The Movie I Missed…
Not to be confused with The Boy Who Lived…
I thought it would be peachy to go back and watch the movie trailers for the books I’ve already read. Having only seen each film once, I was curious about the imagery now that I know the story.
First, I watched the trailer for Sorcerer’s Stone. I remembered that one the best, probably having understood it the best when I saw it. There was no need to read the books to appreciate the first film. It’s pretty verbatim from the text. Cute little wizard children, magical spells, a stirring John Williams score, and some flying. Tada!
So on to the second film, Chamber of Secrets. I remembered this one too, mostly because I remembered thinking Dobby looked a hell of a lot like Gollum.
On to the third film, Prisoner of Azkaban. My memory for this one was a bit weaker, maybe because I went into it without the books to back it up. My faulty memory for the movies left me a bit confused in the third installment, but I remembered Gary Oldman. How could I forget?
Last, I switched on the trailer for Goblet of Fire. Hmmm…I watched the trailer a second time. You know what?
I never saw the fourth movie!
There wasn’t a single aspect of that trailer that rang a bell. If I saw it…and that’s a big if…I really didn’t remember a thing. I’m not saying it’s impossible – maybe it was a particularly late viewing, maybe I was tired or disinterested or just really confused – but I really don’t think I saw Goblet of Fire. The only thing that sort of struck me as familiar was Moaning Myrtle, but I think I remembered her from the previous movie.
This explains a lot.
It explains why I sat in the fifth movie BEYOND confused! I had no idea who the Death Eaters were – did the have anything to do with the Dementors? I had no idea a student had died (as indicated by the fact that I was asking where Cedric was in the sixth movie). I didn’t know about the Quidditch World Cup or the Triwizard Tournament – the Death Eater trials or Crouch or Moody or Bagman or Snape. Nothing. Flat out nothing. All I knew was that Ralph Fiennes made a bad ass Voldemort.
Makes a lot of sense…
As for the films themselves, I will go back and watch each of them when these books are done and then get back to you.