Top 7 of Harry Potter crossing London

Well, first of all, let me tell you that it is amazing that I had never written an article on Harry Potter on this blog before, as I am a huge fan of the book and film series. Last week, I watched the film series again, and it made me think a lot about how J. K. Rowling played with the different means of transport in the wizardly world. Hence my article. I chose to focus on seven, as it is a very recurrent number in the series.

#7 – Metro

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From Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. This scene was quite funny. Mr Weasley, passionate about muggles, using public transports for the first time. I liked the lightness of the scene, especially since the fifth book is a very dark one.

#6 – Broom

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Also from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Harry is rescued by the Order, and they are flying towards Grimmauld Place, Sirius’s house. A quite exciting scene, as we meet some characters who will be famous afterwards, such as Tonk. Brooms are very frequent in the series, but I love the idea of the “typical witch crossing London”. I know that many people would have been burnt for that.

#5 – Apparition

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In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the trio apparates in London, in the middle of a crowded street, after Fleur and Bill’s wedding. It marks the beginning of their quest for Voldemort’s horcruxes.

#4 – Floo Powder

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I am very attached to the second book, as it is the first one I read (I saw the first movie and then read the second book without reading the first. I was young and I didn’t know better). In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, we learn about the chimneys being connected, and we all know how important they get later in the series. Plus, this scene was quite fun, and dark (when he arrives in Knockturn Alley).

#3 – Flying Car

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From the same book, The Chamber of Secrets. When Harry and Ron are denied the access to Platform 3/4, they decide to use Ron’s dad’s flying car. How I dreamt about owning such a car! Also, I love the architecture of Saint Pancras.

#2 – Thestral

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In The Order of Phoenix, we learn about thestrals, these creatures you can only see if you have seen death. I love how Rowling talked about the self-pulled carriages before. Did she already know that invisible creatures were driving them? So many mysteries I need answers to!

#1 – Dragon

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Escaping Gringotts was surely one of my favourite passages from the entire series. Doing it on a dragon was just a bonus. How powerful! I can only imagine what muggles would think when seeing a dragon in the London sky! That takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is the first action scene in the second part of the film adaptation.

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That’s it for the top. Maybe as well for my articles on Harry Potter, although I am very tempted about writing something about politics in HP. Time will tell.

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TV Show Review #1 – Dark (no spoiler)

Being on a rest cure at home, I spend my time reading (hence my book reviews), writing and most importantly I’d say, watching series. Netflix has been helping me a lot in my convalescence. So I decided to write a short review of a few series I’m watching, hoping it will make you want to have a watch.

I’m starting with Dark, a German TV Show I binge watched this week. When reading the plot, I was afraid it would be too similar to Stranger Things but it isn’t! Of course there are common themes to both shows but it does not seem like you are watching the same series.

Dark was created by Baran Bo Odar and Jantje Friese. It is pretty new and only has 1 season at the moment, but I read somewhere that a second one was planned. I say “YES PLEASE!”

Imagine you live in a quiet German city in which everybody seems to know everybody. One day, a teenager disappears, and then, another. Well, the series deals with the fate of four families, three generations, with a lot of secrets (not fun otherwise…), whose lives are thrown by the disappearance of the boys. No need to say more.

I loved many things about this series, and even though I am not sure I understood every aspect of the story, I am excited for what will be next. The series is a mix of different genres, and I think the music is one of the best parts : it really thrilled me.

Just the opening credits are amazingly done and bring even more mystery to the entire series. In many aspects, I believe that directors work harder on opening titles nowadays. The first time I was actually impressed by the credits of a TV Show was with Dexter. Later when I watched Penny Dreadful, which I assure is a MUST-SEE show, I started paying more attention to the quality of the opening titles. Of course, I cannot talk about this without advising to watch the opening credits of the series American Horror Story.

Okay, so I do not know whether this review is useful, but I want to make sure I do not spoil anything, as the plot is amazing. Season 4 of Black Mirror is out now, and the first two episodes have already blown my mind. I’m pretty sure it will be my next review.