With Observant Eyes

I find it funny that often times we have to look over things again in order to catch mistakes or other things we did not notice the first time, particularly when it comes to reading and watching movies.

Many times I have read a book for a second (or third) time and caught something that I completely missed the first time and suddenly everything else in the book made sense.  This doesn’t usually happen in movies for me, but I find that I often catch bloopers in the movie when I watch them again, and again.

For instance, my friend and I were watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban yesterday when I had noticed in one scene early on in the movie where you can clearly see Hermione’s Time Turner when she’s supposed to be keeping it hidden.  Never caught that before, and I’ve seen this movie more times than I can count.

But what I found the most interesting about watching movies over again, especially ones that are in a series like Harry Potter, is that after you’ve seen them all you begin to notice actions from the characters that you didn’t before because you didn’t know that the person was actually evil or good at the time.  The biggest example I can use here is Professor Snape.  Once you get through the last book and movies, you know the real inner workings of his character.  So as my friend and I watched the first movie last week we noticed a lot of little hints that aren’t noticeable unless you know these facts.

Of course, there are plenty of other bits of foreshadowing in the movies once you really begin to look for them.

So I guess that’s my challenge for any Harry Potter fans reading.  When you get some time, watch the movies over again and look for all the little hints that you may not have noticed before.

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