lilyotters said: Hi if you've already answered this then you can ignore it but I'm curious as to why you don't like David Yates for FBAWTFT??? I liked his HP films but I've found that a lot of people didn't and I'm really interested to know why!!
I just don’t feel like he did a good job or treated the original story the way it should have been treated. Like I get they’re only meant to be adaptations of the books, but they were still so…hollow. There’s more emphasis on special effects in the last 4 Harry Potter films than on the characters, and since I fell in love with the characters when reading the books, since they’re the actual magical part for me, that’s completely unforgivable. This man literally decided there was 0 time to shoot the scene between Neville and his parents at St. Mungo’s yet made the time in HBP to attack + burn down the Burrow. For no reason. Wouldn’t wanna flesh out Neville as an amazing character or anything.
I’m also still really pissed off with how poorly he handled Voldemort’s literally wonderfully symbolic in the books death. He should have never have died extravagantly in a puff of smoke and corpse confetti. I’m sorry that it doesn’t look as cool on film, but the whole point of TOM RIDDLE’S body hitting the floor with a /mundane finality/ was to show how, in the end and despite all of his efforts, Voldemort died as nothing more than a man. He wasn’t special or a great being, despite being powerful. I just…urrgh. If Yates does end up directing FB, I hope he respects this new-old world Jo’s created a lot more than he did the previous one.
God, please stop saying Voldemort was unable to love and that that made him evil. You’re shifting the blame at that point and making it seem as though his entire character arc was unavoidable, that he was predisposed to be cruel. That’s not true. At all. Ever. One of the bigger themes that weaves itself throughout all seven Harry Potter books is the importance of choice, and making the right one even when it’s not the easiest. Voldemort CHOSE to devalue love, he CHOSE to detach himself from the emotion as much as possible through deliberate dehumanization (Jo says this explicitly in her “A Year in the Life” documentary. Please watch it). Don’t take that away from his character by pointing to love potion theories and being “born this way”.
And really, his choice is what makes the dichotomy between him and Harry so interesting: these similar boys with similar childhoods could not have turned out more different. Because Harry chose to still see the good in people, to love them, and to be good and be loved in return, despite the years of abuse and neglect he endured at the Dursleys. Voldemort chose to continue in fear and darkness. Don’t ever minimize that. You’re doing a huge disservice to the story and its belief that love is the most important power of all when you do.
Anonymous said: Why didn't the basilisk fang kill the horcrux inside Harry when the fang entered his body in CoS?
Because Fawkes intervened. The vessel a horcrux is housed in has to be thoroughly destroyed in order to also destroy a horcrux, even when the vessel is a living thing. Since Harry didn’t die, neither did the horcrux.
painful flailing feels because it just hit me that neither sirius—who passed beyond the veil—nor regulus—who died in a lake full of inferi— have actual bodies to be buried, and therefore no gravestones to visit, and the fact that neither brother has an actual final resting place is a deeply troubling and incredibly depressing thought
these feels are problematic
I think one of the reasons the Harry Potter Epilogue was so poorly received was because the audience was primarily made up of the Millennial generation.
We’ve walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione, through a world that we thought was great but slowly revealed itself to be the opposite. We unpeeled the layers of corruption within the government, we saw cruelty against minorities grow in the past decades, and had media attack us and had teachers tell us that we ‘must not tell lies’. We got angry and frustrated and, like Harry, Ron and Hermione, had to think of a way to fight back. And them winning? That would have been enough to give us hope and leave us satisfied.
But instead. There was skip scene. And suddenly they were all over 30 and happy with their 2.5 children.
And the Millennials were left flailing in the dust.
Because while we recognised and empathised with everything up to that point. But seeing the Golden Trio financially stable and content and married? That was not something our generation could recognise. Because we have no idea if we’re ever going to be able to reach that stage. Not with the world we’re living in right now.
Having Harry, Ron and Hermione stare off into the distance after the battle and wonder about what the future might be would have stuck with us. Hell, have them move into a shitty flat together and try and sort out their lives would have. Have them with screaming nightmares and failed relationships and trying to get jobs in a society that’s falling apart would have. Have them still trying to fix things in that society would have. Because we known Voldemort was just a symptom of the disease of prejudice the Wizarding World.
But don’t push us off with an ‘all was well’. In a world about magic, JK Rowling finally broke our suspension of disbelief by having them all hit middle-class and middle-age contentment and expecting a fanbase of teenagers to accept it.
Also. Since when was ‘don’t worry kids, you’re going to turn out just like your parents’ ever a happy ending? Does our generation even recognise marriage and money and jobs as the fulfillment of life anymore? Does our generation even recognise the Epilogue’s Golden Trio anymore?
