It’s been a rough week for “Harry Potter” fans. Not only did the latest film flop at the box office, but author J.K. Rowling revealed that the final book in her wizarding series won’t see the light of day in a decade. Now, many of her fans are in a bit of a state of shock, while others are seeking solace in their favorite literary novels and movie series. In light of this, let’s take a look back at Robert Pattinson’s new movie, shall we?
It Was Meant To Be A Tribute To J.K. Rowling
If there’s one thing Robert Pattinson is known for, it’s his incredible fandom for J.K. Rowling. The two bonded over their shared love of magic and were even seen cosplaying as one another during Comic-Con in 2018. The actor even dedicated an entire ‘thank you’ interview to his favorite author, praising her “incredible” bravery for writing the “Harry Potter” series in the first place. Most recently, they were spotted holding hands and passionately whispering to each other at an event celebrating Rowling’s 90th birthday. So, when the opportunity arose for Pattinson to play the ultimate Harry Potter fan in a comedy-drama about a man who idolizes Rowling and her creations, he jumped at the chance.
It’s Mostly Fun
Robert Pattinson is known for his dark and brooding demeanor, but that doesn’t mean he’s incapable of having fun. In fact, he seems to have the most fun when he’s acting. Take a look at his IMDb page, and you’ll see numerous film and TV credits that are labeled ‘funny’ or ‘comedy,’ from “The Lighthouse” to “Sherlock Gnomes.” It’s clear that being in front of the camera makes him happy, whether it’s playing a superhero or a wizard. This, in turn, makes for some awesome stories when it comes to the actor’s career.
Pattinson And Rowling Are Essentially The Same Character
One of the biggest issues that ‘Harry Potter’ fans have with the new movie is the fact that it’s a complete retelling of the story. Pattinson plays Harry Potter himself, and aside from sporting a mullet and an American accent, the two characters are virtually indistinguishable. This, of course, raises the question: is this really a ‘Harry Potter’ movie at all? Is it, rather, an homage to Rowling’s amazing works?
To put it bluntly, yes, it is a ‘Harry Potter’ movie. The producers stated as much in an interview with Screenrant, and even Rowling herself confirmed it. But beyond that, it’s an ‘adventure comedy’ about a guy who idolizes Harry Potter and attempts to recreate the boy wizard’s magic for himself. The protagonist is portrayed by Robert Pattinson, and while the two are visually similar, they’re not meant to be exactly the same character. Instead, they function as the ‘greatest admirer’ and ‘biggest fan’ of Rowling’s magical world, respectively.
The Title Is A Bit Of A Misnomer
If you’ve seen the name of the movie, you might be wondering if it’s actually going to be a ‘sad’ movie. The title, “Not So Dumb and Dumber,” might make you think otherwise. While the main character does experience some very real problems, they’re presented in a humorous light. “Dumb” and “Dumber” are the names of the infamous dogs from the original “Dumb and Dumber,” so it’s safe to say that the movie is, in fact, meant to be funny.
It’s No Warthe For Fans To Have Feelings
One of the most endearing things about J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” movies is how they manage to capture the imagination of fans despite the fact that they’re often very unrealistic. The movies are imaginative stories that are meant to be enjoyed by children and adults, but there’s also an element of magic realism that permeates every frame. Most recently, Rowling admitted to having fun with the fantasy genre, saying that she enjoys creating magical worlds that she knows fans will love.
However, she expressed some concern for the effect that the movies are having on her fans. In an interview with BBC News, she shared her worries that people who have been looking forward to the series for years might stop watching because they’re frustrated by the delays in putting the books into film. “I feel like a chump, because I promised the books wouldn’t be made into films and they’re turning out to be pretty good,” she said. “So it’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, what did I do? I made a whole generation of people think that this is the way it is!’”
The Fans Want To See The Books Come To Life
Perhaps the biggest problem that ‘Harry Potter’ fans have with the new movie is that it doesn’t live up to their high expectations. It’s not that the movie is bad by any means, it’s just that it doesn’t live up to the fans’ expectations. When the first movie was announced, many were excited about the prospect of seeing J.K. Rowling’s amazing wizarding world come to life on the big screen. The book series is, in fact, one of the most popular and recognizable literary series of all time, with a global audience of over 300 million copies sold. Now, several movies later, it seems as though this might be impossible. Why? Because the books were originally written for children, and the movies are meant to be entertaining. This, of course, is a common issue when it comes to adapting books and bringing them to life visually, but it’s a particularly relevant point in relation to ‘Harry Potter.’
What Do You Think?
Do you have any criticisms of the new ‘Harry Potter’ movie? If so, feel free to sound off in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Also, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, be sure to check out its official site from Warner Bros. to learn more about it. The title doesn’t do the film justice, but it’s still one of the most popular movies on the entire site, with over 600 reviews and an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. So, even if you don’t agree with the movie’s humor, at least you’ll understand why it’s been viewed over 500,000 times worldwide.