December 23rd, 2009

Medieval Lady

And also you end up with a Volvo....

We are watching a marathon (in the sense of one movie a night) of the "Harry Potter" movies over this vacation. This evening, we watched "Goblet of Fire"... which was the one where I've read the book, but haven't seen the movie (after this, we only have "Order of the Phoenix," which I haven't read-- and I haven't read the rest of them, either-- persons who say anything at all about ANYTHING having to do with the last three books will be dragged out behind the chemical shed and shot; I am not even kidding-- I've worked extremely hard to avoid learning what happens, and do not want spoilers, even miniscule ones).

First of all, watching the movies one after the other, the switch between Dumbledores is really, really noticeable.

Second.... ok, it has been forever since I've read the earlier books, which is one of the reasons I haven't gotten around to finishing the series... but... as I recall, Cedric is mentioned in earlier books, yes? I mean, he doesn't just appear all of a sudden in Book Four and nobody has met him or heard of him before, yes? Because the Sudden Robert Pattinson was extremely Sudden. And, of course, rendered nigh-hysterically funny because I've only ever seen him in "Twilight" ads and screenshots and so on. Hee.

Me: You know, it's really weird, because Robert Pattinson went on to play Edward Cullen, in the "Twilight" movies.

Dad: He's a vampire, right?

Me: Yup.

Dad: Well, I guess that's what happens to you when you get killed by Lord Voldemort.

Other notes:

1) It took me quite a while to figure out/admit that David Tennant was playing Barty Crouch, Jr.-- and that it was essentially Ten at his most manic, now with 100% more tongue... weird... frog-flippy thing Also, I kept looking for a police box.

2) Ack, Rafe Fiennes HAS NO NOSE!!! Ack! I kept wanting him to be upset about the non-nosedness... like... "You idiot, you put me back together wrong!" The sequence of him being reborn was very well-done... and totally squicky.

3) Watching the movies, I keep seeing the bits they left out from the book. Some of this is inconsequential (really did not want to see more of Rita Skeeter being horrible; completely see why the house elf subplot had to be ommitted); some of it bugged me-- the whole, "Gosh, guess Barty Jr. just escaped from Azkaban, all on his own"... not a major plot change in some ways (although you then miss the whole bit at the Quidditch match in the beginning), but it made so much more sense in the book, and worked so much better with the concept of Absolutely Nobody Has Escaped before Sirius does.