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In 2001 during the year of the first released issue of W.I.T.C.H., I was a 12 year old girl still in the sixth grade and drawing anime style characters, such as Sailor Moon, terribly (I am self-taught in free-hand drawing and I have never took a drawing class). I didn't know of its existence until I saw a commercial about a new animated series called W.I.T.C.H. on the Jetix channel. At the time I didn't pay much attention to it because I was into "Digimon" ( and still am!). A few months later when it was mid-way through the airing of the first season, I got bored enough to watch an episode. At first, I thought that it was interesting and okay, but I wasn't entire hooked yet. A few weeks later after watching my first W.I.T.C.H. episode on television, my family took me and my younger brother to the nearby bookstore. There, I saw the American (slightly censored) version of the original comic series. At first, I thought that it was one of those silly comic adaptation from the animated series and didn't realized that it was actually the other way around until I did some research. I sat there in the bookstore reading the very first 6 issues compacted into 3 books and immediately saw how much of big difference it is from the animated series. I started to watch more episodes of the series, including the ones that I missed and I started to do some more research on its history. By then, I was officially hooked. I fell in love with its unique ways of story-telling and artistic style and I felt that there was a certain charm to it that I have never felt before.
After waiting months on end for the American released, I got impatient and went online instead. To my luck, I was able to find a gold mine of comic scans online and began to read those instead. After years of reading WITCH, I also began to notice the difference as it transitioned itself from one saga to the next. I noticed the changes in the art styles, then the story-telling, then the entire thing which, I admittedly think, is now crap (the changes, not the entire WITCH universe). What was once a magical experience, I find WITCH now somewhat tasteless and a shell of its former glory. There were some issues that I still think was good, while others were so terrible and childish that it makes me preferred its rival, Winx Club, more than itself (Yes, it's that bad). I am now very disappointed that WITCH isn't as great as it used to be, and I find myself criticizing some of its new issues even more. Some people might ask me, "If you don't like it, then why bother continuing to read it?" My only answer is because I can't find myself to hate it entirely. W.I.T.C.H. has been around for a while and I fell in love with it as a teenager. Although I do find that it lost most of its magical touch, there are still some moments which I thought was wonderful enough for me to continue reading.
After ten years, W.I.T.C.H. has changed greatly, but personally, I still find that it still has that certain amount of charm that I just couldn't discard easily. W.I.T.C.H. comics has been a great inspiration to me in more ways than one, and to this day I am grateful to it. After drawing countless works, I finally made a small switch to WITCH art style. Although not best at first (as I'm still learning) I suddenly find myself drawing my own W.I.T.C.H. fanart calendar series, started my very first fan-comic side story of C.H.Y.K.N. (WITCH's predecessors), and now I'm slowly developing my new idea for a full blown WITCH fan-saga (called WITCH: Dreams of Lusteria)!
Name: Galistar07water (or just galistar) Role: Guardian of Arts Age: 25 Race: Human Gender: Female Ethnicity: Vietnamese Religion: Buddhist Location: Southern California Occupation: Assistant tutor/Tutor in English and history Hobbies: Read, Write, Draw, and Study films Favorite Films: The Godfather, Inception, Titanic, The Lord of the Ring films, Beauty and the Beast, and many more... Favorite Books: A lot, too much to list What I hate: the Twilight series and M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender Favorite Comic series: Disney's W.i.t.c.h. duh!
Current Residence: Southern California, United States of America Favorite music artists Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Adele, etc Favorite genre of music: A lot of types, okay? Favorite style of art: Too many to list MP3 player of choice: Walkman (I don't like iPods) Favorite cartoon character: I have too many to list Personal Quote: If an artist's inspiration lacks uniqueness, then his work shall lack rareness.
Favorite visual artistUm...the crew who drew W.I.T.C.H. comic series!Favorite moviesInception, Batman: The Dark Knight, and a bunch of others that I won't bother to listFavorite TV showsAvatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, W.I.T.C.H., Winx Club, H2O: Just Add Water, Mako Mermaids, Code LyokoFavorite bands / musical artistsToo many to listFavorite writersJ.K. Rowling, James Moloney, Cornelia Funke, Alyson Noel, Mary Hoffman, Alison Croggon, and more...Favorite gamesAge of Mythology for PCOther InterestsDraw, Read, study films
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II (2011)
The decade between 2001 and 2011 was very interesting in film history as eight film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's critically acclaimed Harry Potter books was shown on the big screen around the world. Since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the world has been enchanted and taken to a world of magic deliciously created by British woman whose talent in literature left a mark. After ten long years with seven books and seven films, the eighth and last film adaptation depicts the epic conclusion of a long and magical journey. The first few films were light enough, but with each book and each film, the story grew darker and more profound, leaving us in awe of its solemnity and dramatic conclusion.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II runs at about a mere 130 minutes, making it perhaps the shortest of all eight films. Strangely enough, it really doesn't feel that short and coming from me, that's actually a good thing. Director David Yates returned along with Steve Kloves as the scriptwriter, showing us where Deathly Hallows part I last left off: the death of Dobby the Elf (Toby Jones) and his wizard friends mourns for him. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) must continued their search for the remaining Horcruxes which houses a piece of a soul of the Dark Lord himself, Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). With Quirrel, the diary, the ring, and Slytherin's locket destroyed, our heroes must infiltrate the Wizarding Bank of Gringrott to find Hufflepuff's cup. Like before, it seems that everywhere they go, there are either those who would betray them, shit blows up, or the Dark Lord is getting closer to finding out their mission to destroy his souls. Voldemort is on to their game, so now they must brace themselves for the final battle in the war. Where would this final battle take place? By now, you should know that Hogwarts is a fortress as well as a school and a castle.
