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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

silburygirl
Dec. 6th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
The silhouette style of the animated sequence was utterly gorgeous. I love stylized animation more than words can possibly express, and that was an absolutely perfect example of why it works.

The dance scene with Harry and Hermione was awkward, but that was what was so charming about it. It's a nice, silly moment when everyone is at their most miserable. And it did come across as platonic to me, not because there was no chemistry, but because there is the moment when they could kiss and they both walk away from it. Perfect choice of song, there, too.

Also, Draco... Draco, Draco, Draco. I just want to hug him, poor dear. I love him so very much.

And the Snape scene was fantastic.
harmony_bites
Dec. 6th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
I love stylized animation more than words can possibly express, and that was an absolutely perfect example of why it works.

It was brilliant. Simply watching Hermione narrate it or fading into a live action (or even traditional Disneyesque animation) just wouldn't have worked the way this did.

And it did come across as platonic to me, not because there was no chemistry, but because there is the moment when they could kiss and they both walk away from it.

I was wondering how it was that I could see such a different movie in that scene than others, but that interpretation rather explains why I can see chemistry, even sexual tension, another can see "awkward" and yet another platonic.

Also, Draco... Draco, Draco, Draco. I just want to hug him, poor dear. I love him so very much.

I know you do. I don't know that I do exactly. I go back and forth about his character--I don't see him as evil or vicious (unlike his father *cough*) but I don't see him as admirable, nor necessarily sympathetic--it can depend on how you read between the lines. The film is a different story though--there it was obvious in Felton's acting--to me anyway--that he was NOT happy as a Death Eater, recognized his classmates, but was torn and did NOT want to identify them.

And the Snape scene was fantastic.

One scene and for me he rather stole the show--cuz sucks to be him.