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Page Vs Picture

By Geeky Gem

Over the last 5 page vs picture articles, i have taken you deep into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and today is now different as we near the end of time with J.K Rowlings wonderful boy wizard and his friends. I am currently re-reading Prisoner of Azkaban and I have to say I am enjoying it as much as I did the first time. however this is not the book we came here to talk about today, today we reach the penultimate book in the series. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Now as with all the book so far this one picks up where the last book left off, Lord Voldemort has returned and his wrath has been felt in both the Muggle (non-magical) and Wizarding worlds. This where dark secrets are revealed and the death of one of the biggest characters had people all over the world in tears. Such is the impact of this book, that people didn’t even see it coming and that is a testament to Rowling as a writer. This again was one of the books I just couldn’t wait to get my hands and the day my pre ordered book came I think I disappeared for a few good hours and yes its sad to say I booked the da off work for it.

A lot of the characters return for this book as well with Snape making the Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa (Draco’s mother), that he will assist and protect Draco. But what has the Dark Lord asked Darco to do? And who is the mysterious Half-Blood Prince that Harry is learning some magic secrets from, through a book he found. These are not all the questions you ask yourself as you read this book, What is Slughorn hiding from Harry and everyone else at Hogwarts? All these questions and more will be answered as you read the book. This is the year Harry will earn more about Voldemort than he has ever known before an all because Dumbledore feels Harry is ready. Its taking a long time for us to come to the point where we start to find out the truth and everything starts to tie up nicely in this book as things are about to kick off in Deathly Hallows.

The one thing that you find out more about in this book is the Pensieve that Dumbledore keeps in his office, this allows you to look at memories of people, in this case they are all about Lord Voldemort. We also, as does Harry about some very dark magic called a Horcruxes. In which a person can split their soul in place them in objects, in theory helping them live on as long as the objects do. At the end of the book Harry decides he will not be going to school foe his final year but will hunt for the other Horcruxes. This ended left me speechless, and I all I could think are you made Harry. However I was also super excited to read the next book. Shall we move on to the movie?

 

The movie version of Half-Blood Prince came out in 2009 and marked the begging of the end of the movie franchise. David Yates was the director behind this one with writing credits going to Steve Kloves as it has been for all the movies in this series. To be honest I think he does a cracking job on all the movies, he has a way of putting in everything you needed to know from J.K Rowlings books without leaving feel like he missed a big chunk out. Ok, yes some things are different they always will be.

Many of the same cast return again with very few changes, they are however joined by Jim Broadbent as Professor Horace Slughorn and guess what he doesn’t teach Defence Against the Dark Arts, that job has finally gone to Snape. Slughorn is the new Potions teacher, Harry takes his class as he dreams of being an Auror when he leaves Hogwarts.

The reason I like this movie, as with the book you start to learn more about Voldemort and why he became the dark wizard that he did, you also start to see Harry grow up in a way that you never thought. For a moment in time he is fueled by ure hatred and revenge as a character that means a lot to him dies. This is yet another blow to Harry and his world becomes red and anger as he takes off after the murderer. A tense battle with Draco also happens and this is also a dark moment for Harry that is not to say that a Harry v Draco battle hadn’t been coming for a while as it had. It was brilliant, i don’t know what else I can say. This movie and book where both fantastic and the epicness of it all is just to much. However there can be no draw in page vs picture.

So this time my pont goes to book, bringing the score up to Book – 4, Film – 2. Sorry film your losing here and that’s not good. I do have loads more of these to be done so maybe film can bring it back. Why not come back and see.

MY BIGGEST CINEMATIC DISAPOINTMENTS

BY @hmsbeefnuts

I don’t know about you, but I can usually find something to like in most things. I can forgive little things here and there in films, justifying that, maybe I wouldn’t have done it that way, but as a whole, the film was watch-able. There are not many films that I walk away from filled with hatred and disgust. There are a few though. As I go to the cinema weekly, I get to see a lot of films, but these next films, well, they are the worst (or best) examples of disappointments that I have experienced in a theatre. Most of these are for personal reasons, but all left me gutted as I walked out of the screen, hatred and disgust, seeping out of every pore. Sounds pathetic? Well, it’s only because I care so much, that I allow myself to become so disappointed, and I’m sure we have all felt the same kind of thing at some point. So read on to find out what films I wanted to walk out of, what films I could barely keep from loudly booing. Let the hate commence.

