Rereading While Waiting for the Film

Kreacher's Tale.

That's the chapter I'm on right now in my reread of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (can't see the film tonight, unfortunately; have to wait for my sister to come to town, so I'll be seeing it - I hope! - on Monday).

I remember reading an interview once where Rowling mentioned that the filmmakers had decided to cut Kreacher when making The Order of the Phoenix, and she said no! you're going to need him later on!

It boggles my mind to think that the directors and producers hadn't read the entire series before embarking on the project. Books are always better than the movie versions (99% of the time), and that's one of the main reasons why: authors are fully invested in the story and can see all the nuances at a glance. Filmmakers? Not so much, at least when their film is based on a novel or short story. But why don't they care?

Yet even Peter Jackson and The Lord of the Rings... Okay, I won't go there. How many times can we - sorry, I - rehash that?

There is one thing I adore about the Harry Potter films and that's the casting. Everyone looks exactly the way I pictured them, especially my favourites, Lupin and Snape and so on. I do hope they don't make the ending too sappy.

The Marauder's Map Screensaver!

Just think - when the books first appeared, I avoided them altogether because I thought they would be badly written everyone-loves-'em-so-they-must-suck fads. It was only when The Prisoner of Azkaban came out, and my sister borrowed all three from a friend, that I sat down to read them and see what I'd been criticising.

Sure didn't take long for me turn into a devotee. You know, one of those that ordered same-day delivery for The Goblet of Fire, woke up at 8am to wait for the mail, then ignored houseworkfamilyfriendswork for the next two days as I devoured it. I've had a great time rereading them all each year before the films come out.



Jillybean said…
How did I know this post had to do with Harry Potter? [bg]

I avoided them for the same reason you did. My cousin was into them, though, and lent me the ones I did read. At the time, though...I dunno, I was just sort of 'meh.'

I think they deserve another shot, if only to get a laugh out of "Offensive Botany" -- heard the term the other day, attributed to something in the HP universe, and CRACKED. UP. [g]

Enjoy the film! I'll probably see it...after the crowds die down...I can't stand being in a noisy theater. Pet peeve!
S.P. Bowers said…
I loved the books. Not so much on the movie. I like the casting of the main three and Alan Rickman is always a favorite but the writers and directors have ruined them for me. I was so dissapointed in number six I haven't yet seen the first half of seven. I will eventually....
Su said…
I was totally lucky in "discovering" the books... I moved to Scotland right after Philosopher's Stone came out, and a friend's kid convinced me to read it. So I call myself one of the original fans. ;)

However, I haven't seen any of the movies since Goblet of Fire. I've pretty much gone off movies that are adapted from books. Will I see this one eventually? I don't know.
Glynis said…
I will be seeing the film in a few days. I love the character match too, they cast them well.
Hart Johnson said…
I think Kreacher's tale was the sobbiest mess I was that book with the single exception of Dobby's death. I had delayed for different reasons, but i had the same concern... the concern that was TRUE in the case of Twilight--all this hype can't possiblyt be merited... but Rowling had me immediately and forever...
Was book 7 out when they filmed 5? I don't think so, which is part of the problem.

The elves and mirror were two parts glaringly absent in 5. I wondered how they'd deal with them in 7. The mirror comes out of nowhere in 7 part I, never having been in any of the movies. And I think they glazed over Kreacher in 7 as well.

Oh well. Nitpicks in an otherwise well-done series.
Len Lambert said…
Hi Deniz. I'm reading book 7 right now. I've read the first 4 books. Now I'm getting confused with some details because I haven't read 5 & 6. Will see the film after reading.
Deniz Bevan said…
Hey Jill - offensive botany? That's funny. The Venomous Tentacula sure is. Among people who haven't read them, one of the complaints is that Rowling just rehashes a lot of fantasy and fairy tale tropes, but I think she actually managed to take them, breathe new life into them and add lots of side discoveries of her own. Love the books! The movies...

I'm with you on that Sara. The movies are rather meh. Cutting out the best lines, etc. Except the casting. Great casting!

I don't know what's wrong with me, Su - I watch the movies and then I sit there and complain about how they're not like the books.

The casting's great Glynis! Thanks for coming by :-)

Oh yea, I'm with you Hart. I didn't want to say it, but I tried reading Twilight and couldn't get past chapter one.

You might be right, Theresa, that book 7 wasn't out at the time. It seems to me everything comes out of the blue in the movies, if you haven't read the books! Ah well, I'm not complaining, I love rereading :-)

Funny, Len, how come you didn't read books 5 and 6? I'll reread them for you! :-)
Naina Gupta said…
You'll probably disown me for this but I only read the first book, and that was because we had to read it in English class.
Anyhow, I always thought Hermione was supposed to be a bucked tooth girl with frizzy hair. The other characters, I agree are how you would imagine them, but it was just her characterisation that didn't make sense to me.
Deniz Bevan said…
Hermione *is* supposed to be a buck toothed girl with frizzy hair! Movies are never as good as the books...

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