Harry Potter query

Yesterday our family went to the cinema to watch Harry Potter (in 2D, yay!). We thoroughly enjoyed it as a fitting end to the series, and I think the galloping fire in the Room of Requirement was a fantastic bit of computer imagery (among many others). Actually the whole thing was quite a ride, and if I don’t miss my guess, part of it will be a ride in reality at some point — there’s just got to be someone planning an “Infiltration of Gringott’s Vaults” roller coaster somewhere.

Anyway, after seeing the film I read several reviews of it, all of which claimed that (and this can’t be a spoiler for anyone who has either read the books or seen the films, which encompasses about 75% of the planetary population) the long-awaited kiss between Hermione and Ron was indeed worth the wait. One reviewer said the theater erupted in gleeful shouts, another said it would go down in history as one of cinema’s great kisses. Now, while I’d have to say that their kiss was a whole heck of a lot better than the awkward peck between Harry and Ginny, I still thought it was fairly meh. Those two just don’t have chemistry. One of cinema’s great kisses? No way — that kiss cannot be compared to, say, the “I still love you” kiss between Bergman and Bogart in Casablanca.

So my query is: Was that really a great kiss and I’m just a romance-challenged coot, or is the standard for great kisses getting lowered in our modern era of increasingly computer-generated films?

(And as an argument against my coot status, here’s a compilation of truly great cinema smooches, which made my heart go pitter pat.)


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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10 Responses to Harry Potter query

  1. MJ Valente says:

    I wouldn’t say that all those classic smooches are great, but given the fact that by then the Production Code’s ban on kisses longer than three seconds was installed, I guess they were pretty fine (with some great ones in the mix).

    However, the best classic movie kiss is missing on that video. You can check it in: here.

    • oregon expat says:

      A classic! And for those who don’t know the story, the kiss in MJ Valente’s linked video was choreographed specifically to get around the 3-second limit to onscreen smooches. It made it past the censors by obeying the letter of the law, but flaunted the spirit of it, producing a kiss so hot and involved that it was…notorious.

  2. Scout says:

    I think it has a lot to do with timing and tension. I’ve only seen two of three of the movies from that montage, so I have no idea what made them so special. The one from Breakfast at Tiffany’s made my heart melt, but it always does–I don’t know it it’s a trained response now, or that I remember just how much Holly put Fred through before finally giving in! I think great hollywood kisses have way more to do with the build-up than the actual kiss….

    • oregon expat says:

      Exactly. The build-up didn’t exist in Harry Potter. I know some Hermione/Ron fans would argue that it did, but occasional moments of teen angst do not add up to romantic tension.

  3. Ana_ñ says:

    As I belong to the other 25% of the planetary population, I can’t talk about those you mention, but I see lots of chemistry between these two: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv2K62fTXIs&feature=related

  4. M. says:

    Yes, meh. I didn’t like Hermione ending with Ron to the point I never read last volume of Harry Potter. 😀

  5. Karyn says:

    Having viewed the film just this evening, I can now cast my vote on the kiss. I laughed when it occurred. Thumbs down for it qualifying as one of cinema’s “great kisses.” I’m with M. on this one–I didn’t read the last book prior to watching the movies. I confess I kept hoping that Hermione would come to her senses.

  6. ……..The Kiss of Cinema……..At the beginning of One Day when recently acquainted Emma Anne Hathaway and Dexter Jim Sturgess turn to embrace and kiss on an empty Edinburgh street the moment is mesmerizing. In all great kisses like Alfred Eisenstaedt s iconic V-J Day in Times Square the moment feels at once fully present and frozen in time and memory. While kissing has been around we hope since time s beginning representing romantic kissing is a pretty recent affair. Although there are notable exceptions like Giotto di Bondone s 1266 Legend of St Joachim Meeting at the Golden Gate the romantic kiss really started to pop up in paintings sculpture and photography in the 19th and 20th century.

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