Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Goblet of Fire

We just had to go see the latest Harry Potter film. It was excellent as expected. It was predictably "darker". I read the book a few years ago. It seems all the "special effects" really add to the excitement. What is so amazing about these books is that the author, J.K. Rowlings, has tied them all together with such intricate attention to detail and a knowledge of the pubescent teenager and human nature.

First of all, this time, it doesn't start at Privet Lane and the stereotypical villainous "step parents". That was a relief. It doesn't even get "cute" with the Weazleys and their magical cottage and garden of gnomes. No magical, flying cars either. I does have a tent that is vast and palatial on the inside, not outside. Almost right away, the "brother figures", Ron and Harry, have a misunderstanding...mostly about petty jealousy issues. It is interesting how they work it out through the movie with stabs at communication and commaraderie. They rely on memories of past successes. They both have problems with the girls they like. Hermionne has been such a "buddy" in the adventures and now she is being perceived differently and she is blossoming too. Different races are introduced too, Patels, La Fluer, Cho. and, of course, The Try Wizarding Contest's has that emphasis. The three tasks also have a chance for Harry to show how he helps his fellow contestants and friends. He saves the stranded friends of this rivals underwater and he comes to the rescue of Seamus(?) Digory in the maze.

There was a detail I remember from the book that I don't think was shown in the duel between Voldemort and Harry. Their wands had a similar make-up or heritage (or a feather) and therefore, couldn't defeat each other. The dark mark in the sky and the ones on the forearm were a bit confusing too. Did Harry ever have one at all? Mad-Eye Moody was a great, believeable bad guy. This is where the author introduces devices used later also ie. Polly Juice and Veritas Potion I think. Neville has a more heroic role this time. I'm still not used to the new Dumbledore and his tied-up beard.

They better get on with making the next one "Order of the Phoenix" before they all get too old. They may be late bloomers like some other guys I know. Then it doesn't matter. We're all young at heart, aren't we. And the is the reason for the world-wide, mass appeal. Long live youthful thinking and adventure. Here's to friendship and brotherhood...noble aspirations don't you think? Bob


At 6:36 PM, Blogger BOB! Your Life Preserver said...

In my haste to post this, we're packing for Vegas, I completely missed the main point of the title: Goblet of Fire. To me this is a "testing" at several levels. It is not just the obvious "heroic championship of wizardry" it is a trial by fire of the values of this book ie. what Harry stands for. ie.. he's too young and yet he shows his elders what those values mean and what they can cost.


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