Happy Birthday, Alfonso Cuaron

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Nov 28, 2007

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Happy Birthday wishes go out to Alfonso Cuarón, the director of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” who is today celebrating his 46th birthday. Cheers, Alfonso!





69 Responses to Happy Birthday, Alfonso Cuaron

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY Alfonso!

Prisoner of Azkaban is still my FAVORITE Harry Potter film!

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And who coaxed, by far (not that this is saying that much) the best performance from Emma Watson in the series to date.

Whereas Dan Ratcliffe (obviously) and even Rupert Grint, have shown good improvement in films 4 and 5, Emma has not done.

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Happy Birthday, Senor Cuaron.

I agree, M Jones, he has got the best out of Emma of any of the directors. But Emma is capable of more. Just look at the Ballet Shoes article two posts down. Perhaps she needs a certain type of director to get the best out of her (though I personally don’t think she’s done that badly in HP).

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Happy birthday!

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He may focus more on imagery than storyline (3rd film) but I would love for him to return for Deathly Hallows!

Happy Birthday, dude!

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Happy Birthday! Alfonso!

Who is a terrific director but I hope his friend del Torro—-and NOT him—directs DH.

I want the ending of the series to be about “Harry” and not Hermione[girl power,ugh! ] I think Cuaron and Columbus[SS/PS] both got the best from Emma .Maybe she will grow out of her self-awarness from films 4 and 5 , she is a capible actress.

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Alfonso!!! Oh I love this man so much. Happy birthday señor! =)

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Happy birthday to a wonderful director!

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Happy Birthday! Happy birthday to the man who brought beauty and artistic style to the Potter series.

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Zee -

I really enjoyed Emma’s work in P of Az. But in the last few films, she is all stutters and raised eyebrows ! Thats not to say she did not have her moments; the cliche “crying girl taking off her shoes at the prom” scene in Film 4 was very well done but I felt, in the last film, she was slightly dissapointing. Just re-watch her opening lines in the bedroom ….”its….so….unfair…”

The contrast with Ratcliffe who replies “Yeah, theres a lot of that going around” is quite immense.

Why is this ? Well -I can only guess of course, but she had sensational GCSE results and very good As level results so maybe she committed more of her time to that. But she seemed to have a crisis of confidence immediately after the conclusion of principle photography on “Order”. Was this her own doubts creeping in ? She did get a bit of a roasting in the media over her performance in “Goblet” but as I said, I am only guessing.

She seemed to have so much promise after “Pr of Az so I have been very dissapointed not to see the huge improvement shown by Dan Ratcliffe in Emma as well.

She has recently said that she has finally decided that she does want to be an actor -so we may see an improvement. One things for sure; like anything in life, if you want to be good at it, you need to commit. The great golfer, Gary Player said “That the more I practice, the luckier I get.” and I think that Emma needs to totally commit to her own ability and potential, over the next two films. I genuinely hope she does well.

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Yes!! HAPPY B-DAY FOR FOR THE BEST HP DIRECTOR!!!! seriously. he created the most critically acclaimed hp movie!!!! and i pray that he does number 7!!!!!

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Happy Birthday Alfonso! BlogHogwarts.com

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Yes!! HAPPY B-DAY FOR FOR THE BEST HP DIRECTOR!!!! seriously. he created the most critically acclaimed hp movie!!!! and i pray that he does number 7!!!!!

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Que pases un cumpleaños muy feliz, Alfonso!

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M Jones I understand what you mean, but maybe she’s delivered what the directors wanted – a Hermione that spends two books hissy-fitting.

Personally, I don’t think her script helps because she has to say things that even posh British teens don’t say (which is why they should get a British screenplay writer). The director also has the job of getting the best out of the actors, especially young actors, and if Cuaron and Ballet Shoes director Sandra Goldbacher could do it, then perhaps Newell and Yates thought they got what they needed from her too.

All three of the main leads have had good and bad reviews for all of the HP films so far. So a lot comes down to opinions too. I think she has a long way to go before she’ll be critically acclaimed (many of the best actors were slow starters), but I feel sure she’ll be fine so long as she plays a lots of different characters to broaden her range.

Maybe another project with Cuaron would help her too.

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Happee birthday alfonso. I’m hoping to see you at DH.

