Chamber of Secrets: Foreshadowing for Beginners
I had a high fever when I wrote yesterday’s entry and other major things I wanted to talk about completely slipped my overheated mind.
Question to the Potterheads: Do we see Lucius slip Tom Riddle’s diary into Ginny’s pail in the book? It’s one of those moments in the film where the only thing that could have drawn more attention to it would have been:
Harry: “Hey Mr. Malfoy, did you just drop that mysterious book into Ginny pail?”
Lucius: “What mysterious book?”
Harry: “That mysterious book, right there. The mysterious looking one that we’re all staring at.”
Lucius: “I have no idea what you are talking about.” (((cough)))
Harry: “Ah, jolly good then. Cheerio!”
I don’t remember the new book being so obvious in the book, but maybe I simply don’t remember. This is why I need to go back and read all the books (yeah, you heard me). Until then, can someone let me know how this worked in the text?
The other comment is more of an observation than a question. You have to give Richard Harris a lot of credit for taking on a franchise when his health was failing, but I felt his weakness was very evident in this film. I’m not sure this characterization would have carried the story in the later books, when Dumbledore needs to be someone Harry trusts with his safety. Maybe I’m wrong. The problem is, we can never really know.
I know the whole “Dumbledore characterization” controversy can get pretty heated. People tend to favor this earlier version, but do you think this would have worked in the later films?