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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part2 - not loyal to the book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is due to release this year on July 15th, and is going to be the last movie in the series, not to mention, one of the biggest movies lined up for this year. There are some variations from the book, and the movie script shows Snape's death scene not in the Shrieking Shack, rather in a Crystal House!

According to Ace Showbiz, A.A. Snow, art director of the movie has justified this change by saying that they wanted Snape to die in a place from where everything was visible, the boathouse and the chaos at Hogwarts main building, and they would never want him to finish his role in a box like place, similar to the Shrieking Shack.

Now, my point of debate is, as a reader of the books, how fair is it to replace a location like the Shrieking Shack with a flashy Crystal House just to make the movie look good. I know that movie making is different from novels, but shouldn't they keep in mind that being loyal to the book is important, especially, when it has such a vast readership and people relate to it since it is the place where:

  • enmity between James Potter and Snape matured;
  • the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, deciphers all its secrets;
  • the only place reached upon by the Marauders, Snape, Harry, Ron & Hermione, apart from Dumbledore, and finally Voldemort.
When I think of these facts, I can't help myself from denying the fact that the reasons given by the movie director are strong enough to justify the change. I am completely aware of the fact that cinematography is very important for the movie, and the scene would appeal to those who have not read the books, but the patrons of the book should be taken care of as well.

Anyway, J.K. Rowling has also given a green signal to this ornamentation since it will enhance the movie experience, and that says so much!


SP Sipal said...

Just discovered your blog. I read about the crystal house and wondered if they were linking it to the inferi cave in HBP. In the movie they changed that look to include crystals as well. I read they were basing it off a crystal cave recently discovered in Mexico.

I agree w/ you that the links for the reader would be stronger with the Shrieking Shack, but am curious to see exactly what they've done with it.

Pallavi Srivastava said...

hello SP Sipal!
all of us curious for the movie to come onscreen
we might as well hope it to be good!

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