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Neptune September 13th, 2006 11:02 am

Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
So, the question for this topic is.... Is there moments / added parts / particular scenes, or anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?

I personally would take the books over the films any day, but there are some things I liked better when brought to the screen then when I first read it in the book.

Some of my examples:

* Every time I read about the Marauder's Map and the description of it I could never quite get it in my mind correctly, even though it was described, but I absolutely love the way it was designed in the film.

* I love Buckbeak's Flight in the film and prefer it this way to the way it is in the book. Then again it may not have been as exciting to read about as it was to actually see it.

* I like that, in the films, the students wear school uniforms with cloaks, instead of just robes. Also I like that the teachers and adults have more of a look and "costume" then just wearing a robe liked mostly described in the books.

* I liked the added scene in GOF for the dance lesson


There are more I can think of but I wont name them all now. I'm looking forward to what everyone else has to say....

RoonibWazley September 13th, 2006 11:10 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Some of the scenes I like better than the book version are:

Diagon Alley and the chess game in SS.

The dueling club and the fight with the basilisk in COS.

The dementors in POA, as well as the Marauder's Map and Buckbeak, like you said.

The First Task in GOF.



As for scenes that were better done in the book, the Third Task in GOF really stands out, but that's about it.

Neptune September 13th, 2006 11:24 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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Originally Posted by RoonibWazley (Post 4062935)
The dementors in POA, as well as the Marauder's Map and Buckbeak, like you said.

I forgot that I did / do somewhat prefer the Dementors in the movie to how they were described in the books. I had a hard time when reading the books NOT picturing floating Ringwraiths, but I do really like the design of them in the films and I like that they can freeze things with their presence (since it was always decribe as being cold when they were around) and that they fly more then just float. I just wish they were a big taller looking....

YellowRose September 13th, 2006 12:31 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
To be honest no. The books are quite complicated and go into some detail, which is the thing I like about them. The films skim over details or completely ignore them (which I understand is how films are, but still the best bits of Harry Potter are all those niggling details) :)

Neptune September 13th, 2006 12:56 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by YellowRose (Post 4062992)
To be honest no. The books are quite complicated and go into some detail, which is the thing I like about them. The films skim over details or completely ignore them (which I understand is how films are, but still the best bits of Harry Potter are all those niggling details) :)

So there is nothing in the films that you were pleasantly surprised about? Even an added scene, which was not in the book but you felt it was right for the film?

I mean, I love the books too and think they are above and beyond the films. I think the books are great just the way they are and would never want them changed for anything but I'm not going to let my love of the books stop me from enjoying the adapted version of the books to film.

For example. In POA (book) when Harry takes a ride on Buckbeak around the paddock it's short and, honestly nothing that sticks out in the story, but on film Buckbeak's Flight in POA was beautiful and something that actually stood out, where as it did not in the book. I don't fault the book version for this because really, it was not important and in the book it didn't need to be a long flight over the lake like it was in the movie, but I LOVED that part in the film. It was magical, beautiful, and almost a bit moving. Plus I loved seeing Hogwarts.

Now, I'm not saying Jo should go back and re-write this scene in the book to resemble what happened in the film, but I am saying I personally love how they made this scene in the movie compared to how it was in the book.

I'll name another thing....

My visual of Lucius Malfoy was basically following his description in COS, which sounded to me like he looked like a grown version of Draco (in my mind Tom Felton) But when the COS film came out and I saw how Jason Isaacs portrayed him and how he looked in the roll (long hair, clothes...) I changed my vision of him to Jason Isaacs version because he was so brilliant. I never pictured him with a cane which concealed his wand, but after seeing that in the film I thought it was a great idea and detail and have kept it in my vision. That right there is something I loved that the film did which was not in the book.

Please, don't let your love of the books stop you from enjoying the movies. Can you honestly say there has been nothing in the films that you enjoyed that maybe wasn't in the books, or something that was visually different than you had pictured when reading the books but ended up enjoying more after seeing the film version?

pygmY_PufFer September 13th, 2006 5:18 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Hmmm let's see...

BTW, did you get this idea for the thread from another forum? Just wondering because I've seen this thread topic somewhere else before :p . Never mind, it's all right, you don't have to answer.

Okay. There are definitely things that I liked better or to describe more accurately, what I thought was fun to include in movie form, or certain things which are kinda hard to imagine just from reading, but put visually on screen to give me a better idea. I do love the books so much, and even though they'll always top the movies in my list, there are still stuff that I appreciate in the movies. :)

PS/SS

-The two scenes with Seamus blowing up something in PS/SS. Especially the way Hermione jumped back when his glass of water blew up and waved her hand at her nose. The second time, when Professor Flitwick wobbled on his stack of books and the feather just came flying down and Seamus having his face blackened and hair messed up. :lol:

- The chess scene. Hands down, my favourite scene in the entire movie. When I was watching it for the first time I was just like, "whoa, whoa..." lol.

CoS

- The "Diagonally" "Diagon Alley" Harry said when travelling by floo powder and after that when he emerged in Borgin and Burkes with his body coming in diagonally :lol:

- Ron's howler. The words and also the way it was folded to shape like a mouth. And the tongue sticking out at the end of it before it burst.

- The duelling club with the raised platform running down through the middle rather than just people scattered everywhere on the floor like in the book. Very cool. One little bit I'd like to add, I liked the way the camera angle was from topview when the snake flew up in the air. (I know the movie experts around here would be like, "that's nothing, man." But what the hell)

- The basilisk duel at the end. The added scene where the basilisk went down the tunnels and Harry threw a stone to lead it the wrong way. The set of the chamber. The way the metal snakes on the door leading to the chamber curled in one by one as the snake on the rim went around them.

- The almost hug but just hand shake between Ron and Hermione. So sweet.

PoA

- The way Aunt Marge blew up and flew out of the house into the sky, screaming. (I wonder where she flew up to, and how she managed to get back down? lol)

- The way the dementors made everything cold by freezing them. I thought this was a good way to describe how they made everything so cold like it's described in the book.

- Dumbledore making the candlelight disappear and reappear again with a wave of his hand (was he saying that darkness can be found in the darkest places if only one remembers to turn on the light? I forgot)

- The Fat Lady insisting that everyone listen while she tries to sing as loud as she can to break the glass she was holding

- Dumbledore explaining about strawberry fields to Fudge outside Hagrid's hut to give Harry and Hermione more time to free Buckbeak.

GoF

- The atmosphere when Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys arrive at the campsite for the QWC, with people juggling, singing...

- The tent, with the colourful furniture and the "feet off the table" by Fred and George. NOT the "I love magic" though, obviously..

- The QWC with people cheering in the stadium and the Bulgarian players doing a routine on their broomsticks (particularly Krum)

-The way the DEs looked.

