The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge #3

Welcome back for the third day of The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge. As you know by now (sort of), Leannaatc @Short Story Long has this idea of a month full of Harry Potter and you can find the prompt for each day here here.

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– Day 3: Is there anything in the film adaptations that annoyed you? – 

Oh, well, I’m so glad you’ve asked! When I first saw this question I thought I would have to think deep and hard about it, but no, there are several things that annoyed me in the adaptations, but most had to do with the constraints of time when adapting a 400 pages novel to screen.

There is one thing though, that had nothing to do with time, and that to this day annoys the hell out of me. Book-Ron Vs Movie-Ron!

I love both Ron’s, seriously, as I said in The Harry Potter Tag, Ron is one of my favorite characters and I have a slight (huge) crush on Rupert Grint (mainly because I think he does comedy so well), but that does not make me blind to what they took out of Ron when they transferred him onto the screen.

                          

It started on the first movie, and then I guess it would be too much of a hassle to do him right, and also, Ron became sort of the comic relief for the movies (which again, is fine and all, but it’s not Ron – Book Ron is super funny as well). When the trio falls into the Devil’s Snare, Hermione is the one who panics in the book, while Ron always maintains a cool head. Actually, Book-Ron is ALWAYS cool-headed in stressful situations, and it is Hermione who panics. I honestly don’t know why they role-reversed it on the movies…

Ron defends Hermione when Snape calls her a “know-it-all”!

Also, it is Ron, with a broken leg, that stand in front of Harry, before Sirius (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and tells him that if he wants to murder Harry, he has to go through him first. See? Book-Ron is funny, cool-headed, brave, super loyal, kind and kicks-ass!

“If you want to kill Harry, you’ll have to kill us too!” he said fiercely, though the effort of standing upright was draining him of still more color, and he swayed slightly as he spoke.

“Lie down,” [Sirius] said quietly to Ron. “You will damage that leg even more.”

“Did you hear me?” Ron said weakly, though he was clinging painfully to Harry to stay upright. “You’ll have to kill all three of us!”

He defends Hermione on more than one occasion, even when his own mother thinks the worst of her because of the tabloid news, it is Ron who sets it right! One important thing as well, is that within the main trio Ron is the only one with knowledge of the wizarding world. Everytime they need reference or explanations, or something like that, it is Ron to the rescue.

So yeah, this is probably the thing that most annoys me because it’s current throughout the 8 movies.


– Day 1: Favorite Book? – 

– Day 2: Favorite Movie? –

The 2014 Quidditch World Cup Final (and what we learned from it)

Yesterday, the Quidditch World Cup Final was finally upon us, and with it, a long promised update with full coverage of the event by no others than Rita Skeeter and Ginny Potter!!! J.K. Rowling published the whole coverage of the match on Pottermore.

Amazingly, the coverage from Rita’s part focused entirely on the VIP box, and we learned so much about our favorite wizards and witches! Albus Potter doesn’t mind supporting a different team than his family; Rose has Ron’s hair, but Hugo took after Hermione; Luna married in “rainbows, spangles and a tiara made of silver unicorn horn.”; Neville is Albus godfather (I cried on this one…); Ron and Hermione show some PDA; Ron roots for Brazil – he doesn’t want Krum to win, given that he dated Hermione and all…; Rolf Scamander and Charlie Weasley are totally bros, also, Charlie never married; Teddy Lupin and Victoire can’t take their hands off each other… Billy had to intervene; Albus almost falls off the booth and Ron catches him, while Harry just gives him the sweets that Luna baked; Harry and Neville are close; Hermione kept her maiden name; George is wealthy; Harry who?! Ginny is my new hero… maybe because she just jinxed Rita Skeeter…

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London: Day 4 – Harry Potter Day!

My fourth day in London, Thursday 21st November, was my Harry Potter day, that is, it was the day I made the journey to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter and saw Hogwarts!

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To my surprise, the whole entrance in the studio and everything is extremely well organized. I hardly waited in any lines. I got there, went to retrieve my entrance ticket, and proceeded to the hall with access to the shop and bar, to wait my time of entrance. I got into the shop and immediatly realized that I was in big trouble, because I wanted to buy everything… =/ Also had time to try another amazing latte from Starbucks: Gingerbread Latte (this and eggnog are the flavours we don’t get around here). The entrance was decorated with an amazing Christmas tree, covered in snow and photos of all the characters around the walls. There was also a Ford Anglia hanging from the ceiling and a giant Time-Turner.

