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The fandom round-up
There is a downside of going to the first screening of GoF in the city, or to the first screening of any big film, for that matter.

And that, my friends, is the noisy fangirls and fanboys. There was some sort of Two-Day-Anniversary of Schoolies thing going on with all these girls at the front, who were all squealing and yelling to the people sitting in the back row of the cinema who looked like they wanted to crawl into a corner and pretend not to exist. I was particularly endeared to them when one announced loudly to the whole cinema that she thought reading was a load of rubbish and then went on to squee about Daniel Radcliffe.

See, I've always believed that at a certain age, you cease to be a teenybopper. Probably when you turn 17, and have just graduated high school like these girls have. Well, it seems I was wrong, unless I can prove that there is, in fact, an evolutionary link between teenyboppers and fangirls/boys.

Hey, that's not such a bad idea. *ponders*

Anyway, I'd better insert this here cut before I talk about Goblet of Fire...

I really can't help but nitpick some of the things that the filmmakers really screwed up...

NO explanation whatsoever for Karkaroff's disappearance at the end of the film. Neither was there an explanation as to how Crouch Jr kidnapped Moody and took his place. No Dobby to steal the Gillyweed from Snape's potions cupboard (ok, I didn't mind that one, because I thought Neville deserved a little of the spotlight).

Surely there was enough time to put in the sideplot about Rita Skeeter as an animagus? No Narcissa Malfoy, Ludo Bagman or Bill and Charlie Weasley (though Charlie did score a mention from Hagrid). No magical creatures in the maze (dammit, I was looking forward to seeing a Sphinx!), and a serious (no pun intended, haha) lack of Sirius Black. And I was looking forward to seeing more of crazy Gary Oldman.

Oh, and since when was Padma Patil in Gryffindor? And why did Moody not say 'CONSTANT VIGILENCE!'? With Gleeson's voice, it would've been scary, in a cool way.

(Disclaimer: Yes, I am being ridiculously picky here. But admit it: you all wanted to see Snape in a nightshirt, didn't you? And you were all disappointed when it wasn't there, right? XD)

What I did like? Well...

The dancing lesson, possibly because I very nearly wrote something like that for a fanfic ages ago.

The whole damn Yule Ball, in fact. It was beautiful, and holy crap, the Wyrd Sisters were brilliant, and I want their songs badly. Love Jarvis Cocker, he was so rock star there. Also, VIKTOR/HERMIONE OTP. They were cute together.

The scene in the study hall. I love Snape. He doesn't even have to say a word to be snarky.

Voldemort's 'resurrection' in the graveyard. That came straight out of the book, I'm glad the filmmakers didn't screw that one up. The Death Eater costumes were so cool.

Characters and actors?

David Tennant OMG. I'm so in love with this man and his wide range of facial expressions. I may have to make a Crouch Jr icon. Not because I'm a fangirling him, but because Tennant looked hot in that suit in the trial scene. Yowza!

Alan Rickman, gorgeous as ever. I did think he was underused here, there wasn't enough discussion of Snape the Former Death Eater or the trust issues Harry had with him in the book. But there was the scene in the Study Hall, and the one in his potions cupboard. And did I detect some serious angst when he was guarding Crouch Jr?

Ralph Fiennes. Holy Hell, he was wonderful to watch. So utterly unlikeable and malevolent, everything a good Dark Lord should be. Played Voldemort as he should be played, and disappeared into the role.

Luscious er, Lucius Malfoy was so damn pretty with his cane and his blonde hair. Jason Isaacs likes playing that part, you can tell. I will probably make an icon of him too, once I find screencaps of him in his Death Eater robe and mask. I'll say it again: that scene was perfect.

The champions, I felt, probably were underused too. Especially Fleur. I loved Krum though, and Cedric Diggory was adorable (and I was so prepared not to like him since the fangirls have jumped on him already).

I'm not sure how I feel about Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, possibly because I kind of miss Richard Harris in the role. I like the frailty in Harris' portrayal (though the said frailty can be attributed to the fact that he was sick and would die a few months after finishing CoS), because I think it provided a mask of sorts for the true strength of Dumbledore in terms of character and power. However, there's no denying that Gambon's Dumbledore is a strong and powerful wizard too, so he fills Harris' shoes adequately in that respect.

Miranda Richardson, for the short time we saw her, was just delicious as Rita Skeeter. I quite liked Karkaroff's characterisation (don't ask me the name of the actor, it escapes me right now), and that of Crouch Sr. (though I'll always think of Roger Lloyd-Pack as Owen in the Vicar of Dibley). Robbie Coltrane and Maggie Smith were again reliable leads, and I think that the OT3 of friendship between Harry/Hermione/Ron were played better than before by Radcliffe/Watson/Grint. As they get older, the more they learn about acting, I guess. Brendan Gleeson also made an awesome not!Moody. I hope we see him again in the OotP film.

