Harry and Hermione’s dance: Sweet or silly?
By now, hopefully you’ve seen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 at least once, maybe several times! As usual, the book-to-movie-screen transition takes a few liberties with the story that sometimes can add to the overall movie or can lead fans to wonder why.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger engage in an impromptu dance that was created for the big screen and wasn’t in the book. After Ron Weasley leaves the trio in a fit of anger, Harry and Hermione are feeling alone and hopeless, overwhelmed with their task of finding Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Hermione especially has trouble with Ron’s abandonment as she also struggles with her growing feelings for him. In the scene, Harry attempts to cheer up Hermione with a spontaneous dance to the tune of a Nick Cave song called O Children.
When asked about the scene, director David Yates said, “I like the notion that they find comfort in each other when everything seems to be falling apart. It seems like a very natural thing to do — trying to provide warmth for each other as friends. For me, it’s a very special moment in the film but I know it drives some people nuts.”
Daniel Radcliffe was nervous about the idea of dancing but after some choreography lessons felt better. “We eventually did have a few sessions with a choreographer who gave us a vague idea of how to slow dance. It was helpful to me. Then we just sort of made it up as we went along. When I watched the film for the first time, I watched it with a friend of mine. When the Nick Cave song came along, I turned to her and said, ‘That is the coolest Harry Potter has ever been.’”
What do you think? Was the Harry and Hermione dance silly or sweet?
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