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THE QUIBBLER: The Thread that Discusses the Truth about Harry Potter (SPOILERS!)
Topic by: hamano
Posted: April 19, 2004 - 11:02 AM PDT
Last Reply: July 31, 2009 - 9:50 PM PDT

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author topic: THE QUIBBLER: The Thread that Discusses the Truth about Harry Potter (SPOILERS!)
hamano
post #201  on December 23, 2006 - 6:53 AM PST  
OK, I'll quit quibbling...

Hallow Kitty
Ursus
post #202  on December 23, 2006 - 9:52 AM PST  
Fiendishly Cute! ...and Funny!
IronS
post #203  on February 1, 2007 - 11:54 AM PST  
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is coming out on July 21st! Mark your calendars for the Harry Potter party at your local booksellers!
hamano
post #204  on February 1, 2007 - 12:48 PM PST  
I got an e-mail from Amazon.com today reminding me to pre-order it....
hamano
post #205  on February 25, 2007 - 7:18 AM PST  
Harry Potter naked, with a horse (and a girl)
hamano
post #206  on July 14, 2007 - 6:27 PM PDT  
I asked for chicken, but I think I got an order of the phoenix instead...

Finally a Harry Potter film that I was able to enjoy from start to finish. No artsy affectations, no cheesy sentimentalism. Good pacing, good (if not memorable) music, nice special effects. Also, I know they left a lot of the book out as they did with all of the previous films, but this is the first time I really didn't MISS something from the book that they cut. This one had very little mention of The Quibbler but the actress playing Luna was very lovable. She made up for the lack of Moaning Myrtle, my previous "favorite HP movie character". In fact, no ghosts at all in this one. Quidditch was entirely left out of this film, and there was only one major broom flying scene.

If I was to Quibble I would say that the final showdown between Dumbledore and Voldemort felt a LOT like the Obi Wan vs. Darth duel from the first Star Wars film.

I came away unimpressed from even the Alfonso Quaron helmed Goblet of Fire, which many critics had inexplicably liked. Maybe it's because it's been so many years now since I read the Order of the Phoenix book, but I had fun.

(When I say "fun" I mean in a movie watching sense. The story and atmosphere in this film was rather grim and foreboding.)
underdog
post #207  on July 16, 2007 - 6:13 PM PDT  
> On July 14, 2007 - 6:27 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I asked for chicken, but I think I got an order of the phoenix instead...
>
> Finally a Harry Potter film that I was able to enjoy from start to finish. No artsy affectations, no cheesy sentimentalism. Good pacing, good (if not memorable) music, nice special effects. Also, I know they left a lot of the book out as they did with all of the previous films, but this is the first time I really didn't MISS something from the book that they cut. This one had very little mention of The Quibbler but the actress playing Luna was very lovable. She made up for the lack of Moaning Myrtle, my previous "favorite HP movie character". In fact, no ghosts at all in this one. Quidditch was entirely left out of this film, and there was only one major broom flying scene.
>
> If I was to Quibble I would say that the final showdown between Dumbledore and Voldemort felt a LOT like the Obi Wan vs. Darth duel from the first Star Wars film.
>
> I came away unimpressed from even the Alfonso Quaron helmed Goblet of Fire, which many critics had inexplicably liked. Maybe it's because it's been so many years now since I read the Order of the Phoenix book, but I had fun.
>
> (When I say "fun" I mean in a movie watching sense. The story and atmosphere in this film was rather grim and foreboding.)
> ---------------------------------

I totally agree with your assessment of this one, Hamano. I thought it was one of the most solidly made Potter films. They cut out a lot of the extraneous, overlong bits from the book and the storytelling was solid. Imelda Staunton was superb!

And I agree, that last battle felt a LOT like Obi Wan vs. Darth Vader. I think I even quietly quipped to my g/f, or myself, "Voldemort is your father, Harry." "noooo!"

Btw, Alfonso Cuaron directed Prisoner of Azkaban. The last one was directed by Mike Newell. I really liked Azkaban - still my favorite movie and book. That, this one and the first.

hamano
post #208  on July 16, 2007 - 6:46 PM PDT  
> On July 16, 2007 - 6:13 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Btw, Alfonso Cuaron directed Prisoner of Azkaban. The last one was directed by Mike Newell. I really liked Azkaban - still my favorite movie and book. That, this one and the first.

