Thursday, 7 January 2016

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #15

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a meme hosted by Leah @ Uncorked Thoughts and Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews. The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself!

If you could change one thing from the second film, what would it be?

Unlike the first film, which I saw before reading or even knowing about the book (it's hard to imagine that there had ever been such a time when I knew nothing about Harry Potter!), I saw the second film after reading the book and I found the transition from page onto screen somewhat disappointing and underwhelming. That's not to say that I did not like the film - in fact, I was re-watching it just the other day – but I'd made the horrible mistake of expecting to see things in the way I had imagined them while reading the book and that can never be good. It did make me have a huge crush on Lucius Malfoy, though. But then again, even my mom had one! He-he. Anyway, what I was really looking forward to seeing and what came as a massive blow when I didn't was the ending – the impromptu all-night Hogwarts feast as it was. I honestly thought that they would film it just like in the book instead of taking out several bits and leaving the actual fun part out! 

Harry had been to several Hogwarts feasts, but never one quite like this. Everybody was in their pyjamas, and the celebrations lasted all night. Harry didn't know whether the best bit was Hermione running towards him, screaming, 'You solved it! You solved it' or Justin hurrying over from the Hufflepuff table to wring his hand and apologise endlessly for suspecting him, or Hagrid turning up at half past three, cuffing Harry and Ron so hard on the shoulders that they were knocked into their plates of trifle, or his and Ron's four hundred points securing Gryffindor the House Cup for the second year running, or Professor McGonagall standing up to tell them all that the exams had been cancelled as a school treat ('Oh no!' said Hermione), or Dumbledore announcing that, unfortunately, Professor Lockhart would be unable to return next year, owing to the fact that he needed to go away and get his memory back. Quite a few of the teachers joined in the cheering that greeted this news. 'Shame,' said Ron, helping himself to a jam doughnut. 'He was starting to grow on me.'  (CoS, Chapter 18)

This is such an excellent scene! Would it kill them to film it just like that?


  1. I agree! It would have been nice to see everyone letting their hair down, so to speak, in such a casual feast full of fun and friendship. I love the idea of them all being in their pj's for some nighttime eating and I don't think we saw Justin apologizing after the whole thinking Harry was evil fiasco. Excellent choice!

  2. I definitely would have preferred the book ending over the movie ending. The film's last scene was in the Great Hall anyway, so why not go with showing the all-night festivities? Lol!

  3. The book ending is definitely better than the movie one here - but then again, as bookish people we generally feel that way right?! Personally the second book was never my favourite so the second movie isn't either. It's not that I don't love it - because I DO - it's just that out of 7 fantastic books (8 movies) some of them are bound to be less impressive than others...

    1. I understand what you mean. But there were lots of fun moments in the book that, if they had been included in the movie, would have made it so much better. Sometimes I have to wonder at the choices the people who shoot movies make...