Friday, August 5, 2011

What the Newest Harry Potter Movie and Jay Leno's Chin Have in Common (SPOILER ALERT!!!!)

For those of you who are stupid idiots and didn't notice the words "SPOILER ALERT" in all caps in the title, I'll reluctantly do it again but just know that you can't expect people to just put up with your colossal idiocy for the rest of your miserable existence. So here goes.


I think it's important to mention before I begin this post that I am the biggest Harry Potter nerd in quite possibly the entire world. To any of you who plan to comment on this post claiming that you are a bigger Harry Potter fan than me, I can't wait to bludgeon you to death with a glass paperweight, suck all of the blood from your body, chop you up into little pieces, and send each piece to different major cities all over the world, but also I will keep your head as a trophy to put on my mantel.

Harry Potter got me through my childhood, teaching me that bullies can be overcome with a simple Stunning Spell and that frogs are actually okay to eat, as I had been arguing for years, because they are made of chocolate. Harry was my only friend, my closest companion, my Savior and Example. I cringe to think of where I would be today without the magical aid of Harry Potter. Probably shivering in some abandoned alleyway, wrapped in a coat I made from bird feathers and shouting unintelligible threats at kids who danced around and threw little stones at me, laughing and calling me "Bird Man."

So you can understand why I felt a little betrayed when the movies came out and really just strayed absolutely from the books. Almost as betrayed as I felt when I found out that babies are made by sexual intercourse, not in Easy-Bake ovens, like my parents told me. And so when I saw the last movie, and it somehow managed to fall below my very low expectations, I felt the need to make this list of ways that the movie totally failed. So here goes.

