i finished reading harry potter and the deathly hallows on saturday… which i queued for two hours at borders (wif sis) to get… and i watched king lear (played by sir ian mckellen) on thursday… yup it was a pretty literary weekend with these two major events for july falling within the week!


first off king lear: what can i say… it is the first shakespearean play i watched in the flesh… and by none other than the world renowned royal shakespearean company!! even though i did not read the play prior to watching it (my literature book was midsummer’s night dream)… it brought me back to the times when i had to dissect the plays for an essay and i had to keep telling myself to stop… lol… in anycase all the actors in the show were amazing! they avidly portrayed the various emotions of the play and i was totally immersed in the whole experience… especially towards the end when cordelia reunites wif lear and they hug… the atmosphere was almost intense in the entire theatre… noone made a sound…

sir ian mckellen is a great actor… i was very much honoured to be in his presence… i can totally imagine him being both gandalf and king lear… he caught every nuance that an old king shld have… like how he did in LOTR as gandalf (both grey and white)… amazing…

second most happening thing (at least for fans of potter) was the release of the final installment to harry potter on saturday (21/07 at 7.01am)… i had preordered the book since february (!!!) and it was with much trepidation that i stood outside borders, queuing for the book with my sister… the queue snaked around the building and we had to stand in line for two hours before reaching the cashier counter… first thoughts upon getting the book was ‘wow thank goodness it’s not as thick as order of phoenix!’… and i couldn’t wait to sink my eyes into the story immediately… but of course i let my sis have a go first and she had to irritate me by making surprise noises… tsk tsk…

anyway i went over to his pl and literally PARKED myself on the bed and read and read and read for a good half a day… it was that intense… i was a bit iffed to have to stop for dinner but i managed to finish the book at around nine-ish that night… i had a moment when i realised that that was the end… there were no more harry potter books in the future… i felt lost and really weird… den i started re-reading the ending bits of the story… =P mmm i shall post my thoughts of the book probably in another post…