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Getting in, we are first led to a room where we hear the story of how the first book was brought to screen and then we go to a theatre where the three main characters explain to us that this studio was their home for 10 years, how they were a family and the most important people in this “world” are the ones we never get to see. Finally, the screen comes up to reveal the doors to the Great Hall!

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Smaller than it appears on the movies, but still huge for a movie set, the Great Hall is amazing, with all it’s details, stone floor, fireplaces and Christmas decorations. At the end of the Great Hall, we can see the clothes worn by the main Professors. Snape is the only professor who never changes his wardrobe throughout the 8 movies (except for the side of his cape, for the dramatic effect of HP & the Deathly Hallows pt 2), given that Alan Rickman felt that his character would maintain his clothes unchanged.

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After leaving the Great Hall, we go to the sound studios, where the rest of the sets and props are. Amazing to see how they accomplished to film such a variety of scenes on back to back sets of completely different places. All sets were decorated for Christmas.

Just a small guide to the picture below (from left to right, top to bottom): Ron’s bed in the boy’s dormitory, Leaky Cauldron’s inn corridor, The Burrow, several articles os WW and other printed stuff from the art department, several props such as the golden snitch or the deluminator, notices from Umbridge’s reign over Hogwarts, Magic is Might statue from the Ministry of Magic, access to Dumbledore’s office.

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When I say the Magic is Might monument, I almost teared up… so sad! But the display of the wands has to be my favourite piece in there (if you see the full size picture, you can read all the names)! Also, when I “grow up” I want to own all the wands and display them like this…

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After we see a lot of sets, clothes, wigs, props, brooms and how they work, the Ministry fireplaces and all that, we are then taken outside to see the exterior sets. There we see nº4 Privet Drive, the Potter’s destroyed house, Hogwarts bridge, the 3 decker Knight bus, the chest pieces from HP1, Tom Riddle’s grave and statue featured in HP4 and we have Butterbeer. I had read a lot of things about butterbeer, mainly that it wasn’t good, but I loved it. True that it’s a bit sweet, but it’s unlike anything I ever tasted before… although, several hours later and three meals after, I still had that sweet taste in my mouth.

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Then, we enter the exposition of the mechanics and prosthetics and so on, where we see a lot of creatures used in the movies as well as the prosthetics of all the goblins, etc. I had no idea that they used a mechanical head for some shots of Hagrid (given his size), or that Lupin’s werewolf was not totally CGI, or that all the creatures such as the dragons, basilisk, etc, were at least partially built and they moved! Mandrakes, Mer people, giant’s heads, Buckbeak, Dobby, Goblins and dying Voldemort, amongst other things.

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Then we take a few steps and we’re on Diagon Alley (full of Muggles)!

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Ollivander’s, Flourish and Blotts, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Eeylops Owl Emporium and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shops are some amongst many others that we can see.

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From then, we enter the world of architecture, art and models. It’s amazing the amount of planning and time that went to the planning and building of the amazing and fantastic world of Harry Potter.

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And then we finally get to Hogwarts! And I was loving the studio tour so far, bur this, well… this is something else! It’s Hogwarts!

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Words cannot really express how amazing this is, it’s totally magical!

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Just before we reach the shop, we go through the “inside of Ollivander’s shop”, with some Easter Eggs. You’re supposed to find the names of the actors and so on, on the boxes of wands! I found: Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, JK Rowling, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Evanna Lynch, Matt Lewis, Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Mark Williams and Ralph Fiennes.

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Off we go to the gift shop! So, remember my problem of not knowing which wand to choose? I ended up buying four wands… yes, four!!! But just one for me =(. My eldest niece asked me for the Harry Potter wand and my youngest niece just wanted a wand… so, if I was bringing wands for both of them, I had to get one for my nephew…

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Hermione’s is mine, is just so gorgeous! Harry Potter’s for my niece, Bellatrix’s for my other niece (she sometimes reminds me of Bella… and the wand is just beautiful). For my nephew I picked up Voldemort’s because I honestly fell in love with the wand and I’m secretly hoping that he won’t want it…

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I also bought a box of bertie botts every flavor beans and a chocolate frog, for Christmas =)

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I got back to London relatively early, so I went for the complete HP package and went to Kings Cross, but platform 9 3/4 was packed with people and I could get a decent shot without anyone in it.