With Harry and his friends back on campus, a reunion of old faces and new ones take their final stand on screen. Over the years, we have come to know and love some of them, whether they are good or evil characters. There's just something about them all that resonate a proud and epic moment for each. When you see McGonagall (Maggie Smith) unleashing her army of stone soldiers, the teachers projecting streams of light to create a dome shield, or when Kingsley Shaclebolt (George Harris) blasting a Death Eater out the window...you can't help but think, "Hell, yeah! That's awesome!"
However, being the most epic film, it will make a lot of people in the audiences cry. If you thought that characters being picked off one by one in Deathly Hallows part I was long enough, a longer list of dead characters will be drawn for Part II. Many of these deaths were very emotional as a lot of people in the audience with me were sniffing and crying silently as many of Harry's friends and family-liked figures died. The emotions are there and it feels like the actors can feel it, too, making it all the more heartbreaking. However, if you know Rowling's style, you know that this isn't all that she could show. Many small things from previous films such as the Cloak of Invisibility, Tom Riddle's diary, and such made their role in the last story. Yet it's not just the objects that a revelation, but the truth about the past between Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and Harry's mother is a shocker. And if that doesn't smack you in the face, there is an eighth Horcrux and it lies in the last place no one else, not even Harry and Voldemort would think to look. I'm not telling you where it is but let's just say that even in death, Albus Dumbledore plans everything for the right time and the right moment and its up to Harry to follow them in order to defeat the Dark Lord once and for all. All in all, the final film ties up practically all loose ends and it does so faithfully to the book and in an awe inspiring way.
Ever since Daniel Radcliffe asked J.K. Rowling if his character was going to die in the end, her answer was somewhat ambiguous. The prophecy stated that both Harry and Voldemort cannot live for one must die. Does Harry Potter die in the end after ten years on screen? Let's just say that the place he ends up in after his death scene makes a hell lot more scene than "Robot Heaven" in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. (Seriously, how does a human ends up in a heaven for robots?)
The demise of many notable characters were approved and welcomed from the audiences that I went with. Everything about this film is epic, even the death of some notable villains. What's great about the Harry Potter series is that the main characters don't just get their moments for even someone in the background such as Neville Longbottom (Neville Lewis) can shine as he destroyed Voldemort's last Horcrux but killing his pet snake. Big applause from the audience and me when the snake turns into black smoke. Evils beware! You know you're in trouble when Molly Weasley (Julie Walters) yelled, "Not my daughter, you BITCH!" to the homicidal psychopathic witch Belletrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham-Carter). Best magical cat fight ever. Bigger applause when Bellatrix was blown to bits.
In the end, it's Radcliffe and Fiennes who dominated the big screen as they shoot magic lightnings at each other. It takes an iconic villain to stand on his own in the quad of a ruined castle and it takes an equally iconic hero to stand up against him as dawn breaks over the horizon. Ironically enough, the audience didn't really clapped that loudly when the main villain was killed. I'm surprised at first but I think it's because we've been clapping so much in previous bad guys' death scenes that we've worn our hands out. After all the shit these characters have been through, you'd think they would all skip their final school years like Harry and his two friends, but nope, they all showed their true loyal, courage, and beliefs against evil by standing together on the battlefield. This is why Harry Potter is a hell lot better than Twilight. The latter does nothing but glorify the essence of having a vampire boyfriend and disgracing the real meaning of true love. Here, true love isn't about getting what you want like Bella does, but it's about sacrificing yourself for someone you truly care about. A lot of characters cares about Harry Potter, even Severus Snape who changed his Patronus into a doe in memory of Harry's mother. Harry, in turn, loves and cares deeply for his friends and considered many of them to be his family to the point of surrendering himself to Death's door. When Albus Dumbledore said, "Don't pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and especially those who lived without love," you know that there is more beauty and profound lessons in J.K. Rowling's writing compared to Stephanie Meyer's. As corny as this sound, love is the greatest and most powerful magic of them all, even in the Harry Potter world.
Like many of its profound dialogues, the rest of this film is impressively planned. There are meanings in everything the characters do and the essence of love and courage is brought into light in the most impressive way. Feelings of lost and sadness are there and it's so effecting that it makes the audiences cry. Hope for a better tomorrow is risen even with the "death" of their saviors and as dawn breaks free over the horizon, new heroes emerges. It's hard for me to believe that after ten long years, this film series have finally come to an end. I cannot imagine what the cast and crew members must be feeling once shooting the last scene and the epilogues were like. Looking back, we look at this story and at these films with fondness. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 may not have gotten an Oscar as it deserves, it is still appreciated today along with its predecessors. The series has influenced an entire generation and culture for more than a decade and like The Lord of the Rings series, it won't stop at the last film. I'm certain that even in the future, film students would look back at these films and appreciate what a classic they are. It was an instant classic and a hit when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone came out and the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 possessed an end that is fitting and a great payoff. This film knows it when it shows a dream/memory sequence to pay homage to previous films and reminds us what an epic journey it has been. Don't you just love it when series like these went off with a bang?