Oh yeah, you're right. I lost count. Not that it really matters because even Azkeban was disappointing to me. That was my favorite book, and now I just think Cuaron is kinda overrated....

IMHO none of the HP films, including this one, was as much fun as the first Charlies Angels film, even. At best they're very workmanlike adaptations of popular books, at worst they're just fan-pandering author worshiping dreck. LOTR and Narnia were much better. I've got two copies of Deathly Hallows on order, one for pickup at the local Barnes and Noble at midnight, and one being delivered by Amazon the next day. I'm gonna send one to my sister in Japan... I just wanted to make sure we got the "preferential treatment" at the midnight magic party at B&N....
woozy
post #209  on July 29, 2007 - 11:41 AM PDT  
Wow!! Who'd have guessed that Harry Potter was really a Robot and Hermione was the real Harry transformed as a girl?!?! What a twist ending!

Okay, so who's read the Deathly Hallows and what'd you think? A thought it was pretty good. The best of the last four I think and a good and fair ending to the series although I did think all the deaths were a bit gratuitous.

My biggest complaint would be that she assumes readers have a photographic memory of the former books.

I do have a question though. How does the sorting hat recover the sword of Gryffendor?
underdog
post #210  on December 17, 2008 - 1:31 PM PST  
Still a ways off but now that I've seen the trailer for the next Harry Potter film: The Half Blood Prince, I feel more excited about it.

Granted it's just a trailer, so who knows.

But the book seemed so problematic as far as adapting it goes, so much of it is flashbacks/backstory, but maybe that opened it up more for the screenwriter/filmmakers. They got rid of some of the flashbacks, I've heard. Anyway... July 2009 seems so far away.

Then they're doing the final book in two movies, is that correct? Sheesh.
IronS
post #211  on July 30, 2009 - 8:33 PM PDT  
In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", did anyone else think the Inferi looked like a flock of Gollums?

And why didn't the movie focus more on Snape since he was in the title (he was the Half-Blood Prince)? And, when Harry was in the Room of Requirements to lose the potions book, couldn't Yates show the diadem (very important later)?

Good movie overall.
hamano
post #212  on July 30, 2009 - 9:28 PM PDT  
I guess I should just give up on seeing "good acting" in Harry Potter movies by now. But you'd think the main kid actors would have improved a bit by now. Sure Emily Watson is growing up to be quite a looker, but she and the other students are uniformly undistinguished. Have they never heard of acting lessons? I could bear to watch only Luna. The guy who plays Draco got to do some angsty acting that was a bit of a pleasant surprise but really a little little bit. The Ginny character is almost totally unsalvageable... I don't want to be mean to the actress, but they TOTALLY miscast that character. She's supposed to be "the leading lady" at this point but she looks and acts like a two-bit character actor.

Mao-chan was typically disappointed by the adaptation from the book, but instead of being angry like before she was just making fun of it with her friend who is also a big HP fan.
Cinenaut
post #213  on July 31, 2009 - 8:26 AM PDT  
Good thing the kids are surrounded by scene-stealing British character actors.

troublemaker
post #214  on July 31, 2009 - 5:12 PM PDT  
> On July 31, 2009 - 8:26 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Good thing the kids are surrounded by scene-stealing British character actors.
>
>
> ---------------------------------

Haha. You have to wonder though where the films would stand without the illustrious cast that comprise the adults in the HP-verse. I think it's pretty fair to say when you watch these movies you basically view the young-actors to be a wash, setting yourself for limited expectations, but consider it evened out by the superb performances from the professors, etc... At this point I just watch the films for the CG eye-candy and try to minimize my quibbles with the disjointed storyline and bits of poor performences.
hamano
post #215  on July 31, 2009 - 7:44 PM PDT  
> On July 31, 2009 - 8:26 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Good thing the kids are surrounded by scene-stealing British character actors.
> ---------------------------------

Blah, I think the HP movies just give the character actors a chance to ham it up. None of them are doing anything close to their best work. They get to wear outlandish costumes, then they overact or just phone in their performances. Let me know if any of them ever does a subtle, top notch performance.

I thought the best actor in the bunch was Helen McCrory.

Hey, did they recruit Willie Nelson to play Argus Filch, or is that the same actor that played the character before?
Cinenaut
post #216  on July 31, 2009 - 9:50 PM PDT  
I think Alan Rickman does a great job of being Snapey.
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