by Jennifer Bowman
Harry Potter is something that brings inevitable joy to my heart no matter what else may be going on in my life at the moment. The perpetual innocence and courage in the midst of such tumultuous evil is inspiring. I love the books, I love the movie, I love Rupert Grint.
For as long as I can recall, the holidays have made me a brighter and cheerier person. Obviously this isn't something new, but it is rather enjoyable, at least for me. I normally have a rather pessimistic view on life, but Christmastime always seems to bring the best out in me.
I love the atmosphere that surrounds me. Christmas, no matter how commercialized people claim it is, still fills me with bliss that seldom gets matched.
And I find my two loves of the season, Harry Potter and Christmas, both at the same time.
Our boy-wizard's latest stint, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire", is probably the hardest book to convert into script of all the Harry Potter books so far. It is the longest and most intricate book of the series. In fact, the director considered breaking it into two movies for a while, but decided that would test audiences too much. Instead, we are treated to an actual movie rather than a complete carbon copy of the book, with directorial changes and lovely action sequences and beautiful scenery.
I saw the movie on the day it came out, and I must say, it is the best movie so far. With all the other popular movies out right now, such as Rent, and soon, King Kong and the Chronicles of Narnia, it's good to see that my personal favorite outshines them all.
While something as simple as a movie does keep me smiling, it is really the holiday season that gives any substance to something as fleeting as emotion. True beauty is found in the smile of a small child, and real peace on earth is an argument-free day at home with the people you can never quite appreciate enough.
December is my favorite month, and I can't exactly say why, but I can say that it's not for superficial reasons. Presents? If I had money, I would give more than I would get. I love seeing people happy as much as I like being happy, if not more.
There are a lot of people who are important to me that I just want to thank in any way possible.
As I wrote out my Christmas list this year, I realized there wasn't anything that I really wanted that could be given. Of course, after some commercial watching and deep meditation, I did manage to fill an entire page, but if I didn't receive a single one of those things, I wouldn't care. I just want to keep this feeling of joy for the rest of the year - not just in December. And I don't even think Harry Potter could help me out with that.