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30 Days of Harry Potter - day 29: What would your Animagus form be?

It's never established as absolute, but it seems like Patronuses and Animagi are usually the same animal. So... probably a fox again.


Anyway, I saw Deathly Hallows, Part 1 again this weekend, so here are some further thoughts to fill up more space:

  • I can't believe I didn't mention it the first time I saw the movie, but it was really exciting to me that we actually got to see Neville in Part 1, since I spent the entire book whining about how we didn't get to see the protagonist of the Harry Potter series until page 570.
  • I love it when Fleur-Harry is riding a thestral with Bill in the Seven Potters scene and she hugs him tightly and presses her cheek against his back. One of my favorite TV tropes is people swapping bodies and actors having to portray each other's mannerisms¹. Sometimes I forget that Polyjuice doesn't actually exist, and that is in fact Daniel Radcliffe snuggling up to Domhnall Gleeson, not Fleur-in-disguise².
  • Speaking of Domhnall Gleeson, doesn't anyone in the Harry Potter universe think it's kind of strange that Bill Weasley looks a bit like Mad-Eye Moody? What was going on in the first incarnation of the Order of the Phoenix, anyway?
  • I really disliked James and Oliver Phelps in Sorcerer's Stone, but they have steadily grown on me. I love Fred and George. I hope that Part 2 will include at least a bit of the Weasley mourning and give one of the twins (I have no idea which is which) a chance to be a bit more serious for a time.
  • Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches was one of those things that was not absolutely essential to the plot so I wouldn't have been able to justify leaving it in... but I miss it. Introducing it early on in the book is so entertaining for the later interactions between Ron and Hermione.
  • I didn't notice it the first time, but since Jennie pointed it out, I also enjoyed watching Ron watch Hermione play the piano instead of trying to learn.
  • I think there is either a conspiracy underfoot or a subliminal waterfall in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. I have now seen the movie twice, and both times, I had to get up to use the bathroom right around the time Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow. I can't remember the last time I had to leave a movie theatre during the film, and now I've done it twice! Eventually, I would like to see that scene in its entirety.
  • In the scene after Ron leaves, but before Harry and Hermione go to Godric's Hollow, they're camping out near some kind of cliff on ground with a really weird, unearthly surface. Where the heck is that? The only British cliffs I know by name are the White Cliffs of Dover, but as far as I can tell from pictures, they don't have that weird surface.
  • The Harry/Hermione locket-fueled dream makeout scene was even grosser this time, but the Harry/Hermione dancing scene was cuter, since I knew that it was not going to result in makeouts.
  • I thought it was very moving in the book when Ron and Hermione were calling out for each other in Malfoy Manor. I'm not sure why they took that out, except that maybe it's one of those things that sounds better on paper than on film.
  • This scene hasn't actually happened yet, but I thought of it when Harry was speaking Parseltongue in Part 1: It seems so silly that Ron should be able to "fake" speaking Parseltongue by just mimicking the sounds that Harry makes, and yet have this fake-Parseltongue actually work. I feel like this is analogous to someone actually being able to carry on a conversation with Joey Tribbiani in French or with Bert Limbec in Spanish. You're just making noises that sort of sound like that language!

¹ Red Dwarf was great at having people swap bodies or have huge personality changes or meet parallel universe versions of themselves and I think that made it a lot of fun to watch, to see how the actors handled the changing portrayals.

² I was, however, very aware that David O'Hara was playing Harry-within-Albert-Runcorn, and I still don't quite understand why his portrayal of this character consisted of walking around like he had pooped his pants. Was that how he mimics Daniel Radcliffe's natural walk? It was very strange.

srah - Monday, 29 November 2010 - 12:28 PM
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Comments (3)

gravatar Gretchen Alice - November 29, 2010 - 3:58 PM -

Oh my gosh, I had to pee SO BAD during Godric's Hollow, too! Definite conspiracy.

gravatar Jennie - November 29, 2010 - 4:16 PM -

One of my favorite TV tropes is people swapping bodies and actors having to portray each other's mannerisms¹

YES! I said this just yesterday when we were watching Doctor Who and Cassandra jumped into Rose's body and then the Doctor's body and then back and forth and it was awesome.

gravatar alfie - November 29, 2010 - 7:03 PM -

I love that episode of Doctor Who.

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