-In not a single one of the Harry Potter movies has Charlie Weasley made an appearence, save for his face seen in a photograph of the Weasleys in Egypt during the third Harry Potter film. What happened to him? Are we supposed to just accept his disappearence without asking any questions? What is this, 1984?
-They have abandoned Dobby ever since the second Harry Potter film, even though he made an appearence in every single book except the first and third. He saved Harry on a number of occasions, and the reason that they became to close was because they did so much for each other in the six years that they knew each other. In the movies, they brought Dobby back after ignoring him for the past four movies, only to kill him off. And why did Harry cry so much? He barely knew him. The movies just weren't fair to Dobby, who was one of the biggest heroes of the books. They just wanted to bring him back to show off the special effects, those sons of bitches.
-At the end of the last film, when Harry sees Lupin appear from the resurrection stone, he mentions Lupin's baby. Actually, that's very strange, because at no point in ANY of the Harry Potter movies did either Lupin or Tonks or anyone actually tell Harry that they were to have a baby. In the first part of the Deathly Hallows, Tonks tried to tell him, but Moody cut her off. So how did he know? Is Harry Potter in fact the mother of the baby?
-As in all of the Harry Potter movies, when the Polyjuice Potion is consumed in the last film, their voices remain the same. What's the point of the Polyjuice Potion if your voices are still the same? That's like getting a sex change but refusing to shave your beard off.
-Why did Griphook not let them out of the vault? Goblins aren't evil, they're just sort of selfish. In the books, all he did was steal the sword back, which is what they promised him in the first place, in reality intending to cheat him. The directors were being just plain racist against goblins.
-When Harry finally met up with the rogue Hogwarts students in the Room of Requirement, he immediately asked for their help instead of refusing to let them participate, as in the book. This was an important episode, as it taught Harry that the struggle against Voldemort was bigger than him, and that he needed help. He couldn't do it alone. Plus, he had a huge ego problem and that motherfucker needed to get off his goddamn high horse.
-Why does Voldemort's army suddenly consist of three bajillion Death Eaters? There aren't that many wizards in the world. The ultimate struggle between the good guys and the bad guys at Hogwarts, although significant and very intense, is not like a battle between the Ancient Romans and the Persians. And why was that snatcher leading the army? It's because the directors have a soft spot for familiar faces, and are all too willing to grant a totally insignificant character another role in the next movie. Even if the aformentioned insignificant character is an ugly-assed motherfucking dick face. No offense to him, of course.
-Why didn't the Gray Lady tell her story? What's up with that? She was just weird in the movie. It was like she was on her period, not like she had a dark and mysterious past that was too hurtful to share with Harry Potter.
-How could they possibly not kill Wormtail? That was one of the most important parts of the seventh book. Wormtail, who has been a spineless coward his entire life, is suddenly considering risking his own neck to save Harry. How can you just leave that out? Bitches.
-Harry told Ron and Hermione that he was planning to turn himself in. The reason he did not do so in the book was because he wanted to be absolutely certain that he was going to sacrifice himself in order to kill Voldemort, and he didn't want Ron and hermione to stop him. Plus, even if they knew he needed to in order to kill Voldemort, they never would have let him do it. And even if they did, Ron would at least hug him first. Geez. What are you guys? Robots?
-Voldemort asking who wants to join him and who doesn't. That wasn't in the book. And it just didn't work. Most importantly, Malfoy wasn't supposed to go back to Voldemort. The whole point that that didn't happen in the book was redemption for Draco Malfoy's character. He didn't turn good, but he was at least supposed to show appreciation to Harry for saving his life. As you can see in the third picture of this post.
-Why didn't everyone party once Voldemort died? In the book I pictured it like a massive rave. It talked about how everyone wanted to touch Harry's face and his penis and it went on for what seemed like days and days. In the movie it was like the equivalent of a fifth grade soccer team winning a single game. They were like, "So, we really got him, didn't we, Harry? That was nice."
-Harry was supposed to use the Elder Wand to mend his own wand, not break it in two, heave it over the bridge, and look back at Ron and Hermione with this expression on his face like "WHO WANTS SUMMA THIS?!"
-Voldemort was just not scary enough. And I don't mean that like I think they should have done better the special effects or anything. The way they handled his character was just embarrassing. This is a wizard who has killed many people, built most of his following based on his intimidating and powerful disposition, and is planning to live forever. Not some pushy guy who was born with mild physical deformities who everyone feels uncomfortable around.
-The movie was photographically and aesthetically very beautiful, but it wasn't at all very creative or artistic in its presentation. They had a lot to work with, but it wasn't anything truly praise-worthy. It would be like if your wife asked you what you wanted for dinner and you answered "I don't know how about chicken" and three minutes later she dumped an uncooked chicken on your lap.
-There were too many explosions and fancy wand magic. Maybe if they had focused more on the fact that the movie they were making was an enormous lump of dog poo poo. I was about to use the line "the movie they were making sucked some serious dick," but I had to change it because I got sued by one of my followers' moms for using too much profanity. She told me I wasn't supposed to say who, because I had already proven myself to be irresponsible.
-The comic relief was improperly incorporated into the film. Who else is sick and tired of Ron wiping specks of food from Hermione's chin. Or Seamus Finnigan making things explode? They even messed up the timing in the scene where Mrs. Weasley calls Bellatrix Lestrange a bitch. It was all just really tacky. Like wearing a Dr. Seuss hat to a fancy dinner party. Or making a Holocaust joke at a synagogue. Or Michelle Obama sucking on her husband's pinky while he's trying to make an important speech.
-They totally ruined the kiss between Ron and Hermione.
-When Harry saw Ginny, why didn't they immediately start making out and maybe move onto some over-the-pants heavy petting action? They're going to get married, for God's sake. And they're teenagers. Instead he was just like, "Oh, hey, Ginny. How've things been?" And she's like "Pretty good pretty good. How's your life?"
-The new Dumbledore, as he has always been, is profound and moving only in the way that it is mind-blowing how un-Dumbledorish he is. Just because he has a long white beard doesn't mean he's Dumbledore. The scene with Dumbledore at King's Cross in the new movie was yet another disappointment.
-When his parents and Sirius and Lupin and Tonks came out of the Resurrection Stone, it was all very icy and emotionless. I didn't like it at all. I spit at that scene.
-The epilogue was all right, but they neglected to make it magical and inspiring. They certainly failed to make Harry, Ron, and Hermione look like fully-grown adults, and their children looked just like the stars of a preteen version of High School Musical. As we saw them through the window chatting away in their little compartment, it looked like a TV commercial for Harry Potter World, one that ended in the words "Experience the world of Harry Potter."

