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A Day Out: A promise of better times?


Ever since early July, bloggers have assaulted WordPress with their stories about Harry Potter and what it means to them. I don’t intend to turn this post into one of those blogs, but I will use the Harry Potter franchise as the base of the true post, however briefly.

You’ve been warned.

I’m not the type of person who goes to the cinema often, but when I do it is an enjoyable experience. The last time I saw a movie on the big screen was August 2010, if I recall correctly. Seeing one movie per year on the big screen is already being generous; I hardly see so many and there are few I am willing to part with money to see – especially when it comes to 3D movies. This brings me to my next point.

Tomorrow, my parents and I will see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 in 3D. We rarely go out and do things together, so this is what we’re trying to change. We never could go to movies, nor had any resources to do these things this past decade; this marks the change. My mother and I are immense Potter fans; I read the first book shortly after I turned seven and had the next installments as soon as I could get them after their releases.

As a family that enjoys watching shows and movies together, going to see a movie is something we love to do.

This is but a very small section of our movie and show collection.

Hopefully this will mark the beginning of a time where we can go out more often. Not only are we going to see this film; we will also have dinner at an amazing restaurant afterwards. We will spend the entire day together; my parents and I. Something we haven’t done for a while.

Movies have an inspiring effect on me, much like books and music do. They help ideas form in my mind that may, one day, develop into something more.

Perhaps this movie will do that for me. The last installment may leave me with something to work with. Completed, but not forgotten.

I intended to read the 7th book again before heading off to see the film, but I didn’t get around to it. Still, I cannot wait for tomorrow; it will be an amazing day!

What is your favorite movie that you’ve seen recently? Do films help inspire you?

Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, reader, gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

15 thoughts on “A Day Out: A promise of better times?

  1. My favourite movies are the Harry potter movies, although I prefer the books and mostly, when I put one of the dvds on its more for background than watching. It was very strange seeing the films in a cinema marathon leading up to the last film, as we were not quite sure what to do with ourselves as we watched, because we are usually doing somthing else at the same time!

    Myself and my family are big movie watchers, at home and in the cinema, so we are members of lovefilm and cineworld. We watch as much as we can. I watched Winter Bone the other day. I picked it randomly from Lovefilm, purely on customer ratings and reviews. It was really good. Not the usual fantasy i might go for, but still very revealing and thought provoking.

    I’m not really a comedy fan, I prefer silly Horror, drama, mystery, thriller, fantasy and animations.

    Bec x

    • I do thoroughly enjoy the Harry Potter movies, but I wouldn’t quite call them my favorites. They do rank high up on my list, though. I usually watch movies in the background while doing other things, like writing or playing games.
      I bet that was odd, but still amazing!

      I’ve never heard of that movie, but I may look into it sometime. It’s nice to talk to someone whose family is also into movies, like mine.

      I’ll watch the occasional comedy, but I prefer horror, thriller, fantasy and animated films. 🙂

  2. Films are inspiring to me, as are books. I think the last movie I saw in theatres was Insidious-an awesome movie. I think creative types are drawn to creative things and movies are a fun escape and inspiring at the same time.
    Nice post.

    • I’ve never seen that movie, I believe. It does sound familiar, though.
      Exactly. Creativity inspires creativity, so for people who enjoy writing or drawing, seeing things like movies or listening to music helps them.
      Thank you.

  3. I’m really looking foreard to the next Studio Ghibli Film, Arriety. Its based on the Borrowers books. I’ve never watched one in the cinema before and its about to be released. I like the underlying themes in the Borrowers books, about being who you are. I find alot of children’s stories from when I was little really helped me form my moral beliefs. I feel that books are very important as well x

    • That sounds like it will be amazing! Children’s stories do often help in that aspect; it’s amazing how different children’s stories are when you read them as a kid, and when you reread them as an adult. The difference is astounding. 🙂

    I don’t think I need to tell you just how much television and film mean to me exactly. I grew up obsessed, wanting to live in those worlds and never leave them again. I didn’t actually start reading much until I was.. 11/12? (With the exception of Harry Potter – that started earlier. Never did care for the movies all that much.)

    I have recently seen the Fifth Element for the first time (!). Being a science-fiction fan I had to eventually, and I’m glad that I have. It’s quite different from a lot of sci-fi in that it was very brightly coloured and vibrant, as opposed to more gritty things you’re more likely to see. I found that fairly interesting, seeing the possibility of going to the other end of the usual visual spectrum.

  5. Ou my gosh, I love books and movies, I think they inspire me more than anything else, the last movie I saw in the theaters was Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 2 🙂

  6. Movies and books stir the imagination and make a whole different world come alive. JK Rowling did that through Harry Potter. Enjoyed the books and movies immensely. 🙂

  7. I love movies, especially Hayao Miyazaki movies. They definitely help inspire me.

  8. The last films I saw and loved them were ‘The Mission’ (with Robert DeNiro) and ‘Of Gods and Men’. Both films made me cry because they discused the question of humanity and faith.

    And I also loved HBO’s Game of Thrones series- it inspired me a lot. I think anything can inspire you if you’re open to new ideas.
    Have a nice day! 🙂

    • I do believe I live under a rock, considering I’ve never heard of either of those movies… though the second once sounds vaguely familiar.

      I’ve heard of Game of Thrones, but never actually looked into it before. Maybe I should.

      Have a nice day, yourself! 🙂

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