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Re: Fan Scripts: Script your own version of Harry Potter

HBP scene 9: THE SECRET RIDDLE:    


  
CUT TO
INT. HOGWARTS – THE GREAT HALL
PAN DOWN from the ceiling, bewitched to look just like the dreary, misty sky outside; HARRY, RON, and HERMIONE sit at the GRYFFINDOR table to breakfast, HERMIONE with a DAILY PROPHET inhand.

RON
Anyone we know dead?

HERMIONE
Tactful, Ron. No, but there have been a few more dementor attacks, and it says that Stan Shunpike has been arrested - on suspicion of “Death Eater activities.”

HARRY
Stan Shunpike? The conductor of the Knight Bus?

HERMIONE
That’s him.

HARRY
That’s mad, I’ve met him, no way is he a Death Eater.

RON
Maybe's under the imperius curse; you never can tell, after all.

Just then, HEDWIG swoops down and drops a letter right before HARRY. He opens it up and reads it out:

HARRY
It’s from Dumbledore.

RON and HERMIONE look curious.

HARRY
“Dear Harry, I hope you're enjoying being back. If you'll permit, I would like to see you in my office tonight for the first of a number of important private lessons we will be having together this year. P.S. I enjoy Acid Pops.”

RON
He enjoys Acid Pops?

HARRY
The password to his office.

HERMIONE
Private lessons, that’s interesting. What do you think it could be?

HARRY
I dunno.

McGONAGALL
Potter!

HARRY turns around to face PROFESSOR McGONAGALL.

McGONAGALL
I know this is sudden, but the Gryffindor quidditch team is in need of a Captain, and I wanted to know if you would be interested.

HARRY
(hesitant)
Oh, uh…sure.

McGONAGALL
Excellent. Tryouts are tomorrow. Good luck.

She walks away, leaving HARRY a bit blindsided.

RON
You know, I was thinking about maybe trying out this year myself.

HARRY
Really? Well, see you there then.

CUT TO
HARRY knocks twice at DUMBLEDORE’s door. DUMBLEDORE shouts “come in” and HARRY opens the door to some familiar sights: the circular room with several whirling, smoking, or otherwise moving instruments unknown to us, portraits of previous headmasters, and FAWKES the flame-red phoenix sitting atop his perch. DUMBLEDORE stands before his desk in front of a stone basin, the one HARRY fell into two years prior.

DUMBLEDORE
Good evening, Harry. Are you enjoying the first week back?

HARRY
Yeah, of course.

DUMBLEDORE
(playful)
Professor Snape told me he gave you detention for tomorrow. And on your first day too.

HARRY
Uh...yeah...

DUMBLEDORE
(pause)
You were surprised to see I had given him the Defense Against the Dark Arts job.

HARRY
(taken aback)
Well, yeah, I was.

DUMBLEDORE
I trust Severus Snape, that's all that matters.

He takes a small bottle from the desk and opens the cork, letting out a swirling, streaming silver liquid.

DUMBLEDORE
Now, I'm sure you're wondering what it is I wanted to see you about.

HARRY
I usually am, yeah.

DUMBLEDORE
You now know why Voldemort tried to kill you 15 years ago, so the way I see it, it's time you be privy to certain information.

HARRY
Does this have something to do with the prophecy? Will it help me…survive?

DUMBLEDORE
Yes, I would say it has everything to do with the prophecy – and I certainly hope it will help you to survive. You see, in order to prepare for the future, we must first journey through the past. But I warn you: from here we leave the firm foundation of fact and venture into the murky marshes of memory and guesswork.

HARRY
But you do think you’re right?

DUMBLEDORE
Naturally, but as I have proven, I make mistakes like anyone else, and, in my case, they tend to be rather large ones.

HARRY
(eyeing the pensieve cautiously)
We’re going into the pensieve then?

DUMBLEDORE
That’s right. But this time, you have my permission. We’ll start with one of my own memories, which should at least prove accurate. After you.

HARRY steps in front of DUMBLEDORE, takes a deep breath, and plunges his face into the shimmering liquid. He falls down through the darkness and lands in a dimly lit corridor, DUMBLEDORE standing behind him.

DUMBLEDORE
Ah, there I am.

He gestures forward, where a much YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE, hair shorter and auburn-colored, is guided to a room by a short, stern-looking woman.

WOMAN
Right this way.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Thank you, Mrs. Cole.

MRS. COLE
I don’t mean to insult the boy, but, well, the oddest things tend to happen around him. I don’t think there will be many people disappointed to see the back of him.
(She knocks at the door and opens it.)
Tom, you have a visitor.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Hello, Tom.

She walks out; an 11-year-old TOM RIDDLE - seated at his window at the other side of the small room decorated with nothing more than a bed in the center, a rocking chair in the right corner, and a wardrobe in the left corner - looks up at the YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE with cold, piercing eyes.

RIDDLE
Who are you?

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
My name is Albus Dumbledore. I am the Headmaster at a school called Hogwarts.

RIDDLE
You’re putting me on. She’s sent you here, hasn’t she? You’re from the asylum, aren’t you? Who are you really? Tell the truth!

