|Posted by darknessxxfalls on November 16, 2008 at 12:08 AM|
Here is a series of quotes taken straight from the seven Harry Potter books I want to start us out with:
"His eyes were light, bright, and sparkling behind half-moon spectacles...This man's name was Albus Dumbledore" (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Chapter 1).
"He wore half-moon glasses, had a long crooked nose...Underneath the picture was the name Albus Dumbledore" (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Chapter 6).
"He was looking at her closely through his half-moon spectacles" (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chapter 9).
"Professor Dumbledore, though very old... had several feet of long silver hair and beard, half moon spectacles..." (Happy Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Chapter 5).
"The tips of Dumbledore's long, thin fingers were together and he was resting his chin upon them, staring up at the ceiling through his half-moon spectacles as though lost in thought" (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Chapter 12).
"as he drew level with Harry and look up at Fudge through the half-moon spectacles that rested halfway down his very crooked nose" (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter
"Dumbledore's glasses were askew, his mouth agape, his eyes closed" (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Chapter 26).
"Dumbledore's long silver hair and beard, the piercingly blue eyes behind half-moon spectacles" (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Chapter 35)
What is one key characteristic you notice about the character Albus Dumbledore that is included in these quotes?
The half-moon spectacles. THE GLASSES SHAPED LIKE HALF OF A MOON.
YOU CANNOT HAVE THE CHARACTER ALBUS DUMBLEDORE WITHOUT THESE GLASSES. I don't know what it is about them; but they just seem to sum up his wisdom and legend into his image along with the long white hair and beard and his crooked nose. You cannot just have an old guy with long white hair in robes and call him Albus Dumbledore without those spectacles. It would be the equivalent of Harry Potter not having his glasses. It would be like a blond Ronald. It would be like having a Mudblood Malfoy. IT IS NOT IN CHARACTER, it cannot be done!
Yet, in the latest Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Order or the Phoenix," Michael Gambon is without these glasses. The key element of the character he is portraying, he did not have. The absence of the glasses was the very first thing I noticed was a little odd about Dumbledore in the fifth movie; and after seeing Dumbledore with those glasses the first four films, I simply could not enjoy any part of the fifth movie with the Dumbledore-look-alike. It wasn't the same. It wasn't Dumbledore, and therefore, was not Harry Potter.
I bring this to attention now, as I should have done so long ago (right after I finished watching the fifth movie). Maybe if I'd made a big deal back then, the mistake wouldn't have been repeated in the newest Potter film, The Half-Blood Prince. I watched the trailer for the Half Blood Prince and saw right away that Dumbledore, again, did not have his half-moon spectacles. I assumed the mistake would have been corrected, but it was not, and I am already thoroughly upset and the movie is several months away still. I know it cannot be corrected; the people in Hollywood would say in response to this sort of message "It's just a pair of glasses." Well, it's not. It's what makes the characters the characters we've come to know and love in the books. And honestly, it's little things like Dumbledore's half-moon spectacles that give the films the "Harry Potter feel." That classic feel all of the fans wanted to feel when watching the story come to life was lost and not embraced in the fifth film.
DO NOT start going off about all of the mistakes that were all over all of the other films, like Dudley's hair being the wrong color, or anything else; Dumbledore is an epic character with significant presence in every book. To not convey him correctly is like forgetting something in a cookie recipe; you know something is missing when the cookies are done.
Please, if there is anything, any sentence, or hint, or shred of evidence in any of the seven books that otherwise implies that Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore stops wearing his famous "half-moon spectacles" in books five and six so that it accurately corresponds with the films that David Yates has directed, I want to see it. If I see that, then my rant rests. If there is none, which I would bet money on there isn't, my point has been made. Take with it the implications I imply.
There is no argument toward the point "The reason the actor for Dumbledore doesn't wear the glasses is because he's the replacement for the original." That's not true. Michael Gambon, the new and current actor for Dumbledore, wore the glasses in film 3 and 4. It was only when David Yates, the director who failed to embrace the magic of the Harry Potter books into his film, had stepped unto the plate that Dumbledore stopped wearing his key signature.
MY MESSAGE TO DAVID YATES:
Get it right, or give it up.
If you are directing the remaining of the films, so help me God, actually read the goddamn books; and put little sticky notes next to key characteristics and actions in the characters and scenes and settings so nothing is forgotten, nothing like Dumbledore's half-moon spectacles. You might do a better job with the upcoming films than the fifth if you do that much. I literally, when I was sitting in the theaters watching the opening of the fifth Harry Potter film, asked myself "Am I in the right theater?" Only when I recognized Daniel Radcliffe sitting on a dank little playground swing did I realize that I was sadly not mistaken. You lost the magic of Harry Potter in the first ten seconds of the film, and therefore you lost this fan.