Imagination is more powerful than a movie
When you read the Harry Potter books, you can picture the characters looking and behaving in the exact way that makes the most sense to you. However, in the movies, the directors and actors force their interpretations onto you.
Stuff is left out of the movies
It’s inevitable that, for time’s sake, the movies can’t include the full range of parallels and references that make the books so fabulous. But the parts that are cut out aren’t irrelevant. For example, the movies leave out the sassy strength of Ginny Weasley’s character and what was in Dumbledore’s last letter to Petunia Dursley. Most drastically, the entire plotline with Dobby and the other house-elves is dropped from all the movies. Also, in the movies, we do not get to hear what Harry – or anyone else – is thinking. Perhaps viewers are meant to deduce his thoughts from the music, framing and expression on the actor’s face. However, that scene is a lot more accessible when thoughts are written out on the page.
Movies grow old but books never do
No matter how many years pass, when you read the books, the characters, scenes and action that you see in your imagination will be relevant to your time period. In contrast, the movies get dated, and their special effects eventually look old-fashioned. Plus, the images of the characters you create in your head remain unchanged, keeping the stories timeless. The actors in all of the Harry Potter movies, however, inevitably age and move on to other roles. Seeing a grown-up Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in other movies or entertainment takes away part of the charm of their original roles when we go back to view them again.
My star ratings for books is :
The characters come to life
When you read the books, it takes time to learn each character’s traits and features until they appear in your mind. When you watch the movies, however, you get the full force of each character’s personality the first time they appear on screen. Plus, while not all characters are fully developed in the book, the actors’ personalities shine through in each movie, no matter how minor their parts. Not to mention the inspired casting for the movies. Gilderoy Lockhart in book two, for example, makes more of the phony teacher than Rowling could. Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort gave more menance to the part than the print villain. And Julie Walters made Molly Weasley into everyone’s dream mother.
Background music and special effects provide new depth
The movies’ music and special effects are among their added value. The soundtrack to each movie enhances the drama, comedy and pathos of the storyline in a way which a book can’t convey. John Williams’ iconic “ Hedwig’s Theme” became the starlight of all the Harry Potter movies; his magical music set the tone for movies one through three. Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplat deliberately wrote darker music for the darker Harry Potter movies four to eight.
Let’s not forget that Harry Potter is all about magic, and isn’t magic meant to be seen, not just read? This is where the movies’ special effects enhance the books’ magic scenes, action and mystical creatures. While the Quidditch matches are fun in the books, they are downright exhilarating when you watch Harry soar around the goals in the movies. Similarly, Dumbledore’s duel with Voldemort in Harry Potter five heightens the plot’s tension. Plus, the stories’ creatures, such as Hippogriffs, house elves and dragons, are more spellbinding in the movies!
Some changes are for the better
By adapting certain parts of the storyline, the changes in the Harry Potter movies make the series more intense. One example is the death of Hedwig. In the book, she accidentally dies, and no one gets any opportunity to mourn her, especially not Harry. In the movie, Hedwig sacririces herself to protect Harry when he’s ambushed by Death Eaters. It gives a non-human character the ending that she deserves and lets Harry – and all the viewers – mourn her properly. And the movie’s decision to show the torture of Hermoine by Bellatrix Lestrange adds to the tension of the cinematic moment.
My star ratings for movies is :
ACCORDING TO ME NOTHING IS BETTER THAN READING A BOOK!!
WHAT ABOUT YOU ??
- Nancy Drew – The Mystery Of Old Clock
- Un – doubt your doubts
- 25 + posts that I have published till date