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To Have a Home: A Tribute to the Harry Potter Series

Hogwarts Castle

As I watch the last Harry Potter film last July 15, I couldn’t help but become so emotional. I told myself that I wouldn’t cry but I just can’t help it. Harry Potter has been a part of my life since I was 10 years old. The movies and the books have always been something to look forward to every year. And now, I can’t believe that it’s finally over. Voldemort has finally been defeated. The epic climax is finished.

I can still remember the time my first book was given to me. Out of the blue, my mother handed me a copy of the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, with the intention of inspiring me to read books. She wasn’t wrong but she underestimated the magic of JK Rowling. Eventually, I became a hard-core fan, and I still am until now.

My very own Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster. "IT ALL ENDS. 7.15".
My very own Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster. "IT ALL ENDS. 7.15".

As I grew older, I never got tired of Harry Potter. I read and reread the books whenever there was a new movie coming out and when I felt like it. I even watched musicals on YouTube and downloaded the audio books so I could listen to the story whenever I commute to and from school. I even dressed up as a Gryffindor for my creative graduation picture.

Harry Potter has become an integral part of me. I can’t imagine my life without it. I grew up with it and loved it so much that watching the last movie felt like losing a brother was so dear to me. Harry Potter taught me so many lessons. It’s a story where I have encountered and understood love, friendship, and bravery in its deepest sense.

A death of a brother (Fred Weasley).

I could never describe what I felt for Harry Potter before. No, not until I heard a song called To Have a Home from A Very Potter Sequel. I felt compelled to share this because it has captured my heart in every way. I probably watched this video more than 10 times today and every time I see it, I cry a lot. Yes, I cried for more than 10 times today.

I’ve heard the word before,
but it never meant much more
than just a thing I’ve never had.

A “place,”
They say, “Hey, know your place!”
But I’ve never had a place to even know,
or a face that I could go to
if I needed someone there…

I’m laughing
it’s hard to hide a smile
My god, it’s been a while
since I have had a reason to.

To think
it’s been here all along
somewhere to belong,
and a reason,
a something-to-believe-in

I’ve finally found it,
a place where I’m wanted…
This must be how it feels to have a home

I used to dream about it
but never schemed or counted
on fantasies or wishes-
it breaks a man to see what he misses

For so many nights I’d pray
for a better life, a better day
but I never thought that it’d come true
It’s finally here and I don’t know what to do
and I’m trying not to cry

This must be how it feels
to have a home

I’ve finally made it
I’ve hoped and I’ve waited
and for the first time in my life, I don’t feel so

My heart starts to heal
to know this is real.
This is how it must feel
to have a home!

Some people might not understand what I’m feeling but maybe those people like me, people who were captivated by the magic of Harry Potter, would feel the same. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is home. It’s family. It’s something worth fighting for. It’s a place of comfort, and a place where you’ll never feel alone.

Though I have to grow up somehow, I know that it’s not really over because it will forever stay inside my heart and waiting for me to come back. Harry Potter and Hogwarts will be there to welcome me home. Always.

Posted in Chorale Music, Filipino, Interests and Hobbies

Of Toxic Days and Harry Potter

Whew.. I’m sorry I haven’t been updating again. I was a little occupied with all that’s been happening in my life. Here’s what I’ve been up to for the last 10 days.

First, I was kind of busy with job interviews and exams. Just last week I was called by a prestigious advertising agency and told me I had an exam on Wednesday. When I arrived, there were so many applicants. I got nervous because this was one of my dream companies. The exam was hard and challenging but it was fun. We were asked to make our own ads to test how creative we are. I hope they liked what I did enough to get a call-back.

Second, I haven’t been completely wasting my time, y’know. I try my best to earn cash from simple editing jobs. So, that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m using my God-given talents for a purpose: lay-outing some books. Well, not really a literary book. More of a manual, actually. It was stressful but I’m happy that finished it. It’s so fulfilling! hahaha.

UP Manila Chorale Pamamalik 2011 Concert
UP Manila Chorale Pamamalik 2011 Concert Credits: Paul Faller

Third, we (the UP Manila Chorale) had our homecoming concert, Pamamalik 2011, at the Philam Life Auditorium. This really takes the cake. I wanted to know all the songs so that I could contribute well to the group so I practiced hard. We had new songs in the repertoire that we needed to master. There was this French song, I won’t tell which one, that was totally a tongue twister. haha. Our batch also had a lot to do because of the other tasks that were delegated to us.  Even though it was hard work, I  really, really enjoyed the concert.There were a lot of people who came to watch it. I feel really happy to be a part of this group.

Diane and Jeca
Diane and Jeca

Lastly, yeah, I finally watched Harry Potter with my college best friend, Jeca! Whoot! And yes, I was in total fan-girl mode and I dressed up as a Gryffindor. It was weird to go there wearing a costume ’cause people were staring at me, a brave girl borrowed my scarf and asked me to take a picture, and one guy even winked at me. haha.

Death of Severus Snape
Death of Severus Snape
Death of Lavender Brown
Death of Lavender Brown

Gosh, I got really emotional and cried A LOT, especially when Severus Snape died. Also, I’m glad that this mystery about “what really happened to Lavender Brown” was finally cleared. She died ’cause of Fenrir Greyback. Sorry, I’m on spoiler mode. haha.

Diane at IMAX entrance.
Diane at IMAX entrance.

Right now, I’m experiencing Post-Potter Depression. I can’t believe that Harry Potter is finally ending. It had such a great impact on my life and I know I should stop talking about this because I plan to post a separate entry just about my Harry Potter years but I can’t help it. haha

Diane at the IMAX Theatre lounge.
Diane at the IMAX Theatre lounge.

Let me just end by quoting a song that summarizes all my feelings about Harry Potter. It’s called Days of Summer by Darren Criss. It’s from A Very Potter Sequel, a play by Starkid Productions.

I don’t wanna see you go but it’s not forever, not forever. Even it was, you know that I would never let it get me down. You’re the part of me that makes me better where ever I go. So I will try not to cry. No one needs to say good-bye.