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That was it! My Harry Potter day =D!!!! AMAZING!!!!! So happy I went to the studios, I honestly think I will be back there each time I go to London… also, I now have a goal of owning every wand that is on sale… they’re precious!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Book vs. Movie

This is probably one of my favorite book of the series, loosing, obviously, to the Half Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Book vs. Movie

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Book vs. Movie

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Let’s start from the beginning: Harry Potter, aware of the Restrictions of Underage Wizards for the Use of Magic, does not preform the Lumos or Lumos Maxima spell while reading and doing his homework. Instead, he uses a simple torch to do his homework without his uncle knowing and hides all his stuff under a floorboard.

On his birthday, Harry receives a Pocket Sneakoscope from Ron, a Broomstick Servicing Kit from Hermione and The Monster Book of Monsters from Hagrid. Ron’s letter also informs him that Mr Weasley got a money prize, allowing him to have a new wand, and that they all went to Egypt to visit Bill: “Harry scanned the moving photograph, and a grin spread across his face as he saw all nine of the Weasleys waving furiously at him…Right in the middle of the picture was Ron, tall and gangling, with his pet rat, Scabbers, on his shoulder…“.

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Aunt Marge comes to Privet Drive to stay for a few days. During this time, Harry promises he’ll be on his best behavior, in order to get his uncle to sign the permissions form that allows him to visit Hogsmeade during the school year. He blows her up after she’s already been there for a few days and after enduring her treatment and horrible manners for a while. After being blown up, she doesn’t wander off, instead she floats up to the ceiling.

After boarding the Knight Bus, Harry claims to be Neville Longbottom, thinking that if the Ministry finds him, they might arrest him for performing magic outside of school.

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Harry spends a good amount of time in The Leaky Cauldron! He visits Diagon Alley daily, where he sits eating ice cream and doing his homework. When he finally meets up with Ron and Hermione, the three of them go to the Magical Menagerie, in order for Ron to get a “Rat Tonic”, given that Scabbers isn’t looking that well, and Hermione has her mind set on getting an owl, ending up buying Crookshanks instead.

During the Dementor’s attack in the Hogwarts Express, Ginny and Neville are in the same compartment as Harry, Ron, Hermione and Lupin.

When they get to the Castle, Professor McGonagall calls Harry and Hermione, so that Harry can be examined by Madam Pomfrey and so that Hermione can receive her Time-Turner in private. This causes both of them to miss the sorting ceremony.

During their first class of Care of Magical Creatures, there are a lot of Hippogriffs around, the movie however, only shows Buckbeak. Also, when Harry rides on Buckbeak, they only fly once around the paddock.

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Given Malfoy’s injury, Snape makes Ron and Harry assist Malfoy in the preparation of his potion during class.

In the book, Peeves describe Sirius Black’s attack on the Fat Lady’s portrait after learning about this from her when he saw her in a portrait on the fourth floor, in the film it was the Fat Lady herself that described the attack from a nearby portrait.

After the attack, the Fat Lady portrait in the Gryffindor house entrance is replaced by one of Sir Cadogan.

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During the Gryffindor-Hufflepuff Quidditch match, Hermione casts the Impervious spell on Harry’s glasses in order for him to able to see. Harry falls from his broom and Cedric catches the Snitch, after which he wants a rematch, saying that he did not see Harry fall and for this their victory isn’t fair, but everyone agrees that they won fairly.

Such a pity that they didn’t explain the Marauder’s Map origin properly on the film! They didn’t explain that they all became Animagus or why they did it or the writing of the map… pity!

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Harry actually goes to Hogsmeade twice through the secret passage. The first time he goes there, without his Invisibility Cloak, he listens to the conversation between Fudge, Madame Rosmerta, Hagrid and McGonagall about Sirius Black, by hiding under Ron and Hermione’s table (so all three of them listen to the story). After learning that Sirius is his Godfather, Harry becomes angry and depressed, also due to many people knowing it and not telling him.

Harry receives his new Firebolt for Christmas, right after his Nimbus 2000 was destroyed. Not knowing who sent it, Hermione tells Professor McGonagall, who confiscates the broom for a long time in order to make sure that it’s not jinxed. Eventually, Sirius reveals that he’s the one who sent the broom, to make up for 13 years of gifts that he wasn’t able to send.

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The Christmas feast was held with only 13 people.

When Buckbeak’s trial is settled, Hermione and Ron help Hagrid with his defense.