- The homework club, especially when Snape kept hitting Harry and Ron's heads for talking.

- The dancing lesson.

That's about all I can think for now. Did I say too many scenes that were just comedy stuff? Oh well, didn't mean to. They just came to my head. Maybe it's true that the things you remember best are funny things. Ah well. I better stop here.

jconnelly16 September 13th, 2006 5:24 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I thought Voldemort's rebirthing was done incredibly!! I don't know if I liked it more in the book or not but it was just very well done.

DarwinMayflower September 13th, 2006 7:32 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
There really isn't much that really surpassed what the books did. In someways they are each on par or in their own way that I don't really associate or compare it with the source material for quality or my enjoyment. But there are a few things that really made me say wow...this is Harry Potter?
  • Dementors (PoA): The entire idea of Dementors was quite weird for me. In someways I did find them to be frightening, but most of that was from Harry's perspective and personal involvement. There is a certain atmosphere about Dementors however it's mainly due to talking about them as opposed to actually seeing them work their deadly magic. Even though I still had that idea in mind, the actual design of what a dementor looked like or acted was more akin to a walking rotting corpse that could suck out your soul and your happiness.

    It seems a bit off considering that I considered Demntors to not act like the typical zombie, all ferocious or jittery and yet they have that mob mentality of zombies. Yet at the same time they seem entirely capable of sentient thought and discussion however instinctually animalistic they might be. The other problem is that there aren't many instances of Dementors attacking people or direct conflict with Harry so their presence on a visual scale would be minimized.

    When PoA came out I never really had an idea as to how the Dementors were going to be shown, in fact I didn't expect much of anything from the film. But when I saw them, they did an excellent job. I think that making them float was possibly the greatest choice possible. It skipped certain Ringwraith comparisons because they were less like...sniffing dogs as the Wraiths come off to be. They also became more ethereal and therefore more of a threat because it doesn't seem like a human/zombie that you could kick down. They seem more like a spirit or ghost that you cannot touch at all. And best of all you don't get the feeling that they are like an angry mob like zombies...but like a hive mind, cold and calculating like wasps or bees. Coupled with the constant reminder that the Dementors are out there, watching and killing life by their very presence shows how deadly they are without words.

    All in all Dementors became one of the most dangerous creatures in the HP movie universe because they managed to take the atmosphere of word and put it into film.

  • Quidditch (PoA): It's amazing how 5 minutes of this Quidditch was 100x better than all the quidditch combined in the previous two films. It was quick, it was viceral, it was vicious and dangerous. Just what teens want from a sport and best of all it showed one of the best air chase scenes I've ever seen. It made me wonder if I was even watching HP at all considering how intense and well shot this scene was. The great visual appeal of an umbrella flying by while a Dementor passed quickly over the camera which makes you think..."wait a second...there was only one umbrella lost that match". There was trouble and came in spades. You can sense the desperation of Harry trying to get away from the Dementors when suddenly, wherever he goes, and whatever he does leads him smack dab in a swarm of Dementors. You actually felt trapped and you actually felt that Harry is going to be a stain on the stadium floor. It's times like these you realize that this is a film and not a children's movie just made for the sake of existence. Someone wanted to make a film and we got it.

  • Time Turner Sequence (PoA): They managed to make something that was originally in the novel that was mostly waiting, waiting and more waiting into something kinetic. I love time travel sometimes when done smartly and correctly in such a way that it makes a significant impact. More importantly they made time travel far more significant a presence in the film that not only elevates the involvement of Time Travel Harry and Hermione with the time stream, but also the presence of Dumbledore in aiding them in his own little eccentric way. Most of all, it was fun...REALLY fun.

  • The Dragon (GoF): I love dragons and they are my most favorite mythical beastie. Now in GoF I did have some gripes. In some way I did wish the first task was like the book as opposed to "Gone in 60 seconds with broomsticks and dragons" However in the book, the dragon that Harry faced never really seemed all that vicious. You have more fun seeing Harry outwit the dragon as opposed him defeating something so vicious. In some way it didn't seem so vicious at all, just protective. In fact looking back JKR didn't really seem to describe the movement of the Dragon all that great IMHO, but I guess we don't have any real dragons to reference.

    But in GoF the film, it's like they caught a real live dragon and put it in. Granted there was not point of reference as to how vicious Harry's dragon was compared to the others, but still it acted like a complete animal. It had intent to hurt Harry and instead of protecting it was taking the offensive. What I loved when they were on the tower roofs and the dragon is inching towards Harry. His movement and even lack of footholds/clawholds slow him slipping down the roof here and there which makes it seem more alive.

  • The Merperson City (GoF): I liked the merpeople city. From JKR's description it just seemed like some kinda quaint village under the sea with cottages. However in the movie it seemed like an ancient lost civilisation.

  • The Third Task (GoF): Didn't expect that did you now? :lol: What I loved the best about this part is that they made something particularly plodding into something terrifying. They made the hedge an actual threat and presence as opposed to the inhabitants within. The fact that nerves are required to battle what is inside makes for a thrilling scene that could have easily been bored by children oriented puzzles, riddles and little beastis which would have probably looked terrible.

  • Voldemort (GoF): I loved it. Aside from the twins probably stole the entire show out from under Radcliffe and Co. Fiennes playing Voldemort brought a life and viltality to what was only hinted in the books. You see even though there is plenty of talk about Voldemort and how he acts, when you actually read the parts involving him, you never really get the idea that he is all that dangerous. He seems calmer for a psychotic but far more human with a bad mood than someone who loves to kill. Bellatrix seemed more evil than him. However how Fiennes played him...I really can believe him to be a leader of Deatheaters. His showmanship, his eloquence with wit and dialogue. He moved like a snake and channeling his Red Dragon self he was pure evil. He didn't feel like a villain who wanted to spank Harry Potter for destroying his body and leaving him to a lesser existence for 13+ years. He felt that he was someone who was very happy to come back and ready to kill him.

Nellas September 13th, 2006 8:48 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DarwinMayflower (Post 4063576)
[*]Dementors (PoA): The entire idea of Dementors was quite weird for me. In someways I did find them to be frightening, but most of that was from Harry's perspective and personal involvement. There is a certain atmosphere about Dementors however it's mainly due to talking about them as opposed to actually seeing them work their deadly magic. Even though I still had that idea in mind, the actual design of what a dementor looked like or acted was more akin to a walking rotting corpse that could suck out your soul and your happiness.

It seems a bit off considering that I considered Demntors to not act like the typical zombie, all ferocious or jittery and yet they have that mob mentality of zombies. Yet at the same time they seem entirely capable of sentient thought and discussion however instinctually animalistic they might be. The other problem is that there aren't many instances of Dementors attacking people or direct conflict with Harry so their presence on a visual scale would be minimized.

