Film vs. Book
Artemis Fowl was a big hit back in the early 00s. Many were drawn into the tale of the 12-year-old criminal mastermind. The books were exciting, charismatic, and energetic. Although the series didn’t quite become a global phenomenon like other pre-teen books of its time (here’s looking at you, Rowling). Preteens couldn’t help but find Artemis’ shenanigans endearing. Then this year Disney Plus released an Artemis Fowl adaptation which completely alters the books.
With the first of the books being such a hit back in 2001. It was a given that nostalgic fans would rejoice at Disney’s announcement to adapt the series. That was until the film released earlier this year. The reviews were harsh, but unfortunately not completely uncalled for if you were a Fowl fan.
It’s no shocker that Disney enjoys adding their own spin to originals. It’s what makes them a great contender in the filming business. But, Disney is not immune to the odd movie flop and it appears that Artemis Fowl fell into this category according to reviews.
But why was the movie so poorly received? Although the cinematography was pretty impressive, and big names were cast. It’s the story line that caused an uproar from beloved fans.
Let’s take a look at some key differences between the first two books and the 2020 film.
Becoming a criminal mastermind
In the written series Artemis Fowl is a mini villain who gradually becomes the antihero of the story. Eoin Colfer even described the first instalment as ‘Die Hard with fairies’. Anyone who read the books knows that the twelve-year-old was a criminal genius from the get-go. Absorbed in the family business, he spent years learning how to take over from his father.
But, the film takes a different route. Artemis gets sucked into the crime world only with the disappearance of his father. Artemis Sr. (played by Colin Farrell) is taken by a mysterious hooded figure.
Artemis is also less villainous in the film. Instead, he adopts a softer approach. This does cause some confusion towards the end of the film. He is characterised as a criminal mastermind which doesn’t quite fit the bill.
Artemis is amoral from the start of the book. This makes his transition to anti-heroism that much sweeter.
The film integrates the first two books
The general layout of the film is like the timeline of the books. But it was the second novel The Artic Incident where Artemis’ father vanishes. In the first book of the series, we followed the story of how Artemis kidnapped the fairy Holly Short to steal gold.
The movie seems to incorporate the first two novels, mixing storylines in an attempt to pave a new plot. This includes swapping the villain of the second book with a mysterious figure. This doesn’t cause a harrowing issue, but it is confusing for those who read the original books.
Though, it does pave the way for a sequel.
The backstory of Holly Short
Speaking of Holly Short, Artemis Fowl(2020) has given the fairy a new backstory.
The screen adaptation shows Captain Holly to be the daughter of Beechwood Short. Beechwood is a traitor to the fairy world. Holly seeks to absolve him from blame.
Holly and Artemis’ friendship timeline also differs. The movie shows the two becoming closer as the story progresses. But they did not form a friendship until much further on in the written series.
Unfortunately, due to the changes in central plots. Holly is a less distinguished character in the film as she was in the first novel.
The customary suit outfit
The suit, which plays a huge part in Artemis Fowl’s character, doesn’t make as much of an appearance in the movie. He begins the film wearing a hooded top and jeans, gradually adopting his smarter image.
Ferdia Shaw (Artemis Fowl Jr.) portrays his character as more athletic. The book describes the preteen to be pale and out of shape, he also despises the outdoors. He chooses to spend most of his time at his computer, seeking new criminal ideas.
Perhaps Disney chose to make the lead a more relatable character.
Another of Disney’s new additions to the adaptation. The Aculous did not appear in any aspect of the original saga.
The first book follows the plot of Artemis seeking to steal gold from the fairy world. He kidnaps Holly Short in the hopes of claiming it. Yet, in the film, it is the Aculous which causes sets the premise for the movie plot. The acorn-shaped item is the key which opens a portal to the fairy world. Though, the acorn-esque style could be a discreet nod to the acorn that Holly Short uses to regain her magic.
All in all, when placed next to the books the film doesn’t quite hit the mark. But, if your childhood was not shaped by the great works of Eoin Colfer. And you are not familiar with the wonderfully-written series, then all is not lost.
As a separate entity to its original literary appearance, Artemis Fowl (2020) from Disney is action-packed. The cinematography is great, and the cast is pretty superb.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 3/10
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Harry Potter: The Questions You Keep Asking, Answered
It’s been over 24 years since the first instalment of the Harry Potter series was published. But regardless of the length of time passed, many questions are still left unanswered. Fansites still tear apart page upon page looking for the key to unlock J. K. Rowling’s extraordinary mind. Interviewers have fired question after question at the infamous author. Yet, when one question is answered, it seems to open the flood gates for many more.
