Blogmas (Day 20) – Christmas in Godric’s Hollow

So, I have been thinking, you know, I collect the plushy Disney Princesses, right? Is there a Leia one? Does she count as a Disney Princess yet? Oh, the questions that haunt a student‘s mind!

Moving on! I‘ve just come home from a Harry Potter marathon at a friend‘s house (yes, we‘re staying on the geek road), and can I just repeat how utterly amazing Harry Potter is! We watched the last two films which I had last seen in the theatre. My friend has neither read the books nor seen the final movie, so she had no idea who was going to die and how the saga was going to end. That‘s, like, not knowing who won World War II! But she did an excellent job, she laughed at all the right puns and cried in the right moments. We were both hugging our part of the blanket when we got to the end of Part II, and just gasping for air.

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One of my favourite parts is when Harry and Hermione visit Godric‘s Hollow together where Harry was born and where his parents were killed. It‘s Christmas Eve and they stand at the grave of Harry‘s parents, and it‘s sad, but I just feel so much watching this. This is Harry who has been neglected by his family throughout his entire childhood, who‘s had to live with the legacy of being a war orphan, alive only by his mother‘s sacrifice. This is the closest he ever got to his parents in his adult life, and maybe just for a second he reflects on what could have been if they had survived. It may be a sad Christmas scene, but I think that this is essentially also where Harry gathers new hope. He was brought into the world being loved and he understands what this is worth in a world of hate.

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I know it‘s heart wrenching but this is just a boy who misses his parents and a lifetime of happiness he was refused when he was younger. And if we can‘t allow our hearts to be wrenched at Christmas, then when can we? I love this scene, especially considering how happy Harry is 19 years later. When they all stand on Platform 9 3/4 he is giving his children what he never had and he certainly does not wish to be dead. He finds his peace and I find that very reassuring.

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Now I really need to hit the hay or else I‘ll be pretty damn dead at work tomorrow!
Lots of love from the roots of my heart!
xxx

Sexy Books: Billy And Me II

Two nights ago I finished Giovanna Fletcher’s Billy and Me. And, oh, did I ever cry. I’m sure I sobbed for about an hour at least! Basically the entire last third of the book I was in tears. And everytime I managed to calm down another sentence made me wail. It’s just such a beautiful book! I wouldn’t say it’s very high class literature, but it has so much heart to it. And yeah, I did not stop crying after turning the last page. Nope, the crying went on for another half hour. It left me feeling like everybody had to read this book in order to make the world a little brighter. It actually pains me to say it’s not high class literature, because I’m still not over it! It’s all about following your dreams and seizing the opportunities in life and being proud of yourself and putting the people that are in your way behind you, even if it’s the ones you love. Okay, so it’s not Tolstoj… but it touched me in a place Tolstoj probably couldn’t. And that’s what makes Billy and Me so, so valuable!

“I’ve come so far. I’ve done something for myself for the first time in my life. And I achieved this even though I felt lost and heartbroken. I did it.”

It’s the story of a young woman called Sophie working at a small tea shop in a small town leading a small life. Then one day she meets famous actor Billy and they fall in love. In order to make the relationship work, Sophie moves to London with him, and the quiet that she has always surrounded herself with is suddenly replaced by papparazzi, groupies and wild parties. She finds herself feeling more and more lonely and starts to realize that she has to face her own past and finally lead the life she’s always dreamed of.

I’d recommend this book to everyone who likes a bit of drama and cheesyness and who has their tissues ready on the nightstand. Let me know how you liked Billy and Me, whether you cried and how much you want to date Billy now! 🙂