Friday, September 23, 2011

Practical Magic

Why do I love "Practical Magic"?

I love the book because Alice Hoffman is a magical writer who transcends the ordinary and weaves fantasy into everyday lives.

I love the movie because it's a wonderful portrayal of sisterhood, love and magic. I have two sisters of my own so I enjoy the complexities of sister relationships whether in movies, tv shows or books.

Magic, love and sisterhood are the underlying themes not only in the movie, but in the book as well. So for my Practical Magic party post, I have decided to combine both the movie and the book.

"For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well: As children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats.

But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared, even into adulthood, brought them back--almost as if by magic..."

I love old houses. I feel drawn to them. Most of this is because of my mom, who also loves old houses. As a child, she'd drive my sisters and I around neighborhoods full of old houses. We'd be so excited, pointing to this one or that one, deciding which one we'd live in once we were older.

Probably like everyone else, who's ever seen the movie, I am in love with the house. It's my goal one day to build my own Victorian, so I hoard pictures of Victorian homes whenever I run across them. This house is amazing with it's two staircases, attic room, attached conservatory and kitchen.

"Anyone who dared to stand on the porch, where the ivy grew wild, could try for hours to look through the windows and never see a thing. It was the same looking out; the green-tinted window glass was so old and so thick that everything on the other side seemed like a dream, including the sky and the trees."

"Sally, three hundred ninety-seven days older than her sister, was as conscientitious as Gillian was idle. She never believed in anything that could not be proven with facts and figures. When Gillian pointed to a shooting star, it was Sally who reminded her that what was falling to earth was only an old rock, heated by its descent through the atmosphere. Sally was a take-charge sort of person from the start; she didn't like confusion and mess, both of which filled the aunts' old house on Magnolia Street from attic to cellar."

One of my favorite scenes in the movie is Sally's Amas Veritas spell. The best part of Sally's "love spell" was that she didn't ask for a certain man to love her, but she asked for a man with certain qualities.

Sally: He will hear my call a mile away. He will whistle my favorite song. He can ride a pony backwards.

Gillian: What are you doing?

Sally: Summoning up a true love spell called Amas Veritas. He can flip pancakes in the air. He'll be marvelously kind. And his favorite shape will be a star. And he'll have one green eye and one blue.

Gillian: Thought you never wanted to fall in love.

Sally: That's the point. The guy I dreamed of doesn't exist. And if he doesn't exist, I'll never die of a broken heart.

Sally's letter to Gillian: Sometimes I feel like there's a hole inside of me, an emptiness that at times seems to burn. I think if you lifted my heart to your ear, you could probably hear the ocean.

The moon tonight, there's a circle around it. Sign of trouble not far behind.

I have this dream of being whole. Of not going to sleep each night, wanting. But still sometimes, when the wind is warm or the crickets sing... I dream of a love that even time will lie down and be still for. I just want someone to love me. I want to be seen. I don't know. Maybe I had my happiness. I don't want to believe it but, there is no man, Gilly. Only that moon.

Raising the dead. Of course, you're going to get something more along the lines of a zombie rather than the person you loved.

"You put the lime in the coconut." Another of my favorite scenes from the movie.

When Gillian finds Ben (Ben is a character in the book who didn't make it into the movie): A circle of pale yellow light seemed to hover around Ben and Gillian; the light rose higher, then fanned out, across the street and above the rooftops ...

On the afternoon when Kylie stood in front of Mrs. Jerouche's house, she wasn't the only one to sense something unusual in the air. A group of boys playing kickball all stopped, stunned by the sweet scent wafting down from the rooftops, and they rubbed at their noses. The youngest turned and ran home and begged his mother for lemon pound cake, heated, and spread with honey. Women came to their windows, leaned their elbows on the sills, and breathed more deeply than they had in years. They didn't even believe in hope anymore, but here it was, in the treetops and the chimneys.

Magic is all around us. It lives in all of us. Anyone can tap into it. It's in the flowers that grow wild by the side of the road, the trees that shoot from the ground to the sky,

the bushes that bloom their brightest in summer and in the stream that gurgles hello to you.

There's a little witch in all of us.

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you to Frosted Petunias for hostessing this wonderful blog party. Please visit the other participants here at the Practical Magic party page.

All italized script is from the book.


LuLu Kellogg said...

