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Harry Potter in 80 minutes? A Muggle casts the Reducio shrinking charm on the films

Tim Stiefler’s fan edit compresses over 19 hours of filmmaking and leaves out the best bits.

For those people who believe that Potterheads do not actually have the patience to sit through the eight movie adaptations of the JK Rowling novels, a fan has crunched the productions into a 79-minute summary.

Tim Stiefler’s fan edit Wizardhood is carved out of 19 hours and 39 minutes, and it unsurprisingly slices off chunks of the narrative. All the Muggle bits are edited out. The film starts with the Hogwarts Express pulling into Hogsmeade station and Hagrid escorting a bunch of wide-eyed first-year students into their school. Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy and Hermione Granger are introduced in quick succession, as is Voldemort and his rebounding Avada Kedavra curse.

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‘Wizardhood’.

The first 20 minutes of Wizardhood are like some other film, one that could have been called Hogwarts High. For the uninitiated, it would appear that all Harry, Ron, and Hermione did was attend school, have crushes, dance at the Yule Ball, and play Quidditch. That is how we quickly race through the first three productions.

Much of the fan edit is devoted to the search for the Horcruxes and then the Battle of Hogwarts. But you end up missing the urgency of the quest, especially because Voldemort doesn’t come across as the ominous Dark Lord.

That said, to condense an entire series into one film is as challenging as a wizard duel, and for that Stiefler gets 70 points (for whichever house he belongs to).

However, the editing is choppy, and the scenes jump from one moment to the next, leaving viewers with the feeling that someone has placed a Confundus Charm on them. Iconic sequences are missing, such as Dobby banging his head, Sirius Black escaping with Buckbeak, or Bellatrix Lestrange taunting Potter.

Potterheads everywhere will mourn the absence of their favourite scenes. Not that it will stop them from watching Wizardhood again and again. Not that they need an excuse to watch anything Potter.

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A year ago, Priyanka, a 26-year-old banking professional, was packing her light-weight duffel bag for an upcoming international trip. Keen to explore the place, she wanted to travel light and fuss free. It was not meant to be. For Priyanka was travelling with her mother, and that meant carrying at least two extra suitcases packed with odds and ends for any eventuality just short of a nuclear war.

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Priyanka’s story isn’t an isolated one. We spoke to many people about their mother’s travel quirks and habits and weren’t surprised at some of the themes that were consistent across all the travel memoirs.

Indian mothers are always prepared

“My mom keeps the packed suitcases in the hallway one day before our flight date. She will carry multiple print-outs of the flight tickets because she doesn’t trust smartphone batteries. She also never forgets to carry a medical kit for all sorts of illnesses and allergies”, says Shruti, a 27-year-old professional. When asked if the medical kit was helpful during the trip, she answered “All the time”, in a tone that marvelled at her mother’s clairvoyance.

Some of the many things a mother packs in her travel bags. Source: Google Images
Some of the many things a mother packs in her travel bags. Source: Google Images

Indian mothers love to feel at home, and create the same experience for their family, wherever they are

“My mother has a very strange idea of the kind of food you get in foreign lands, so she always packs multiple packets of khakra and poha for our trips. She also has a habit of carrying her favourite teabags to last the entire trip”, relates Kanchan, a marketing professional who is a frequent international flier often accompanied by her mother. Kanchan’s mother, who is very choosy about her tea, was therefore delighted when she was served a hot cup of garam chai on her recent flight to Frankfurt. She is just like many Indian mothers who love to be reminded of home wherever they are and often strive to organise their hotel rooms to give them the coziness of a home.

Most importantly, Indian mothers are tough, especially when it comes to food

Take for instance, the case of Piyush, who recalls, “We went to this fine dining restaurant and my mother kept quizzing the waiter about the ingredients and the method of preparation of a dish. She believed that once she understood the technique, she would be able to make a better version of the dish just so she could pamper me!”

Indian mothers are extremely particular about food – from the way its cooked, to the way it smells and tastes. Foreign delicacies are only allowed to be consumed if they fulfil all the criteria set by Mom i.e. is it good enough for my children to consume?

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This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Lufthansa as part of their More Indian Than You Think initiative and not by the Scroll editorial team.