Editorials

Deathly Hallows Part 1 and the Audiovisual Soundscape it Wasn’t

Deathly Hallows Part 1

By Selina Abstract: This essay expresses the less heard opinion on the latest film, that it was neither “the best one yet” nor spellbinding in any way. It argues that this was the case because of the poor use of its soundtrack, and how this takes away from the overall experience, making it harder to find yourself transported by the cinematic experience. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 premiered this week, and fans around the world are currently celebrating its success and brilliance. But I wish to address a major issue I had with the film, one which made it impossible to truly immerse myself in it and enjoy the experience: the lack of an epic soundtrack. Don’t get me wrong, I truly enjoyed the film and there are a lot of excellent elements to point out as well, but this is so important to me, I wish to single it out. I don’t like comparing the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies – mostly out of fierce loyalty to HP, because the LotR movies are undeniably, unfathomably better. My mother always says that the difference between the franchises can be summed up by looking at ... Read More »

Why the Harry Potter Saga Didn’t Receive Any Valuable Oscars (and Why the Lord of the Rings Did)

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By Vincent Summary: The writer argues David Yates was the worst thing to happen to the Harry Potter franchise. After three successful movies, Lord of The Rings won several Oscars as a coronation to a movie saga that has enchanted the world. David Heyman and David Baron were both hoping to obtain a similar achievement, but they destroyed all their Oscar-chances four years ago by hiring David Yates as director for the final four movies. Although Yates tried to focus on the emotional plotlines of the characters and he succeeded in making some very touching moments, the movies were not magical. They were never enchanting, or even epic. Through the first four movies, the directors did huge efforts to show us the magical world of Harry Potter that we all deeply love. You can see this in various little cut scenes like the ghosts in Prisoner of Azkaban that jump on their horses through a window in the great hall. In Sorcerer’s Stone Chris Columbus tries to give us as many details as possible when Harry enters places such as Diagon Alley, Gringotts and the Great Hall. We see the candles float through the air as we are overwhelmed by ... Read More »

A Fan’s Review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

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By Adeeb Abstract: A rather positive view on the first installment of the Deathly Hallows movie. How did I feel about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Movie? Seeing the movie a few months ago, I’ll tell you how I felt about it. Before I start talking about the movie itself, I wanted to talk about the posters. The posters were amazing, reflecting what’s out there for the trio and the dangers they’re in. The photoshop skills were amazing, I loved every single poster. The way I felt about the movie can’t be described. It was stunning, beautiful, amazing… etc. It lived up to my expectations. The movie was stunning with its visual effects. David Yates managed to put a lot of effort to improve the style and the darkness of the film since Order of the Phoenix. This movie was the best one, in my opinion, in the visual effects era. Lighting, camera angles, and everything else were perfect in that zone. Since we’re talking special effects, I’d like to add the “Tale of the Three Brothers” scene. That part of the movie was shockingly prodigious… I did not see that coming. I just fell in love ... Read More »

Book to Movie: Can the Excellence be Captured?

The Silver Doe

By Dania Abstract: Many people debate weather a book can properly be transformed into a movie. I believe a book can’t for many reasons. For example, in a book you have the chance to imagine the scenes, characters, etc. are like, but in a movie you can’t. Also, to make a movie more interesting, the director may take out a few scenes that seem unimportant but turn out to be part of a bigger picture later on. For example, in the movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1)”, they take out the part when Hermione takes the picture of Phineas Nigellus with her. This seems harmless at first but then how is it that Professor Snape knew where the trio was when he had to lure them with the silver doe. Those are just some of the reasons why I believe that a book can never really be changed into a movie perfectly. When a transition from book to movie occurs I don’t believe that the exact essence can be transmitted. Books, in my opinion, are much more creative and also just make more sense. The reason I believe books make more sense is that they can explain ... Read More »

Harry Potter and the Boy Nobody Liked

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By Chantelle Summary: This essay puts forward the reason why most Harry Potter fans do not count the main character as their favourite. J.K Rowling said herself that she was surprised more fans didn’€™t favour Harry over the secondary main characters, Ron or Hermione. What is it about Harry’€™s personality, appearance and film adaptation that readers disliked? Harry Potter, the biggest franchise in the world, and as the title begs to differ, the reason behind the success wasn’€™t due to the boy behind the name. When asked her favourite character throughout the series, Jo Rowling admitted that she was loyal to Harry and that she did not understand why fans didn‒t like him as much as the other two secondary main’s; Ron and Hermione. As you’€™re reading this, think to yourself and answer truthfully: out of the golden trio, who is your favourite? I guarantee not many of you said the boy who lived. If you did, then well done, you have just made this essay and argument invalid! I appreciate it, really, I do. It isn’€™t uncommon for the main character of a novel to go unloved. Authors all around the world question why their main characters aren’€™t favoured ... Read More »

Harry Potter: A Film Analysis

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By Jeffery Tucker Abstract: I wrote an essay on the Harry Potter film series after seeing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The Harry Potter film series will soon come to an end and what better way to acknowledge that than by analyzing the series? What are the positive and negative attributes? What are the best and worst aspects? How well do the creator’s perform their task of keeping the audience engaged and intrigued? Read on to find how I, a fan of no importance, answer these inquiries. As a fan of the novels (the last five, anyway), I no longer compare the films to what author J.K. Rowling wrote because that tends to bog down legitimate criticism. This type of criticism does not consist of nitpicks and complaints on what aspects from the books should not have been excluded. It’s preferable that a critic of the films, who also happens to be a fan of their book counterparts, only discuss what’s present on screen to prevent the discussion from becoming off topic with irrelevancies and disappointments of inaccurate, minute details. Therefore, no comparisons to the novels will be made on my part. I also will not go ... Read More »

The Final Word

Pottermore Sorting Hat

By Dr. Weasley Summary: I have a Quibble on the Pottermore sorting and if it is truly accurate. It states the mistakes that could be made with an online quiz and the overlapping qualities of each house. With Pottermore out for many on its Beta-testers, people are finding themselves in the house they didn’€™t want, or didn’€™t expect at least. But here’€™s what I’€™m wondering: Is the Pottermore sorting really accurate? We all know the Sorting Hat is accurate, as it can see into your head and your past, and many people have made some theorie€™s that it can see into your future. Now, I got Gryffindor on Pottermore, but I will tell you now, I am not a Gryffindor. However if I were to put the Sorting Hat on my head and it told me Gryffindor, I would believe it; however, since I instead took an online quiz, I will not say I am a Gryffindor. I am a Hufflepuff, and proudly. Now honestly, if you look at the traits of each house, you will see some things that overlap. ‘You might belong in Gryffindor, Where dwell the brave at heart, Their daring, nerve and chivalry Set Gryffindors apart; ... Read More »

A Film Analysis: Deathly Hallows Part Two

DH Part 2

By Jeffery Tucker Abstract: After analyzing all the movies in his previous essay, the author shares his thoughts on the recently released final installment. The Harry Potter film series, after a decade of production, has finally come to an end. What began as a children’s fantasy with earnest innocence has culminated in a dark, depressing world for the series’ protagonist to exist in. Expertly crafted and directed by David Yates, the series has reached its climactic conclusion with one of the best entries in the saga and one of this year’s greatest films. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 begins where its predecessor left off, with the death of Dobby the Elf and Voldemort finally acquiring the Elder Wand. Harry, Ron, and Hermione get straight to work to find and destroy the rest of the Horcruxes that house pieces of Voldemort’s soul. Seeing as how Part 1 ended on a cliffhanger, Part 2 doesn’t do much to remind the audience of what happened before, relying instead on quick flashbacks and the audience’s memory. This is a bold move and it unfortunately doesn’t work too well as the beginning seems rushed until the trio reaches the outskirts of Hogwarts, ... Read More »

Too Good to Be True: How the Final Potter Film Shortchanged the Character of Severus Snape

Snape and Lily

By VCRavenclaw Abstract: I argue that the second Deathly Hallows film failed to clarify what happened with the Snape/Lily relationship, and also oversimplified Snape’s complex character motivations in protecting Harry. I suggest some brief canon sections that could have been added to the film to remedy these points of confusion for Potter film fans who have not read the books. Like so many other Potter fans, it was difficult for me to complete the books without the infamous Severus Snape becoming the character whom I simultaneously love to hate and hate to love. He has resonated with me, as he has with so many other readers, because of the incredible complexity that JK Rowling so brilliantly weaves into his development throughout her writing. For this reason I was particularly excited and anxious to see how the second DH film would wrap up his story in its own rendition of The Prince’s Tale. The result was, for me, admittedly disappointing. I will clarify that this disappointment is not at all derived from Alan Rickman’s performance, which was wonderful and heart-wrenching. Rather, I left the theatre feeling that the screenplay created a lot of ambiguity around Snape’s character, particularly in regard to ... Read More »

Neville Longbottom and the Overdone Storyline

Neville Longbottom

By Michael Maupin Abstract: The author has a few complaints about the movie depiction of the clumsy, yet lovable character. While watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, did you develop a deep love for the character of Neville Longbottom? I’ve been asked this before, and while I honestly liked Neville in Books/Movies 1-5, I felt that he was just too blown up in the final movie. First, let’s analyze the character of Neville. In Sorcerer’s Stone, he is introduced as a forgetful, timid, and, let’s be honest, dim-witted student who lives with his grandmother. To my confusion, at first, he was Sorted into the House of Gryffindor. Gryffindors are typically brave, and whilst Neville is precisely the opposite of brave in the beginning, as the books go on, he evolves…Kind of. Neville stays relatively the same until the final book, when he takes Harry’s place as the leader by defying Snape and the Carrows. Honestly, that’s not my main problem. My main problem took place during the on-screen action of Deathly Hallows – Part 2. At first Neville seemed to be played quite well by Matthew Lewis, but as I watched, I grew more and more ... Read More »