HARRY looks on in utter fascination at this child who would become VOLDEMORT, his commanding and paranoid qualities already in place.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
But I have. My name is Albus Dumbledore, and I work at a school called Hogwarts - I would like to offer you a place there. I will tell you a bit about it if you’d let me. Of course, no one can force you if you don’t want to.

RIDDLE
I’d like to see them try.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Hogwarts is a place for children with special abilities.

RIDDLE
I’m not mad.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Of course not, and Hogwarts is not a school for mad people. It is a school of magic.

RIDDLE
Magic?

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
That’s right.

RIDDLE
(excited)
What I can do, it’s…magic?

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
And what is it that you can do, Tom?

RIDDLE
All sorts. I can make things move with my mind. And I can make bad things happen to people. If someone bothers me, I...I can make them hurt.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Well, at Hogwarts -

RIDDLE
I can speak to snakes too. They find me...whisper things. Is that normal, for a wizard?

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
It is not unheard of, but no, it is not common.

RIDDLE
I knew I was special. I've always known.

HARRY is disconcerted by the lustful manner of RIDDLE’s boasting.

RIDDLE
You’re a wizard too then? Prove it.

Surprisingly, the YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE does, setting RIDDLE’s wardrobe on fire without a single wave of his wand. RIDDLE jumps up in anger.

RIDDLE
Okay, stop it!

The flames dissipate, leaving the wardrobe totally undamaged. RIDDLE stares at the wardrobe and then to the YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE, and hungrily asks:

RIDDLE
How can I do that?

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
In due time. I think there’s something trying to get out, why don’t you open the door?

RIDDLE opens the door to the wardrobe and takes out a rattling lockbox from the top shelf.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Is there anything in there that does not belong to you?

RIDDLE
(looking unnerved for the first time)
Yes.

He dumps the no-longer-rattling contents of the box onto his bed: a yo-yo, a thimble, a baseball, a quill, a mouth organ, and an antique silver locket with a large S in the center.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
You will return them to their rightful owners. Thieving is not tolerated at Hogwarts.

RIDDLE
Yes, sir.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
At Hogwarts we teach you not only how to use your power but how to control it. You’re not the first, nor will you be the last, to have done things that aren’t practiced or tolerated at school, by virtue of being inexperienced. I’m sure the story about Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop is just that.

RIDDLE
I didn’t attack them, you can ask them both!

An uncomfortable pause is broken by RIDDLE stating:

RIDDLE
I don't have any money.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Hogwarts has a fund to assist students who cannot pay for everything on their own.

RIDDLE
And where do you buy that stuff?

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Diagon Alley has everything you will need, from spellbooks to wands. I can accompany you there if you'd like -

RIDDLE
No, I can get there on my own.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Very well. You’ll find the entrance to it in the back of The Leaky Cauldron – ask Tom, the barman. Easy enough to remember, as he shares your name.

RIDDLE
I hate that name. There are lots of people called Tom; it’s so…ordinary.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Well, we'll see you at Hogwarts then. The details of your start of term are in here.
(He hands RIDDLE a sealed envelope.)

RIDDLE
Wait!

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
Yes?

RIDDLE
My father - was he a wizard? I know my mother can't have been, she died just after I was born.

YOUNGER DUMBLEDORE
I'm afraid I don't know.

RIDDLE
His name was Tom, that's all I know; I was named for him.

DUMBLEDORE
I think that will do.

HARRY and DUMBLEDORE this time rise and break through the surface of the memory and land back in DUMBLEDORE’s office.

HARRY
Wow. I – he believed it much quicker than I did.

DUMBLEDORE
Oh, Tom Riddle was all too ready to believe he was something more - better - than those around him.

HARRY
(pause)
Did you know...then?

DUMBLEDORE
Did I know I had just met the most dangerous dark wizard of all time?
(beat)
No. I want to draw your attention to young Tom’s attitude when I asked if he wanted me to escort him to Diagon Alley – the outright refusal, the need to be alone. There are Death Eaters who would tell you that “The Dark Lord” considers them his most prized ally, even a friend; they are deluded. Voldemort has no friends, the very concept is foreign to him, but what he has always known is how to exert his power and control over the less skilled. Those items he was keeping in his wardrobe, those served as souvenirs of instances when he had harassed fellow children at the orphanage.

HARRY
Amy Benson and Dennis Bishop?

DUMBLEDORE
If you believe the stories, he led them both into a cave and...it's still not known what he did to them.

HARRY's eyes return to DUMBLEDORE's disfigured hand (which is now minus the ring).

HARRY
Professor? I’m still wondering, what happened to your hand?

DUMBLEDORE
Don’t worry, Harry, all will be explained in time. Well, I think that concludes our lesson for tonight.

HARRY is about to leave when he thinks to ask:

HARRY
Oh, can I tell Ron and Hermione about these lessons?

DUMBLEDORE
I would encourage it. Goodnight, Harry.

HARRY
Goodnight, sir.

HARRY shuts the door behind him.
  



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