You guys know the drill by now, so let’s get on with the fixing!
Dumbledore’s arrival at the station at the beginning of the film is, surprising to say the least. Though not that surprising to the other people who happen to using the station at that time of night. Dumbledore is an eccentrically dressed man, even at the most sober of times. It seems strange that he wouldn’t draw a couple of incredulous stares from passers-bys, or possibly a comment from Harry’s waitress as she looks out the window. It would help to reinforce the dissonance between the muggle and wizarding worlds; something that is constantly mentioned, but rarely ever shown.
Moving to Hogwarts now; Harry’s (incredibly annoying) obsession with Malfoy lead to him getting paralysed and left on the Hogwarts Express to make the return trip to London, (where Harry will be so upset he missed the start of term feast he won’t send his owl with a letter saying what happened? I didn’t really get what the motive was in the book). Harry is trapped under the invisibility cloak, when he is discovered by Luna. In the book, he is found by Tonks, who has been asked “by the Ministry” to look after the school and its students. This makes more sense for her to be looking through the train. She could have seen Ron and Hermione heading up to the castle without Harry and become concerned, or you could have had her checking the carriages for traces of Dark Magic, as one would assume an Auror is required to do. Either way allows for a bit of reassurance that someone is thinking about the large group of witches and wizards who are probably of an impressionable age and may think that turning evil would solve all their problems against their bullies. Or at the very least, get them a date with that girl who really likes bad guys, because she thinks that she can change them! (apologies, I really don’t know what happened there, but I can say that, without a shadow of a doubt, that was not in the least bit autobiographical. No sir. Not in any way. Nope, moving swiftly on to the next fix).
During Harry’s extra-curricular activities with Dumbledore (is there a way to say that without sounding dirty?) we are treated to Slughorn’s memory in which we see a young Tom Riddle asking about Horcruxes. In the book, it is shown that the memory is tampered with, by having the ‘picture’ fade out and Slughorn’s voice suddenly become much louder. It would be great to see in the film something similar. In many ways, it would be easier to do this in a film. You could have the audio slip out of synchronisation with their lip movements, play with the colour correction of the scene, or using random jump cuts could show something is amiss. The downside is, there may be some members of the audience who do not see this as an aesthetic choice by the director, and instead believe that it is the cinema or DVD’s fault, such is the problem we face nowadays.
The results of the fight lead to Harry hiding his potions book. The reason given in the book is Snape has asked to see it; we’re given no reasons for that here in the film, just a general consensus that it should be hidden for some reason or other. We don’t even have Hermione arguing vociferously for Harry to get rid of it. The lack of emphasis on the reason for hiding the book just makes it feel like a randomly dangling plot thread.
And that is it for this week’s We’ll Fix it in Post. Next time, I’ll be wrapping up the series and making plans to start on the next film. See you then.
Check out the previous Harry Potter Entries: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.