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Spoilery Harry Potter thoughts

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It was interesting reading Odor of the Peni- er, Ordure of the Fee, nix. er. That Book.
What was interesting was something I've noticed more since hearing Delany read a short story that's one of my favorites of his: the alteration of internal monologue. Snape sounds like Alan Rickman to me, now: when I read Snape saying things, I hear that flat dry caustic voice. Similarly, McGonagall sounds like Maggie-Smith-with-a-spotty-Scottish-accent. Some of the scenes in the book were funnier to me, because of this. Other parts- Dumbledore explaining everything at the end- were infuriating. Richard Harris was a wonderful Dumbledore, but good heavens he spoke slowly as D.
More curiously, I found my mind wondering who would play what characters in the book. I've had some thoughts on casting: Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon from Absolutely Fabulous) as Trelawney; Jane Horrocks (Bubble from AbFab) as Dobby's not-liberated elf friend; but the best one I've come up with so far, by like miles, is:
Joanna Lumley as Rita Skeeter.
LOOK at this woman:

GAZE upon her. Now slap a pair of harlequin glasses onto her, and slip a quill between two fingers.
Perfection.
  • Have I mentioned that I'm totally in love with Jane Horrocks?

    I mean.

    Little Voice, plus her one-episode role on Red Dwarf.

    Q.E.D.
    • You hadn't mentioned this- but I find it completely understandable.

      You should see The Cat's Meow, if you haven't already.
      • What? A Jane Horrocks movie I didn't know about?

        (checks IMDB immediately)

        Aw, no Jane. So then what ... oh. Joanna Lumley. OK, fair enough.
        • I misread your original post: thought you'd said 'Joanna Lumley' instead of 'Jane Horrocks'.
          I can see finding Ms. H. quite attractive, too. Ms. Lumley is a woman I truly wish was my aunt.
          • She played James's aunt Spiker in James and the Giant Peach. But I'm guessing that's not the image you have in mind.

            (Is there a female version of "avuncular"?)
            • None that I know: let's coin one.

              Avuncular derives from avunuculus (latin: 'maternal uncle'): we can either swap both genders and get amita (paternal aunt), or just swap the relative's gender and get matertera.
              materterular? No. Amitalar seems a little clumsy but it'd do (this is godawful bastardized English-Latin, not REAL latin).

              But my we're off on a tangent ain't we.
  • AHAHAHAHA. I just finished the book, and I definitely approve of your casting choices.
    • Housemate suggested Judi Dench as Dolores Umbridge. I think I like it, if only because I like the idea of Judi Dench & Maggie Smith having it out.

      Several people on the Harry Potter game I play on asked if I KNEW about Ms. Tonks (the female Auror who helps get Harry out of the Dursley house) when I created my character's aunt, who has different colored hair every time she's played (she often acts as her nephew's chaperone), and who is often saying exactly the wrong thing. She looks like
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      Housemate suggested Judi Dench as Dolores Umbridge. I think I like it, if only because I like the idea of Judi Dench & Maggie Smith having it out.

      Several people on the Harry Potter game I play on asked if I KNEW about Ms. Tonks (the female Auror who helps get Harry out of the Dursley house) when I created my character's aunt, who has different colored hair every time she's played (she often acts as her nephew's chaperone), and who is often saying exactly the wrong thing. She looks like <lj-user="lilmissnever">, though.
      Just one of those weird coincidences.
  • Oh yes, Joanna Lumley was Louella Parsons in The Cat's Meow, wasn't she? Perfect primer for the role of a nosy yellow-journalist.

    ...oh no, wait, that was Jennifer Tilly. Still, I agree, she'd definitely play the part well.

    Trivia: Joanna Lumley was apparently Eddie Izzard's first crush. I wonder if he told her when they met on set. :)
    • Joanna was Elinor Glyn in Cat's Meow, who is to Dorothy Parker as Robyn Hitchcock is to They Might be Giants (that is to say, she did it first and did it better).
      I think Joanna just walked away with that movie, honestly. She and Mr. I.
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