Thank you so much for popping by my Blog for a visit for the Practical Magic festivities!
I loved seeing your photos and all the quotes from this wonderful script!

Happy Autumn!
LuLu Kellogg

Gina said...

I have never seen the movie nor read the book. Your post has me intrigued though, I think I'll have to now.

wickedfaerie said...

What a beautiful party you have thrown. I love this movie and especially the house. Stop by for a midnight margarita sometime.


Bird said...

Oooo, I enjoyed your PM party post very, very much. Thank you. I've not read the book in a good long while and will have to do it again soon. The book and the movie are so different from one another, aren't they?

A beautiful autumn day to you,

monkeycstars said...

Those were some great scenes from the movie! LOVE :)


Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I love how you mixed together elements from the book and the movie. I love Alice Hoffman's books, and my daughter and I just read her YA book Incantation together a couple of months ago.

Thanks for visiting my PM Blog Party post and leaving your kind comments, too.

Your blog is lovely, and I am your newest follower!

B'ham said...

A true blend of what the book & movie have to offer... Nicely woven post !!

Magaly Guerrero said...

And you have tapped into magic with such style. I enjoyed your picture selection, especially the last one. There is so much magic in nature...

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for the wonderful party.
Great pictures !!
Have a magical weekend.

Anonymous said...

A wonderful tribute party. You make me want to read the book again!

Thank you for this delightful stop on the party trail.

Sandi said...

I really love your post! Absolutely amazing and I can't agree with you enough about EVERYTHING! Hahaha. Thank you for visiting mine as well. I appreciated your comments :) Hugs

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Celia said...

This is a beautiful post....I haven't read the book....but you have just made me decide that I really need to read it!

Susan said...

wonderful post and good job weaving the two together!

Linda said...

This is a great post. All the memories the still photos bring back..Love it. Thank you for sharing. Please visit me:

Lady Jess said...

Lovely post! I loved the book and the movie so much! I too am obsessed, and rightly so, with Victorian homes. I think we all deserve to live in the Owens house! In every blog I visit, the author expresses so very deeply how much they love the PM house!

victoriantailor said...

Very well told! Great pictures,

Victoria said...

Wonderful post. I love both the book and the movie and your thoughts at the beginning of this post express exactly what I feel.


Victoria from Brushstrokes

lisa said...

What a lovely and thoughtful post. I really enjoyed it. Hope you can stop over at my enchanted oven for some PM cookies.

Misty said...

Wonderful! I am in the middle of reading the book and I must say so far it can be very very hard to put it down! Blessings to you!

Birgit said...

What a great Practical Magic post -- I especially love your own photos at the end. :)

Magical Times,

Edie Schmidt said...

I have loved your blog! Just wonderful! Thanks so much for having me. Have a enchanted weekend

rachelsmith133 said...

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful Practical Magic party and reminding us that magic can be found in smallest of things.

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Super beautiful post..and such a fantastic tribute..thanks for this magical experience...loved the pics..
Shine on

Dragonfly said...

Wonderful post, love the pictures and how you have woven in words from the book as much as the film, there is so much more in the book that often gets overlooked.

J x

K.Michele said...

A beautiful post! Love the pictures you chose and how you incorporated both the book and movie. Thank you for stopping by my PM party.

K. Michele

Carousel Dreams said...

A lovely post, combining the book and the movie...I still haven't read the book, but it is now on the top of my 'to read' list. Thankyou so much for sharing x

Rinni's Playground said...

Wonderful post! All this party hopping has me wanting to read to book again! Your garden pics are fantastic, I have flower envy!

Queenie Believe said...

Beautiful post.
Have a great day and a magical autumn,

Jan E O said...

I am going to Paperback Swap right now and ordering the book. Thanks for a great post. Jan E O

Jo said...

Thanks so much for dropping by my PM party post and for your kind words! Happy 2nd Annual Practical Magic Blog Party! Your blog is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful party. I have never read the book but now feel I must. Thank you for sharing these delightful words combined with perfect scenes from the movie. It is a pleasure to meet you. Mina

Melissa said...

Great post! You captured some of the best bits of the movie and the book!!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Meanderings

Annalee said...

Beautiful post. I too went looking at older houses (mostly in the historic district) with my mother when I was younger. I am also completely enamored with them! Thank you for stopping by my PM post. You've done such a wonderful job with yours!