I have to say it: Movie #3 was the one where the Harry Potter movies took a nosedive in quality. Like, in the book, Sirius was just this very tired man who had been through 12 years of hell in Azkaban, his voice was ragged from disuse, and the only thing giving him any energy at all was his obsession with finding Peter Pettigrew. This would have made him intense in a very focused but quiet way. But in the movie they portray him as this energetic lunatic who babbles incoherently.
Frankly, they should have cut a lot of stuff from other parts of the movie and focused on this scene, focused on making it as true to the book as possible, because this scene… I’m sorry, but this scene was paced WAY too fast, didn’t have enough information, and had unrealistic responses from characters to boot; there’s just no WAY Harry or the others would have trusted Black if he came off as a keyed-up nutcase, as opposed to the quiet intensity of the book Black. Rowling wrote the scene perfectly, and the movie makers just totally fucked it up. This is, IMHO, at least as bad as the infamous “Dumbledore said calmly”/Dumbledore shouting mistake in #4, if not worse, because if you had never read the book, this scene in the movie [the scene in the shrieking shack] would have confused the fuck out of you. Hell, I read the books and *I* was even confused by this scene in the movie.
Redo the whole series as a TV series I say. Not a miniseries, not more movies, a friggin TV series. And by all that is holy, do NOT cast Michael Gambon as Dumbledore again! That casting decision doesn’t win the #1 position for Worst Casting Decision of the Series only because they changed Tom the innkeeper from this pleasant, normal-looking man to some kind of Quasimodo-esque monstrosity.
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