Why Do We Need Quidditch?
I cannot count the
number of times I have read PoA since it first came out. It is easily my
favourite book out of the series so far and probably always will be.
Of course people wonder why this book out of all the others is my favourite. I can fit the answer into one simple word: Quidditch
Believe me, Quidditch isn't something you can just simply cut out of the 3rd movie. Removing Oliver Wood means removing the Quidditch matches? Why? Because he's the Gryffindor captain and Keeper. Without him what are they going to show? Harry searching for the Snitch? That is not a Quidditch match. There's more to the sport than just the Snitch!
Not to mention all the characters that are introduced and the predecessors for the relationship problems in the 4th book. Without Quidditch you've pretty much sent not only this film but the next one to their graves.
Allow me to elaborate:
Match One: Gryffindor vs. Hufflepuff
The first important match of the book. Harry meets Cedric Diggory, the new Hufflepuff captain. As we know in the 4th book, Cedric becomes the Hogwarts Champion in the Tri-Wizard tournament. He also becomes Harry's competition for Cho Chang which comes as a blow seeing as how nice Cedric appeared to be.
Don't forget that the Dementors also make an appearance at this game, causing trouble for Harry. Because of the Dementors, Harry loses consciousness and falls off his broom. Thus, he loses a match for the first time and his Nimbus 2000 crashes into the Whomping Willow, breaking.
Match Two: Gryffindor vs. Ravenclaw
When this match starts
(after constant nagging to get a new broom from Oliver), Harry has his brand new
Firebolt. The Firebolt is what Harry uses not only to win the Quidditch Cup but
to defeat the Hungarian Horntail he goes up against in GoF.
Then there's Cho Chang, the Ravenclaw Seeker and the girl who catches Harry's eye. Despite being yelled at by Oliver, Harry nearly loses the match because he's too busy staring at her. Thus begins Harry's first love interest which continues on through the 4th book.
Match Three: Gryffindor vs. Slytherin
Then there's the finals, the entire reason I was planning on seeing the movie for in the first place. The match believed to end all matches (until of course the World Cup), what Gryffindor has been working towards for seven long years.
A brutal match, finally coming down to a race between Draco and Harry to see who can get to the Snitch first. With the Firebolt Harry received, he beats Malfoy, catching the Snitch and winning Gryffindor the Quidditch Cup.
Putting aside the fact that winning the Cup causes Oliver to blubber like a baby, this match is very important, as are all the others. Cutting them out is killing to movie and all the other movies which will potentially follow. You can't condense the movie into 2 hours and expect to get away with a good or even decent job.
-Melisus the Wee
1. He's the captain of
his team, without the captain, I'm sure they'll be no Quidditch at all.
2. Not having Quidditch means not having Cedric nor Cho. Also we won't see Harry's reaction to the dementor and the destruction of the Nimbus 2000.
3. Without Harry falling on the ground because of the dementors, there's no point for Lupin teaching him the Expecto Patronum spell. Remember that he taught him this so he could play Quidditch safely.
4. Without having the Nimbus 2000 destroyed, there's not going to be a Firebolt. There won't be the little fight over telling McGonagall about the broom, and then I ask, what connection will they use to assume that Black tried to kill Harry? Because before of that incident, the ONLY suspected that he was after him.
5. If there's no Quidditch, that means that all the other characters involve in the sport will be gone too...or at least that's what I'm suspecting.
I had so many hopes for this movie, but after this, and if they don't change their mind soon, I don't think I'll be wanting to see HP3, let alone HP4.
During the Quidditch match Harry encounters the Dementors. We all know that the first time this happens, he falls off his broomstick. This gives him a reason to learn "Expecto Patronum", the Dementor-repellant charm, which is vitally important throughout the story; it allows him to save not only Sirius but himself as well.
Oh yeah and - this is the first year Gryffindor wins the Quidditch cup in... a few years (five or six? i forget the exact number but it shouldn't be too difficult to look up). That gives them a lotta points towards the house cup.
-SarahMost of all the humor from J. K. Rowling's "Prisoner of Azkaban" is with Oliver Wood and the Weasley's. It is centered around Oliver's desire to win the Quidditch Cup in his final year at Hogwarts at any cost. These are just a few of the funnier scenes from the book. Just pick one or a few scenes and combine them into one game! Please remember that the only Quidditch in J. K. Rowlings' "Goblet of Fire" is in the Quidditch World Cup and not any played at Hogwarts. So, please give us fans, some Quidditch in "Prisoner of Azkaban"!!!!
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