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Feliz Cumpleaños!!!!!!!!

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HaPpY BiRtHdAy, Alfonso!! Another young face:)

This is off the topic, but yeah, Emma’s Yule Ball hissy was quite startling in the sense of exaggeration. Or something. Not quite sure what it was. All I’m saying is, if I had been chosen to play a principal role in HP, I would make sure to study with the best acting coach whenever possible and do some of my own acting homework as well to help assure a well-delivered and received performance. Directors may help, but cannot do all the work for you.

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Happy birthday to Mr. Cuaron! You were the best director that has so far worked on this franchise, in terms of artistic talent, and I truly did appreciate your work on the Prisoner of Azkaban! Hope you and your family are having a pleasant day.

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Happy birthday Alfonso!!

You brought the HP films to a new plateau, both artistically and plot-wise. You proved that Potter films can be amazing even if they do not follow the book word-for-word, but rather, follow the same spirit and themes of the novels.

Azkaban was lauded by film critics when it came out as the best Potter film to date, and many including myself would still agree with that.

Your other works, including Little Princess and most recently Children of Men are soon to be classics!!

Please come back for HP7, I can’t imagine what you could pull off with the final chapter!

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I think the characters on screen are a mixture of what the director, writer and producer wants, and what the actors does in response. Maybe the directors wanted what they got from Emma but I ain’t got a huge problem with what she’s done apart from over active eyebrows. But watch Miranda Richardson in Gof and even Imelda Staunton at times in ootp, lots of moving eyebrows. Some people just got expressive faces. Dan’s face doesn’t move much at all. And his name is Radcliffe, M J, not Ratcliffe.

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In addition to my last comment, I forgot to add:

Alphonso is only 46?? Wow, good looking man for his age, way to go!

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Zee and Joy

Agree with you both; so in summary

Emma needs to

1 – Decide if she really wants to make acting her career; 2- If so -really commit to it; in other words, do the “hard yards” that all actors have to do;

3 -Be lucky with your screenwriter and director. I think you were right in that Zee, so this brings us back, on topic, to Cuaron, who obviously adored her and she responded accordingly.

As ever, its never just one thing !

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This is why I hate Harry Potter fans. Could we stop with the Emma bashing? Please? Grow up people.

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Michael

If you call the above comments “Emma bashing” -Wow ! -You do have a very thin skin.

Everyone above clearly want her to improve; plainly -and clearly -she wants to improve -and we all hope she does. She has done good work in the films in the past ; and I believe she can do even better work in the future -if she really wants to. Its up to her.

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Feliz Cumpleanos a ti, mi favorito HP director! :D

Que tengas un buen dia.

If you can understand that, get a spanish dictionary. :P

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Happy birthday, it’s because of you that the HP series was more interesting. you set the scale high and no other directors have been close to what you did. Hope you could do DH(since it’s too late for HBP).

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Happy Birthday! I loved POA! :)

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Happy Birthday Alfonso :-)

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ugh, he should NOT direct the last movie… I’ll cry if we get talking heads instead of the Gringotts scene or Dobby’s death. The third movie made almost one hundred MILLION dollars less than CoS, which was the second to least grossing film of the HP movies. I don’t know about the rest of you, but that is A LOT of money, and I don’t think WB is going to flush it down the drain. He ruined what is one of the best books out of all of them. So he can have a happy 46th bday, as long as he doesn’t direct the last Potter movie in my opinion.

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Emma was incredible in the first two movies. I mean, there were times her inexperience as an actor showed through but she really captured Hermione. But around the time of the third film, she turned into girl power Hermione. This may have something to do with Cuaron, or Kloves, but since he wrote Hermione well in 1 and 2 (or, well for his limited talent) I think it must have been either Cuaron or Emma herself. Of course, her eyebrow acting is terrible, and I wish someone would tell her to stop doing that.

Happy birthday, Alfonson!

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To Iz and hufflepuff lady: you guys are so picky, i mean come on. I heard the reason POA didn’t make money was because COS was too long and non-reader decided not to watch the new one in theaters. Could you serious tell me that COS is better than POA just because it made more money? i think not.so mr. cuaron add the shurken heads,that didn’t ruin the movie what so ever. even j.k rowling(in an interview) wished she thought of them and put it in her books. POA is the only HP movie that i was emotionally involved. Watching it over and over again never gets boring like the other HP series. J.K.Rowling said it’s her personal best, she haven’t said that with the other movies. So, give it a rest with the pickiness and see that the movie as a whole is just brilliant.