(These kids are thinking, We're about to become SO famous. I can't wait to start my own show on Disney channel and post pictures of myself smoking pot on Google.)

The last movie seemed to recognise, "Everyone already knows how the book ends. So why try?" And they consequently ended up focusing on all the wrong things. Still, I think I'll surprise you all by also posting a considerably shorter list of all of the things that I did, grudgingly, like in the newest movie. Mm hm, I can tell you're really surprised by the surprised look on your faces. BAM. Suck my dick. Yeah. So here goes.

-I loved the scene in the Pensieve. It was very artistic and beautiful, I'm amazed to find myself saying. In the first part of Deathly Hallows, I fell in love with the animation scene despite the fact that I didn't love the rest of the movie. It was the same for the scene with the Pensieve in the last film.
-Snape's death. I think they changed that for the better. The fact that he actually looked at Harry and told him that he had his mother's eyes demonstrated such a profound transformation of character that I could not help but weep. Finally he recognised the Lily in Harry rather than just the James in him. I think they handled it all masterfully.
-I've always thought that Evanna Lynch has done a fantastic job as Luna Lovegood. I say this partly because it is true, but mostly because I have the hots for Evanna Lynch. I would have never thought that reading the books, but watching the movie and seeing Lynch as Luna Lovegood never fails to get me extremely aroused. And it made me angry that that sonofabitch Matthew Lewis ended up getting her at the end of the movie. She was supposed to be mine. Clearly we are both ideal members of the Master Race. It is our duty to wed and give birth to beautiful Aryan babies in service to the Fatherland!

(This is me sidling up for a kiss and Evanna promptly stepping backward.)

So what is the thing that the newest Hary Potter movie and Jay Leno's chin have in common? Well, unlike what seems like the rest of the entire world, I am left unimpressed by it. BUT, as in the case of Jay Leno's chin, I harbor a secret appreciation and love for it which I must compensate for by complaining furiously.

Concerning the blogging survey named Nicolai, I am just going to go out and say that while many of your answers were intensely amusing, you all failed profoundly at it. You were SUPPOSED to post it on your own blogs and then tag several of your followers, who would go on to tag their followers with it and so on and so forth until it was all over the web and the traffic for the Nerd Archives TRIPLED and I would become famous and write my own book filled with memoirs. So far NOTHING is going according to plan.

Thank you for your time.

Movie quote of the day: "This is Sammy Davis Jr. Jr... She is Grandfather's Seeing Eye bitch." -Alex, Everything is Illuminated

That Blond Guy

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Katie said...

I have the account info for one of the early Pottermore account that I don't want (cause I don't really care about Harry Potter) (please don't kill me) and if you want it, I'll email you the login info.

Maryam A. said...


Cat. said...

I hope you were joking about the Crabbe being black thing... It's Blaise Zabini in those scenes, as they pulled the actor playing Crabbe out for that marijuana conviction.

Anna said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS. I, to be honest, hated the movie. I'm a huge fan (obviously not as much as you) and it made me so angry to see that they cut out some of my favorite parts, including the fact that PERCY CAME BACK (and the wonderful comic relief of that moment). You just randomly see him at the end.
The movie really was just awful. They spent too much time on unimportant things. I have no idea why people are saying it's the best movie of all. IT'S NOT. Even JK Rowling said it's the best. WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH YOU.

Oh God, this turned out so long. It was probably one of my least favorite films, though I loved the Pensieve part. It made me cry.