When PoA came out I never really had an idea as to how the Dementors were going to be shown, in fact I didn't expect much of anything from the film. But when I saw them, they did an excellent job. I think that making them float was possibly the greatest choice possible. It skipped certain Ringwraith comparisons because they were less like...sniffing dogs as the Wraiths come off to be. They also became more ethereal and therefore more of a threat because it doesn't seem like a human/zombie that you could kick down. They seem more like a spirit or ghost that you cannot touch at all. And best of all you don't get the feeling that they are like an angry mob like zombies...but like a hive mind, cold and calculating like wasps or bees. Coupled with the constant reminder that the Dementors are out there, watching and killing life by their very presence shows how deadly they are without words.

All in all Dementors became one of the most dangerous creatures in the HP movie universe because they managed to take the atmosphere of word and put it into film.

I lliked some of what thay had done with them, like how everything frezes and stuf, but one thing I cannot get over is that fact that they made them FLY..... WHY??? one of the things that struck me as frightening about them was the fact that they affected Harry in the way they did, even though they were 'far' away, no- I refuce to acccept the fact that they made them fly...

mugglesrock September 13th, 2006 9:17 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Nice thread! :tu:

There are actually a lot of things. Some things I just couldn't visualize while reading were:
- Chess scene (totally love that one)
- Voldemort's rebirth
- Yule Ball...I mean I could picture some of it but the movie version was very good.

Another scene I loved:
- The first time Harry rides Buckbeak in PoA.

There are more but I can't think of them right now. :)

SofiaR September 13th, 2006 10:17 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I was thinking of this the other day and one of the reasons I can't wait to see OotP is because I think the movie has quite some potential to be better than the book. Many descriptions and action scenes can be shown easily and more effectively on screen (the scenes in the DoM, for example). For the movie, everything will have to be streamlined too and since one of the problems with the book had to do precisely with editing, this will be something the movie will most likely do better than the book.

I like the uniforms that they have in the movies. To be honest, I never quite got into the imagery in the books. I never "saw" the characters wearing hats although I knew they wore them, for example, and I had a very feeble image of what school robes constituted.

I too loved what they did with the Dementors. They were really creepy.

The first task was terrific, it's one of my favorite scenes in the movies. It's not that I like it more than how it was in the books, but it was just so exciting to watch :D

RoonibWazley September 13th, 2006 10:38 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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Originally Posted by Nellas (Post 4063751)
I lliked some of what thay had done with them, like how everything frezes and stuf, but one thing I cannot get over is that fackt that they made them FLY..... WHY??? one of the things that struck me as frightening about them was the fact that they affected Harry in the way they did, even though they were 'far' away, no- I refuce to acccept the fact that they made them fly...


Dementors fly in the books too. Read OOTP when they attack Dudley.

Neptune September 13th, 2006 11:06 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RoonibWazley (Post 4064056)
Dementors fly in the books too. Read OOTP when they attack Dudley.

Actually in OOTP during Dudley's attack it says that....
"the hooded figure was gliding smoothly towards him, hovering over the ground"

Later it goes on to say that it "swoops" away.

We've always been told that the Dementors hover or float but it's never been described that they actually can fly as they do in the film. That was entirely made for the POA movie. In the books they are never said to fly through the air (like they do during the Quidditch scene in the POA movie...) but, IMO I like that they fly more then just float. I think it works, so no complaining here.

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Originally Posted by pygmY_PufFer (Post 4063356)
Hmmm let's see...

BTW, did you get this idea for the thread from another forum? Just wondering because I've seen this thread topic somewhere else before :p . Never mind, it's all right, you don't have to answer.

I sure did. I got the idea from reading a similar thread over on the Leaky Lounge. I saw that this topic wasn't posted here on COS so I though I would start it here. We need something new to talk about anyway :)

crazy_ned September 13th, 2006 11:20 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Hmmmm...as a rule I much prefer everything in the books since the movies, while entertaining, are primarily a cash cow for WB.

But I did enjoy the feel that Cuaron's PoA invoked, which seemed less Hollywood (especially compared to Columbus's awful work) and more of an "indy" or "European" type feel (it's sort of difficult to explain). I also liked movie Lupin, especially the music he played in the classroom when he introduced the Boggart.

Neptune September 13th, 2006 11:28 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by crazy_ned (Post 4064163)
But I did enjoy the feel that Cuaron's PoA invoked, which seemed less Hollywood (especially compared to Columbus's awful work) and more of an "indy" or "European" type feel (it's sort of difficult to explain).

I completly agree, and I know exactly what you're try to say.

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Originally Posted by crazy_ned (Post 4064163)
I also liked movie Lupin, especially the music he played in the classroom when he introduced the Boggart.

OOOOO I agree. I LOVED that added bit to Lupin's Boggart class (and film Lupin in general). I forgot about that. It's such a Lupin like thing to do. I can't wait to see him back in OOTP.

Hysteria September 13th, 2006 11:50 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
The dueling club in COS and the second task in GOF for me. I found both of thse incredibly boring/confusing to read but I think the movie presented them excellently.

psycha September 14th, 2006 1:02 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
A lot of things, I guess. The thing is though, I'm more creative when I read books (it's my job to be), so half of the time original scenes I see in the movies are similar to the kind of stuff that I come up with in my head when I pause after reading about halfway through a chapter or so. Same with stuff like locations and clothing. So I can't really remember which stuff was not originally in the books. I've only read tem once. This is part of why I'm baffled at so many fans' vicious reactions to things in the films. I thought everybody did this when they read; you know, put the book down and play out a detention that Ron had with McGonagal that Jo only refers to but doesn't write about. That sort of thing. Half of the time my imagination of the characters completely contradicts the physical description they're given by J.K. Rowling. For example, my Slughorn is a flamboyantly homosexual short young chubby Indian man with no moustache or beard. I modeled him after one of my University professors who is almost exactly like him. I tried to picture him as the slow talking walrus that she describes, but I just couldn't.

I never read the first two books, so from the more recet movies I guess I liked the Stones near Hagrid's hut and all the 'getting dates/dancing lessons' material for the Yule Ball. Especially the scene with Snape smacking Harry and Ron. That was my absolute favorite scene probaly out of the entire series so far.

Altjeringa September 14th, 2006 2:41 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I agree about the Buckbeak scene in PoA. I think that Cuaron actually made better use of him than JKR did. It was a great way of letting the audience know that Buckbeak wasn't the vicious creature the Malfoys were making him out to be.

I thought that the dementors were pretty much like the way they were described in the books, although I did really like the fact that they were able to fly.

The turning of the third task in GoF into a psychological test of sorts was a great idea and far more effective than it would have been if they had left it the way it was described in the book. Very atmospheric and very creepy.

mugglesrkewl September 14th, 2006 4:22 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
The entire POA was brilliant. Scenes og Buckbeak's flight, Harry and Lupin scenes etc, though the only part I didnt agree with was Harry crying. Rest of it all was brilliant.

