In honour of Potter…

Greetings, loyal minions. Your Maximum Leader, in honour of the impending release of the latest Harry Potter movie, decided to take a Harry Potter quiz he found over on Minion Mo’s web site.

You scored as Albus Dumbledore, Strong and powerful you admirably defend your world and your charges against those who would seek to harm them. However sometimes you can fail to do what you must because you care too much to cause suffering.

Albus Dumbledore

95%

Sirius Black

80%

Hermione Granger

75%

Remus Lupin

70%

Draco Malfoy

70%

Severus Snape

65%

Harry Potter

65%

Ron Weasley

65%

Ginny Weasley

50%

Lord Voldemort

40%

Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is…?
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That isn’t very bad. In fact, other than having to watch out for his own personal Snapes, this result is pretty pleasing. He wonders if he would be Richard Harris’ Dumbledore or Michael Gambon’s Dumbledore. He isn’t sure…

Carry on.

2 Comments »
Kevin Kim said:

Gambon’s Dumbledore is a significant departure from Rowling’s vision of the always calm, always poised headmaster. I was prepared to dislike the new Dumbledore from the moment I heard Gambon was to be the replacement for Harris, partly because I enjoyed Harris’s spot-on performance so much. Truth be told, I wasn’t thrilled or disappointed by Gambon’s acting in the third movie… but when Dumbledore was on screen in the fourth movie, I was impressed in spite of myself.

Somewhere between the second and third movies, there was some kind of audience backlash: the major complaint was that HP1 and HP2 were slavish — and therefore dreary — adaptations of the books. I tend to agree. I thought the senior actors in those two films did a splendid job, but Chris Columbus and his scriptwriters were too fearful of The Wrath of Rowling to stray far from the pritned story.

They needn’t have worried: the audience was just fine with Alfonso Cuarón’s filmic adaptation of the third book; Cuarón took great liberties and the film fared well. Rowling herself doesn’t seem to have minded Cuarón’s take on her novels. She even remarked that Cuarón had, in the third film, inadvertently introduced a plot element that’s relevant to the final book — something Rowling had been hoping to reveal later.

And that leads me back to Gambon and Dumbledore in the fourth movie. I was impressed by the fact that Gambon’s Dumbledore wore his weakness on his sleeve. Gambon himself is burly and rotund, the physical opposite of Rowling’s vision of the Hogwarts headmaster. As a result, Gambon’s interpretation of Dumbledore is more lumberingly rough-hewn than Harris’s was — Gambon’s Dumbledore even rages, “It’s maddening!” when he’s unable to figure out a certain issue. That line never appears in the canonical Rowling, and I’m glad the scriptwriters and Gambon took the risk of dramatic license. I now want the cinematic Dumbledore to be different from the Dumbledore in the books!

The end result of Gambon’s license is a Dumbledore with whom I’m more likely to sympathize: he’s not poised, distant, and coolly intellectual in the manner of Roger Moore’s James Bond; he’s more along the lines of a Connery-style Bond — physical, given to overt emotion, and all the while manifesting a gruff concern for his youthful charges. Gambon’s Dumbledore has a little Hagrid in him, and he’s a better man for it.

Here’s hoping Gambon lives long enough to get through the sixth and seventh films.

Kevin



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