Monday, November 21, 2005


Am too lazy (not to mention too busy) to write cohesive, nicely structured post about Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, so just a few points. Oh, and it is by far the best HP film ever, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to crib:

1. Why do they always, but always, sacrifice the story for the spectacle? Can't a balance be found, ever? They just race through the parts of the story in which nobody is fighting anybody and then take their lazy time over the bits where they can show off their sf talents.

2. Is it probable that a real live dragon would be allowed to fly around Hogwarts with some five thousand potential victims around ?

3. How is anybody who doesn't almost know the book by heart supposed to understand anything if there isn't even the semblance of an effort to explain things? What happened to Barty Crouch, Sr? How did Barty Crouch Jr get out of Azkaban? How did he manage to make the switch with the real Mad-Eye? And come on, at least explain why he keeps taking swigs from his hip flask!

4. Emma Watson gets more and more irritating by the day. She has this terribly affected way of speaking, wears low-waist jeans to show off her trim figure and she's just SO not Hermione, and don't believe all these boys who keep raving about her. That's just because she's pretty.

5. Ralph Fiennes has super sexy feet and hands. He'll make a good Voldemort.

6. Draco Malfoy gets sexier and sexier.

7. The lake scenes are simply awesome.

8. The part where Sirius' head pops out of the fireplace was done totally wrong, methought.

9. There is much better chemistry between Harry and Hermione that between her and Ron. How will they resolve this problem later, I wonder?

10. They'll probably change Ginny in the book 6 movie, unless the current one suddenly blossoms or something, poor girl.


At November 21, 2005 4:55 PM, Blogger Sushmit said...

agree...somehow LOTR lived up to some part of the book. much more fab than HP anyway.

and btw....rumor has it that dumbleD isnt dead...the theories for the same sound convincing...

At November 21, 2005 6:07 PM, Blogger Rimi said...

sushmit, bud, Dubledore isn't dead is the obviousEST rumour you'd hear. i mean, come on! which isn't meant to imply that i don't want him back, but all the same...

and from the trailers, i think they overdid the special effects. god, i SO won't be able to deal with this if they ruin this film!

aside to shrabonti--don't you think EVERYBODY who goes to see the film will know the books by heart?

At November 21, 2005 6:42 PM, Blogger Jabberwock said...

"Is it probable that a real live dragon would be allowed to fly around Hogwarts with some five thousand potential victims around?" any of this "probable", strictly speaking? And was Sirius' head popping out of the fireplace wrong because it was improbable, or just wrong generally?

*retreats and waits for barrage of insults from Potter fans*

At November 21, 2005 8:00 PM, Blogger The Marauder's Map said...

Jabberwock, I just have one thing to say -- go read the books.

Sushmit: What theories? Really, I haven't heard this. And I call myself a Pottermaniac! Dhikkar hai! Kindly provide links/ whatever.

Rimi: I agree, it is kind of obvious (though reiterate that I didn't know they were flying about) but do you think J K Rowling would really stoop so low as to share plot devices with Kekta Kapoor serials?

And I know most people do know the books by heart, but then again, some do not. It's lazy film-making to take it for granted, though.

At November 21, 2005 8:51 PM, Blogger Raconteur said...

Well MM - I agree that GOF has turned out to be a good film....but with the stories getting more and more mature it is expected - though a bad director can easily spoil it.

On the points you have mentioned...
it is always a very difficult thing to make a film of a book AND not sacrifice the story. Since we read the story first and see the films later a bias will always be there for the story.

But the balance as you say can only happen if the maker treats the film as an 'independent film' and not as a 'conversion of the story into AV mode'. The best examples that come to my mind are Sonar Kella, Joy Baba Felunath and most of the Bond films where the films can be seen and enjoyed even by someone who has not read the books.

Voldemort and Draco will surely turn out to be the sexiest characters in the forthcoming movies. But Emma would surpass them all. Yes- she has become unlike the character in looks but then - SHE IS AWESOME!!!

HP and HG's chemistry is better even in the books.....which is why they will remian friends while Ron 'gets her'...HP's state would be like Black's who had James and Lily as best frnds.

All in all - a good spectacke. DEFINITELY a watch more than once.

At November 22, 2005 4:48 AM, Blogger A fool on the hill said...

Greek, all Greek to me. And now for a PJ:
Q: What is Rowling's favourite song?
A: Be Harry, dont worry!


At November 22, 2005 12:00 PM, Blogger Ron said...

I went for this movie with people who had not read the book, poor things they were TOTALLY lost. Even the concept of Death Eaters and the Dark Mark is not explained properly. Winky does not exist, there is no explaination as to why Neville is so upset on seeing the Cruciatus curse, or the Riddle housethe list goes on and on. But for those who have read the book this movie is a treat. Loved the scene where Voldemort comes back to life..very well done.

At November 22, 2005 2:50 PM, Blogger Sheetal said...

I can't keep on agreeing with you like this, dear girl, it's just too silly.
Still, it's got to be done - what were they thinking with that dragon, having it run amuck? Five precious minutes wasted that could've gone to the Quidditch World Cup.
As for Sirius' head, most disappointing - awful looking charcoal! shouldn't it have popped out of the fire?
And yep, they better recast Ginny in the fifth! pale creature, it is.

At November 22, 2005 5:15 PM, Blogger the still dancer said...

errr..wrt the dragon bit, one actually looks for plausibility in such things?
And here I was thinking they gave you two aspirin tablets with each film ticket and about a hundred with each book.

At November 22, 2005 11:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh goody! i was looking for some feedback on gof, and my suspicions seem confirmed, more or less. will still watch the movie though - add me to ur list of pottermaniacs! :)


At November 23, 2005 4:38 PM, Blogger AB said...

I have always thought that Harry and Hermione had a better chemistry. Especially after reading the last book.

At November 26, 2005 3:01 PM, Blogger Ron said...

this is totally unrelated to GOF post but I just saw your comment on one of my older posts, and well was trawling through your archives and came across your post on your PR woes. ki aar bolbo...unfortunately its very true. u do get all kinds of idiots in this field, although things are improving slightly. as for stupid calls to the media asking about editions etc, those calls are mostly made by interns. when there is not much actual work to be done, we saddle these innocent children with the horribly boring task of preparing publication profiles, media lists etc..they probably ask all media the same questions..
sorry for the irrelevant comment, but well, u did ask for the other perspective :-)

At November 27, 2005 6:42 PM, Blogger 4WD said...

If you buy the DVD version of the film, i'm sure it'll have a whole lot more.

Like LOTR. They actually filmed Tom Bombadil and all, but they counldn't include it, or the film would become a lot longer.

At November 30, 2005 11:39 AM, Blogger 4WD said...

The dragon. It started out chained, remember... then it got free.

Anyway, i don't like harry potts. Its too potty for me.

At November 30, 2005 2:49 PM, Blogger Parii said...

Who cares!! It was a great movie!!! :-))

At December 01, 2005 5:44 AM, Anonymous Saptak said...

For a moment I thought, you have turned techie ;-) - Search for GOF


Post a Comment

<< Home