To talk of books is brilliant. My friends tease me that I might run out of space for the books I buy to read. That doesn’t really stop me from buying those books that appeal to me a lot.
Day 14 – Book Turned Movie and Completely Desecrated
I think any movie is better when it is seen in the theater of my imagination. That way, none of the important details are missed out, and I enjoy it along with the book. Honestly, I haven’t seen a lot of book-based movies except for The Hobbit and Harry Potter series. But when a series is so close to your heart, like the Harry Potter series is, then the littlest of details matter a lot. I don’t say every movie of the Harry Potter series desecrated the book, nor do I say the ones which didn’t did the book justice. But two of them did desecrate. And one of the two stands out more than others.
The Prisoner of Azkaban is the first book I read in the series, and the chapter that I most enjoyed was the one with the Quidditch final. The match itself, and of course, more importantly, the ending to that chapter with Harry holding aloft the Snitch and so happy, that he feels he can produce the world’s best Patronus. Oh! How I wanted to see that in the movie. Instead, the whole chapter gets scrapped, and the Firebolt doesn’t arrive till the last scene of the movie. Sacrilege!!! I know and understand that when a book becomes a movie, not every part can become a part of the script. But still, those that remain close to a reader should not be scrapped.
A little part of me wanted to see the battle between the Order and the Death Eaters at Hogwarts in the Half Blood Prince movie; and of course, the meeting between Dumbledore and Harry in that shack with the spiders, and Dumbledore too tall for the shack. Neither part was in the movie. I can understand the former being scrapped, because it happened while Harry and Dumbledore were at the cave at the same time, but the shack meeting, I felt, could have been put. It’d have got a smile from the hardcore Harry Potter fans like me.
(21st November 2014)