This is a favorite meme pic of mine. I think I saw it originally on Facebook, possibly tumblr. Anyway, I didn’t make it – I just found it. But I do love it.
I’d add Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time.
to welcome you home
Oh god guys. JK Rowling is a genius, and so is this person.
the thing I love about this fandom is that there are 7 books and 8 movies to observe. so every once in a while some blessed soul finds a piece of information that makes all the magic resurface again
Oh Lord…it’s a metaphor too. It’s symbolic of Neville holding on to his past, the horrors of what happened to his parents, of being a passive vessel for that atrocity. As if the terrible thing kept happening and would never stop happening.
When he moves forward and becomes part of his own story instead of the story of his past, his strength surges.
TEAM NEVILLE FOR LIFE
I love the analysis here.
From Hugh Casey’s FB page. This is so true!
“Dark and difficult times lay ahead, soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. But remember this – you have friends here, you’re not alone.” — Professor Dumbledore
With Goblet of Fire, the Harry Potter series take a turn for the darker, and the new director, Mike Newell, doesn’t shoot the film and its environment the way his predecessors did. Rather than giving us lovely, beautiful shots and placing the characters in them perfectly – Newell concentrates on showing us close-ups of the characters’ faces. Not as interesting an approach to watch, but, on the other hand, it does add to the emotional feel of the film.
This is the first Harry Potter film to have a very episodic feel to it. We see a brief, almost prologue, at the Quiddich World Cup, which is broken up by a show of force by the Death Eaters, the first and second Tri-Wizarding Tournament tasks, the Yule Ball, and the final task and Harry’s confrontation with Voldemort. Each episode is well realized and told, but of course details from the book are lost, as they have been for all of the Harry Potter films.
Still, it is a very good movie, and a good adaptation of the novel. The Wizarding World is again expanded and Harry goes with Ron and his family to the Quiddich World Cup; then at Hogwarts, exchange students from Drumstrang and Madam Beaux Batons Academy come to Hogwarts for the Tri-Wizarding Tournament. It’s interesting to note that apparently Drumstrang is a boys school and Beaux Batons a girls school. Only Hogwarts, of the three Wizarding Schools, appears to be co-ed. A champion is to be chosen from each school, but he or she must be seventeen or older. Yet, not only is Hogwarts represented by Cedric Diggory, but also by Harry. This causes Harry some problems, as even Ron is jealous and angry. However, Ron and Harry work out their differences after Ron sees the danger Harry is in during the first task of challenging a dragon. During the second task, Harry comes in last as he’s determined to rescue all the kidnapped people (Ron, Hermione, Cho, and Fleur’s younger sister). Cedric and Krum save their “treasures” and Harry rescues Ron and Fleur’s sister. His bravery and determination, however, earn him extra points for moral fibre, and he ends up in second place behind Cedric.
The third task is a maze, with the Tri-Wizarding Cup hidden somewhere inside. After spooky challenges, Harry and Cedric take the Cup at the same time. But it’s a portkey, transporting them to the graveyard where Tom Riddle’s parents are buried. Cedric is killed. Wormtail performs an incantation which brings back Voldemort. Harry and Voldemort duel, but their wands become locked. Harry escapes, bringing Cedric back and sobbing.
In a sober end-of-year lecture, Dumbledore informs all the Hogwarts students that Cedric was killed by Voldemort, who’s back.
Recommendation: See It
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Next Film: Henry V
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times.” — Professor Dumbledore
Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite Harry Potter book, and so far it still remains my favorite Harry Potter movie. The book opens up the Wizarding World even more by introducing the Wizard town of Hogsmeade just outside of Hogwarts. The movie doesn’t spend as much time in Hogsmeade, I would have liked to see more, but it’s still an important part of the plot. The danger and sense of evil is also much stronger in this film.
The director has changed, but the film is still beautifully shot, just gorgeous, especially the way quick-acting frost is used to visually signify the appearance of a Dementor. This film also introduces a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Professor Lupin (later revealed to be a werewolf), whom I really, really liked. And we find out about Harry’s Godfather, Sirius Black, who’s accused of betraying Lily and James Potter to Voldemort and causing their deaths.
However (spoiler alert!), the core of the film is the discovery that Sirius wasn’t guilty of killing Peter Pettigrew, and it was Pettigrew who actually betrayed the Potters to Voldemort. Still, Sirius has spent all that time in Azkaban, the Wizard prison, and only escapes at the beginning of this film. Even at the end, he’s on the run for his life, because no one will believe Harry, Ron, and Hermione that he’s innocent.
Also, this film is the only one with time travel. Hermione over-loads herself with a triple load of classes, and uses a time turner to attend classes held at the same time. She and Harry are able to use the time turner to save Buckbeak, the Hippogriff, and Sirius. Harry also conjures a Patronus for the first time, saving himself and Sirius from the Dementors. (It’s cool – we see the scene from Harry I and Harry II’s perspective).
This film is also the last time the look and feel of the Harry Potter films is still innocent and young. After this, the films get progressively darker (as do the novels they are based on). Highly, highly recommended for children eight and up. Later films are better for the over-thirteen crowd.
Recommendation: See it!
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Next Film: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire