Friday, November 18, 2005

The Goblet of Fire

I finally got something to write about today, when I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. But more on that later, a fast flashback seems appropriate at this juncture.

After being postponed twice, our practicals and vivas finally got over on the 13th, and the whole class let out a collective sigh of relief. It had gotten to the point that people would come in the college and the first question would be, “Is it going to be tomorrow?”, and we were no longer sure of what subject we were supposed to give a practical/oral of on that day. I don't know why, but it seemed that this postponement had created some sort of tension in people. I just got hugely irritated. I wanted it to end as early as possible. I hate to study. Especially for the same things again and again.
Personally, life post-exams was pretty much the same, the only difference being that I no longer had to find an excuse to not study – not studying during PL's, especially when they've just begun is very much justified.

A few days later I got slapped with a standing order of not eating outside. A cousin of mine had recently had a bad case of what can be surmised to be dengue, and the cause was purported to be outside food. The evils of extrapolation are painfully evident.

And so we come to today, when my belief that no movie is better than a book – any movie which is based on a book – became even more justified. I will have to say, Harry Potter, the books, and Harry Potter, the movies, should be considered as separate entities. Those who go to see the movie expecting to see a good rendition of the book, may safely hold back. The movie however, if taken out of context of the book, is not bad, I'll say it's quite good. A review of such a movie is quite pointless really, the “plot” is already known, you know how the animation/graphics is going to be, you know the calibre of the actors. And some of the actors in the movie that have been taken are just plain ... ugly. In the context of the book, again. I have never liked Dumbledore, Hermione is not supposed to look beautiful until the ball, Krum is supposed to be lean and lanky and Crouch looks a bit silly at times. Some of the roles, though, are quite commendable. Hagrid, Macgonagall and even Snape fit the description perfectly.

Enough on this, however. I'm now waiting for the last book to be released. I have a long wait ahead of me.

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