Since I am recovering from pneumonia, we mostly stayed home this weekend. On Saturday, New Years Day, I insisted on watching the big Hogwarts Reunion show on HBO Max. It was, simply, wonderful. I became a thorough Harry Potter fan in 2001, when we saw the first movie, and have been one ever since. I am a member of the WizardingWorld Web site, where I am a member of Ravenclaw House, and contributed many points to the Quiz Championship, which Ravenclaw won. The Return to Hogwarts show, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first movie, was a delightful romp, with all the three stars, and many of the other stars of all the movies, as well as producers, directors, and other staff. It was heartwarming, listening to the stories of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, and how they passed auditions, acted in the movies, and became fast friends on and off the screen. One of my favorite stars, then and now, was Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy. That young man has aged very well, in my opinion. I was somewhat disappointed that one of my other favorites, David Thewlis who played Remus Lupin, did not appear. And we were both very sad that Alan Rickman, who played Severus Snape, died too soon.
Later Saturday night, we were looking for a fun movie to watch, and found Crazy Rich Asians, from 2018. It was delightful, and very funny. We loved it. I had never seen Singapore, and the movie was set there, so we got views of much of the island city-state. That’s all fine, since I hate tropical weather so we will probably never go there.
Happy New Year!