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Spell Visuals [Movie vs Books]

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Valor, May 23, 2020.

  1. Valor

    Valor Squib

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    In the books you've got spells that's marked by loud bangs, subtle breezes, by their invisible instantaneous effects or flashy bright lights.

    In the movies nearly everything is a bright beam of colorful light that makes you think "why aren't anyone using guns instead? It'd be way more effective."

    Does anyone have examples from canon, or a list of spells that are of the subtle variety?

    Maria Edgecombe getting Memory Charmed by Kingsley - that was a breeze.
    Malfoy getting de-ferreted by Mcgonnagal - that was a loud bang.

    How do you 'personally write/or read' the visuals of spells in Fanfics?
     
  2. Mordecai

    Mordecai Drunken Scotsman ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    The films are incredibly inconsistent in their portrayal of spells. Sometimes its a flash, sometimes its weird lightning stuff, and sometimes its simply "shout spell, effect happens" with no visuals.

    I prefer the idea of a huge variety of different visuals, with most spells appearing slightly different. The stunning charm and the reductor curse both are red bolts. I would take the approach of describing them differently, either in terms of shade or some other factor. Maybe one is a straight flying bolt of solid red light, and the other is more like rippling waves of red light. Or one is crimson and the other is a dark blood red. Something like that. But I'd definitely make use of the sensation and audio effects as well.
     
  3. Taure

    Taure Magical Core Enthusiast ~ Prestige ~ DLP Supporter

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    The one thing about spells in the movies is their speed and physicality - from the OotP movie onwards, there's a real sense that a duel is extremely dangerous. I think my favourite scene from the movies, on that front, is the Snatchers chase scene in DH Pt. 1.

    But yes, nowhere near enough variety in the movies.
     
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