Thursday, August 20, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [77]

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If you could change one thing in the first film, what would it be?

The first movie is one of the closest to the book out of the series. There are differences from the book, but not so much that it takes away from the story. I wish they would've shown the fight between Ron, Neville, and Malfoy during the Quidditch game, but that was left out. Also, it didn't show Hermione and Harry sneaking up to the Astronomy Tower to give Norbert to Charlie.

But the one moment I choose most is Hermione with the Devil's Snare when they sneak down to rescue the Sorcerer's Stone.

"Stop moving!" Hermione ordered them. "I know what this is — it's Devil's Snare!"
"Oh, I'm so glad we know what it's called, that's a great help," snarled Ron, leaning back, trying to stop the plant from curling around his neck.
"Shut up, I'm trying to remember how to kill it!" said Hermione.
"Well, hurry up, I can't breathe!" Harry gasped, wrestling with it as it curled around his chest.
"Devil's Snare, Devil's Snare… what did Professor Sprout say? — it likes the dark and the damp."
"So light a fire!" Harry choked.
"Yes — of course — but there's no wood!" Hermione cried, wringing her hands.
"Oh, right!" said Hermione, and she whipped out her wand, waved it, muttered something, and sent a jet of the same bluebell flames she had used on Snape at the plant. In a matter of seconds, the two boys felt it loosening its grip as it cringed away from the light and warmth. Wriggling and flailing, it unraveled itself from their bodies, and they were able to pull free.
"Lucky you pay attention in Herbology, Hermione," said Harry as he joined her by the wall, wiping sweat off his face.
"Yeah," said Ron, "and lucky Harry doesn't lose his head in a crisis — 'there's no wood,' honestly."

I love this scene in the book for two main reasons. 1) It shows that Hermione is not perfect and makes her more relateable. Hermione is known to produce awesome blue flames magically and had already done so during the Quidditch game to Snape's robes, but she reacts poorly under a lot of stress during the early books. 2) This is a good moment for Ron. It showcases Ron's humor, calm head during stress, and common sense. Unfortunately a lot of his best moments were changed in the movies to make Hermione look better.

Here's what the movie changed it to:

[Hermione tells them to relax, Harry does, but Ron continues to panic and shout for help]
HERMIONE: [to Harry] I remember reading something in Herbology.
RON: [still trapped] Help!
RON: Help!
HERMIONE: ‘Devil’s Snare, Devil’s Snare, it’s deadly fun; but will sulk in the sun.’ That’s it! Devil’s Snare hates sunlight! Lumus solem!
RON: Aaahh! [Ron falls through]
HARRY: Ron, are you okay?
RON: Yeah.
RON: Whew! Lucky we didn’t panic!
HARRY: [sternly] Lucky Hermione pays attention in Herbology.

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

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