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It’s nice it’s his birthday and all but he still butchered Prisoner --yepers he brought his “vision” and yepers it was all artsy and cool but at the expense of the story. I know people who love him don’t want to hear it but…shrunken heads that channel JarJar Binks, Hitler Flitwick, bird killing tree, giant hairless werewolf, Igor Tom, and on and on and on. Huge hunks of Prisoner Of Azkaban were just plain bad! I can’t imagine how his “vision” would distort Deathly Hallows. There is so very much for him to misunderstand, misinterpret and get wrong.

Honest, I think he and Michael Gambon read the books together…...

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Ah, the perennial Cuaron/PoA debate.

You’re all wrong. :P

Oh, and happy birthday, Alfonso! Thank you for Children of Men.

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Did anyone notice that IMDB has Cuaron listed as the Director of Deathly Hallows?

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Happy birthday to the best thing that’s happened to the HP films so far!

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“Ah, the peremnnial Cuaron/PoA debate.

You’re all Wrong. :P”

Well sticking your tongue out sure convinced me! My mind is changed!

Yepers now I just love those toads in the choir and the shrunken head added such DEPTH and well just don’t get me started on how terribly artistic it was to shave the werewolf. And the symbolism of a tiny Hitler figure surely foreshadowed the Nazi-esq behavior of the Death Eaters while the whopping willow’s attack on birds is a statement on how humanity has decimated the environment causing it to turn on it’s very self. Oh the genius of the man! How could I have been so blind??

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Happy Birthday, Alfonso! Hope to see you back on the HP scene, one way or another.

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yea Alfonso was the best director by waaay far. The other directors don’t even compare to him!! He actually got Emma to seem kinda cool. Prisoner of Azkaban was truely the best film out of the lot, no question about it! I love the way Alfonso made Prisoner of Azkaban seem dark but funny at the same time, thats a really hard thing to do. His idea of Remus Lupin being portrayed as a gay junkie was just genious because thats how Lupin comes off in the books. The only thing i didn’t like about POA was the way Sirius was portrayed, he didn’t seem like the Sirius from the book at all but i think that was more to do with Gary Oldman. I really really hope Alfonso does Deathly Hallows if he doesn’t it’ll probably suck.

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and yes, Emma Watson is a terrible actress and does move her eyebrows too mch lol. she was crap in SS COS and she got worse in GOF and OOTP. The only film she was bareble in was POA. Daniel radcliffe is awful at acting too but not as bad as Emma, and he has shown a little improvement but after all these years i still don’t beleive he’s Harry. In the last 3 books, Harry is kind of well….emo for lack of a better word. He’s got messy hair, has a bitter dark sarcastic sense of humour. It starts in book 5 obviously because of Cedrics death and gets worse and worse with every death. My point is that Dan Radcliffe does not portray this dark bitter part of Harry AT ALL! He’s way too posh to play Harry Potter i think, that posh accent drives me mad! He should sound normal like the twins. In DH harry is basically a full blown EMO/GOTH, he’s aggressive, bitter and dark while he’s on the run and i don’t think that Daniel Radcliffe can do this at all. Please reply i want your opinions people!

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Kerrie

I thought I was the resident site curmudgeon but you have well and truly outdone me.

I do not agree that Emma is a terribel actress. I simply observe that she seems to have not progressed since Pr of Az and, perhaps due to school work, has not been able to devote the time to her craft as she could have.

As for Daniel Radcliffe- I could not disagree more. I think he has shown outstanding improvement especially over the past two films. Yes -he must now take a very dark turn towards the end of film 6 into seven -and I for one, read the character indeed like you, as being near demented by determination to destroy Voldemort.

But its up to the screenwriters, the director and the producers. If they do not give him the material -there is only so far he can go.

But I will end with a moan; IF ONLY WARNERS BELIEVED IN THE SOUCE PRODUCT AND THE INTELLIGENCE OF ITS READERS AS MUCH AS PETER JACKSON AND NEW LINE OBVIOUSLY DID FOR THE LORD OF THE RINGS; -THE POTTER FILMS AND DVDS WOULD HAVE BEEN SO, SO MUCH BETTER.