ALEXANDER

Alexander the Great is my favourite bloke in all of history. I studied him at university, he is a personal hero of mine, he was the greatest general to have ever lived, never lost a battle, was a legendary hero in a very real world. To say I was looking forward to this is an understatement the size of the Macedonian Empire. I sat there waiting to be wowed by the tails of my favourite ancient hero, and within twenty minutes, I wanted to run away and hide. I just hated it, I don’t know whether it was the editing, the rushed nature of the battle scenes, the Irish accents that the Macedonians had, or all of the above and more. I just knew that I was watching a film about this great man, and it was sullying his good name, at least in my eyes. I walked out of the film in a stinking mood, perhaps I was too close to the subject matter, that I had a vision in my head of an Alexander the Great Film, and this was certainly not it. I have subsequently watched the Directors Cut, and it is much better, but it can’t quite wash the sour taste out of my mouth of the film I saw at the cinema. There is a great Alexander film to be made, and one day I will see it, hopefully.

SPIDER-MAN 3

The amount I was looking forward to a third Spider-Man film was incalculable by mere words. I had loved Spider-Man 1 & 2, they were awesome films, bringing the seemingly impossible to the screen. My brother, a huge Spidey fan, my best friend and I went to the first showing, buzzing with excitement, and very much looking forward to seeing Venom on screen. Things were OK for about an hour, and then, well, it all fell apart in front of our eyes. Topher Grace was never going to be a good Eddie Brock, or a good anything, in anything, but I didn’t hate him at first, that was to change quickly. Venom was botched, Sandman was ret-conned to be the man who killed Uncle Ben, Peter Parker had become a walking, dancing ‘dig on this’ emo nightmare. The film was rushed, too crowded and just not up to the high standards of the first two. All three of us walked out of the cinema with a heavy heart, it had destroyed us to hate a Spider-Man film. That wasn’t supposed to happen, we were supposed to be elated, talking about our favourite parts, reliving the good bits. Instead we made our way solemnly to the car and went home. I don’t think we even said more than ten words to each other.

CLASH OF THE TITANS

Harryhausen was my bread and butter growing up. I had watched the original Clash of the Titans so much when I was young, the tape broke. I don’t tend to think that remakes are necessarily a bad thing, and so when a new Clash was announced, my excitement level was high. What would modern day Harryhausens be able to conjure up on a computer and put on a cinema screen? 3D was a big factor, but I heard it wasn’t too good in the film, and so, opening weekend, I sat in a normal 2D screening, ready to be blown away…. Two films on, I’m still waiting. Clash was abhorrent. Sam ‘G’day mate’ Worthington, is not meant to play ancient heroes. The story was a pale comparison to the original, and the monsters were not half as exciting, or magical. I wanted to punch the person in front of me, just to release some hatred, but instead, it slowly built over two hours until it was at a fever pitch. I left as soon as the credits rolled, I had to be out of there, I couldn’t stand it any more. Having not seen it since, I can’t really remember what I hated so much about it now, and believe me, I don’t fancy re watching it in order to remind myself. I just know I hated almost every second of it, and hated the preceding second twice as much as the previous. I still went to watch Wrath of the Titans, and I was slightly less disappointed by the sequel, but only by an amount that could be measured by a super powerful calculator.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE

I was initially sceptical about the whole Harry Potter phenomenon. I didn’t want to watch a ‘baby’ film, and Lord Of The Rings was so much better. I soon changed my mind when a girl dragged me to see the first Harry Potter. Although LOTR was superior, I loved Harry Potter, and was at all the opening day screenings of all the films from then on, and of course, devoured the books. It was all going so swimmingly, until Half Blood Prince. I was so bored during this film, I fell asleep, twice. I don’t understand what went wrong. The scene that was most important to the story was botched beyond all recognition (clue: it involved the death of a beloved character), and the film was quite simply, depressing. Thins didn’t get much better in the next film either, but kicked it up about 20 gears for the final film. Admittedly, the book is a bit of a chore too, but I just didn’t connect with this film. Walking out of it, I was majorly disappointed, to a degree I never expected from the Harry Potter franchise. I guess it’s not the worst film ever made, but high expectations can lead to crushing failures. I expected too much perhaps, and was served something less than spectacular. I didn’t enjoy this film at all, and I so wanted to, so very much.

