The Quidditch Quarrel


In this edition of The Blurb, we are debating whether or not it is OK to change a book a lot to make a movie of the book shorter.  We took the example of the new Harry Potter movie that is coming out on July 13 of 2007.  In the Harry Potter movie, they are taking out references to a sport called Qudditch.  This sport is extremely important to Harry Potter.  About 10% of the book is based on this sport. 

The reason this is important is that some people might get mad at the makers of the movie because they cut out a lot of the book.  What if the part about Quidditch was their favorite part?  A lot of people could get so offended that they might not watch the movie after that comes out. 

So our question is whether it is good to cut out parts of a book to make the movie shorter?  Does that make a movie better or worse?

Here’s what we’re thinking:

Download blurbcast_26_quidditch_quarrel.mp3

Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.


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2 Responses to The Quidditch Quarrel

  1. Melanie says:

    I agree that they should not change the movie so much that you loose what was going on in the book. For example, in the last movie, “Goblet of Fire” they left out Winky and Dobby. I really wanted to see what they thought Winky looked like, not just the thought in my head. I hate when they leave out important parts. I also know that it is impossible to stick to the entire book. So I’m not really sure what the best solution is. Thanks so much for the update on the new movie. I love all of the movies and can’t wait to see the new one!

  2. ginger snap peas says:

    I think it is not right to cut out parts of the books to make movies shorter. All because that one part they could have cutten out could have been one persons favorite part! People all have diffrent favorite parts and if you cut out someones favorite part they might get mad and not like the movie as much as they thought they would. Also if you have the book and have read it before when you watch the movie you kinda know what to excpet but when you cut something else the person knows and gets confused. When you know a part is coming up but its not there its like i could of sworn this was in the book. Also i get mad when people mix up things!

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