Does alcohol play a major role in the latest Harry Potter movie?

I noticed the drinking in the last Harry Potter movie. It surprised me a little–underage in a pub, etc–but it didn’t upset me. Did you notice it? What do you think about it?

In the books, I didn’t notice it as much, but in the movie, it stood out more. Check out this NY Times article on the subject.

Do you agree? Did it jar you to see Harry Potter and the others drinking?

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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4 Responses to Does alcohol play a major role in the latest Harry Potter movie?

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  2. Jena says:

    I can’t say it bothered me much, although in the books drinks’ alcohol content was ambiguous (like butterbeer, which I took to be more like rootbeer than Busweiser).

    But I wouldn’t say it played a major role. I was most surprised that Professor Slughorn was sharing mead with them–even though he did that in the book, too. Besides, in England the drinking age isn’t 21. It’s 18, and you can consume alcohol at 16 if someone of age buys you the drink.

    • Cheryl says:

      Jena, it didn’t bother me much, either, though I noticed it. And yeah, in the book butterbeer could have been a softdrink.

      I didn’t realize that in England a 16 year old can consume alcohol if someone of age buys them a drink! So it fits with England, then.

  3. As my son pointed out, they are in year 6, which is equivalent to first year university here, and plenty of drinking goes on then so it didn’t bother me that much. Since the actors had obviously aged, I thought the drinking just coincided with them getting older, as did the “snogging”.

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