Like 16 million other people, I went out to see the latest Harry Potter film the other night. For a movie without much plot progression it was quite entertaining, and the 2 1/2 hours flew by. However, I was left with a few questions.
These questions come to me as someone who hasn’t read the books, so maybe those a bit more dedicated Potter fans out there can clue me in.
1. Apparating. This is the method that magic folk over the age of 17 use to quickly move from one setting to another in a puff of smoke. Apparently, for more than one person to apparate to the same location, they must hold hands.
- Why don’t the characters apparate away when they are being chased on foot by bounty hunters? Why don’t they apparate all the time to get out of trouble?
- Since there has to be physical contact for two people to go through the same apparition vortex, how is it that Bellatrix’s knife could follow the heroes through the apparition hole without already physically contacting them?
2. Time-Turner. Why doesn’t Hermione use her time-turner to get more than 1 thing done at a time? The time-turner was the clock-thing that Dumbledoor gave her in an earlier movie so that she could be in two places at once.
3. Cloak of Invisibility. It seems like Harry’s cloak of invisibility would have come in useful, especially when sneaking about the Ministry of Magic. Why doesn’t he use it in these latter movies?
4. Gryffindor Sword. How is it that the important Gryffindor sword happens to be in a frozen creek right where Hermione and Harry apparated themselves? Didn’t Hermione just pick some spot from a childhood memory? How did the sword get there?
5. 3D. Why wasn’t the movie in 3D? Actually, I may have found the answer to this one on line – it appears that they had technical difficulties adding the 3D effects in time for the film’s release. But it still strikes me as odd in the face of every other film being in 3D, from “The Nutcracker” to “Yogi Bear” to “Emmanuel 4.”
6. Harry’s vision. This is perhaps the biggest mystery of the series. With all of their limb-reattaching, body-altering magic, why don’t they fix Harry’s vision?
Whenever magic of any kind is introduced to a story are potential problems like some of the ones above. For example, when the crew of Star Trek’s Enterprise discovered that they could travel back in time by directly mixing matter and anti-matter, why didn’t they then undo every problem they encountered, from Horta misunderstandings to the death of Captain Kirk?
I patiently await elucidation by the many Harry Potter experts whom I assume read this blog.
Here’s one of my first posts: a review of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.