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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Lip Reading?
This is just a stupid mistake made by the filmmakers, along with anyone who doesn't realize this. In their first Herbology lesson, they are obviously repotting Mandrakes. Hermione clearly states that anyone who hears the Mandrakes' cry could be killed, even though these are just baby ones that will only knock you out. This is why they need the earmuffs. But, once they put them on, they can still clearly hear Professor Sprout talking. That means that sound does escape into the ears and once a Mandrake is pulled out, everyone should be knocked out cold. But that doesn't happen. Could they have merely lip read Sprout? Actually, they DID hear the Mandrakes beacause they tried to cover their ears at the horrible sound. Is there something I'm missing here?
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Contributed By: SeeNoEvil on 06-03-2004 and Reviewed By: MrHappyHamster
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Comments:
David writes:
It's not the sound that knocks them out, it's the intensity. The earmuffs don't completely block the sound, merely muffle them. They're earmuffs! Ever worn them? They're not supposed to completely block sound!
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SimonTemplar writes:
Did it ever occur to any of you that this is a school of magic, perhaps she cast a spell so that only her own voice could be heard through the earmuffs?
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Shelby writes:
I personally think that they simply watched Proffesor Sprout, not listened. They watched how she did it and they copied.
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S-man writes:
You're right. It doesn't make sense and I've been wondering about it for a while. I can only say that it's just a careless mistake by the film makers but it doesn't matter, its still a great movie.
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cazza writes:
You are both wrong. In the book, it clearly states that the earmuffs block ALL sound. Professor Sprout says she will get the class's attention when it is time to pack up. Hermione says "The cry of a mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it" not "The cry of a mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it at full volume" Besides, since when does hearing a loud noise kill you?
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Krystal writes:
I thought about this too, and i saw it again last night. They must have been able to hear through the earmuffs slightly, because otherwise why would they have covered their ears when the Mandrakes screamed, and why did Seamus Finnigan (i think it was him.?) answer Professor Sprout's statement about Neville fainting? I think this is a bit weird actually...
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Brittany writes:
Since when does hearing a loud noise kill you? You know you can always tell who the real Harry Potter fans are but reading these. Since when does hearing a loud noise kill you? I don't know since when can you fly on brooms or cast spells that turn you into a different person.
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chelsea writes:
actually..the mandrakes have a very LOUD cry! so therefore they can hurt your ears very bad!..its like going into a tanning bed that you have to wear those safety goggles so the UV rays dont affect your eyez? get my point kinda??lol
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mobilicorpus writes:
Since this is the world of Harry Potter would it not make sense to come to the conclusion that the earmuffs could be magical in the sense that they only block out the Mandrake's fatal intensity of the cry, but you could still hear a less intense cry and hear everything else as normal. The world of Harry Potter is magical after all...
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ashley writes:
Taking a few point of views from some people here: In the book it says that the earmuffs COMPLETLEY block sound. Theres one mistake by the movie makers. I mean I know that movies can never do books justice, but ya know...Then the one person that said something about them being babies. Does that matter? Hermonie (er however you spell it) said it was just the Mandrakes, not just adult Mandrakes. And isnt that "longbottom" kid always fanting? lol. There are just too many little *bits and pieces* mistakes here, but nothing too major, nothing to lose your head about
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