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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM

More Potter musings

OK, back to Harry Potter week, and here’s a link to some interviews with the “Harry Potter” cast and crew at the New York premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part I” yesterday. (By the way, I’ve been mistakenly punctuating that title with a comma for weeks now, but a publicist has set me straight.) Most notable: Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy, is much better-looking offscreen, and Rupert Grint rather charmingly told a story about cleaning out his dressing room and finding some toys he’d brought to amuse himself during rehearsals for the first film. Awww.
And meanwhile, Emma “Hermione, But Now With Better Hair” Watson chats about a somewhat controversial scene in the new film, and if you don’t want to know anything about it, read no more. It involves Hermione and Harry, alone after Ron has left them in a huff, and it’s wordless and sweet and feels very real. I saw the movie Monday night and overall liked it very much, but I think this movie in particular reflects a problem with the books: The Hermione/Ron relationship makes no sense. Not to get all worked up about fictional characters, but why would a girl as bright and heroic as Hermione fall for the intellectually lazy (and frequently cowardly) Ron when there’s Harry, cute as a button and brave as a lion, standing right there? It’s a particular problem in the movies — especially this one — because Watson and Daniel Radcliffe have real chemistry, whereas Watson and Grint have little (and Radcliffe and Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny, have even less). Anyway, nothing to be done about it, as the filmmakers wouldn’t dare change a plot point like that (that would require more courage than all of Gryffindor could summon), but it’s a problem. I liked the new scene, though, which isn’t in the book.

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