate sincerity and showcase human nature truthfully.

I’m drawn to hero quest themed movies because the characters and their journeys inspire and motivate me to persevere through tough times, and to fight for what is morally right. The hero quest, since it is one of the basic plots, is present in so many movies, and my favourite hero quest story is Harry Potter’s. The Harry Potter series are both my favourite books and favourite movies. Harry’s story is captured so perfectly within the movies thanks to the brilliant directing, incredible detail in the set, props, costumes, and special effects, beautiful music, and the amazing actors and actresses. I personally think that the Harry Potter movies should get a genre all to themselves, but I’m highly biased :)

There’s several movies that I’m drawn to that are sci-fi, and also overlap with other genres, like action (which are my favourite combination). These include (just to name a few): Star Trek (2009), The Matrix, Inception, The Island, and I, Robot.

I really like sci-fi because we, the audience, are transported into the future and/or a completely different world. I also love how sci-fi films provide the audience with the chance to observe human nature from a different perspective. Sci-fi always intrigues me, especially if it’s a dystopian setting, since it’s fascinating to see how the protagonist overcomes the corruption of their society and frees others from the rulers of that world.

It was interesting writing this blog entry because, until now, I’d never consciously realized why I liked sci-fi and hero quest movies. That’s one of the great things about writing – you always learn more about yourself :) I hope what I wrote made sense; I found it difficult to explain certain things (I’m not very good at analyzing film – poetry and novels are more my style).

Looking forward to reading everyone else’s first blog entries!

~ Kayla :)

Blogging Community #4

Hi everyone!

Here’s to another great semester of blogging!

Kayla :)

Blog #5: Transformation from Book to Movie

Last blog entry of the semester!

Hi everyone!

Hope you’re all coping well during these last stress-filled weeks of semester :)

I thought that the person who adapted Water for Elephants into a film script did a pretty good job. The characters were portrayed fairly accurately to the book, with some variations – such as fusing Uncle Al’s character with August’s, and Kinko/Walter being more readily accepting of Jacob – but that kind of thing is always to be expected in film adaptions of novels. There’s not enough time to capture all the different aspects of the plot or characters. Another common thing that movies do is that they highly romanticize events, or place a lot of emphasis on the romantic scenes in the novel. Many of those scenes between Marlena and Jacob did not happen in the book, which is an example of when the film adaptation adds new scenes.

For example, Jacob was not the one who discovered Rosie could speak Polish (although that scene in the movie was very touching, and sweet) – another circus worker, named Greg did. In the book, Jacob discovers Rosie understands Polish when he hears Greg speaking to her and she responds.

Jacob also didn’t approach Marlena to take a look at Silver Star early on – I’m assuming that scene was added to start developing their romantic feelings for each other.

Overall, though, the acting was brilliant, and the wardrobe, make-up, setting, and especially the music, was beautiful. This season, on So You Think You Can Dance, the Top 8 dancers actually performed a routine to the main theme song from the Water for Elephants film. If anyone’s interested in watching it, here’s the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJzljSrHf7k

(The dancer, Melanie Moore, who portrays Marlena in the routine was this season’s winner – she’s absolutely incredible, and it’s fitting that the star dancer played the part of the circus’ star attraction)

I’m taking a look at Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and its transformation into two (in my opinion) fantastic movies. If for some reason you haven’t seen the movie or read the book, sorry in advance, and there are spoilers coming up.

The two main challenges I have seen when a book is converted to a film are:

  • Some books are quite long and/or very dense, which makes it difficult to include all the important elements and scenes into the movie. Often the movie will miss crucial parts from the book, since movies usually are no longer than 3 hours (at the most), and have to capture as much as they can in a limited amount of time.
  • Scenes are changed/not included, to make the plot move faster, or to appeal to the audience’s love for drama, action, and romance. This can also be done with the addition and creation of new scenes (which didn’t take place in the book).

Something that happens in many movie adaptions is that scenes are changed to speed up the plot, and increase the drama of the story – which can be great to watch, but annoying if you’ve read the book and know what should be happening.

In the two movies, here’s some scenes that didn’t happen and/or were significantly changed (it’s been months since I’ve seen either movie, so these were the main ones I could remember):

Harry and Hermione dancing – didn’t happen in the book, but it was a nice, sweet scene that took away from all the tragedy that was happening around them. At the same time, I suspect that the film directors added this scene in to appeal to the wide fan-base of Harry and Hermione supporters. Plus, it added some conflict for those people who hadn’t read the book – those audience members might have been wondering if there was some kind of romantic feelings between Harry and Hermione. There wasn’t, as readers know that Harry himself said that he thought of Hermione as his sister.

Harry meeting Hermione and Ron, on his way to the Forbidden Forest to allow himself to be killed by Voldemort, to save his friends and loved ones. This scene never happened in the book, and I have some doubts about whether or not the farewell scene would have ended so quickly. I know Ron and Hermione would have understood Harry’s motives, but I think they would have protested more than they did here. I think that scene detracted from Harry’s decision, because that part of the book was purely focused on Harry, and how he observed all his friends (without talking to any of them) as he walked towards his death. It was much more powerful in the book, but this scene in the movie was very dramatic, and I know that movies usually try to generate the most drama they can out of scenes.

The trying-to-kill-Nagini scene. All that drama was not present in the book; Neville simply killed the snake with the sword, without Ron and Hermione running away from it and almost getting killed by Nagini. Again, added drama to make the movie more action-packed and appealing to audience members.

There was so much added drama with Harry and Voldemort’s final battle. Honestly, none of that ridiculous chase scene happened – J.K. Rowling went straight to the battle, and it was pure, simple, and perfectly clear that Harry stayed true to his honourable nature, since he didn’t actually kill Voldemort. I found that scene wasn’t executed quite as clearly in the movie, but that’s just my opinion.

There’s also scenes that are shown from a different character’s perspective, which is a nice addition to the movie. Example of this: we get to see Ron and Hermione locate the basilisk, which added some drama and lightened up the tension when Ron asks Hermione if she’d noticed that Harry talked in his sleep. Of course, in the book, Ron and Hermione do not share their first kiss until they catch up with Harry later, but this was a nice way to officially start their relationship too. I would have loved to see it done the book’s way, where Hermione runs towards Ron and kisses him, after he expresses concern for the house elves and that they should rescue them.

As Deathly Hallows Part 2 got closer to the conclusion, I noticed an increase in the inconsistencies and discrepancies as the movie moved farther and farther away from the book. Again, probably done to create more action, which appeals to many people – but it wasn’t necessary. The battle between Voldemort and Harry was drawn out and, in my opinion, kind of silly, especially when they fell from the tower and were then crawling towards their wands.

I shouldn’t really criticize too much, but some of those things just bug me, especially since I love Harry Potter, and J.K. Rowling’s books are my favourite books, and one of the main reasons that I love reading and writing. But overall, the two last movies were really well done, and the acting was fantastic, special effects were amazing, and the ending was very satisfying and it captured the essence of peace and everything coming to a happy conclusion. To quote Harry’s last line: “All was well” indeed!

I can’t believe this is our last blog! Thanks for being such a great blogging community, everyone! You’re all wonderful writers :)

Good luck with writing your final essays, and studying for exams!

Kayla :)

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