Magixx said...

thats some crazy insights :S

-E- said...

nerdy blog post, or the nerdiest blog post?

Bookish.Spazz said...

The actor who played Crabbe had drug issues and I think he was in jail during the time of the filming, so I think the black guy was suppossed to be Blaise Zambini...

I agree with you about the wand bit. IT ONLY WOULD HAVE TAKEN LIKE, 2 SECONDS TO FIX HIS WAND.

The film really made me sad. I was misty throughout the entire thing, and overall I have to admit that while it was TOO short, if they had handled it any differently it would have been odd.

We as fans should know by now the the film industry is nothing but a dressed up whore out to make some money.

Also, you're right. They assumed that everyone knew how it was going to end and took advantage of the fact.

For me, the movies had always been a companion to the books. I never expected the movies to be a direct parallel to the series because then I would be setting myself up for some HUGE disappointment.

Overall I agreed with the majority of what you had to say.

ANYWAYS, on a separate tangent, for the people who haven't read the books and hated the last movies, that's their fault. My friend Taylor was mad at HP7 part 1 because "it was fucking camping for over an hour" to which I responded: "It was fucking camping for many chapters in the book."

So yeah. I take solace in the books, and the films are just there to refresh my imagination on what the characters look and sound like.

I <3 Matthew Lewis. He's so handsome.

dirtycowgirl said...

Honestly I don't think I have ever seen a film adaption of any book I loved that lived up to expectations.

I understand that sometimes that's about limitations as to what can be done on film (although in these days of CGI that's really no excuse), but I think it's more to do with what a great writer can conjour in our imagination.
And no film maker can ever live up to that.

dirtycowgirl said...

ps I did the Carbon Neutral thing :)

Eeshie said...

Wow, you're so incredibly hot.


Ugh, now I feel mean...okay, I'm sure you're very attractive but that picture came out very awkward. I feel nicer.


My God, the third picture scared the crap out of me.


Didn't think so.


OAHAFDHGFAD Luna is so freaking awesome.

Oh and just in case you wanted to know: I think you could improve this blog with video blogging! Your first one was so awesome -- we want more. We are hungry, hungry followers.

That Blond Guy said...

I would love to respond to all of your comments right now, but I actually have a very badly beaten prostitute lying in my bedroom who clearly needs medical attention. I'll respond to your comments soon enough.

For now I just want to proudly announce the winner of the Meanest Commenter of the Year award.

And it goes to....(drumroll please).....


rose said...

when Harry Potter snapped that f*cking wand in half I stood up and shouted "WHAT?!" in the crowded cinema, on the second day that the movie was showing before the girl sitting next to me pulled me back to my seat. Other movie goers were not impressed by my outburst, but what wand was he PLANNING on using? If he wan't going to repair his, and he's not going to use the elder wand, is he just going to keep using the shitty one he stole from Draco Malfoy? Does he even have a plan? Has he given up on magic altogether? Is he mentally unstable due to the horror he's experienced over the last year? Is he suffering from post traumatic stress? Is this why he chucked it off a bridge?

Also, Crabbe used to be white. It's not just that he's black, but it's that he suddenly changed. That's the most bizzare and magical thing about Hogwarts. The students there change race at will. Most kids sit around watching Harry Potter, going "What house would I be in? I bet I'd be in Ravenclaw!" but clearly they're forgetting to ask themselves the most important question- what race would they be? Seeing as it's optional. I think I'd be Filipino. If I had the choice.

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Ash said...

I'm yet to see this movie, myself. And to be honest, I haven't actually seen part 1 yet. I intend to see part 2 at the movies, I just hope I have time to actually go and see it before it stops screening... sucks working full time at times like these, you get crap all time to do anything.
That's right, I said 'time' 3 times in one sentence (and five times in 2 sentences(6 times in two sentences(7 times in 2 sentences (*divides by zero and implodes the world)))).

Eeshie said...

Meanest Commenter of the Year Award, eh? Well I try.