Oh, and Draco looks way better in this film than he has before. The casting people picked Draco well, Tom Felton's starting to resemble Jason Isaacs a bit in the face.

And then there was the just plain weird stuff...

The Beauxbatons girls. What the hell? In fact, the entrances of the representatives from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. Firebreathing? Acrobats? Butterflies? I rather liked the Richard Harris Memorial Toad Choir from PoA better. ;p Also, when the Beauxbatons cheered for Fleur at the final task? It looked like they were doing the macarena. Still, they kind of remind me of All Hallows girls (hello, Libby! *wink*) with the blue uniforms.

Flitwick crowdsurfing. At least, I think it was Flitwick. I can't be sure, they've changed him a couple of times in the films.

Also, that assistant to Karkaroff? He has to be doing it with his boss. They were close like whoa.

And, I'm spent. I spent nearly an hour collecting my thoughts for that.

In other fandom news, Empire wasn't that great (surprise, surprise). I found myself nodding off halfway through it. Was a little sad when Julius Caesar got stabbed though, but I have no clue why. Maybe because he was the only character I was actually interested in. Also grinned like a madman whenever Cicero popped up on screen. I'll probably be even sadder if they show his horrible demise. And yes, that means I will keep watching, it's not like there's much else.

I also had difficulty paying attention to Blackpool, though seeing David Tennant speak in his natural Scottish accent was great. And when he started singing 'These Boots are Made for Walking' at the end with the campy dance moves, I just about had a heart attack out of joy. I will keep watching it too, though just for the Tennant factor, really.

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vikingcarrot From: vikingcarrot Date: December 1st, 2005 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay, seriously? Karkaroff and Snape had some chemistry going. They really did.

Also, Karkaroff could not stop touching Krum. It was brilliant. Constantly stroking the back of his head or his shoulders... XD

His actor's name is Pedja Bjelac. ^_^

normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: December 1st, 2005 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Karkaroff/Snape is old skool by now. I'm waiting for the Viktor/Karkaroff badfic to rear its ugly head now. XD All the touching definitely says 'Mine, dammit. Touch him and I avada you, yo.'.

And given the nature of Ralph Fiennes performance? I'm expecting a frillion resurrected!Voldysues to invade ff.net if they haven't already. I'm loathe to go there and look. *shudder*
vikingcarrot From: vikingcarrot Date: December 1st, 2005 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Karkaroff/Snape is an old theory but hardly anyone did anything with it. I am like, Karkaroff/Snape LOVE, and there is almost NOTHING. Almost no Karkaroff in fandom, period. I know. I have looked so hard. Karkaroff is SO love.

*uses the appropriate icon*

And yes - you're so right about Voldie fics. There were enough to begin with, but now that the movie has made him hot... ... Even though I have always drawn him almost identical to that. XD *smug*
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: December 1st, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*boggles at icon* Wow, that was quick!

I remember doing a search for Karkaroff fic years ago on ff.net when I was more involved in the fandom (and Karkaroff had a sort-of-cameo in my Quirrellfic), and aside from one gen piece and a few stupid parodies, there was zip. I checked just now and since I last searched, there's been a few Snape/Karkaroff slashfics mixed in with the gen angst and parody. Can't tell you how good they are, but they are there. :/

*hopes that some goodfic will come out of the woodwork for your pairing*
vikingcarrot From: vikingcarrot Date: December 1st, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, that icon is several weeks old. ^_^

Goodfic for my preferred characters and pairings is hard to find. Such is the result of liking the more obscure. D:

*pimps Karky comm* igor_is_alive. I mod it these days. XD
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: December 1st, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know what you mean. I like the obscure ships, they tend to attract better writers to their ranks. It might be a small group, but the quality of the fic makes up for it. I remember when I was brand-new to the fandom, I read Sphinx's fic 'Letter from Exile'. Sn/Hr wasn't a well-known ship then, but I was just blown away by the genius of it. I still think it's one of the better fics written in the whole fandom.

Like the look of the comm too. Eastern European dark wizards are love. Someone should make a colourbar. *nod*
pinksaltines From: pinksaltines Date: December 1st, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The scene in the study hall. I love Snape. He doesn't even have to say a word to be snarky.
Hee...that was awesome. :) I loved how he tugged up his sleeves before giving Ron and Harry that final head-push. :3

I was happy to see the return of Lucius, and more of the Weasley twins. :D
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