MrSleepyHead September 19th, 2006 5:18 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RoonibWazley (Post 4064056)
Dementors fly in the books too. Read OOTP when they attack Dudley.

Well, I did and this is what it read:
OotP, Dudley Demented, Pages 17, 18, and 19, American, HBA towering, hooded figure was gliding smoothly toward him, hovering over the ground, no feet or face visible beneath its robes...and as the stag charged, the dementor swooped away, batlike and defeated...like its fellow, it soared away and was absorbed into the darkness.

also:
OotP, The Hearing, Page 144, American, HBDementor's don't run, they glide

I think that this is enough evidence to show that dementors do not fly, they glide (which means they merely hover above the ground). I, unlike many, did not like the portrayal of the dementors because they did fly. It created an eerie feel, but it just looked wrong during the Quidditch match...
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Originally Posted by YellowRose (Post 4062992)
To be honest no. The books are quite complicated and go into some detail, which is the thing I like about them. The films skim over details or completely ignore them (which I understand is how films are, but still the best bits of Harry Potter are all those niggling details) :)

Well, I agree with you in the sense that the books are amazingly detailed whereas the movies must cut out certain things. But there are a few things that the movies included that the books did not, which enhanced the movies and sometimes the books. Some of the added parts in movies I enjoy are:
  • Dumbledore's 'point awarding' at the end of SS where he says, "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to your enemies, but a great deal more to stand up to your friends." - I believe that this is very true, whereas the book merely states that standing up to your enemies is equal to standing up to your friends. I like the movie's rendition, where standing up to your friends takes more bravery.
  • The Howler that Ron received - I got the feeling while reading that it was merely an envelope with a voice echoing out of it. It was much better to see the envelope form a mouth/face - it created a very magical feel.
  • Aunt Marge flying outside was priceless and much more humorous then in the book. Although it may seem a bit odd how they deflated her, it was good at that time.
Well, unfortunately that is all I can think of off the top of my head. When I watch the movies again, however, I shall make sure to look for more answers to this question.

k4r6000 September 19th, 2006 6:01 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MrSleepyHead
Well, I did and this is what it read:
OotP, Dudley Demented, Pages 17, 18, and 19, American, HBA towering, hooded figure was gliding smoothly toward him, hovering over the ground, no feet or face visible beneath its robes...and as the stag charged, the dementor swooped away, batlike and defeated...like its fellow, it soared away and was absorbed into the darkness.

What do you think 'soar' means?

MrSleepyHead September 19th, 2006 6:10 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by k4r6000 (Post 4075974)
What do you think 'soar' means?

Ah, I must have overlooked that when I was writing my explanation. Well, this is somewhat contradictory to the gliding part, but gliding can also mean gliding at a height. However, I should have included that the stag had knocked that said dementor into the air - therefore, the dementor would be able to soar away since it had been acted on by a force, propelling it into the air.

However, either way - gliding, soaring, hovering, or flying - the movie portrayed the dementors as if they were on a rollercoaster, whereas in the books I do not get the feel that they can do loops up in the air and fly after a target on a broomstick. In the book the dementors were not high into the air - they merely came into the stadium and the effects were immediate - they didn't have to chase after a target. The film did a good job showing the cold feeling the dementors created, but the movements were disturbing.

hplove19 September 19th, 2006 7:33 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
i quite liked the dementors as well-i loved how they looked-it made a much better image in my mind-and by better i mean it gave them the frearfull effect. i also really liked the second task in GOF-it was very well done and those merpeople were really cool!!

YupigotyourNOSE September 19th, 2006 9:55 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I loved that in the movies, Ron and Hermione's relationship was a bit more, I don't know, noticable? Especially that awkward moment in CoS. I also loved Durmstrang's and Beauxbatons' entrances for Goblet of Fire.

crazy_ned September 19th, 2006 11:14 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I thought their entrances were just...weird. :shrug:

BabyWerewolf September 19th, 2006 11:25 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I didn't like the entrances. Too show-offy theatrical. And why were they all one gender for each school?
I like:
DEMENTORS!
DRAGONS!
DEATH EATERS!
But their werewolves suck.

crazy_ned September 19th, 2006 11:36 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I didn't care for Lupin werewolf either, but I did like the dragon in the First Task. Although having her chase Harry all around the castle was, well, a little too much. But it did look good on film.

The only thing that bothers me about the Tasks is that the other students watching didn't get to see all that much, especially in the Second and Third Tasks. Seems like that would get sort of boring. Then again, that's pretty much how it was described in the books. They could see much better in the First Task of course, except when the Dragon got loose and took off after Harry.

ambulance September 19th, 2006 11:50 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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Originally Posted by pygmY_PufFer (Post 4063356)
Hmmm let's see...

BTW, did you get this idea for the thread from another forum? Just wondering because I've seen this thread topic somewhere else before :p . Never mind, it's all right, you don't have to answer.

Okay. There are definitely things that I liked better or to describe more accurately, what I thought was fun to include in movie form, or certain things which are kinda hard to imagine just from reading, but put visually on screen to give me a better idea. I do love the books so much, and even though they'll always top the movies in my list, there are still stuff that I appreciate in the movies. :)

PS/SS

-The two scenes with Seamus blowing up something in PS/SS. Especially the way Hermione jumped back when his glass of water blew up and waved her hand at her nose. The second time, when Professor Flitwick wobbled on his stack of books and the feather just came flying down and Seamus having his face blackened and hair messed up. :lol:

- The chess scene. Hands down, my favourite scene in the entire movie. When I was watching it for the first time I was just like, "whoa, whoa..." lol.

CoS

- The "Diagonally" "Diagon Alley" Harry said when travelling by floo powder and after that when he emerged in Borgin and Burkes with his body coming in diagonally :lol:

- Ron's howler. The words and also the way it was folded to shape like a mouth. And the tongue sticking out at the end of it before it burst.

- The duelling club with the raised platform running down through the middle rather than just people scattered everywhere on the floor like in the book. Very cool. One little bit I'd like to add, I liked the way the camera angle was from topview when the snake flew up in the air. (I know the movie experts around here would be like, "that's nothing, man." But what the hell)

- The basilisk duel at the end. The added scene where the basilisk went down the tunnels and Harry threw a stone to lead it the wrong way. The set of the chamber. The way the metal snakes on the door leading to the chamber curled in one by one as the snake on the rim went around them.

- The almost hug but just hand shake between Ron and Hermione. So sweet.

PoA

- The way Aunt Marge blew up and flew out of the house into the sky, screaming. (I wonder where she flew up to, and how she managed to get back down? lol)

- The way the dementors made everything cold by freezing them. I thought this was a good way to describe how they made everything so cold like it's described in the book.

