All Kinds of Nonsense

Goblet of Fire is the first movie that really starts to leave things out. Considering the size of it, one can hardly be surprised that the smaller details are looked over in favor of moving the film along. Bill Weasley never makes an appearance (which is important because he never meets his future wife), Dobby’s new life as a free elf is skipped over entirely, and we almost never see the students actually sit down in a classroom to learn something. An entire year of schooling is completely overlooked. There’s also not a single Quiddich match….

But the one thing that really bothers me is that the movie completely skips over the part where Harry and Hermione train before the third task. In the book, Hermione reminds Harry that he must be prepared for anything, as they don’t have any clue what the third task will be. So they practice different types of spells, mostly offensive, to account for a variety of circumstances. Its terrible that they left this training sequence out because it makes all of Harry’s fighting skills appear natural during Order of the Phoenix when in actuality he owes much of what he knows to Hermione. Credit should be given where credit is due, I think, and so I wish that at the very least some mention had been made of their practice sessions.

Also: The Triwizard Tournament would have been a terrible spectator sport. How could the audience see anything when the competitors are being chased around in the air by a dragon, concealed underwater while fighting mer-people, and cloaked in fog as they wandered the maze. All they would have seen was the sky, the surface of the Black Lake, and some hedges.

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“You know those girls everyone loves to shit all over? The ones who really fucking love something? Those girls, man. They take all that energy, all that circulating fire in their veins, and instead of letting it destroy them, they choose to love, ferociously. Be it a band, or a book, or a series of films. They do it to keep themselves sane, and yet we mock them for it. Teenage girls find a buoy for themselves in the sea of emotional ruin, and they hold on tighter than anyone else.”
— Segment of “Why I Fucking Love Teenage Girls (A Personal Essay from an Almost Adult)” (via bundleofstring)

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“Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose, or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”
— Graham Greene, Ways Of Escape (via bibliophilebunny)
“There’s a limit to how much living can be done in a life without freedom.”
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One of the things that always confused me about Prisoner of Azkaban (book and movie) was Lupin’s ignorance of the truth.

He grew up with both Peter and Sirius; he must have known whom he could trust. Yes, Sirius clearly would have killed Peter. That part was made abundantly clear. But how could Lupin believe that Sirius would do it for no reason? 

I know we’re supposed to believe that Sirius went nuts and betrayed the Potters and therefore could believably have gone after Peter, too and that Lupin didn’t know that Sirius wasn’t the Secret Keeper. But how could he really believe that James’ best friend, the man who was like his brother, would do that? How could he not assume that there was a more rational explanation for why Sirius would go after Peter? How could he not make the connection that Sirius wasn’t the secret keeper and that he was actually avenging the death of those whom he considered more like family than his own?

And what confuses me even more: if Sirius wouldn’t take up the responsibility of Secret Keeper why didn’t the Potters ask Lupin before Peter?

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After re-watching Chamber of Secrets I’ve come to the conclusion that Ron is a highly under-appreciated character.

I mean, get this: he faced his biggest fear at age twelveHe literally walked into a den full of flesh eating giant spiders, his actual worst nightmare come to life, and managed to keep himself together (until it was actually time to run for his life).

HOW COOL IS THAT?!?!

If only we could all grow up to be as brave as 12 year old Ron.

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I’ve decided to marathon the Harry Potter movies over the next couple of days. Its been a while since I’ve watched them all, especially the first few. And you know what? I really love the first movie. Why?

The first movie includes so many of the little details that the later movies have to skip over in favor of plot. Because its a much shorter book, each scene introducing the school becomes that much more special and important to the overall movie. You get to see Hogwarts letters streaming into the Privet Drive house through the letter box. You get to see Harry holding his first wand. You get to see him open his first chocolate frog on the train and stuff his face with his new friend Ron. You get to see him learn to fly a broom and practice charms in Flitwick’s class. You get to see him marvel at what its like to have presents for the first time in his life!

I love the first movie because you get all of these world and character building moments in addition to all of the book’s plot and the mystery of the sorcerer’s stone. Its about atmosphere and not just Voldemort.

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