20s. Catholic Convert. Dancer. Whovian. Sherlockian. Conservative. Sarcastic as everything. Searching for my Lord.
When Steve Kloves (who wrote the majority of the Potter screenplays) met J.K. Rowling for the first time, he told her straight up that Hermione was his favorite character. Rowling admitted to being relieved, and who could blame her? It was more likely for Hermione to end up disrespected on screen—she wouldn’t be the first female hero to get butchered in the reels.
But this resulted in an undercutting of Ron’s entire character from the first movie. Don’t believe it? When the trio go after the Philosopher’s Stone, they face a series of tests that demand each of their skills in turn. Time likely demanded that this sequence be cut down, and so Hermione’s test—solving Professor Snape’s potion riddle—was removed entirely. To make up for this, she gets them out of the Devil’s Snare, Professor Sprout’s deadly plant. Hermione shouts to Harry and Ron to relax so the foliage will release them—but Ron continues to panic and moan (in campiest fashion possible because he’s played by a child actor and these things are always requested of them), requiring Hermione to blast the thing with a sunlight spell.
In the book, Hermione is the one who panics. She remembers what her lessons taught her—that the Devil’s Snare will recoil at fire—but balks at their lack of matches while they are being strangled to death. Ron immediately shrieks to the rescue YOU ARE A WITCH YOU HAVE A WAND YOU KNOW SPELLS WHAT ARE MATCHES.
It’s a simple change, but it makes such a marked difference in how both characters come off to an audience. Rather than a near-infant, incapable of following the clearest directions, Ron is the even-keeled nitty-gritty one. He’s a tactician, the one who will find the simplest answer to a problem provided that the situation is dire enough to ensure his clear head. Ron is good under pressure and brave to boot. He’s also hilarious.
It is easy to write this off as an actor problem; Emma Watson matured and improved much faster than her costars in terms of talent—and Steve Kloves liked her portrayal so much that he started giving her many of Ron’s important lines. During The Prisoner of Azkaban, Sirius Black is trying to get to Peter Pettigrew (currently disguised as Scabbers the Rat), but Ron and Hermione are convinced he’s after Harry. In the book, Ron stares up defiantly from his mangled, broken leg and tells Sirius Black that if he wants Harry, he’ll have to get through his friends first.
Yeah, my leg hurts way too much, Hermione. You take this one. But say it’s from me. And in the film, it’s Hermione who boldly steps in the line of fire while Ron sobs in pain and babbles incoherently.
These rewrites not only depict Ron as an idiot coward—they also make him an outright jerk. When Professor Snape snaps at Hermione yet again for being an insufferable know-it-all, movie-Ron gives her a look and drawls, “He’s right, you know.” Wait, what?! Harry, why are you friends with this prick? Well, maybe because the Ron Weasley that J.K. Rowling put on paper was in that exact same situation, and immediately leapt to Hermione’s defense when she was being abused by a teacher—“You asked us a question and she knows the answer! Why ask if you don’t want to be told?”
"Apparently it was a slow process, but mainly due to the influence of her longtime physician, Dr. Cho, who is a fervent Catholic. Doctor Cho runs a medical sports clinic, and he has many Catholic visitors at his clinics, including Catholic nuns. From what we could gather, Yuna and her mom were very impressed by the kindness and love that the nuns showed to everyone. They began to ask questions about the Catholic faith.
Yuna’s trips to the doctor were pretty frequent, because high level skating is very taxing on the body. Kim had begun to suffer injuries to her knees and feet since 2005.
During the 2006-2007 season, Yuna’s pain increased and she was forced to withdraw from the South Korean Championships. She was diagnosed with a herniated disc in her lower back in January 2007.
Yet, in spite of her injury Yuna decided to compete in the 2007 World Figure Skating Championships, and apparently this was where her interest in the Catholic faith also took a step forward. The nuns had given her mother a small holy medal to pin on Yuna’s skating outfit. Because of the back injury and all the pain associated with it, Kim was not expected to do well, but she did much better than expected. She placed third overall and even broke a world record for the most amount of points ever awarded in one aspect of the competition, the short program.
Kim and her mother were amazed at the results, but something else was happening.
They were becoming fascinated by the personal love of Jesus, and the spiritual beauty of Mary, Jesus’s mother.
The loneliness of training and competition had made Kim long for a close friend. And the pressure of having to always perform at her best had begun to make her see the unconditional love of Christ and Mary as something very beautiful. She didn’t have to be a world champion to be loved by Christ and Mary. She didn’t have to be anything at all. She simply had to allow herself to be loved.
She and her mother asked to receive instructions on the Catholic faith. They were both baptized in May 2008. The priest who gave them instructions said he was very impressed by Yuna’s hunger for the faith and the joy she found in it. He said she absorbed every aspect of the Catholic faith that he taught her with an enthusiasm and purity that deeply impressed him.
Yuna was already a superstar in South Korea, so the news of her becoming
Catholic made headlines. In Korea, Catholics often choose a new name when they are baptized. Yuna chose “Stella,” which means, “star.” Not because she wants to be a Hollywood star, but because “Stella Matutina” and “Stella Maris” are names for Mary. They mean Mary, the morning star, and Mary, the star of the sea. “Morning star” refers to Mary as the star in morning sky of human history who shows us the beauty of the coming dawn. The dawn is her son, Jesus, who brought God’s love to the world. Mary is called “star of the sea” because Mary’s love can help guide us to Jesus and to heaven in the midst of the troubled seas of this life.
Yuna, or Stella, has a very strong devotion to Mary. She loves her purity and goodness. Since her baptism she wears a rosary ring, which many people confuse with an engagement ring. It is not an engagement ring. It is just a reminder that helps her pray with Mary. In fact this month, October 2010, Yuna participated with the bishops of Korea in a campaign to explain the rosary to people in Korea, since so many people were fascinated by her ring.
Stella has explained that her Catholic faith has given her a newfound peace. She said that at her baptism she felt great consolation and relief, knowing that she had God’s love, and she promised that from then on she would pray before entering the rink.”
Sent this to my boyfriend who then opened it in his lecture
apparently he was smiling like a goon
what a dork :P
my roommate just got her period and came storming into the kitchen shouting THIS IS JUST NOT AN EFFICIENT REWARD SYSTEM FOR NOT GETTING PREGNANT.