- Dumbledore making the candlelight disappear and reappear again with a wave of his hand (was he saying that darkness can be found in the darkest places if only one remembers to turn on the light? I forgot)

- The Fat Lady insisting that everyone listen while she tries to sing as loud as she can to break the glass she was holding

- Dumbledore explaining about strawberry fields to Fudge outside Hagrid's hut to give Harry and Hermione more time to free Buckbeak.

GoF

- The atmosphere when Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys arrive at the campsite for the QWC, with people juggling, singing...

- The tent, with the colourful furniture and the "feet off the table" by Fred and George. NOT the "I love magic" though, obviously..

- The QWC with people cheering in the stadium and the Bulgarian players doing a routine on their broomsticks (particularly Krum)

-The way the DEs looked.

- The homework club, especially when Snape kept hitting Harry and Ron's heads for talking.

- The dancing lesson.

That's about all I can think for now. Did I say too many scenes that were just comedy stuff? Oh well, didn't mean to. They just came to my head. Maybe it's true that the things you remember best are funny things. Ah well. I better stop here.

I agree almost word to word with what you have said. :)

hplove19 September 20th, 2006 3:42 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
i completely agree about the entrances being a little flashy...and definitely about the dragon-she was very well "made". i spose a little bit of chasing would've been fine but they just put so much into that scene that even a bit of the match (world cup) would've been nice. in POA i really liked when they enter their dormitory for the first time-they have those cookies/crackers/candy-whatever they were and they do the animals-the lion was awesome lol.

in COS i really really loved the chamber-it was exactly as i had imagined and it was really cool being able to see it.

in PS/SS i really loved the sorting except only harry, ron, hermione, and draco's names were called lol but not too picky about that. the centaurs were pretty aweseome too and in COS lockhart's character was played fabulously!

Fury September 20th, 2006 4:07 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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Originally Posted by hplove19 (Post 4077731)
the centaurs were pretty aweseome too

:no: I know what Centaurs look like thanks to Mythology movies... That little cgi-ed piece of mud was no Centaur! I hope they do better in OOTP!

End my mini-rant, begin my post.

1) Remus Lupin: In the books, I could never get a clear picture of what he looked like. But now when I read the books, I pretty much see David Thewlis. Plus his acting is just superb as Remus Lupin!

2) The chess scene in SS/PS: Like everyone else, this scene is awesome. I could never see it in my head when reading the books. The movie did it for me.

3) The Chamber (COS): Definitely liked it better in the movies. I could see it in my mind in the book, but nothing like they showed it in the movie!

4)Buckbeak (POA): Before I saw the pictures of Buckbeak (before the movie came out) I had NO idea of what he looked like!

5) Dementors: I agree with who ever said that in the book they were pictured as gliding Ringwraiths... although poorly shown as a flying creature in the movies, the dementor still looked great!

6) Quidditch: The only Quidditch scene in the books I like is the Quidditch World Cup game. But in the movies I love all the Quidditch Games!!! Even though they left out the game in GoF. :grumble:

I will probably think of more later.

Hermeneutic September 20th, 2006 4:26 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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Originally Posted by DarwinMayflower
[*]Time Turner Sequence (PoA): They managed to make something that was originally in the novel that was mostly waiting, waiting and more waiting into something kinetic. I love time travel sometimes when done smartly and correctly in such a way that it makes a significant impact. More importantly they made time travel far more significant a presence in the film that not only elevates the involvement of Time Travel Harry and Hermione with the time stream, but also the presence of Dumbledore in aiding them in his own little eccentric way. Most of all, it was fun...REALLY fun.

I liked the movie anyway, but that entire sequence clinched it for me. I, too, love time travel done well. Everything about it, from Hermione slapping Harry's hand away to Harry's nonsensical but totally understandable explanation while flying on Buckbeak...it all worked and I loved every second of it.

Also, any excuse to have Gary Oldman around is a good thing.

Nellas September 20th, 2006 6:28 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I don’t know if I like this better in the movie, but I really liked the emotional Intensity of Hermione in GoF… wait, I know what you are about to say, ’But she spend the whole movie being a hysterical crying girly girl…’, and yes- that was the beauty of it:
In the book, the trio ‘realizes’ that she is in fact a girl, and she is described more like a raving teenage girl (nothing negative here- as I have been one of them:D ), but how do you portray that in a movie: by making her cry and be hysterical in almost every scene. That made the GoF- virgins see the emotional evolution of her.
Am I all alone in this, or is there someone else who feels the same way?

chaiilin September 20th, 2006 8:03 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I liked how the Durmstrang and Beuxbatons students entered Hogwarts in GoF too. the Buckbeak rife in the PoA was good as well.

Bunny September 21st, 2006 10:13 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I really liked how Peter Pettigrews name was seen by Harry on the Marauders Map.

hermyweasly September 21st, 2006 11:54 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
when Ron and Hermione were standing by the shrinking shake and when Hermione hugged Ron when Buckbeak was killed

Neptune September 21st, 2006 9:45 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Bunny (Post 4079349)
I really liked how Peter Pettigrews name was seen by Harry on the Marauders Map.

I like that bit for the film. I'm glad it wasn't that way in the book because it would have been a huge give-a-way, but it worked perfect in the film.

ravenrox24 September 21st, 2006 9:59 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I really liked in the fourth movie the second task. I thought that they made that scence really well. I could really understand it alot better then in the book. I could understand it so well because instead of telling you in a book you could see it in a movie. I really liked that scene. But the only think I was most dissapointed with in that scene was that in the book Dobby gave Harry the Gillyweeed and I was really looking forward to seeing Dobby give Harry the Gillyweeed in the movie. I was really let down. Although you do see Neville's funny side when he gives Harry the Gillyweed and he thinks that he's killed him. I really liked that scene.

gyllyweed September 22nd, 2006 4:58 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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But the only think I was most dissapointed with in that scene was that in the book Dobby gave Harry the Gillyweeed and I was really looking forward to seeing Dobby give Harry the Gillyweeed in the movie.
Movies are an artform. Making a movie from a book is like asking someone to make a mountain out of a mole hill. you just don't have enough. But,l I too would have loved to see Dobby again. And Winkie. :grumble:

If they made a nine hour movie that depicts every bit of the books, I would watch it. I might be the only one, but I would watch it.

But there were things I did like better in a way when depicted on film. I only picked up PS/SS because of the movies 1-3.
  • Hoiwlers in the movie are more animated that in my own mind.
  • the castle, with its turrets and such are prettier than I would have imagined.

    Athough the castle keeps changing from movie to movie(the walt to Hagrids from castle SS/PS, PoA...)
  • House elves are cuter.
  • I like MovieLupin better than my ImaginaryLupin..