Bookish.Spazz said...

Poor Christopher got his feeling hurt :'(

You look a bit like Asher Roth in the picture you took, if that's any consolation.

DB said...

I agree. Everyone else left the theatre with rave reviews; it was just kind of so-so for me. During the Prince's Tale though? Cried like a baby. Snape's story is soooo sad.

That Blond Guy said...

Katie: I don't really know exactly but Pottermore is, but it sounds so sure thing! Thanks!

Maryam A: Ain't dat right.

Cat: I actually didn't know that. But I can't actually legally admit that to you, so I'm afraid I'm going to have to kill you now.

Anna: This is great to hear. I forgot to add the bit about Percy, although I did notice that. I also felt extremely betrayed when JK Rowling said she loved it. Although she might have hated it, but she couldn't possibly have admitted that or else the movie would have flipped. So I find comfort in that.

Magixx: Biotch!

-E-: Wtf?

Bookish.Spazz: Yeah guess what I already do know that! Cat just told me like fifteen seconds ago. Pay attention, please. Get your head in the game.

I also agree with majority of what you had to say, except for ALL OF IT. I do think that they could have made it better.

Not only does it make me angry when people hate the movie without reading the books, but it even annoys me when they watch the movies without having read the books and claim that they're huge fans.

NO I DID NOT GET MY FEELINGS HURT. Well actually. Maybe a little.

dirtycowgirl: I agree. Just because they have to take a load of stuff out doesn't mean they have an excuse to make it a shitty film. And in the case of Harry Potter, I don't think they have any reason to not make that a fantastic movie.

And good for you! Now you can sleep soundly at night.

Eeshie: Please see above comment in which I crown you as the Meanest Commenter of the Year.

Also, I'm never talking to you again. You hurt my feelings.

rose: I TOTALLY AGREE. I actually didn't stand up and scream at the movie screen, but I was pretty irate.

Your comment made me laugh like this: HA HA HA HA HA. Exactly like that.

Comment deleted: Why are you even wasting my time by posting comments and then deleting them? You have no life. Go fuck a zebra!

Ash: I actually thought the first half was half-decent. You're not missing anything with the second half though. Also, the second half of your comment reminds me of The Number 23. Which I actually haven't seen yet. But yeah.

DB: I agree 125%. Exactly that.

Max Silver said...

Once they cut out the Quidditch Cup from the fourth movie, I decided that I was done with the HP's a decision that's served me fairly well, I think, throughout the years.

chelsea said...

I stopped seeing the movies after the third one (my second favorite book) when I disagreed with Sirius Black's appearance. As someone who has had a fictional crush on Sirius Black for the better part of my life, I found the inconsistencies in his appearance unacceptable and boycotted the rest of the movies. Not that they were any good anyways, at least from what I've gathered.

Abby said...

I agree with most of the things in the list. I'd tell you which ones I disagree with, but I've forgotten them because my short term memory is busy trying to remember all of the fucking songs you can play on the Ocarina in Zelda because apparently the game makers were like YEAH LET'S NOT MAKE THIS EASY TO ACCESS YOU SHOULD REMEMBER THEM ALL OR WASTE TIME GOING TO THE CONFUSING MENU
I was really upset with Ginny and Harry's chemistry. I feel like that was all Bonnie Wright, because Daniel and Emma had amazing chemistry so it isn't him.
I was also pissed off about Fred's death, and all of the deaths really, because they glossed over them so awfully.
I thought the first Dumbledore was better.
I hated how Voldemort died. He was DISARMED, that was the whole POINT: that Harry didn't kill him himself, that his Killing Curse rebounded. I guess they kind of did that with the 'curse going back into his wand' thing, but it was so stupid.
I also was surprised by how little everyone cared that Voldemort was dead. Some people glared at Harry. For causing their loved ones' death, presumably, but get a grip on yourself, bitches.

Anyway, I'll stop rambling. Nice post. Evanna Lynch is a beautiful goddess.