Book to Film – Some More Perspectives

Behind the Scenes

By Stuart Abstract: One view is that you can never make a good book into a good film. But is this necessarily true? Is the trick in good screenplay writing and what other forces come into play? Are some books more adaptable than others and where does this place the Harry Potter series? Much has been written about how well or badly the Harry Potter books have been adapted into the films and we’ve seen endless comments about how ultimately an adaptation is doomed to failure – and yet the films are incredibly popular, to the extent that there are many Potter fans that have never actually read the books… so what are we missing here? We all acknowledge that a book and a film are two very different forms of telling a story. The key differences are, first of all a book uses words to paint a picture and the imagination creates that picture in our mind. As every individual is different so is their imagined view of the world depicted in the book. Secondly, a book is not limited in length or complexity of plot – it is the author’s skill that ensures that such complexity is still ... Read More »

The Effects Of Harry Potter

Harry Potter

By Lilah Abstract: The author writes about how Harry Potter has affected her life personally and the lives of millions of fans around the world. I first read Harry Potter when my mum’s friend brought it round for her to read. I picked it up and at the age of 3 I was stuck. That day changed my life. And I just wanted to write about how Harry Potter has affected the lives of millions and especially about how it affected mine. When you’re young, you wonder aimlessly. Not knowing where you’re heading, where your destination lies. But that doesn’t matter to you; you’re youthful and carefree. But from the age of 3, the year I first read Philosopher’s Stone, I knew what I wanted out of life. I wanted to read and I wanted to write. I wanted people to wait for my book and most of all I wanted to change people’s lives the way Harry Potter changed mine. You might think 3 is a little young to decide your future. But for me it was perfect, and now I had loads of time to practise what I love to do. If I had never read that life-changing ... Read More »

A MuggleNet Editorial: “Harry Potter and the Oscar Travesty”

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The "Harry Potter" series was never honored with an Oscar trophy. One of MuggleNet's editors offers his view on this travesty. Read More »

A Quibble for mature audiences only: “The (figurative) Defilement of Harry Potter”

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This week's quibble comes from MuggleNet staff member Noah. He has some interesting points to make on the series. Warning: For mature audiences only. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “Shakespeare’s Legacy: Hermione the Queen and Schoolgirl”

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This week's quibble discusses the name of Hermione. The author contrasts Shakespeare and Rowling's characters. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “Harry Potter and The Holy Bible: A Comparison”

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This week's quibble compares the "Harry Potter" series with the Holy Bible. The author makes some interesting comparisons between the two. Read More »

Quibble of the Week: ‘Help! I’m a Hufflepuff!’

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Our next quibble of the week comes from Emilia. A Pottermore-beta user, she has reached out to the Harry Potter fandom at large to report a certain traumatic experience she had while on JK Rowling’s new interactive website, specifically while accessing the Sorting Hat. A natural born Ravenclaw, Emilia was sorted into Hufflepuff. Desperately, I click back, hoping I can somehow change my answers. The computer laughs in my face, redirecting me to the same page, with my “Welcome” letter. I close my eyes and lean my head against the wall. I could forget all about this account and get a new one. But then I’d have to wait until October or later. There was no way to get past this. The butterflies in my stomach turned into a potion of broiling shame. We’re happy to report that by the end of her quibble, Emilia eventually reconciled herself to the noble and hard-working house of Hufflepuff. But has this been the same experience for all Pottermore-beta users? Considering that at its root it is another online quiz, can we really trust the Pottermore Sorting Hat? To read more exciting quibbles, or to learn how you can submit one of your ... Read More »

Quibble of the Week: “The Hogwarts Houses: Analysis of Characteristics”

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In this week's quibble, all four Hogwarts Houses are analyzed. The author has an interesting view on which of the four should be considered the best. Read More »

Introducing MuggleNet Editorials Revamped

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Just because the last book has been released, that doesn't mean the speculation and critical thinking are over! MuggleNet's Editorials section has been newly revamped. Join the conversation today! Read More »

Quibble: “Latin and Ancient Greece: Not-So-Dead Languages and Cultures in Harry Potter”

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This week's quibble discusses the names of several "Harry Potter" characters. The author of this quibble argues these connections should cause "Potter" to be thought of as Epic literature - what do you think? Read More »