UUUUGH my GOD that line is SO BAD. CLUMSY WRITING IS CLUMSY. Like, how does that line make the final cut? No, really. That’s a line you put in in your first draft, when your brain’s not working and you want something funny there but can’t quite work out what. Then you put a star next to it or circle it and write “FIIIIIIIX THIS”, before you move on, coming back to it later when your mind is fresher.
No, I mean, REALLY. This line is like, “I’m saying something funny right now. Wasn’t that funny?”
ASKDJALKSJ STEVE KLOVES WHYYYYY??? Why didn’t you have a team of editors to clean up after you WHYYYY?
(Also, sorry gif maker. I know you didn’t make this with the intention of having it be a platform for my rage. Your coloring is lovely :) )
That’s the problem with having such a crappy screen-writer. He’s pretty crappy.
I’m sure he also felt that he was “catering toward the individual actor’s needs”, which is why he plastered Rupert with stupid physical comedy bits instead of a real character and held comedy back from Dan. But you see, that was wrong on two levels.
1) Yes, you should consider your actors, and catering to them when they’re younger makes sense. But these kids grew up. And you failed to challenge them.
2) Any actor worth their salt can tell you that Rupert is an emotionally rooted actor, and Dan is an intellectual actor. So Rupert is actually better inclined to channeling drama and Dan is better inclined to produce comedy. I’m not saying they can’t do both, what I’m saying is that, by not allowing them to rise to their full potentials, it stunted them as actors and it stunted the characters they were meant to portray. As we all saw, Rupert was bloody TERRIFIC at channeling inner turmoil in DH Parts 1 and 2, and Dan was bloody TERRIFIC at the comedy bits with Prof Slughorn in HBP.
Steve Kloves—the failing of the entire fandom rests on your shoulders. You were aided greatly, I will note, by director faults. For example, I know that you wrote in Hermione’s slapping of Draco as it was written: a slap. Cuaron changed it to a punch. For all I know, you may have even drafted her mental breakdown in that film. You also wrote several brave!Ron lines that didn’t make the final cut in several films. I know that you’re not entirely to blame.
But you are to blame.