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

Raiders of the Lost Ark is in my top 2 favourite movies. I love Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade is really good. When Crystal Skull was announced, I’ll admit, I was excited, I felt no apprehension at all, perhaps foolishly, but I trusted Spielberg and Ford, not so much Lucas, to keep up to the series high standards. I also like Shia Lebeuf, and the return of Marion sounded like a good send off to the series. WOW. Was I wrong. As I sat there with a group of friends, at a midnight screening, all my joy and hope seemed to be draining out of me. Ford looked old, the plot was shit, Shia Lebeuf doing a King of the Monkeys impression. The fridge getting nuked, the god-damn gophers, and stupid fucking Aliens. I tried to put a brave face on it. It wasn’t that bad was it? Was it? Yes, it was terrible, awful, a disgrace. Luckily, there are three awesome Indy films, and the fourth never needs to be watched or talked about in polite conversation. Usually I’d be all for a new Indy adventure, but maybe they need to leave him alone, Indy doesn’t need to be dug up again, he belongs in a museum, with the other works of art. I was slightly depressed for a few days after watching Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I’m over it now of course, but I don”t wish to repeat that experience again.

My Geeky Trivia

By Geeky Gem

For the final week of my current trivia run, I thought I would touch upon a series of films that I hold close to my heart as do many other people. It has become one of the biggest franchises to grace the world of movies, had it not been for the huge success of the original book we would not have these wonderful movies with us today. I am of course talking about Harry Potter, do you really think I could not do this as a subject matter. They have to be among some of favourite books and the movies are there to make that rich world come to life. Without further ado here is some Harry Potter trivia. I hope you enjoy this and will welcome Hmsbeefnuts back next week with open arms.

Philosophers Stone

The hut used for Hagrid’s home has since been torn down for fear that fan’s of the movie would swamp it.

The Tabby Cat that Professor McGonagall turned into ran away but came back two days later.

Chamber of Secrets

Hugh Grant was originally cast as Gilderoy Lockhart.

Fourteen Ford Anglia’s where made for the scene where Harry and Ron crash into the Whomping Willow.

Prisoner of Azkaban

The cast were told that all the sweets in Honeydukes were covered in lacquer, when in fact they weren’t they just didn’t want sweets to go missing during takes.

The director Alfonso Cuaron had never read the book or seen the first two movies when he took the job.

Goblet of Fire

There was at least one full size dragoon that was built on set, it even breathed fire.

When the contestants enter the area for the third task the girls from Beauxbatons are dancing the Macarena.

Order of the Phoenix

The radish earrings that Luna is wearing were actually made by Evanna Lynch.

Padfoot, Sirius Black’s canine form, was played by a Scottish Deerhound named Cleod.

Half-blood Prince

Jessie Cave beat over 7000 girls to get the role of Lavender Brown, Ron’s love interest from the book.

Mr Weasley’s shed of Muggle artefacts contains, among other things, two Remington Noiseless Portable Typewriters and an HP Laserjet 4.

Deathly Hollows Part 1

This movie was originally to be released in 3-D, this idea was scrapped just weeks before the movie came out, due to the difficulty of converting the film into the format.

There were 40 versions of Slytherin’s locket made for the scene in which Harry and Ron try to destroy it.

Deathly Hollows Part 2

Most of this movie takes place of the course of a single day from the raid on Gringotts to the Battle of Hogwarts.

For the scene at Gringotts over 210,000 coins were made for inside the vault.

And there we have an epic journey that barely scratches the surface of Harry Potter trivia that is out there. Well that would appear to be the end of my four week run, next week Hmsbeefnuts will be back with his own brand of trivia and I will be putting my feet up and mocking him.

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