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HBP Thoughts and Filoli Picspam

I spent yesterday exploring a huge estate house with endless gardens, hanging out with John Falstaff, having a picnic, and then seeing Harry Potter.

What have YOU done recently? XD

No, it's a good thing I've been busy, because otherwise the fact that I haven't gotten any writing done in days would be making me incredibly depressed. O_o

"Half-Blood Prince." Oh, where to begin. XD

- The Draco in the bathroom scene was, I thought, extraordinarily well-done. Though I may or may not have spent half of it like, "HARRY, think of the PROPERTY DAMAGE you're responsible for!" ...though I guess that's why we have magic. XD

- eltea was right to be concerned that Harry was TOTALLY stalking Draco -- which I'm sure the fangirls were quite happy about. XD I was having a lot of fun, though, looking for Draco every time someone walked through the castle accompanied by ominous music. IT'S LIKE "WHERE'S WALDO"! 8D

- And that suit, lol. eltea: "Why isn't he wearing his uniform at school?" tierfal: "Because he's Draco fucking Malfoy!"

- No, really -- all the kids have grown into the roles really well, and they're a lot of fun to watch these days. I especially liked Daniel Radcliffe post-Felix Felicis. lololololol. XD

- Wasn't too impressed by the chick playing Narcissa. She was too dark. And her face wasn't narrow enough. Maybe she could've won me over if they'd given her more than two lines. XD

- SNAAAAPE. ;___;

- Bella is a pryo who gets off to needless destruction. And who gets into other people's personal space. I approve.

- It amused me that there was fodder for almost much every ship in the 'verse. They covered all their bases, didn't they? XD

- Lavender Brown -- paging Lavender Brown -- the audience wants you to drown yourself in a toilet bowl. Take your lame hair with you; Emma Watson's is way better. And she has a nice ass.

- The McLaggen guy was such a DOUCHEBAG. Man, I eat that shit up. XD

- The two seconds of Dumbledore falling in slow-mo ruined the entire scene. Afterwards, with everyone lighting the wands, was gorgeous, though.

- The cinematography was awfully nice, particularly the killer opening scene and the arrival at the rock to get the locket. I also liked that that was the first time we saw Harry's scar very well. (Why, yes, I am an overanalyzing English major. XD)

- Inside the cave, though, eltea turned to me and whispered, "Behold -- the Mines of Moria!", and five minutes later, I got to turn to her and respond, "I didn't know the Dead Marshes were in the Mines of Moria." To which, as Inferi started swarming Mr. P, she replied, "MY PRECIOUSSSS!" XD

- That notwithstanding, Dumbledore's Magic Flames of Death for the frigging WIN. 8D

- The ending shot was really lovely, with the three of them by the window and Fawkes in the distance.

- Ginny was better than I expected. Not enough to make me ship it, but that's probably a lost cause to start with. XD She's kind of a wasted character all around, and Bonnie Wright always looks too wide-eyed-innocent to get me thinking the right way. Wright right geddit geddit I'm a GENIUS

- I want a Pensieve-ready Memory Cabinet as a nightlight in my bedroom.

- The two Tom Riddle kids were excellent.

- My heart bleeds for all the minor characters who subplots disappeared like parental figures in Harry's proximity. I really wish they'd traded out the boring Ron/Lavender DRAMAAAA -- which dragged, as funny as it was -- for some Lupin/Tonks DRAMAAAA. At least that's good drama. Honestly.

- It also irks me that Tonks's and Lupin's collective three minutes of screentime revolved around "his condition." Isn't the entire point of the third book that Remus is first and foremost a human being? :|

- But it was fun. Even the Weasleys' house getting torched, though I think that, having added it in, they didn't emphasize enough. (Where do you put the Weasleys afterward, anyway? It's not like they can afford a hotel...) You've got to lol at the concept, though -- "Well, I like the script, guys, but I think it drags a little here. Let's SET SOMETHING ON FIRE!"

Anyway. XD

The other thing I did yesterday was... tour Filoli! :D


Pronounced "fie-low-lee," actually. As in, the first two letters of "Fight," "Love," and "Live." :o

Anyway... Deep in the hills of whatever city it's in...

...very deep in the hills...

Is Filoli! :D Built by some stupidly-rich guy (William Bourn) who had just bought an Irish estate for his daughter as her wedding present, off of which he modeled a lot of the details.

The front door:

The entryway... The second owner, this dude Roth, had a bunch of shipping and cruise liners and stuff among his business interests, which explains the nautical décor. I only took this picture because Gevanni would have liked to see it. Look, there's me in the reflection, looking terrible. XD

The kitchen:

Complete with a vault for all their nice silver stuff:

And with a system of call buttons:

The dining room:

I think this is Diana and Actaeon. I forget exactly; I was just like "GREEK MYTH STUFF *SPAZ*" XD

The... salon or something? Where all the women went while the men got drunk after dinner. XD

Stuff in the central room in the transverse hall:

The library:

Umm... I liked this staircase. XD

I don't even remember which room this clock was in. XD There were a ton of grandfather clocks, which I love. :3


The murals on the wall are based off of the Irish estate ones.

A model of how they'd fit in the dining tables for uber-parties:

The other end, with entrances on either side:

More silverware? XD

OKAY GUYS here comes the really amazing part... The gardens that go on forever. O_O

This is behind the gift shop:

I like doors. Expect lots of these. :|

Garden 1/inifinity. XD

I also like weather vanes. Fortunately, there weren't as many of those to document. XD

The garden house:

My mom fangirled the rose gardens. XD

SECRET ROSES. No, really that's what this rose is called, "Secret." XD

Moving right along:

Sunflowers! :3

The row of Irish yews that runs through the middle of the far gardens:

This section leads to the hydrangea garden.

A baby banana slug! XD My camera refused to focus.

The "Wilderness Garden":

This leads up to the tennis courts and is one of my favorite shots -- it just feels like there's a whole story right there. :)

Across the swimming pool -- you can see the clock tower we saw earlier. :D


It was really great, though -- gorgeous day, and not too hot at all. And, y'know, the little detail that the whole thing was so like what I imagined Mello's father's house to be in Almost Perfect, at least in spirit and in style. Though I think that had a bit more of a Victorian flavor in my head. Either way, it was awesome to see so much of that realized. :D

I started asking myself what you would do with all that space, and then I realized that Mello's answer is presumably "have sex with Matt on every square foot before you die." XD


Anyhoo... eltea's super-legit o-fic story, All Our Yesterdays, is now read-able even if you aren't a member of pulped_fictions. ^^

Tags: amusement, awesomeness, movie, pictures, post the size of alaska, trip
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