AND BE WARNED IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN OR READ THE SERIES, THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD…
I enjoyed the Potter saga much better at the beginning, when he was a clearly abused boy adopted by his mean Aunt and Uncle and the wizarding world was completely unknown to him.As the story and the characters mature, and the film posters get darker and have any shred of colour drained out of them, the Harry Potter franchise gets duller.
I disagree, I thought the films didn’t really come into their own until POA, now POA was, and remains, my favourite book but that in itself is not just it – it was the stylistic changes that seemed to suit where the story was going (i.e. darker) and, despite that, the images seemed to become more vivid. I though PS lacked so completely the wonder that came with being a fantasy series – it seemed to just neglect the fact that here was this whole other world within our world that was so parallel to our own…
In HBP I enjoyed that sequence where Harry watches as Dumbledore cleans up – it’s a dull everyday chore and yet his face says it all – he’s been immersed in that world for six years and yet he still marvels at it.
The other problem that the movies now suffer from is that – for all us fans who can read – we all know how the story ends. There’s no ambiguity as to whether Harry will end up with Ginny or Hermione, or indeed how Ron and Hermione’s story will end.
…I don’t think even in the books there was ever the question of who they’d all end up with romantically. It was about how they got there. That moment in the final book where Hermione kisses Ron was probably one of my personal highlights in the book (the little cheerleader in my brain was waving pom-poms calling out ‘GO HERMIONE GO!’). I agree there was a huge focus on the romance in this film but that was kind of sweet – I think Emma Watson in particular played it really well. The scene where she asks Harry ‘how does it feel when you see Ginny and Dean together?’ nearly broke my heart. It’s not like the books but the filmmakers managed to capture an honesty that so hard to get – particularly when it comes to teens. In short, it wasn’t annoying and romances so often are.
We simply have to go through the motions to see how the on-screen adaptations will compare to JK Rowling’s books.
Initially my reactions towards the films were that violent raging fangirl ‘that’s not right, that’s shouldn’t have happened, why is she there, how could they cast him?’ but now I kind of accept it’ll never be my Harry Potter, or any one fan’s vision, and that they’re doing something different with it and I think it’s good in it’s own right (sudden thought: The Burrow on fire was my one major ‘WTF?!’-MOMENT). I think for me there was a point where I disassociated the films and books from obne another – I don’t know how that works in my brain but it kind of does…
Malfoy. Let’s talk about Malfoy. I know he had to be in this movie, but he’s so tiresome. And in Half Blood Prince, he looked for all the world like some mini-me version of a Cockney gangster… He was brilliantly viscious when he kicked a paralysed Potter in the face at the start of the movie.
Bizarrely I found myself like Tom Felton in this – I thought his acting had improved. I remember first reading the book and finding emo!Draco so grating (but since there was all the romance going on what happened to Draco and Moaning Myrtle?! OH AND WHY HAS REMUS/TONKS ALREADY OCCURRED… I always hated that pairing) – but I thought the look was good for him.
Everywhere you looked, pupils were snogging and groping each other on staircases. It was like some kind of bordello. Let’s not forget, that place has dungeons. I just never guessed that they were the S&M kind.
TRUE! Why was this? We barely saw anyone kissing in the previous films but all of a sudden they’re all constantly at it – even the extras!
On a related note, I much prefer Bonnie Wright’s plucky, straightforward Ginny Weasley to Emma Watson’s precious Hermione Granger. Hermione gets on my nerves soooo much. Grrr.
I’ll respond to this in the Witch Fight post 🙂
The plot point about Dumbledore being dead was that – as with Sirius – Harry had this father figure who he lost prematurely. They didn’t spend enough time reflecting on what this meant for Harry, so soon after the death of Sirius – he just decided to up-sticks and live as a fugitive in search of the rest of Voldemort’s Horcruxes.
This was a folly of the books as much as the films. Remember reading OotP – the whole thing was like Harry’s CAPSLOCK rant about how he LOST HIS PARENTS AND THEY ARE DEAD AND HE IS AN ORPHAN AND NONE OF YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE SO ALONE… yeah, he didn’t really dwell on anyone else’s deaths half as much.
I know that the Half Blood Prince inches the story along toward its conclusion and that inevitable final battle, but somewhere along the line, this franchise has lost its charm for me.
My colleague asked me today if this was the penultimate film and my response was:
‘No, there are two more and then I’m free. FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!’
In my heart of hearts I knew I’d never be free. It’s not lost its charm, in fact I think it grow for me the further away it seems the books were. I walked out of the cinema brimming with excitement for the next film.
- Luna rocked
- Bella rocked