Ron and Harry stop talking to Hermione for a long time, Ron believes that her cat killed Scabbers and Harry is mad because she told on him about the Firebolt. Hagrid is the one who sets them straight and then they all make up.

In the book, during his first anti-dementor lesson, Harry has two failed attempts to ward off the Boggart/Dementor. Also, the memory that he uses to make the Patronus work is the memory of how happy he was that he would be leaving the Dursleys, not one of his parents like in the movie.

Sirius gets in the Gryffindor dorms at night and tries to kill Wormtail, who’s sleeping in Ron’s bed. He manages to get in because Neville loses the paper he has of the passwords to the common room.

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During the Gryffindor-Ravenclaw Quidditch game, Marcus Flint, Crabbe, Goyle and Malfoy dress up as Dementors do throw off Harry, but he produces a Patronus and makes them fall of. Also, this game introduces Cho Chang and Harry is immediately attracted to her.

In his second trip to Hogsmeade, Harry takes his Invisibility Cloak and throws mud-balls to Draco and his friends. During this, however, Harry’s cloak slips and Draco sees his head floating midair, learning about Harry’s unauthorized visit to the village. When this happens, Harry and Ron are alone, given that they weren’t on speaking terms with Hermione.

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Snape catches Harry with the map in the hall right after he climbed up the One-Eyed Witch’s hump after being seen by Malfoy in Hogsmeade. When Snape is insulted by the Marauder’s Map, each Marauder says something different: “Mr. Moony presents his compliments to Professor Snape and begs him to keep his abnormally large nose out of other people’s business. Mr. Prongs agrees with Mr. Moony and would like to add that Professor Snape is an ugly git. Mr. Padfoot would like to register his astonishment that an idiot like that ever became a Professor. Mr. Wormtail bids Professor Snape good day, and advises him to wash his hair, the slime-ball.

Also, Harry never sees Peter Pettigrew’s name on the map!

In the book Hermione slaps Malfoy (the punch in the nose in the movie works fine as well =)).

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The Gryffindor-Slytherin Quidditch match where Gryffindor defeats Slytherin and wins the Quidditch Cup was omitted.

Professor Trelawney’s Prediction happens during Harry’s examination and long after Hermione has left the class.

Crookshanks’ role is almost entirely removed. His friendship with Padfoot, him stealing the passwords and giving them to Sirius and his role in the Shrieking Shack were completely cut.

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Let’s make something very clear: in the books, Ron is generally depicted as being cool headed, brave and heroic under stress, while Hermione was depicted as being nervous, terrified and frightened. Somehow, in the movies, their roles got reversed.

Sirius, a.k.a. Padfoot, grabs Ron by the arm and Ron’s leg is broken by the Whomping Willow.

The story regarding the origin of the Shrieking Shack and the planting of the Whomping Willow at Hogwarts is omitted, as is most of the Marauder’s story.

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In the book, Snape holds a grudge against all the Marauders, given that Sirius almost killed him on a prank and James saved his life. Given this, when Snape confronts Sirius and Lupin he’s agitated, angry, even bounding and gagging Lupin and threatening Hermione with expulsion. After this, Ron, Hermione and Harry try to disarm Snape, causing him to hit against the wall and go unconscious (in the movie only Harry disarms Snape, and Ron and Hermione are rather shocked by this).

Snape had to be suspended in mid-air by magic to be brought out of the Shrieking Shack and he was not there to protect the trio when Lupin transformed into a werewolf. Snape gains consciousness only after Sirius and Harry become unconscious because of the Dementors.

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Hermione is with Harry and Sirius when they are attacked by the Dementors.

In the film, when Harry and Hermione go back in time, Hermione throws an ammonites fossil at Harry to get his attention, so he can see Fudge and Macnair coming to Hagrid’s hut. Hermione later howls like a wolf to call Lupin away from fighting Padfoot, in turn causing him to come after them instead, at which point they are rescued by Buckbeak. In the novel, neither of these two events occurs.

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In the book, Harry is alone when saving himself, Hermione, and Sirius from the Dementors due to Hermione and Buckbeak being in Hagrid’s empty cabin when they went there to hide after Lupin transformed to avoid being attacked and Harry went out to scout ahead.

Sirius sends a letter to Harry through a little owl, in which he gives Harry permission for his Hogsmeade visits the following year. He also informs that the little owl is for Ron, to replace Scabbers.

When Harry gets out of the Hogwarts Express and meets his uncle, he tells him that he has a Godfather, who’s a convicted criminal and has escaped prison.