J. K. Rowling has now moved onto crime fiction. But she still finds the odd spare moment to grace Potter fans with her virtual presence. Using Twitter to answer some of the endless questions’ fans have conjured.
Let’s take a look at some of the most valid Harry Potter questions asked on Twitter and how J.K. Rowling answered them.
What happened to Fluffy the three-headed dog?
Poor Fluffy wasn’t mentioned again after being set free in the Forbidden Forest. Never fear! Rowling is here to tell us of Fluffy’s fate.
Back in February 2015, Rowling replied to the question on Twitter. stating that ‘He was repatriated to Greece. Dumbledore liked to put Hagrid’s more foolish acquisitions back where they belong.’
Beyond the happily ever after
A snapshot of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s Happily Ever After is presented at the end of the final book. The three (and Ginny) complete the circle by walking their own children to the Hogwarts train.
But, their lives developed much more than having children. As Rowling revealed back in 2007. Hermione began her career within the Ministry of Magic. She worked in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Here, she became instrumental in the improvements for the treatment of house-elves. After this, she moved to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement, where she ensured the eradication of pro-pureblood laws.
Harry and Ron took different paths. Harry became an aura, a highly trained law enforcement officer. Ron went into the family business, helping his brother run Weasley’s Wizarding Wheels.
Did Harry, Ron and Hermione return to their schooling?
There’s a huge gap at the end of The Deathly Hallows. The pages seem to jump from the defeat of Voldemort to 19 years later. So did the famous trio return to school?
Rowling stated that Hermione returned to Hogwarts to complete her NEWT’s. But Harry and Ron did not, instead, they followed their career paths straight away. Although, I’m pretty sure defeating the source of all evil scores big points on a C.V.
Harry’s scar shape is important, right?
Well, no. Unfortunately, Rowling just thought ‘it looked cool’.
Potter super-fans have other ideas, though. One Tweet back in 2019 revealed that the scar could symbolise much more. @TodayYearsOld Tweeted:
‘Did you know Harry Potter’s scar isn’t a lightning bolt, but the hand motion to cast Avada Kedavra.’
Avada Kedavra is a killing curse used within the Dark Arts. The hand movement looks like a lightning bolt, but much softer. Not surprisingly, the Tweet went viral and caused shock waves through the Potter community.
What does Hufflepuff’s common room look like?
We are taken on a trip to Slytherin and Ravenclaw’s common room, and we spend a lot of time in Gryffindor’s. So, when fans asked Rowling for a description, she was only too happy to oblige.
‘The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry – I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait because it is a still-life. It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, fat armchairs, and underground tunnels leading to the dormitories. All of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.’
Is there more than one Wizarding school?
If you are one of those people who watch the films before the books. You’ll have probably asked ‘Is Hogwarts the only school for wizards?’. In this instance, it’s the books that hold the key, and if you take notes in ‘The Goblet of Fire.’ Students from other schools arrive at Hogwarts to attend the Tri-Wizard Tournament.
The books reveal more about a couple of schools, such as the Palace of Beauxbatons. Beauxbatons is a beautiful chateau situated in the Pyrenees mountains of Southern France. Durmstrang is another, and one of the three largest in Europe. Durmstrang is situated in the northmost regions of Norway or Sweden and is known for its Dark Arts.
Rowling has since revealed more schools, including Castelobruxo, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Ilverymorny.
Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood end up together?
It’s a no, which has disappointed fans. But the two remained close friends as Luna followed a career in Wizarding Naturalism. She became famous for tracking rare creatures before marrying Rolf Scamander.
Neville married fellow Hogwarts student Hannah Abbot. Surprisingly, Neville became an aura before returning to Hogwarts as a Herbology Professor.
Did Draco Malfoy get his just desserts?
This is a big one for Potter fans who wished to see Draco pay for everything he subjugated Harry to. But, as The Deathly Hallows hints, it appears he went through a huge transformation.
Draco was a complex character, not only a member of Slytherin, but he was also a bully. But much of his behaviour came from his upbringing.
Draco tried to prove himself to the Dark Lord, only to be rescued by the three he often tormented. This caused him and his mother to neglect Voldemort once it was believed Harry was dead. The two avoided Azkaban, and he went into a very dark place, emotionally. But he emerged a changed man. He had a wife and a son, and a simple nod to the trio 29 years on seemed to solidify that he had changed.
Thanks for reading our article on unanswered Harry Potter questions now answered. Did you already know these? Did we miss any big ones? Let us know in the comments below.
Check out 5 Hidden Messages In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows That You Missed HERE.
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