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Happy Birthday to the Director of MY PERSONAL favorite movie of the series so far. With so many to choose from it is not unusual to have so many differences of opinion about who or which is better. However, one thing that stands out to me is that the books and the movies have always been two different beasts. The movies are never going to follow exactly where the books have gone, and that they have stayed this true to the story for so many is a suprise to me. The Lord of the Rings series was super, and probably the truest of most books made movie, however there are SO many that are so much worse. PoA was beautiful, and humorous and the last movie not to be so stinking DARK…I realize that the books turn DARK from then on, but let us have our light where we may. If he added a little bit of his vision to it, then who is to say that the billions of us who did love PoA didn’t have that same vision! I can deal with the whomping willow having a nasty personality when it comes to birds a lot more that the absense of DOBBY where he should be in each sucessive movie!

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Happy birthday. This man should direct DH, absolutely! PoA was my favorite HP movie, tied with OOTP, and I still watch PoA frequently. I hope that if he does direct DH, he will make sure the naked Harry scenes are put in, and Molly Weasley’s infamous battle cry! :D CUARON FOR DH!!!!

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CUARON FOR DH!!!!! CUARON FOR DH!!!!!

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Meek: Agreed

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Ah well, there is no point trying to talk about it in the face of “CUARON FOR DH!!!!! CUARON FOR DH!!!!!” I have certainly been told!!

But just a point…the books and the movies may be two different things but it is the same story, the one told by the books and interpreted by the movies. To fail to convey the essence of story —including the plot——appropriately is a problem. Cuaron in ALL CAPS or not had some major problems in Prisoner. How can anyone who is concerned about Dobby being left out fail to notice that Cuaron. (or CUARON!!!!!!!) kinda forgot to include the whole Marauders story./..which could easily have been told if he had cut out his Cuaronisms like the toad choir, the bird eating, the silly candy, the big swoop at the end. Take out the stuff he added and you have room for what JKR wrote….

I fully understand that people who love him are not going to change any more than I am. But I am just ornery enough to interrupt a Cuaron or rather, CUARON!!!! praise-fest to point out that some of us out here are of the opinion that he pretty well butchered the story of the Prisoner of Azkaban and didn’t find him so very wonderful. ;0) (I could stick out my tongue but I figure a wink and a grin keep it friendlier….)

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TrustSnape:

I see that you thought I was directing my earlier “You’re all wrong. :P ” comment at you and you alone. A reasonable assumption, I see now, since I posted it directly after your first comment. But that was not my intention. I was actually addressing the comment to everyone, Cuaron-fans and -haters alike: “all of you are wrong.” It was an attempt at humor, you see.

So, to everyone here: enjoy continuing to beat your respective heads against the unyielding wall that is the Cuaron debate! It seems to make you all happy, and I am not one to deny happiness to those who seek it.

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Oh, and by the way: :P

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To TrustSnape: Okay they didn’t add the whole Marauders story but OOTP, they didn’t put the snape’s worst memory which revealed that James potter wasn’t as innocent as harry thought. if you are angry at cuaron for not including the marauders story then you should also be angry at david yate for doing this as well(snape’s worse memory). you’re being too picky on the changes. you said the movie and the book are the two different things, but the story is the same, well if POA angered you then you should feel the same way for OOTP. Both movie didn’t follow the story, in fact the last three movie didn’t follow the story but they captured the spirit of the story. You guys need to understand that the movie should and will be different from the book. As long as it capture the spirit of the story then it’s fine. That’s why i can’t understand why there are people who dislike POA. POA is the only one that i got emotionally involved and the soundtrack was amazing, OOTP and GOF doesn’t come closer. my hope has come true, john william will be doing the score for DH. Now the last hope is…...CUARON FOR DH!!!, CUARON FOR DH!!!