I could go on, but must unfortunatly go.

Freaky September 22nd, 2006 1:05 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
There was something I posted in the read-a-thon which I want to post here but absolutely can't remember it...but it has to do with the first book. Hopefully it will come to me.

I too prefer the books to the films so don't really analyse the films too much but...having watched the "extras" for GoF I appreciate the dragon and underwater scene much more. When I first watched it I found it all quite boring and was getting cross about how far from the book it went, particularly the dragon, but watching the extras made me realise why they did it, and in the case of the water sequences, just how much work they, Daniel in particular, had to go through...so I appreciate it much more for that reason!

As for my first thing, it's a line or action which I think Hermione does in the film which doesn't happen in the book and a lot of us wish it had.

snapegirl September 22nd, 2006 3:14 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I have to agree with everyone who said the Dueling club in CoS. In the book it seemed like utter choas and wasn't like a real "class." Maybe the choas was Jo's point about Lockhart's teaching skills, but the movie made it more focused.

I also like the Dragons in GoF. Also the added dance lesson and Snape study club were funny.

62442al_Man September 22nd, 2006 6:18 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Honestly? No, I cant say that there is. The books allow you to see things the way you want to, and no amount of special effects or graphics can change that.

Artemis_Fowl_2 September 22nd, 2006 6:38 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
The only thing that comes to my mind is the door to the Chamber of Secrets was really cool in the movie. Of course, the book version doesn't appear that bad in my mind, so I guess I can't count that. So, for everything, I'll have to stick with the books and where they take my imagination.

ginnypotter19 September 24th, 2006 10:05 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I love them equally the same cause they can't do everything, but they try there best, so I love everything in both perspectives. :D :lol:

DreamEscape7 September 24th, 2006 9:28 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I liked the added dance scene in GoF, but it bugs me that they added a scene that wasn't in the book. But they left so many important details from the book out.

Eir September 25th, 2006 8:31 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Yeah, I liked the extended "Lupin reminisces about Harry's parents" scene in PoA, that was cool. Oh, and you can't beat the "'Shall we move a bit closer?' 'WHA?!'" scene, either, hehe.

Wafaa September 25th, 2006 9:48 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I guess I liked how the dementor was made in the movie. It was good, though I'm not sure that it's necessarily better than in the book.

bellatrix_ September 25th, 2006 8:47 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Yeah.
The Marauders Map, the dementors, the Death Eaters, some parts of the Yule Ball, the Chamber of Secrets scene and the "Do you want to move a bit closer?" "What?!" scene xD

Infinity9999x September 25th, 2006 8:52 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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Originally Posted by jconnelly16 (Post 4063365)
I thought Voldemort's rebirthing was done incredibly!! I don't know if I liked it more in the book or not but it was just very well done.

I loved that too, there was just one little thing that bugged me. They didn't give him red eyes. He looked kind of weird with the snake nose but no red eyes, and it was such a small little detail, I kept wondering ??? Why? It wouldn't have been that hard. Just a nagging little thing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bellatrix_ (Post 4088445)
Yeah.
The Marauders Map, the dementors, the Death Eaters, some parts of the Yule Ball, the Chamber of Secrets scene and the "Do you want to move a bit closer?" "What?!" scene xD


Oh yeah, the MM scene in the bathtub was probably my favorite added scene. It was hillarious.

Mohammed September 25th, 2006 11:00 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
The first triwizard task in GoF is the scene which stands out most to me.

AnastasiaK September 26th, 2006 12:08 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Well, I find some of the humour is better than in the books, however, Jo has been improving that - especially with the last two books. But I still find that the moviemakers have a lot more freedom with what humour they can and can't put into their 'art' (call it what you will) because they have actors playing it out; sometimes it is easier to show things like that on screen, like people being sarcastic, for example. But if you have to write it down in words, I always find it becomes a little harder as there's a lot more explanation involved, and the reader doesn't always have the same image in their head as the author.

cathairetic September 28th, 2006 5:43 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Quidditch is awesome in the films. I just wish it were a real game!

Mad_Druid September 28th, 2006 6:18 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
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Originally Posted by Neptune (Post 4063021)
In POA (book) when Harry takes a ride on Buckbeak around the paddock it's short and, honestly nothing that sticks out in the story, but on film Buckbeak's Flight in POA was beautiful and something that actually stood out, where as it did not in the book. I don't fault the book version for this because really, it was not important and in the book it didn't need to be a long flight over the lake like it was in the movie, but I LOVED that part in the film. It was magical, beautiful, and almost a bit moving. Plus I loved seeing Hogwarts.

I agree. BuckBeak's Flight is one of my favourite parts in any of the films. I think it has a lot do to with the music that accompanied it, but the shot of Buckbeak's talon skimming the lake took my breath away.

cathairetic September 28th, 2006 5:40 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
How could I forget AR? Snape in the books is a greasy-haired git and in the films he is Alan Rickman. OMG

potterpoop2012 September 28th, 2006 10:16 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I liked the dementor attack on the train in the POA.

cathairetic September 29th, 2006 4:42 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I think I also liked the characterization of Dudley and his parents in the books. You didn't see much of them in the films. I really wish that the films would be reissued with all of the cut scenes inserted where they belong for all of us die hard HP fans.

All in all I just don't think the films are as good as the books, but I love to see how they are made to come alive on screen. They just leave out everything important to the plots and concentrate on the kids.

LeanneJO September 29th, 2006 1:54 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Yeah Buckbeaks flight, Hagris returning from Azkaban and the bath scene with Harry and Moaning Myrtle!

MissHufflepuff September 29th, 2006 5:03 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
The time-turner scene at the end of film 3...i really enjoyed it! more than i did in the book, actually, it just seemed to make more sense! lol!
:lol:
that's pretty much it though, as although i may like some added scens, (e.g. ron/harry being hit bu snape in the study room GoF) if that means taking away time for the original plot then :no:

Oh, and Buckbeak's flight and and his actualy executuin (and the trio's reactiojn...especially the hug!)
to be honest, although PoA missed out loads and irritated me with the poor characterisation and butcher of Ron...the scenes they actaully DID have and were from the book, were often really good! apart from when they kept making ron the less important more-funny-then-brave/nice character. :(

stephanie74 October 5th, 2006 7:09 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I have to say when I watched GOF the first time I was very disappointed by the amount of things they had cut out from the book :no: ... but at the same time I must admit they have improved a lot the three tasks.

