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Friday, May 11, 2007


Just when I just finished reading the 6th instalment of the HARRY POTTER saga/franchise,(THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE) and saying to myself, ' now for the final' yesterday i found out that J.K Rowling has completed the final instalment, no. 7 actually- 'HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS' and would be released to the public on JULY 21, 2007. My own guesses for the title had been , 'HARRY POTTER AND THE FINAL ONSLAUGHT' or 'HARRY POTTER AND THE 4 HOCRUXES'.
For those who haven't  read 'THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE', Hocruxes are the objects that Harry's nemesis, Voldermont, divided his souls to. Harry had unknowingly destroyed one, (the diary in HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS) and the headmaster Dumbledore had destroyed another, inside the Slytherin family ring. He and Harry were returning from the cave where the third hocrux was hidden (a gold locket but turned out to be a fake) , only to find the school under attack by the death eaters(Voldermort's followers).
Harry(hidden in his invisibility cloak and immobolised by Dumbledore) witnessed Dumbledore's murder by (I KNEW IT!!) Snape, who then grabbed his pet Malfoy and escaped before the Aurors(wizard cops) could catch him. The novel ended on a sombre note:mass withdrawal of the students by frightened parents, Dumbledore's funeral on the grounds, Harry informing his faithful friends (Ron and Hermione, now a couple) of his plans; he won't be returning to the school even if it reopened, he now had 3 people to kill... Voldermort, Malfoy and SNAPE... he would finally leave the Dursleys and go to Godric's Hollow and visit his parents graves' and find the last 4 hocruxes before finally killing Voldermont(his 7th soul is in his body) but until then...he was happy to spend one more golden day with Ron and Hermoine.(cried at that last sentence).
My sources tell me that Ms. Rowling finished writing the manuscript in a hotel in Edinburg and even left a note in her room (stating she had finished the last installment) for all to see and later gave hints of what the public to expect:
Viktor Krum(Hermoine's suitor) will return.
There'll be no Quidditch matches. (personally, i don't think the students would have the heart to play).
Bill (Ron's brother) will wed Fleur Delacour(one of the champions in 'THE GOBLET OF FIRE').
Another character in the story will die.(i hope it's not Ron, Hermoine, Ginny, the twins or Hagrid)
A very important fact about Lily Evans Potter(Harry's mother), will be revealed.
Harry will(of course) be free, he'll leave privet drive, having reached 17 years old.
The last word in the novel would be 'SCAR'.
There would be no 8th instalment, 'HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS' will be the end of Harry Potter's adventures( and i hope you'll all join me in praying he 'll live!) AMEN!!
To be honest, i never intended to be a HARRY POTTER fan since I'm more of an Enid Blyton freak(still am) I've read all 6 books, watched 4 of the movies (prefer the books by far) and by the way, the movie of HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is out, where ' the chosen one' will get his first kiss, rock on kid.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


I was poring thru one of my
favorites mags, HARPER'S BAZZAR day before yesterday when i turned to the 'movie review column' and what did i see, new movies fresh out of the Hollywood stable. One thing about the good people of Hollywood, they release movies before we can get our breath back from the ones currently being viewed in our cinemas , such as '3oo' starring Gerard Butler ('TOMB RAIDER PT.II, ' ' PHANTOM OF THE OPERA' and one of the numerous candidates considered for the role of 007) telling the true historic story of the Themor

mopylae war where 300 spartan brave ( in my brother's opinion stupid) warriors faced a million

Persian soldiers. But since Nollywood releases new

movies like almost every week , i can't criticise, not


But the noticable difference btw Nollywood and Hollywood is that besides remakes, they always FINISH WHAT THEY START. I can remember some of our local movies that are yet to conclude e.g , THE BLOOD BROTHERS, starring Bob Manuel Udogwu(in a very nasty role) and Francis Duru(who played his downtrodden but not yet beaten half brother), RITUALS( don't even get me started about the plot), but however i can remember some that did have sucessful ones. But there's no denying it, Hollywood are more than willing to spend their last dime to make their sequels, and that's what they are still doing.
The current releases ( see above) are SPIDERMAN III, once again starring
Toby Maguire('SEA BISCUIT'), SHREK THE THIRD (ft. Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas, now adding Diaz' baby, Justin Timberlake) , the further adventures of Jason Bourne in Robert Ludlum's THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM(in the first one BOURNE IDENTITY he suffered from amnesia) and Will Turner and fiesty Elizabeth go to save Jack Sparrow(Johnny 'the depster' Depp) in PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN: AT WORLD'S END,(it's predecessor, DEAD MAN'S CHEST , won an Oscar for best visual effects so let's see what this one will earn).
Like, the the third chapter of each (COINCIDENCE?), I wonder.... which movie will produce a
4th first?commend the producers because just when you think the story is over e.g SHREK & Pirates of the Carribean, oops! here comes another!