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i also wanted to speak about the ending of POA. Like alot of people at first i didn’t think it ended well(but overall i liked the movie) but since then i really like the ending, why? well, let me explain. the ending showed harry flying off with the broom that sirius black gave to him. the last scene froze with him smiling in delight. It showed how happy he was, this symbolized harry last happy moment, that every thing was alright but as you know in book four, harry’s childhood was about to end. From book four till the last series, the ending has away been a sad ending or harry facing evil ahead. POA’s ending showed Harry’s last happy childhood, and it seemed like things might be going fine since he saved sirius’s life and buckbeak. the books from then on was sad ending and the movie of course match this ending which was sombering. So Cuaron was not crazy at all in ending the movie that way. As i wrote earlier, it will be the last time that harry would be happy before people that he was close with would die.

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This may not be the best place to do this, but-in relation to Emma’s acting- I want to recall some passages from Chap. 23 of GOF:

”...When she spoke, her voice quivered…” [p. 422]

”...said Hermione, looking outraged…”

”...said Hermione hotly.”

“Hermione jumped to her feet and stormed off across the dance floor…”

“Harry…found Ron and Hermione having a blazing row…they were bellowing at each other, each scarlet in the face. ’...you know what the solution is, don’t you?’ yelled Hermione…her face was screwed up in anger…’Next time there’s a ball, ask me before someone else does, and not as a last resort!’...Hermione turned on her heel and stormed up the girl’s staircase to bed.” [p. 432]

{page references to American edition}

My opinion is that Emma hit this scene bang on.

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Aha, so now I see that when you try to use dashes to set off a phrase for emphasis-like this-it posts as a STRIKE-THROUGH instead, and not as a dash. I was wondering why we see so many of those!

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M Jones, I agree that Daniel has shown improvement but other then that i still totally dissagree with you i’m afraid. He’s to posh, his hair isn’t messy enough, he’s not tall enough either to pull off a character like Harry Potter. And in general i don’t think he’ll be able to pull of the next 2 films like AT ALL. He’s going to ruin Deathly Hallows for me I think. As for Emma, she CANNOT act at all i’m sorry if you dissagree but its a fact not an opinion. She overacts, looks at the camera way to much and in general just isn’t in the moment. You can tell she’s thinking way too much. Its very obvious to see that she does not practice or even make an effort.

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“You guys need to understand that the movie should and will be different from the book.”

Ooooo K. Why? ‘Cause I think YOU guys need to understand that these movies don’t need any additional “vision” or “artistic genus” . JKR’s alone does quiet well thank you.

“As long as it capture the spirit of the story then it’s fine.”

And exactly how did that shrunken head capture the spirit of the story???? How did turning Tom into Igor capture the spirit of the story. How did that tree killing birds capture the spirit? How did shaving the werewolf capture it?

But all that sure as heck made it different from the book. Best book, worst movie.

And arguing that Yates is as bad as Cuaron does not make Cuaron better. Here is the thing about Yates and Cuaron. They both subtract and sometimes you have to in order to make the big books fit (Cuaron had a little book tho). But Cuaron subtracted more than he needed to and then he ADDED and it’s his addition of his own special Cuaronisms that become really distracting and annoying. I could have lived with his attempts to be all artistic and deep if he had not added such silly, useless props and changed things and people that didn’t need changing.

Oh and Bandersnatch if you want to stick your tongue out at us collective, we probably need it! :P back at you

But I just love jerking CUARON!!! chains….. ;0)

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Kerrie, pretty much every comment on here is OPINION, not FACT. To suggest that what you state is fact, as opposed to someone who disagrees with you, is plain arrogance.

Still, I think the best time to judge if the Trio can really make a successful career of acting is in about a decade’s time when they’ve all played a variety of roles, especially adult roles.

TrustSnape, JK loved those talking heads and said she wished she’d written those into the book, lol. She has also said that she understands that the “books are the books, and the films are the films”. I think book purists are often far more intolerant of changes to film adaptations than the authors – just ask LOTR and His Dark Materials fans. Maybe it’s easier not to expect too much from the films, then you won’t be as disappointed.

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trustsnape, i think Alfonsos a great director and I liked that he turned Tom into Igor, it was funny, the other directors didn’t bother doing funny stuff like that. Thats why i like Alfonso, for his dark humour, which is very appropriate to Harry Potter if you ask me.

