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Years ago, we lost Severus Snape but this week we lost the man who did his character utmost justice, in all his complexities and intricacies.

Through out the years, I have always been skeptical of the hero-worship Snape has garnered, his unnecessarily nasty behaviour toward students being justified because he was bullied as a child and the fact that he protected Harry. I don’t particularly agree with the fact that he was ‘good’ all along, but that is what makes Snape more complex. I believe he was always in a grey area between evil and good (where we all quite often stand), with his bitterness and abusive nature drawing him toward his darkest self and then his love for Lily and moral actions drawing him away. He may not have always been the hero he was in the end, and that’s what makes his choice to do the right thing all the more important in the midst of moral ambiguity he found himself surrounded in. He grew into the hero he was meant to be; his salient transformation was everything. It was difficult and it broke our hearts.

What is even more heart breaking is watching Alan Rickman describe Snape’s character, demonstrating his deeper understanding of him than what we as readers or as an audience did. This is precisely why no one could have possible played him half or nearly a smidge as well as he did. But just as Dumbledore said, ” To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.” So I hope Alan Rickman is on his next great adventure.

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Sia’s Chandelier Music Video

Perhaps I’m a little late in viewing the music video for Sia’s Chandelier but after having watched it, I’m amazed at the artistry that went into it’s making, which is a rare sight in the music industry today. Pushing aside the sculpted models and crazy-hungover-parties that are a popular choice, the Chandelier music video is simple but complex on so many other levels.

It’s true…simple is complex. If you think about it, it’s very difficult to be simple since we always tend to overdo things and are not sure exactly when to stop. In today’s world, we assume that bigger and bolder is better and this music video demonstrates that that is not true at all. A simple set, a single dancer and an amazing song can speak volumes more than a video of great elaboration.

The set comprising of a stripped back home, complete with rooms and their bare essential furniture pieces complements the dark demonic nature of the dance in the video, symbolizing the despair brought on by alcoholism and drug use. This video struck me immediately and engaged my mind in a way no other video has. Dance truly is a powerful medium that I cannot perform but certainly can appreciate.

When you’re watching the video, you understand what the interpretive dance means to convey and it’s amazing how well it goes with the emotion in Sia’s voice as she sings.

I’ve always maintained that music is rhythmic poetry and the lyrics to this song certainly are…

Party girls don’t get hurt
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn?
I push it down, push it down

I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink
1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw ’em back ’til I lose count

I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier
I’m gonna live like tomorrow doesn’t exist
Like it doesn’t exist
I’m gonna fly like a bird through the night, feel my tears as they dry
I’m gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier

In the end, the best way I can describe the Chandelier video is visual literature.

Demi Lovato’s Tribute to LGBT Rights

Partly filmed at the Los Angeles’ Pride celebration, Demi Lovato’s ‘Really Don’t Care’ video spreads the message about LGBT rights as well as awareness concerning the community which is wonderful to see.

While the song is actually a flip off to an old ex, the video is geared at pointing the finger to homophobic demonstrators at homophobic demonstrators at L.A Pride celebration on June 8 as she declares “You don’t have to hate because my Jesus loves all!” before jumping into the pumped up track.

Whether or not you actually like the tune actually becomes irrelevant because the video sends a positive message to everyone who watches it.  In my opinion, it’s a great way to use social media and status since Demi is an influential and inspirational figure to many including me.

Lovato’s grandfather was a trailblazer in the fight for gay rights and she says this spirit reflects in her as well. It looks like she’s definitely headed in the right direction!

How I Was Saved From the Titanic (1912)

I remember when I was seven years old and I devoured books about the sinking of Titanic and scourged for as much information as I could on the subject. I still remember quite a lot about this marine tragedy and so when I found this article, I was immediately keen on reading it. First hand accounts of any experience are the best sources to learn from. Not only do you come to know about the event but you know how it feels. It’s the most beautiful conversation, that of strangers hearts.

Hats off to Kalki Koechlin

The Bollywood actress’ monologue at the India Today Conclave is stunning and honest at the same time, a feat that is difficult to accomplish. Kalki’s solo act is one that should be seen by everyone-men and women.

Humour rings through as she says, ” Five husbands! That can’t be fun, God knows I have enough trouble with one!” She also speaks of the pretention at celebrity galas, double standards and the unfair oppression of women’s voices and opinions. Dubbed by the actress as “Just another rant”, it will certainly touch you and make you think.

I particularly related to the following snippet from her monologue:

“Sometimes I just want an oversized T shirt, boxer shorts, unkempt hair and unibrows.

I want armpit hair long enough to plait,

I want a clean face without a trace of make up

I want to look the way I do when I wake up.

I am starving to be me.”

Let me know in the comments if you liked it and which parts really went to heart!

Day 9: A Song that makes you Hopeful

Lately, I’ve been very bored and depressed, not really interested in things I like to do. I guess I’m just sitting around waiting for college to start so that I can have something to do and keep my mind occupied. Anyways, this isn’t the first time I’ve felt like this. So in times like these, I look to music to brighten up the day and for the most part it does.

These songs especially make me feel hopeful:

For the times when you’re down or feel like throwing the towel in, don’t. I can’t tell you how many people will tell you to quit or tell you something isn’t worth it even when you’re so damned convinced that it is. Including those inner demons. Don’t listen. You don’t need to.

After all, it’s your life and it’s yours to live.

Ron Weasley likes One Direction?

If Ron Weasley liked Muggle music then he may just like the world’s most popular boy band One Direction.

As it turns out, Rupert Grint likes the band’s single You & I and during an interview on BBC Radio 1 he did a very dramatic (and hilarious) reading of the lyrics.

I’ll admit, I found this way too entertaining. I just had to share this 🙂

Watch below:

 

Don’t Stop- 5SOS

The Aussie band 5SOS consisting of Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Luke Hemmings, have shot to fame ever since opening for One Direction on their Take Me Home Tour and will rejoin the UK act on their latest tour i.e Where We Are.

Their video for their first single She Looks So Perfect was surprisingly amusing as is the latest one for Don’t Stop.

From masquerading as superheroes to rocking it out on a rooftop, the boys have done a good job with this one, making for an interesting and funny three minutes or so.

I was quite jealous I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a superhero?

All of the Stars

The upcoming movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ based on John Green’s book, features an Ed Sheeran song called All of The Stars.

In terms of a music video for an OST, it’s everything it should be. From beautiful photos and romantic quotes it with new footage from the movie it’s worth the wait.