#i think this one of the reasons why the james/lily/albus naming theme bothered me #because there’s a sense of going in a circle rather than pressing forward #the only way the wizarding world will survive if it changes dramatically from this point #having the station seem exactly the same #right down to the names being thrown around #makes it seem stagnant #so i’m guessing another dark lord should turn up in a couple of decades (x)
I actually did like the Epilogue tbh
These points are all so valid and offer great insight into how the story reflected our growing awareness of the world and its problems.
BUT some things I’d also like to say about the Epilogue:
- First and foremost, it is a snapshot. A small, brief glimpse of Harry dropping his kids off at Platform 9 3/4. Granted a lot of information can be gleaned from this snapshot but that info is mainly facts: who married whom, the kids’ names, certain characters’ fates, etc. We are given no knowledge about anything else really. For all we know Harry and friends may very still suffer from nightmares and anxiety and have to struggle with those memories everyday at home while navigating through the world that helped to save and rebuild. Who says things haven’t changed for the better? Maybe not everything but some things? Like house-elf wages and werewolf rights and the fact that Harry tells his son that Slytherin is not the evil house that Harry himself thought it was when he was a kid.
- "All is well" means that Harry and Ginny can send their kids to Hogwarts without worrying for their kids’ safety which, compared to the hell they went through, is a relief. Does that mean everything is hunky-dory all over? No. Are House rivalries magically gone? Probably not. Does everyone in the world accept a half-werewolf dating a part-Veela once we leave the station on September 1, 2017? Highly doubt it. But their kids will almost certainly return home in one piece at the end of the year which means that Harry and Hermione can work on making sure the other things can be worked on.
- This Epilogue represents a culmination of events that Rowling envisioned way back in the early 90’s. It was a different decade, century, millennium, hell a fucking different world back when she first conceived this magical universe. And back then I think it’s safe to say that marriage and family and financial security was the ideal for us at that time. And those times changed and with them our ideals. But the point is she chose to give us the story as she originally envisioned it (surely making a few changes along the way) because that’s what she set out to do. And then for whatever reason she wanted us to see the simple happiness that a family feels sending their kids safely off to school years after the hardships they faced.
True, Rowling didn’t have to stick that vague, abstract ideal from 10 years prior. She’s already admitted that another aspect of her final story (Ron/Hermione) was simply “wish fulfillment” so I hardly think it’s a stretch to say that maybe this bittersweet happy ending could be that wish fulfillment as well. But still she chose to go with her original story as she is more than entitled to do.
- The Epilogue was a happy moment where the characters we grew up with seemed to have pretty decent lives. AND I FUCKING LOVED IT. I loved that these characters I had grown up with are shown in a moment where they are carefree and happy, even if it is just a single moment and we don’t know what else is happening with them. I love that Teddy still has a family and found love through said family
just like another orphan in the series who shall remain nameless. I love that Hogwarts is still seen as a place of magical wonder and joy despite the horrors that took place there. And most of all, I love that aside from a few little details we have absolutely no fucking idea how they got here over 19 years.
So who says they don’t “move into a shitty flat together and try and sort out their lives?” (Grimmauld Place is pretty shitty…)
Who says they don’t have with screaming nightmares (we’ve seen Harry’s nightmares already throughout the whole fucking series or did I misread that?) and failed relationships (a separation here, a massive put-brakes-on-relationship argument there…)
Who says they’re not still trying to fix things in society? (I mean Harry’s job is literally to catch Dark Wizards so I’m pretty sure that means they’re still around. And let’s see how long prejudices in the Ministry last with Hermione “I-been-trying-to-stop-this-shit-since-I-was-fourteen-after-I-went-the-fuck-back-in-time-to-save-an-innocent-man-and-flying-birdhorse-so-fuck-your-superiority-complex” Granger and her brains.)
no but imagine
Harry Potter as a tv show
sort of like Game of Thrones
where each season is a book
and each episode is a chapter
everything could be fleshed out
we would have everyone’s back story
and we would have HUNDREDS of hours of Harry Potter material
No but i want this so bad its not a joke
I can never stop posting this. The narrow minded bible fanatics that just look at one small thing in the bible then feed the world with their hate over it. At the same time they ignore all the other silly laws made by man they claimed were made by god. These gif’s say it all.
REBLOG EVERY TIME
I said “have a nice day!” to this old dude and apparently that’s not fucking good enough because he retrieved his wallet and from like a stack of 30 of these things pulled one out and gave it to me and said something like “I hope you reconsider your choices next time”
This is the most self entitled shit i’ve seen all day
what the fUCK
w o w
Yeah for anyone who doesn’t work retail, people really are this fucking entitled and condescending.