ZEE: I’m not trying to be arrogant and i know everyone has their own opinion, but in my opinion I think anyone who thinks Emma Watson is a good actress needs their eyes chekced lol. Honestly, she should be much better for her age don’t u think? I know little children who are more beleivable at acting. I’m not trying to insult anyone or anything I just think its very obvious to see. I take acting lessons and i honestly think everyone in my beginners acting class is better then her. Again, she looks at the camera too much (thats not my opinion thats a face plain to see) and she moves her eyebrows too much (also not opinion, fact). Its not her fault, i’m sure she’s a lovely person, maybe she’s not getting the right direction or the script is really hard to work with i don’t know I’m just stating facts. I did think she was ok in POA though, Alfonso rocks as a director and he actually made Hermione more…hermione-like. So in conclusion Zee, I would not say something so arogant if i did not beleive 100% that it was true fact and not opinion.

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Yes, Emma does move her eyebrows a lot, and no, I’ve never noticed her looking at the camera. But watch Miranda Richardson in GOF, and even Imelda Staunton to a lesser extent in OOTP – they move their eyebrows quite a bit too. Some people have very expressive faces, others don’t. So it really DOES depend on how you interpret things.

The Trio have all had good and bad reviews for their acting over all 5 films so far, and that shows you that opinion is varied. I respect your right to believe that Dan and Emma can’t act because that is your opinion. You must also respect other people’s right to disagree, because that is their opinion.

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Zee thanks for respecting my opinion (even though i consider it to be fact), and I definatley respect other people’s opinions. I guess some people out there have to think dan and emma are good actors or they still wouldn’t be in the films but a LOT of HP fans I know agree with me just to let you know. Its sad really because i’m the biggest HP fan ever I love the books sooo much and I feel that the films have been ruined by the Dan and Emma. I’m not even looking forward to Half Blood Prince at all anymore because with every movie I get more dissapointed. Does anyone want to start a petetion to get Alfonso to direct DH? email me at [email protected] if you do.

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Actually Zee, I just want to say, even though i respect your opinion, would you not agree that someone being a good actor is not a matter of opinion at all? Either they are a good actor or they are not, either they have the talent or they don’t. Its not a matter of opinion. Thats why I beleive i’m right. One person cannot think someones great at acting and another thinks their crap, it doesn’t make any sense. One person cannot be blind to talent while another person sees it, that doesn’t make sense at all. Either they can act or they can’t I don’t understant how you can dissagree on something like that because its not to do with opinion.

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wow, this kerrie individual is incredibly rude!

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Uh, Kerrie, you’re totally wrong. And that’s not my opinion, it’s fact. (See how unfair it is to say that?!)

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“TrustSnape, JK loved those talking heads and said she wished she’d written those into the book, lol”

Well, let’s see…she had what, two and a half books after the POW movie to do it and didn’t…closest she came was Goyle or was it Crabb’s shrunken head that got confiscated. And not a word about how it channelled Jar Jar…...

“i think Alfonsos a great director and I liked that he turned Tom into Igor, it was funny”

Not as far as I’m concerned…..and I don’t think he was going for funny there, he seemed to be going for spooky/creepy with it but he kinda missed spooky AND funny and kinda ended up with…well, just bad.

” the other directors didn’t bother doing funny stuff like that.”

Nope, they didn’t do funny stuff like Cuaron. You are right on there. The other directors did not do stuff like Cuaron did…..THANK GOD!!

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Kerrie, you’ve outdone yourself this time. It’s perfectly easy for people to have different opinions on acting talent (or lack thereof). It’s the reason why some film reviews praise the an actor’s performances, and others don’t. It means, Kerrie, that one film buff thinks Dan, Emma or Rupert gave good performaces, and another film buff thinks they didn’t. See? OPINION.

What you’re saying is that what you believe is fact, and anyone who doesn’t agree with you is wrong. THAT is what I refered to as arrogance.

TrustSnape, I was refering the POA DVD where Jo was sitting with Alfonso ans they were discussing the Talking Heads, and Jo said she thought it was a great idea and wished she’d included them. But that doesn’t mean she intended to include them in later books – it had already been done. It would have seemed too contrived to write them into later books. Personally, I didn’t like them.

I do think Cuaron took a few liberties with POA, just as he went on to do with Children of Men. But I also recognise that he is a fantastic director with a very artistic vision, he just needs to stop trying re-write chunks of story to make it fit with the way he wants it filmed. Perhaps Jo herself needs to be stronger about that with each director.

