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J. K. Rowling Recounts Collaborative Relationship with "Potter" Screenwriter Steve Kloves for Written By Magazine

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
April 19, 2011, 08:08 PM

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has written for the Writer's Guild's Written by magazine about her collaborative relationship with "Potter" Film screenwriter Steve Kloves for their April/May issue.  The full piece, which can be read in its entirety via this link, details the 12-year-long "email correspondence" which resulted in seven adapted screenplays of Ms. Rowling's book series.  Rowling and Kloves began their work together following an early film production meeting in Los Angeles, California when the screenwriter shared his knowledge of the books and favorite character (Hermione) with the author.  The three-page article revisits a handful of moments throughout the 12-year correspondence which crafted the film's scripts, as well as details some of the moments in which Kloves was let in on secrets of the stories early, in order to ensure continuity of the story.

To read this fascinating piece by J. K. Rowling, please do click here!

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Hey, did you hear? Hagrid is actually real and JKR is building him a hut in her backyard!

Posted by Mimblewimble13 on April 19, 2011, 08:34 PM report to moderator
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you don’t say!? How cool is that!

Posted by crikeyhunter on April 19, 2011, 08:38 PM report to moderator
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lol… typo. “Herminie”

Posted by Nick_Jonas_Potter_343 on April 19, 2011, 09:29 PM report to moderator
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The writer must have been channeling Viktor Krum!

Posted by tealover on April 19, 2011, 10:00 PM report to moderator
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Happy Birthday Bonnie!… Too bad TLC can bring us a terrible article but not remember Bonnie’s birthday.. Incredible.

Posted by sidnandragin on April 19, 2011, 10:13 PM report to moderator
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What a surprise- Kloves favourite character is Hermoine …I couldn’t half tell !

Posted by Beazle on April 20, 2011, 02:56 AM report to moderator
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Sidnanragin did you just say something written by Jo Rowling was terrible?! I’m sure someone will be posting for Bonnie’s birthday in due course. Not that birthdays are important stories seeing as they’re not actually news!

Posted by JoRowlingRocks on April 20, 2011, 03:24 AM report to moderator
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I just looked, Bonnie’s birthday was over 2 months ago!?

Posted by JoRowlingRocks on April 20, 2011, 03:25 AM report to moderator
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you don’t say!? How cool is that!

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on April 20, 2011, 04:24 AM report to moderator
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Awesome article. Jo is very candid!

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This article was a very enjoyable read.

Posted by Rosie016 on April 20, 2011, 08:47 AM report to moderator
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Maybe this article will quiet some fans who believe that Steve Kloves is constantly “butchering” the books and doesn’t get any of the characters right (I’ve noticed they tend to think he builds Hermione up too much and takes away from Ron). However, if they actually took a fair look at the films, Ron is pretty much written the same way he is in the books…Ron’s still the one who helps win the chess match at the end of PS/SS, he’s still the one who knocks out the troll, etc…he doesn’t always supply the same information that Ron does in the book, but this is probably because Kloves wanted to make it obvious to audiences that Hermione usually sounded like (and this is a direct quote from one of the books) she had swallowed the textbook. I know that people get attached to certain characters in the course of reading, and then feel very protective of any changes made to them in the process of adapting a story…that’s totally understandable. Even I’ve had some qualms about stuff Steve Kloves chose to do (I really wish he would have included the whole Marauder’s Map story and revealed more about the Marauders themselves, for instance), but I’m also smart enough to know that often enough he DID include those details but they got edited out by a director or producer in the post-production process, or sometimes even before a final draft of the script. For example, look at how many people were upset that the Petunia and Dudley farewell scene from Deathly Hallows wasn’t included in the film, and I can remember seeing post after post when the movie came out blaming Kloves for this. The recent Blu-Ray shows that Kloves did write those scenes, albeit in a truncated form, and that it was David Yates’ decision to cut them for pacing reasons, just like it was probably Alfonso Cuaron who made changes for Prisoner of Azkaban, etc. Also, not to make this post go on for too long, but I’ve noticed that even super-fans of the series get details wrong sometimes, because they don’t necessarily hold the image of a character that the author intended in their mind, but rather their own idealized image. A good example of this can be heard from some of the audio commentaries recorded by Melissa, John, Sue, and Frak for the individual films…I’ve noticed a bit where in one film Harry “shushes” Ron and Hermione, and Melissa actually gets mad on the commentary and says, “Harry would NEVER tell his friends to shut up like that”. Then, upon re-reading the books, I’ve noticed something like 4 or 5 instances in the first two books alone where Harry literally tells his friends, “Shut up.” So sometimes facts get lost in emotion and love for a character.

Posted by critterfur on April 20, 2011, 09:21 AM report to moderator
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Yay! Something new that Jo has written! I didn’t know they had such a close relationship or that his favourite character is Hermione but thats all great!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on April 20, 2011, 10:36 AM report to moderator
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@critterfur Of course it’s good to make Hermione sound like she swallowed a textbook, and it’s logical for her to explain things in the films that are explained by minor characters or by text that isn’t dialogue in the books. My big problem with Kloves’s portrayal of Ron (and I know many other people who agree) is how often Ron gets completely passed over for lines in scenes that are not purely comedic. Perhaps the most glaring example is at the end of the HBP film, when Hermione promises Harry that she and Ron will go with him to hunt horcruxes. It’s meant to be a truly touching moment and one that demonstrates the incredible bond among the Trio, yet Hermione does all the talking and Ron just watches Fawkes fly around, which makes him look like he has no depth at all. On many occasions in the books, Ron himself voices his support for Harry, which is a very important facet of his character. Also, Rupert is a great actor and I hate to see him get shafted like that. Fortunately, I felt that the DH part 1 film was a lot better in this respect, with the really well-written scene where Ron catches Harry sneaking out of the Burrow and Rupert’s brilliant performance when Ron leaves the tent in the woods. But overall, Kloves has totally dumbed Ron down way too many times for me to consider him a good screenwriter.

Posted by RavenclawDancer on April 20, 2011, 10:54 AM report to moderator
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Fantastic :) -Love the Bonnie Comment xD

Posted by Bella'love ^HISS^ on April 20, 2011, 11:35 AM report to moderator
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