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Transcript of Harry Potter
Construction of Britishness via recurring themes and symbols
reason for success: starts off as lovable & friendly but turns to traumatic journey
the directors' choices reflect each filmmaker‘s sensibility & vision
by using various directors, a series develops and new elements are added throughout the production to keep it interesting
The gothic, dusty, but also cosy invocation of a fictitious Victorian England is what connects the Harry Potter series with the rest of the world's common conception of Britishness.
Do you think Harry Potter may become a heritage film? Support your argument by using examples from the films.
The School System
The Directors' individual Contributions to the Films
Chris Columbus ("The Philosopher's Stone" + "The Chamber of Secrets")
The importance of friendship and standing up against bullying
Jane Eyre, Billy Eliot, Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist, Chronicles of Narnia, …
Snape, Prof. McGonagall, Dumbledore
Harry Potter vs. Little Dorrit
- American director
- challenge: * creation of a new world
* closely following the books?
creation of supernatural world
for younger viewers + older audiences
Alfonso Cuarón ("The Prisoner of Azkaban")
- English director
- turns series into coming-of-age drama with light comedy
- more visual artistry
building up to epic cathartic finale
more contemporary + mature style
- Mexican director
- challenge: creating s.th. new but being faithful to books
- more emphasis on individual characters
- change of mood
changes tone of series
Mike Newell ("The Goblet of Fire")
- English director
- challenge: keeping it realistic
- goal: displaying the school as a character
balance of story + visuals
David Yates ("The Order of the Phoenix", "The Half-Blood Prince", "The Deathly Hallows 1+2")
Wizarding boarding school located in Scotland
founded around 9-10th century
considered one of the finest magical institutions in the wizarding world
age of admission: 11 years
owls deliver letters inviting the eligible witches and wizards to enrol
special train: Howgarts Express
first-years reach the castle in small boats
The house system is a traditional feature of school in the UK.
Hogwarts houses are similar to the house system in many British boarding schools
compete with one another in sports
Schools in England follow
the National Curriculum
At Hogwarts there is a variety of classes:
practical training in wizardry (e.g. Flying or Herbology)
abstract subjects (e.g. Defense Against The Dark Arts or Muggle Studies)
sport culture is strong
in independent schools in the UK
At Hogwarts, the predominating sport is :
Popular sports are :
Football, Cricket, Rugby
matches are played between 2 teams
players ride flying
Players use 3 balls: The Quaffle,
Bludgers . Golden Snitch
Hogwarts' school year is structured in a similar way to other non-magical schools in the UK.
three-term year punctuated by holidays at Christmas and Easter and bounded by the long summer holidays of 9 weeks
There are 4 feasts per year:
- The Start-of-Term Feast
- The End-of-Term Feast
- Halloween Feast
_ Christmas Feast
Feasts for important occasions,
as in Goblet of Fire.
Thank you for your attention!
The core subjects are:
each boarding school requires admission test