Dumbledore’s absence seen through the eyes of Harry Potter. I’ve been thinking about the difference between remembering and experiencing an absence. Harry is not merely remembering – that much is clear from the context of the movie. In film, remembrance is typically conveyed through the imagery of the things remembered. When depicting an absence, we are often shown abandoned objects – empty rooms, chairs, beds, even landscape. Here, Dumbledore’s absence is poignant because we see traces of his presence: his eye glasses, an opened book, a mug. They cause Harry to remember Dumbledore more vividly and as a result invoke an acute sense of his absence.

Interrupted presence

  • March 26th, 2011
  • Posted in Absence

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