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ok ZEE you have your opinion I have mine but i’m afriad you’ll never change my opinion.

And WHAO I don’t appreciate those comments I stated twice that I respect other peoples opinions but I still have every right to speak my mind. I not being racist or homophobic or saying anything really offensive like that so if you dissagree with me thats fine but don’t call me rude i have every right to give my opinion.

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Zee….Great comment. I think you may have just been the first person who likes Cuaron that I can agree with! I could live easily whith his artistic style if he just stuck to the facts of the story and didn’t add….well I’m being nice so I’ll say “things” and not “junk”...it is the Curaonisms that I find to be so distracting

And I’ll give him this—-he got the Buckbeak thing right. And the Monster Book of Monsters.

And not to get into this but Kerrie, racism and homophobia are not the same as rude. Those are a lot worse. You can actually be rude, or come off that way, without being racist sexist or homophobic. I think what you are saying would go over a lot better if you were a tad less absolute in what you say and maybe toss in an emoticon or two. I know I always try and let people know that most of what I am saying is in fun.

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trustsnape, OBVIOUSLY rascim and homophobia are worse then rude, i was just making a point that i’m not insulting anyone’s lifestyle or anything like that i’m only giving my opinion on someones acting skills, why is that such a big deal?! I’m not asking you guys to agree with me I just feel really pasionate about that topic because the films have been ruined for me.

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Again, I don’t want to get into a big thing but you do come off like you you are not just asking but telling people toagree with you when you say things like “Either they are a good actor or they are not, either they have the talent or they don’t. Its not a matter of opinion. Thats why I beleive i’m right. One person cannot think someones great at acting and another thinks their crap, it doesn’t make any sense. One person cannot be blind to talent while another person sees it, that doesn’t make sense at all. Either they can act or they can’t I don’t understant how you can dissagree on something like that because its not to do with opinion. “

I could say the came thing about Cuaron, that he is awful “because as a director either he has the talent or he doesn’t. Its not a matter of opinion. Thats why I beleive i’m right. One person cannot think someones great at acting and another thinks their crap, it doesn’t make any sense. One person cannot be blind to talent while another person sees it, that doesn’t make sense at all. Either Cuaron can direct or he can’t I don’t understant how you can dissagree on something like that because its not to do with opinion.”

That is what people have trouble with…it’s hard to discuss anything when you pose such absolutes. And it’s what people wer uncomfortable with.

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TrustSnape: you didn’t have to quote every single thing i said. I will say it yet again. I respect other people’s opinions and I’m not asking people to agree with me. But in my heart I feel 100% sure in my opinion. If the books had been ruined for you by someones acting or directing etc. would you surely not feel the same way? And as an actor myself I still believe in my heart that acting ability is not a matter of opinion as i believe it is natural born talent that makes someone a great actor. I don’t think any amount of direction or training will make someone a great actor if they weren’t born with the talent and I think a lot of people would agree with me on that. Thats why the best actors are able to act brilliantly from a very young age. Altough i do admit that Daniel Radcliffe has certainley improved 100% I am not blind to that at all. Will we will have to agree to dissagree some people will agree with you and some with me, thats the way it’ll be.

Have a nice Christmas Kerrie

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Also i have to get this off my chest TrustSnape: by saying that acting ability is a matter of opinion and that one person can think someones a great actor and someone else can think that same actor is crap is like saying for example that one person thinks a person is a great singer and another person thinks that same singer is crap. Does that make sense? To me it doesn’t make any sense. Either the person can sing or they can’t because they were either born with a nice singing voice or they weren’t. See what i’m getting at TrustSnape?

Would you not agree that you either have the talent for something or you don’t? If the person is singing badly for example, out of key or not in time how in God’s name can someone say “oh he/she is a great singer”. They can’t.

Thats why i don’t understand you saying Emma Watson is a great actress. She clearly makes obvious mistakes and I don’t understand how you don’t see that. I have never for one second believed she was Hermione Granger on screen…not even a little.

Oh well i’m not getting into this with you anymore i’m sick of it at this stage.

Again i will say that will we will have to agree to dissagree some people will agree with you and some with me, thats the way it’ll be.

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