End of one era… beginning of another

A very rainy Trafalgar Square last night hosted the world premiere of the last ever Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.  Fans were in tears, newspapers covered the event with minute by minute updates and fashion bloggers quickly passed judgement on the frills and frocks on show on the red carpet.  Without a doubt last night marked the end of an era.

The Harry Potter franchise has dominated the world of entertainment for a decade and a half and it’s unlikely that anything will have quite the same impact on popular culture for a years to come.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been a big fan of both books and movies.  I can’t recall a time in my life when I didn’t have a shelf full of books waiting to be read, and I still feel a little tingle of excitement watching The Wizard of Oz – the first VHS we ever owned as a family.  The transition from the black and white dreariness of Kansas to the Technicolor brilliance of Oz was a moment of real magic to me.  Ever since then I’ve loved being swept away to new worlds courtesy of the movies.

I love discussing books and films with others and am always looking for ideas of what to read next or suggestions as to which films I’ve been missing out on for years.  I’ve been toying with the idea of setting up a review blog for a while – somewhere I could share my opinions on what I’ve been reading or watching and asking everyone else if they agree.

The arrival of the new (and last) Harry Potter film seems the perfect time to launch this blog.  So – a countdown.  I’ll review each of the books and films until Friday 15th July when I’ll be at the cinema bright and early to see, then review, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2.  After that I’ll be updating the site regularly with a mixture of new releases, classics and random books and films I’ve stumbled across.  There might even the odd television programme mentioned.  I really hope that we can get some discussion going and if there are any suggestion of movies and books you’d like to see reviewed please get in touch.

The Harry Potter era has come to an end, but the Louise reviews one is just beginning….

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