Each of the three Triwizard Tournament tasks gained a lot more visual impact the way they were done in the movie.:tu:

And ... yes, I'd say Buckbeak's flight in POA is also one of my favourites non-book parts of the movies, as a symbol of the freedom Harry feels when he's flying. Ah - speaking of POA - I like a lot the chorus singing "Something wicked this way comes" at the start-of-term banquet. Sometimes I find myself whistling the tune!:lol:

antara_16 October 7th, 2006 12:02 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Everyone (I mean most of them) agree that the dementer scene wuz Excellent & I agree .......But only if they could show that Hufflepuff match scene a bit more nicely and in a manner in which people who have not read d book can understand it would have been great!!!!! No matter!!! The GoF ball dance scene was great...........:-) and that Dragon thing was nice!!!!!!!!! I like that Care of magical creatures scene it's nice..........
In the books you can not find one thing which we'll find in the movies- Any guesses?-
We wont find Dan, Emma and Rupert ;-)!!!!!!!
But whatever happens the books are the best!!!!

kh312 October 7th, 2006 12:11 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
the visuals ofcoarse.but i like the characters in the book more than in the movis.except for draco, he's great in the movies.i really hope they don't replace tom felton.

ginnypotter19 October 11th, 2006 6:13 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
In the book, the spiders legs fell off, in the movie it was rollerblades, funnyer, see they can change things and make things funnier, :lol: Yes I loved the added scenes, but annoying that they did that instead of showing what needed to be there.

theotherwoman October 11th, 2006 5:19 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
The Yule Ball was a nice depiction in GoF and I always liked the way they showed the Owlery.
And I'm in total agreement with the fans of the Buckbeak flight scene in PoA. I'm such a sucker for cinematics! :blush:

ginnypotter19 October 11th, 2006 6:50 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
:lol: I loved the Yule Ball! S awesome! but in the deleted scenes, it showed Harry walking outside past carriges, and one of them was movig. Uh, gross, :lol:

quiditchwitch October 11th, 2006 11:56 pm

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
I loved the buckbeak scenes in PoA, but I loved the Yule Ball scenes equally, they were really something. With such complex sets and costumes. I just love the entire atmosphere of the movie

Pumpkin Juice December 3rd, 2006 6:56 am

Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?
 
Too many to count, though I can't recall everything now.

COS - the way Ginny reacted after she woke up after Harry defeated Tom Riddle and the scene following involving her parents in a classroom. I liked it so much better than how the movie ended it up.

POA - pretty much everything that was different between the book and film - I liked the book way better.

smelliskate January 1st, 2007 12:57 pm

Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
In thisthread you can explain and discuss whith others what you think of a certain book or a certain film!!! what parts do you like? what parts dont you like?

I will start

In thew latest film, I think that the underwater scene is amazing! the underwater creatures look so realistic! It must have taken hours to shoot the whole thing!!!!!

do you think that the underwater scene is good? or do you think that the book is better? What is your favorite part of one of the boooks or films?

MacTheMuggle January 1st, 2007 9:18 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I prefer reading the books, as you can whisk yourself off into the world of Harry Potter and Co.

When i'm reading, it's almost like i'm actually there with them.

lil_snuffles January 1st, 2007 9:21 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I love the books because theres alot more explanation about everything. The movei leave so much out, that the people that dont read the books but only watch the movies wont understand whats going on.

TheInvisibleF January 1st, 2007 10:27 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
The Books.

There is so much more going on in the books. The different stories take precedence at different times and make it more interesting than bang bang bang plot flashing before your eyes. In the books you can control the speed yourself and mull over perticular parts that seem important (e.g. whenever Dumbledore spoke).

~TheInvisibleFiend~

xFluerDelacourx January 1st, 2007 10:33 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I like them both and think they are both very good. My favorite book is OOTP and my favorite movie so far is GOF.

ep300 January 1st, 2007 10:48 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
i really like and enjoy the movies...but since there is so much more going on in the books (since the movies have a time limit and need to edit or cutout a lot of things), i'd have to say the books.

i'm really looking forward to the OOTP movie! book 5 was one of my top faves of the series! :)

EBJ23 January 1st, 2007 11:35 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
The books definitly. I like the movies, but there's so much more going on in the books and a lot more detail than in the movies.

KDOG January 1st, 2007 11:45 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I prefer problably every scene in the books than the movies. Its just because Rowling is so good a writer, no director can match it on screen.

snugglepot January 2nd, 2007 2:05 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I much prefer the books. The movies have to leave things out, and in PoA, they ruined the characterisation of Ron and Hermione.
To comment on the underwater scene in GoF. It was my favourite task and I agree it was well done. However the movie was not as good as the book. In the book Harry knew he had to save Ron as Dobby told him when he gave him the Gillyweed. However in the movie, Harry was never told whom or what he was after.
I did love seeing Krum with the shark's head though. That was a great visual.

arithmancer January 2nd, 2007 2:12 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I prefer the books, definitely. The movies are just a nice addition. It is fun to actually see the places and people of the Potterverse on the big screen.

strangemuggle January 2nd, 2007 2:15 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I would have to say the books, just because my imagination can do so much more than movie technology can. However, I like the movies almost as much.

AirEelx09 January 2nd, 2007 2:31 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I really like the books better. The movies are good but sometimes they leave key things out which i'm not so keen on.. (example: they never mentioned anything about the Mauraders PoA..) But i suppose they had time limits but it still irks me. =] But also i agree with strangemuggle i like to use my imagination more.. the films are still quite amazing though.

folly54 January 2nd, 2007 2:33 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I prefer the books much more than the movies. I doubt I would be interested in watching the movies at the cinema if it weren't for the books.

loonyluna January 2nd, 2007 4:46 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I definitely prefer the books more than the movies because the books have greater explaination over everything thats going on.

Pumpkin Juice January 2nd, 2007 7:05 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Since I can only compare the first four...

Sorcerer's Stone - tie. I think the book so closely followed the script that what they left out or what changes they made really didn't make that much difference.

Chamber of Secrets - book. The movie was okay but the book had some much more interesting scenes that weren't in the movie. One in particular that I like is after they get out of the Chamber of Secrets, the scene that follows in the classroom where Arthur and Molly are there.

Prisoner of Azkaban - BOOK!!! The movie was such a disappointment.

Goblet of Fire - movie. The book bored me to tears for most of it, the movie kept my attention.

ponytail January 2nd, 2007 7:11 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I could break it down like Pumpkin juice did but why I already know the answer

Books win everytime.. Sometimes I would rather that i never saw the movies beacuse that takes away from the images that each individual makes by themselves. I mean yes the movies are good but I definitely had different ideas and i can not get back to my ideas i originally had about all the characters because Rupert Grin pops into my head for Ron. I think that the movies cut down the readers personal ideas

Lord_V January 2nd, 2007 9:02 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ponytail (Post 4274920)
Books win everytime.. Sometimes I would rather that i never saw the movies beacuse that takes away from the images that each individual makes by themselves. I mean yes the movies are good but I definitely had different ideas and i can not get back to my ideas i originally had about all the characters because Rupert Grin pops into my head for Ron. I think that the movies cut down the readers personal ideas

I totally agree :)
I for example had a totally different idea about how Sirius looked (in my imagination he was much cooler :cool:).

