USA TODAY: Burrow Attack Scene in Half-Blood Prince a Standout Scene
April 24, 2009, 10:34 PM
We've known for many months now, even witnessed footage seen in the newest trailer, that there is to be an attack on the Burrow included in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In their guide to Summer movies, the USA Today has a very brief preview of the film, and notes the events at the Burrow are a "Standout Scene." While this preview is only a few sentences long, it does contain a cool new detail and slight description of the attack:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17)
The principals (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,
Rupert Grint) return for the sixth installment, as Lord Voldemort's
threat hangs heavier over Hogwarts as Dumbledore prepares Harry for the
final battle with his ultimate foe. Meanwhile, adolescent hormones run
wild through the corridors of the academy. Standout scene:
While visiting Harry and the Weasleys,
part-werewolf Lupin (David Thewlis) catches a strange scent outdoors.
Soon huge snake-like flames slither toward the house as Death Eater
Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) appears and leads Harry into
the marshes while fire begins to consume the porch and walls.
I am annoyed at all the attention brought to this scene; why do they even call it a “standout” scene? I don’t especially care for the fact that it’s a new scene, but they’ve been talking about it so much that I feel I’ll be like “oh okay, this is the new scene” and then “oh okay, back to the original storyline now” when watching the film. :( I’d rather see them make as though it’s always been part of the story than putting so much emphasis on it.
Also, I don’t have anything against a new scene per say, to show how everyone is threatened and to make us familiar with the new villains, but making the whole Burrow burn down? Seems a bit much.
Oh, and I’m just glad Lupin’s lost the moustache and gets some lines.
And I agree with you Germain! They put so many emphasis on that scene that in the end we might get disappointed. Why burn all the Burrow, for God sake! What an overreaction! I still think it is going to be a hell of a movie bc the book is one of the best of the series, but thats not saying anything bc the OOTP was also a great book and the film was only OK.
I don’t mind if they take liberties as long as they: (1) stay true to the spirit of the books; and (2) create an atmosphere that serves the film they’re making. Book to screen adaptations can never be 100% faithful. It’s like translating poetry: you’ve got to switch it up a bit. They key is to preserve the tone, feeling, and essence of the book. We shouldn’t keep a laundry list of omissions. The films are the films and the books are the books. The first two films were, imo, too literal. The atmospherics of the subsequent films were much truer to the spirit of the books, whatever details were left out.
I can’t wait to see this film!
‘the academy’? Lol, never thought of Hogwarts like that before.
Still confused on the scene but I know it will definitely be fantamazing ;].