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19 November 2005 @ 12:35 pm
Qudditch and Mermaids and Wizards, oh my! (Meredith and GoF)  
Saw Goblet of Fire at seven last night. What an awesome ride! There were places were I laughed so hard that I almost cried, and other spots where I was just near tears. The last hour was incredibly freaky-- I worried about some of the younger kids in the audience, actually, and I did hear one little girl scream when Voldemort was rising from the cauldron. It did get a little long in places, and there was one scene I would have edited heavily (Myrtle in the bathtub-- was that really necessary? But over all, the film was amazing. I was enchanted by the Quidditch World Cup and the opening scenes of the Yule Ball. I was glad to see more of Neville (whom I have a soft spot for) and (of course) Lily. There were so many great lines and snappy interactions, plus... OMFG Snape. He was awesome in every bloody scene. Moody was wonderfully played, and I liked our little peak at Sirius.

I was exhausted when I came out-- the whole audience stood and applauded at the end, and there were several places where people whistled or cried out, they were so into things. I can't wait for this one to come out on DVD. Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite for characterization, I think, but Goblet of Fire was just a lot of fun.

Go see it as soon as you can!

Ps. I was a little disappointed that we didn't see Narcissa at the Cup, but... *shrugs* [shameless plug] I did write a new Narcissa/Lily piece earlier this week. It's right here.
Emotional Temperature: enthralledenthralled
The Band Plays:: "Who's Cryin' Now"-- by Journey
Amberminttown1 on November 19th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Did you catch what Mad-Eye said in the trunk? You know, his only line in the whole movie? Rudie thinks he said, "I'm sorry, Albus," and I agree that I thought I heard 'sorry' in there somewhere, but do you remember?
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: ayutwicegarnettrees on November 20th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC)
Rudie is right-- that's exactly what he said. Is it just me, or was the actor they chose for Moody pure love, or what? ^__^
Amber: harry potterminttown1 on November 20th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh, man. *sniffles again* It is so not your fault Alastor omg.

And yes! Moody was perfect. So completely different from how I imagined him, but it worked so completely anyway. (I kind of don't like that my mental image of the character has been more or less replaced, when that hasn't been the case with many others, but meh. Not a bad replacement, at any rate.)

For no reason that I can explain, I want to write Mad-Eye/Tonks even more than I used to. (HBP basically killed my love of this fandom, or at least really wounded it, because I don't like when canon contradicts my pairings. Because I'm silly that way.)

Also: I was feeling the lack of Narcissa, and I thought of you. But Draco was being portrayed so subtly that I couldn't help liking that scene anyway.
I honestly can't tell whether it's a matter of Tom Felton underacting or whether it really is subtlety on his part and the director's, but I liked Draco in that scene and during Dumbledore's final speech.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: katiegarnettrees on November 20th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
Poor Alastor, he needs a big hug. Strangely enough, I love your Tonks/Mad-Eye even more now, because I never really *had* a mental image of Moody, and now... yeah. You've made convert, that's for sure.

But I know what you mean about character images. It took me forever to get used to the movie!Remus, but now I love him very much, indeed. In a way, I was glad they didn't show Narcissa, because I was afraid they'd make her ugly or uppity or something, and it would be totally off (evil women never seem to be allowed to be as pretty as their male counterparts). Still, I try to have a little faith and believe that they'd pull her off well.

I liked Draco in this movie, too, though I hate his haircut. He's like a Mini-Lucius, and I think it's starting to scare him.
Amberminttown1 on November 20th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
Heh. I just really like that pairing, and have since the first few chapters of OotP. *kicks HBP* But whatever, we know what really went down at headquarters. ;)

I just wanted to see her, though honestly, I didn't need to. I know how I imagine Narcissa. My mental image of her has never wavered for a moment, since the first mention of her in GoF.
I love your Lily/Narcissa, by the way.

Poor Draco. *pats him* I swear, his totally somber reaction at the end hints, to me at least, that for all his talk, he knows how serious this just got and is already questioning. It was all well and good until it turned out that this really was going to happen...
...sorry, Erin has me so beyond psychoanalyzing everything that character does. She's a Draco fan. :)
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: notafraidgarnettrees on November 20th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
I think a lot of people had their fandom killed or seriously wounded by HBP. In my more paranoid moments, I wonder if Rowling didn't do it to the fans on purpose. ^^

I know what you mean about picturing Narcissa. I'm gonna have to do another fan art drawing of her soon, I think. I've really only drawn her as a girl, so I should draw her as an adult.

I love your Lily/Narcissa, by the way
Thank you so much! I don't know how that pairing got in my brain but, once it did, it totally ate all my neurons.

I think you're right-- he's suddenly realized that this is not a game. It's not Ron puking up slugs on the lawn-- it's Cedric, just _dead_, the end, no fanfare, no glory, just death.

I like Draco, too-- he's one of those guys you keep screaming at to figure it out and jump ship, before it's too late.
Amber: harry potterminttown1 on November 20th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
I don't know how that pairing got in my brain but, once it did, it totally ate all my neurons.
I think I can understand that, especially where this fandom's concerned. ;)

I love Draco.
Did you ever write the story you mentioned about paralleling Harry and Draco with Lily and Narcissa? It sounds familiar...
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: lily2garnettrees on November 20th, 2005 04:32 am (UTC)
You know, I never did write that story. I have bits of it, but I can't get it to congeal yet. If I ever get it together, would you e willing to give a go at beta-ing it for me?
Amberminttown1 on December 6th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
Of course. :)