December 10, 2002

Harry Potter & the Chamber of Confusion

I just got back from seeing the movie, and I enjoyed it. However, I have a quibble; at the end of the movie (I don't think this could be called a spoiler, and besides, anyone who really wanted to see it probably already has), Hagrid gets a standing ovation from the students upon his entrance to the banquet hall. My question is, why? His removal was not exactly a major part of the film, and certainly there is no great love for him expressed in the books by anyone other than Harry, Ron and Hermione, so the exuberant joy on the part of the entire student body didn't make much sense to me. Am I nitpicking or missing something?

Posted by Linkmeister at December 10, 2002 03:25 PM

I haven't seen either this one or the first one, and haven't read any of the books. But a glance at shows tha Hagrid is played by Robbie Coltrane. And I'd applaud Robbie Coltrane just for striding across the floor. Heh.

Posted by: Jen at December 11, 2002 03:07 AM

I'm with Jen on this (except for the part about not seeing the first HP movie). Robbie Coltrane is the coolest. Obviously it was a real-life standing O that they left in the movie by mistake. ;-)

Posted by: shelley at December 11, 2002 05:15 AM

Um. Was the movie banned in Boston? I'm shocked, shocked!

I was one of fewer than 20 people at the 11:15 showing; y'all coulda come along! ;)

Posted by: Linkmeister at December 11, 2002 07:46 AM

No, the movie wasn't banned in Boston. I've just been giving my time to *cough* quality films like 'Solaris' and 'Equilibrium. Heh. Nothing says 'quality' like half nekkid Christian Bales or George Clooneys. ;P

Posted by: Jen at December 11, 2002 10:32 AM

hhhmmmmm ... I didn't even think about that. BUT, Azakaban is an *awful* place. Maybe they were applauding the fact that he survived it.

Posted by: shelley at December 11, 2002 11:28 AM

I read the books after I saw the 2nd movie, so the standing O didn't strike me as really strange until just now. I did love that movie, though. Wow. And now I'm hooked on the books and can't wait for The Goblet of Fire to come in movie form. lol

Posted by: skits at December 11, 2002 04:12 PM

Again, Jen and I think alike. Clooney bum = good. Movies packed with children under the age of ten = not so much.

Posted by: shelley (the cynical one) at December 11, 2002 06:31 PM

I'm beginning to wonder about proper Bostonian reserve (but you're both transplants, right)?

Posted by: Linkmeister at December 11, 2002 07:49 PM

what skits said :)

and i can't wait for the next book. it's supposed to be out next summer or fall. Harry Potter and the Phoenix something or other.

Posted by: deborah at December 11, 2002 08:58 PM

I agree with both of you, skits and deborah. What right does that woman have to take time off for marriage? She should be writing!

Posted by: Linkmeister at December 11, 2002 09:07 PM

hee. I feel the same way about Stephen King and the Dark Tower series. If they weren't prepared to write all the time and ignore all other aspects of their lives, they shouldn't have written such wonderful addictive books! :p

Posted by: skits at December 12, 2002 05:27 AM

I'm actually a native Bostonian, Steve. *hanging head with pseudo-shame*

Posted by: shelley (the cynical one) at December 12, 2002 06:14 AM

I have all the Potter books in hardcover and damn proud.
I didn't have a problem with the standing ovation so much as how looong it went on.
Definitely a Movie Moment.
I need to see the flick again too.
Can't get enough Quidditch. I think I could watch a weekly Quidditch series...

Posted by: batty at December 13, 2002 05:36 PM