June 02, 2004

Two days 'till Harry, three days 'till the wedding bells ring

My sister is getting married on Saturday -- so as a prelude to the big event, nine of us are going to a midnight showing of the new Harry Potter movie. Woo hoo! My sister, neatly organized engineer that she is, has prepared a neatly organized schedule for Friday and Saturday that starts with breakfast on Friday morning at 9:30. After a midnight movie? Hmmm.

I just finished re-reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for the umpteenth time. I'm trying to guess what will be cut to keep the movie a reasonable length (after all, this isn't LOTR). I think most of the Buckbeak's-trial subplot will be lost or shortened. Hermione guessing at Lupin's identity (with Snape's hints) may get shortened. And some of Ron and Hermione's arguments over Crookshanks and Scabbers.

And how about the two Quidditch games featured in the story? They're fun to read, but don't seem to advance the plot tremendously (other than Harry's opportunity to send a Patronus after Malfoy's fake Dementors). But emotionally, they do make a big difference in Harry's sense of accomplishment in the school year. I think maybe they'll stay, if only because Quidditch is a big part of the fun of the series. As is watching Malfoy get his just desserts.

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