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Just Saw The Harry Potter Film

And I loved it. Maybe my favorite along with the film adaptation of The Prisoner of Azkaban directed by Alfonso Cuarón--although the only one to make me cry was the film of Goblet of Fire--the reaction of Cedric's father when he finds out his son is dead did me in.

So, below some random reactions under a cut--just in case anyone would construe them as spoilers. Although we all know the plot by now, don't we? But the movieverse often does feel like an alternate universe, doesn't it?



1) Watching Snape (aka Alan Rickman). Just how much does it suck to be Severus Snape? Yes, I know Tom Riddle and Harry Potter had it bad as young orphans, Remus suffered from lycanthropy and Sirius all those years in prison, but man, somehow to me Snape had it the worst. The opening diverged from the book--at least that I can remember--Charity Burbage not just saying, "Severus, please" but calling him a friend. In that scene I just couldn't help but think of both Lily and Dumbledore crossing Snape's mind.

2) Watching Draco (aka Tom Felton). To me, at least, the expressions on his face said, "I am not enjoying this--I'm not a Death Eater at heart--please keep Auntie away from me..." *huggles poor Draco*

3) Watching Luna (aka Evanna Lynch). How awesome is she? Two little scenes, not more than five lines, and my heart breaks for her--and I couldn't help but feel, God, she's wonderful with Harry--especially comforting him after Dobby's death. Loads more chemistry there in the tiny bits with him in this film than all the scenes in all the films (and books) with Ginny put together.

4) Watching Harry and Hermione. I don't consider myself a Harry/Hermione fan--I've never sought out the fic, and though I like Harry, I didn't particularly get a shippy vibe from the books--and certainly the last book seemed to put paid to that pairing, with Harry only caring about Ginny and Hermione about Ron when they're alone together in the Forest of Dean. Well, it's different with the films, isn't it? Or for me it is--because I could read sexual tension there--or at least far, far, far more chemistry between Harry and Hermione as "just friends" than Hermione and Ron or Harry and Ginny. (A friend tells me she saw it as completely platonic--but hell, I do like them together.)

5) I loved the scene in the ministry--whoever those actors were, somehow I felt a Harry, Hermione and Ron vibe with each of them. And I loved the whole dark atmosphere--very noir, very Nazi-like but not. Sorta a Magical 1984.

6) And being reminded by quietselkie below, the animation of "The Tale of the Three Brothers" from Beedle the Bard was made of win.

7) The Silver Doe. One word: awesome.



And Oh, I'm writing again. Sorta. Sorta as in I'll never post what I have. I just did this little experiment and it took off before I knew it, just spilling out. I don't think I've written a thing in over a year. Unfortunately I don't think it works--unfortunate because there are good lines in it I wish I could use--or recycle--but doubt they'll ever quite fit elsewhere.

And yes, it was Snape/Hermione. For some reason those two still live in my brain, even though I still have this too-stuffed feeling of revulsion at trying to read any more fic in it--and if anything were to break it down, it would have been all the raves from friends about Lariope's Killing Time--so obviously I still need time away. Although if Bluestocking does one of her SS/HG Christmas specials, that might break my resolve...

Comments

gioiamia
Dec. 4th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
The animation sequence was just absolutely the most incredible surprise ever in this film. I continue to be in utter awe of whatever creative genius created it and whoever developed the idea to begin with and greenlit it. THANK YOU, mysterious producer somewhere out there! It was so, so, SO good.

And PoA was my favorite movie, too. I just found it visually stunning. (Which, btw, is WHY THE 2005 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE WAS SO AWESOME. That and the score. And Jane wasn't ugly. *snicker*)

I have to think it must be a real challenge for actors in these films to perform as someone else due to polyjuice potion. That's one thing that was definitely acted and directed quite well here.

I was disappointed that the ministry scene didn't include the warning to Mr. Weasley, but that was rather minor in the end, as was the fact that Harry didn't take Mad-Eye's mad eye.

And I agree with you about Evanna Lynch's performance. Her casting remains one of the best things about this film series. I also get a kick out of her interviews in which she advocates things like Dumbledore/Luna as a ship. Hehe!

And speaking of actors with tiny roles in this film, how about Neville? I loved the fact that they wrote in such a tiny line for him which did a great job of summing up his character in the last book. He was there in Harry's place, with all the brash, obnoxious, courageous leadership he could offer.

And while you know I do think that Harry and Ginny had chemistry in the book - I've always felt that they had a quiet kinship and understanding that Harry, as a hopeless teenage boy, was just never very good at explaining, but from which he derived immense comfort - I absolutely agree with you that there was something magical about Harry and Hermione in this film. The dance scene - wasn't that Excellent? I thought he was going to kiss her for a moment, but then it quickly slipped into something better; something that expressed the depth of their closer-than-siblings love for one another. It really was sweet.

Now as for you writing... *points to icon* ...I think a part of you will always belong to Hermione, and if you're going to be true to yourself, it is important that you focus on nurturing that part of your soul. So there.

harmony_bites
Dec. 4th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
THANK YOU, mysterious producer somewhere out there! It was so, so, SO good.

I liked your comment on your own post, about what a brilliant solution it was, that made a virtue of a problem--neither live action nor Hermione simply narrating the story would have done as well. It was just so well done. And I too thought of Tim Burton when I saw it.

(Which, btw, is WHY THE 2005 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE WAS SO AWESOME. That and the score. And Jane wasn't ugly. *snicker*)

*gags*

I also get a kick out of her interviews in which she advocates things like Dumbledore/Luna as a ship.

Heh heh. Well, if Dumbles wasn't gay... They actually have a similar way about them---I never thought of that before. That mixture of goofy but wise. (Except Luna isn't evil)

And while you know I do think that Harry and Ginny had chemistry in the book - I've always felt that they had a quiet kinship and understanding that Harry, as a hopeless teenage boy, was just never very good at explaining, but from which he derived immense comfort

I never saw that frankly. The whole Harry falling for her seemed to just come out of no where in Book Six (as did Remus/Tonks). I also think they're about the most boring couple ever. Even Ron and Hermione at least have a conflict and contrast. But Harry and Ginny? I also admit the fact she has red hair like his mom creeps me out a bit--it seems so incestuous. But I also rather hate how Rowling matched Gryffindors together. It's not just that I found the demonization of a whole group of children with the Slytherins disturbing, but just how the Gryffindors hog all the attention. I would have loved if Harry had wound up with someone like Cho or Luna and not another Gryffindor.

And in the films, it's arguably even worse than the books--I just see absolutely No spark between those actors.

I absolutely agree with you that there was something magical about Harry and Hermione in this film. The dance scene - wasn't that Excellent?

I know one friend who saw it as completely platonic, and another who described it as "awkward." I definitely saw more there. Ron had good reason to be jealous :-)

Now as for you writing... *points to icon* ...I think a part of you will always belong to Hermione, and if you're going to be true to yourself, it is important that you focus on nurturing that part of your soul. So there.

Not that you're biased or anything *points to icon*
harmony_bites
Dec. 4th, 2010 06:19 am (UTC)
Oh, and I almost put Neville on the list--but seven seemed such an appropriate number :-) But yes, that tiny moment hit me as just pitch perfect in hinting at what's to come.