Harry Potter and the Isle of Skye

Most exciting for me at this point of the trip was a chance to drive through Harry Potter country. The weather was a bit wet, notable mostly because it hadn’t actually been too bad so far!

Leaving the Isle of Mull we were back on Oban and onward to Fort William via Glencoe. Glencoe is the beautiful area where some of the scenic shots in the Harry Potter movies are filmed. Hagrid’s Hut in the Clachaig Gully, Loch Shiel, and the Glenfinnan Viaduct in particular. I’m a Harry Potter nerd so seeing these places IRL was pretty damn cool. The bus loads of tourists that arrived at the viaduct just after us thought so too.

Glen Nevis walks
Loch Shiel
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Isle of Skye
Loch Portree
Sunset on Loch Portree
Portree, Isle of Skye
Dunvegan Castle views
Dunvegan Castle views
Isle of Skye

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Deathly Hallows - Harry Potter rocky cliff top

Now in their seventh movie, the Harry Potter kids have finally shown how far their acting has come. They’ve realised that a stern voice and a frown is not the only way to convey the seriousness of their situation and now opt for a look or a sigh instead. It makes for some pretty hilarious scenes.

Hilarity is big in The Deathly Hallows, I found myself actual lolling on more than a few occasions and I’m fairly certain it had nothing to do with my midnight screening related tiredness. The laughter however is challenged by some pretty dark scares. The kind you would not let your child see for fear of ongoing nightmares, the kind that makes 20 somethings jump out of their seats!

The real scene stealer though? The landscape scenery. Deathly Hallows Part 1 is focused on Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s search for the Horcruxes and their constant move through the UK to avoid snatchers. Lake side, high on a cliff, or in a snow covered forest I felt like I’d seen it all before. And then I realised it was because this time the movie looked exactly how I’d pictured it when I read the books.
Runner up is the beautiful animation scene that explains the Deathly Hallows, unexpected but perfect.

If you attend without the requisite knowledge you are likely to get lost. There aren’t any long winded explanations of back stories going on here. Half Blood Prince wasn’t nearly as true to the book but magically Deathly Hallows Part 1 carries on as if it’s following on from the Half Blood Prince book rather than the movie.

Snape’s On A Plane

If you follow me on twitter you’ve probably seen my obsessive tweets about Severus Snape/Alan Rickman today. There’s just something about the brooding darkness and voice filled with absolute contempt that either makes girls fall in love or creeps them out.

I’m happy to say I fall into the prior category (don’t worry hun, he’s old enough to be my grandfather) and a wee bit of googling lead me to this piece of gold. O ho ho.

snapes on a plane

But it also led me to this wtf moment and this Marilyn Monroe-esque shot. Fandom is a slippery slope.