MrSleepyHead January 2nd, 2007 3:37 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
The books are hundreds of times better than the movies. Very few movies are better than the books they imitate, and books in general are better than movies. The Harry Potter books are done in such detail, and you do not get that with the movies. Also, I enjoy reading every word JKR writes, and therefore I cannot say that I like the movies more simply because there is so much cut out. It is also much easier to understand what a character is thinking when reading the books, and in the movies the main actors are simply too young and inexperienced to show their emotions properly.

Lepricon January 2nd, 2007 3:46 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I love to read the books. But its fun sometimes just to watch the dvd if I am to lazy to read the day. I think there is a thread already up about this topic.

dungeonguard January 2nd, 2007 4:42 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I prefer the books over the films any day. Now, I'm not just complaining about the films here, but I think it's sort of obvious that the books provide more, and sometimes not so boring, information.

Sometimes I like the films over the books, however, I have seen them so many times that they become somewhat boring to me. The books can never do that to me, because almost every time you re-read them, you find out something new.

Right now I'm re-reading 'Half-Blood Prince' for the 4th time. :D

-Simon

TheMagicMongol January 2nd, 2007 6:15 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Like every other poster yet I much prefer the books to the movies. They are so much more detailed, longer, more enjoyable and most importantly what the movies are based on.

SSJ_Jup81 January 2nd, 2007 6:17 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I prefer the books to the films, mainly because I started the books first, and prefer the characterization in the books compared to the movies, especially where Ron's character is concerned. He's been downplayed way too much for the films, where as Hermione has been up-played, if that's an actual word.

Paper_Shoes January 2nd, 2007 6:20 pm

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I like the last two films more than I like the first two books, but otherwise I prefer the books.

KDOG January 3rd, 2007 12:38 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dungeonguard (Post 4275489)
I prefer the books over the films any day. Now, I'm not just complaining about the films here, but I think it's sort of obvious that the books provide more, and sometimes not so boring, information.

Sometimes I like the films over the books, however, I have seen them so many times that they become somewhat boring to me. The books can never do that to me, because almost every time you re-read them, you find out something new.

Right now I'm re-reading 'Half-Blood Prince' for the 4th time. :D

-Simon

Heh. Usually I re read the books a ton but not necesarily read the book word by word, chapter by chapter again. I'll go to a chapter I want to read, start there read a few chapters etc. But I love the GOF book so much so I am reading it fully for about the sixth time.

For example scenes like the triwizard tasks I think are so much better in the books than the movie. I mean the first task was kind of crazy, a little too out of control, it would never become a dragon chasing Harry around the school. The book version is obviously short, only two pages or so, but still it just sort of gives me a little emotion while reading it, I guess very happy because the scene is so relieving and Happy. Everyone, he thinks is against him aside from the Gryffindors, Ron wont talk to him. He goes and performs amazingly and everything turns out good, everybody cheering him, Ron makes up with him, everyone praising him, Charlie, McGonagal, Hagrid, Imposter moody etc. I dont know, its just such a good chapter in the book IMO.

NoDayBut2Day January 3rd, 2007 12:45 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
The books. No question. There's only one instance in my entire lifetime where the movie has been better than the book, IMO. "Chocolat."

There's no way you can get the amount of detail, the little "homey" stuff into the movies. All the potterverse that we know and love has no way of making it in the movies. And that's totally okay wth me... movies and books are different media, and the movies have to be Harry-Centric in order to get out the entire story in less than twenty hours.

Although I do love the movies in their own way. PoA being my favorite, that one made me think "This isn't a Harry Potter film, this is a film." It completely caught the essence of the book. But this is neither the time nor place... :D

At any rate. Long story short... books.

potterposse January 3rd, 2007 2:20 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Books...definately!

Without the books there would be no movie!

the movies are pretty good, except for PoA though

Keakealani January 3rd, 2007 2:28 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Historically, I've liked books better than movies, especially when the movie is based off of a book. There are aspects of the movies I have really liked - the special effects are absolutely amazing at times - but I prefer getting the stories in small doses, not to mention I think books give a better appreciation for the amazing facets of language use.

One thing I really don't like about movies is when they change the physical characteristics from the way you picture someone. Notably, I really pictured Remus Lupin and Sirius Black as totally different from the way they were portrayed in the films - now it's hard for me to come up with that character because they get replaced by the characters in the movies. Most of them are pretty close to the way I'd picture them, but sometimes they can give you a nasty shock when you see them all wrong.

That being said, it is really cool to actually "see" the world of Hogwarts and the secrets that are embedded in a relatively short period of time.

kittyboy January 3rd, 2007 2:49 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Ditto for me; books have more detail that the Kloves can't translate or bother to include or just change for excample in "GoF movie no Dobie stealing the gillyweed and shift the "deed" over to
honest Neville:grumble: alot of things but he's no thief!
kittyboy

aggiefan1206 January 3rd, 2007 2:50 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
The books of course. W/o the books no movies. Plus th emovies have left to much out.

InvaderZimmeh January 3rd, 2007 2:51 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I prefer reading the books, as you can imagine the characters exactly as they're written (no bad acting!) and not as the exaggerated versions in the movies, and the places... well it just feels like you're there. With the movies, you have to deal with the fact that its how the director sees the books, and lately, thts just not cutting it. GoF was a huge disappointment for me, not only with the acting, but the movie as a whole.

bri8 January 3rd, 2007 3:33 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Books

Turtle_Crossing January 3rd, 2007 3:35 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Booooooooks!!!!! Movies are nice, but since they can't fit every detail from the books, you can get annoyed that they didn't put things in (SPEW and Peeves for instance) I choose books over movies any day.

PotterROx January 3rd, 2007 3:38 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
Books of course. There is so much in the books that the movies just cant capture. But still i cant wait for the 5th movie.

Hysteria January 3rd, 2007 8:14 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
The books, no doubt. The movies are reasonable but the books are what got me hooked in the first place.

Lupins_Boggart January 3rd, 2007 8:53 am

Re: Do you prefer the books or the films?
 
I like both but I would have to say that I prefer the books a little bit more. The movies convey the story very well but the books hold so much more details that, if put into the movie, would make the movie over 3 hours long. Or over 4 hours long if you're talking about OOTP. What I say is, read the books, love the books, escape into Harry's world. Then go watch the movie and have fun. Don't nit pick the movie, just be thankful that we have movies of these great books. And for the record, if they wanted to do the movies right and put in all the details that hardcore HP fans want and that meant that the movie would run 3 hours or more, then I would be all for it. Give me all of it, I'll sit and watch. I did it for LOTR and still do it when I watch LOTR Extended Edition.


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