DISCLAIMER: Please note that this blog post might contain SPOILERS. If you have not read the entire Harry Potter series in its entirety, I suggest you proceed to read with caution. NM will not be held responsible for any displeasure or heartache caused by the revelation of any pertinent information related to the final HP movie: the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Cool. I always wanted my own disclaimer.
Anyways, with the release of Deathly Hallows Part 2 almost at our doorstep, I know one thing is inevitable. I will be dragged to the bloody movie theatre against my will to watch this abomination (once again) by the BF, who loves the Harry Potter movies but has never read the books.
And me? Don’t like the movie versions. Can’t stand them. They don’t do any justice to the books. If you’ve read the books, the movie versions don’t satisfy your expectations at all, leaving you completely unfulfilled (I really want to use a sexual metaphor here, but I won’t). In fact I always wonder how those who never read HP can understand what’s going on in the movies, when almost half the storyline and themes have been taken out. Well, I suppose it’s no different to watching a Steven Segal movie or the likes of.
All this got me thinking though. If I publish a novel and it becomes a hit, will I compromise my moral high ground and allow my precious creation to be butchered just so that I can leave my mark on Hollywood? Well, er, yes I think I would actually.
But my opinion doesn’t count. As a self-admitted nobody, its easy for me to say NOW that I would agree to a movie deal, but what if I were Ms. Rowling, who really didn’t have to agree to anything for she would be a billionaire anyway, even without the movies?
I read an interview with Irish horror writer John Connolly (whose already had 2 novels made into movies) a few years back and speaking about this very point, he admitted that he did not feel the least bit of shame and if more movie deals came his way, he would readily say ‘yes’.
Our favourite lady, like Connolly, doesn’t seem to have a problem with this either.
JK Rowling not only agreed to have the Harry Potter series made into movies, she seemed to have publicly endorsed them by getting actively involved herself.
For example, years back she had a one-on-one with Sir Alan Rickman (what? What do you mean he hasn’t been knighted?!) on the dynamics of Snape’s character. She had obviously divulged the ultimate secret of Snape’s past in order to help him with his performance. So while the whole world pondered about whether the Potions Master’s loyalties lay with Dumbledore or Voldemort, Rickman had already known about his love for Lily. Truth be told, the revelation of Snape’s past is the huge, fat, delicious cherry on the Harry Potter Sundae so I don’t blame Rowling for wanting to get involved. And it helps for Rickman’s performances in the previous movies were outstanding considering what we know already. Lets be honest, he’s the only thing worth watching in the HP movies. In fact, when I do eventually get dragged to the cinema, I will look forward to seeing him, if nothing else.
As much as I would love to sit here and rant about how I hate the HP movies, and as much as all those little HP movie-loving fans will be heartbroken when the ‘era’ is over, we all seem to be forgetting, or rather not realizing that its never really going to end. Because after the movie franchise, things just get worse.
BBC will get the rights to do a Harry Potter television series; Spielberg might just get his wish and do an American version à̀ la Twilight; then off course there’s the animated series. Ben 10 and the Powerpuff Girls will disappear and we will be inflicted with weekly HP episodes on every childrens’ channel. It’s going to be overkill once again. Trust me.