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Harry Potter review companion [Nov. 20th, 2010|10:27 am]
Zoethe


1. While a lovely scene of Hermione obliviating her parents' memories is shown, we get no closure with the Dursleys: they simply leave. No Harry realizing that his own prejudices have made him miss Dudley's gratitude. Harry learns nothing.

2. In the escape scene, Harry doesn't use the disarming spell, (Expelliamus). No one scolds him for going too easy on those he believes are under the Imperius Curse. Harry's sense of fairness - and the whole setup for the end of the story? Gone.

3. The redemption of Kreacher is completely gone. No one remarks on his obeying Harry, no insight into the power of kindness. I was really looking forward to that.

4. Ron is listening to the radio, but never do we get Fred and George's pirate station talking about the ways that the Order is fighting back.

5. Ginny and Harry's relationship is such a nonentity! You really couldn't spare a scene for them?

I'm sure there are others. Input?
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[User Picture]From: cjdoyle
2010-11-20 03:50 pm (UTC)
Four words: Seven Hour Director's Cut for part 1
(I'm betting they take a trick from the LOTR series)
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[User Picture]From: cjdoyle
2010-11-20 03:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, seven words. But "for part 1" is kinda optional.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-20 05:10 pm (UTC)
Dude, considering that I only watch the Director's Cut of LotR, I will be fine with that.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-11-20 04:53 pm (UTC)
As I said elsewhere, they bothered to bring the Dursleys back in, but couldn't spend 15 seconds (or less) on an all-important handshake? WTF?

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-20 05:15 pm (UTC)
I am equally outraged.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-11-20 05:23 pm (UTC)
Agreed with #1. I was looking forward to seeing Dudley saying thanks. Forgot all about #2 and #4. I did not mind #3 much because I don't think Kreacher was ever developed much at all in previous movies. As for #5 I don't recall many Harry/Ginny scenes in the first half of the book as it is. I think the movie completely glossed over the fact that he had kinda broken it off with her.

They missed a scene with Victor Krum at the wedding where he explains a little about Grindelwald and Gregorvitch. If I hadn't read the book I would have been completely confused as to who they were.

There was also a scene where Harry pretty much calls out Lupin for being a shitty husband and father. Maybe it wasn't necessary, but later on Lupin makes Harry the godfather of his son (and he and Tonks end up dead of course).

Anyone notice that the movie gave Hedwig a more heroic death than in the book?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-20 05:31 pm (UTC)
It was definitely a more heroic death for Hedwig, and that part was good.

Good point about Grindewald and Gregorovich.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-11-20 06:03 pm (UTC)
Not enough Fleur Delacour either. Not that she's really important character or anything- I'd just want to see more of her in general. Damnit.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-20 06:28 pm (UTC)
Since we've never seen Bill and we haven't seen Fleur in several movies, it is very abrupt that they are getting married. Like I said, a regular movie would never get away with it.
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[User Picture]From: kenp_v3
2010-11-20 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah another instance where if you hadn't read the books you'd be thinking "WTF is going on?". Probably the best fix for that would have been to introduce Bill in the previous movie. It's hard to believe they passed up a chance to show him getting attacked by a werewolf.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-20 07:24 pm (UTC)
I do understand, in that ending the sixth movie AND the seventh movie with big battles at Hogwarts is not very cinematic, but a bit longer breath and introduction would have been nice.
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[User Picture]From: theinfamousmom
2010-11-20 07:49 pm (UTC)
They completely cut out the battle at Hogwarts in the previous movie, which was almost as stupid as burning down the Burrow with the kids running around outside doing underage magic. Almost.
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2010-11-23 09:52 pm (UTC)
About 2 hours into a pretty leisurely movie that still cut my favorite moment from the books (Harry and Ginny' first kiss was VERY different in the book) I checked my watch and thought " S'this going to be cut into 2 parts? No, that's Deathly Hallows, seems like they've got a LOT to wrap up!" Then it was like an unseen force was screaming "GO! GO! GO!" at everyone involved annnnnnd SnapeistheHalfBloodPrinceandactingEvilSoEvilandHarryhastostophimbutohnohecan'tDumbledore'sdeadandweshoulddosomethingaboutitOhHarryitsuckstobe you! CREDITS!
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[User Picture]From: thessalian
2010-11-20 06:04 pm (UTC)
...They cut the pirate radio bit? I think I'll weep a little now.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-20 06:29 pm (UTC)
Listening for names of the dead is still in there; pirate radio is gone. Weeping is appropriate.
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[User Picture]From: etain
2010-11-28 08:46 pm (UTC)
It's worth noting that the pirate radio didn't really show up until after Ron returned.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-28 09:15 pm (UTC)
It's still completely gone - movie ends after Hermione has lost the bag of holding.
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2010-11-21 03:52 am (UTC)
If I remember correctly, 8isn't 3 in the latter half of the book anyway? When the kids realize that Kreacher helps Bella and Sissy because they are nice to him, which Harry, Ron and Hermione are not?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-21 04:11 pm (UTC)
I think it starts in the first half, when they are in the Black house and Kreacher starts cleaning and cooking. Before they have to flee the house.
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[User Picture]From: sneakingyoda
2010-11-23 05:37 pm (UTC)
I too was really disappointed that there was no Dursley resolution, and it confused me because we had this really touching scene of Hermione and her parents.

Would it have hurt to put in 5 minutes at the beginning for that resolution? I completely agree that it's important to Harry's character of realizing that not everything is black and white. Dudley grew up. I'm sad that the message didn't make it into the movie.

And holy moly exposition theater!

Bill: "Hello Harry, pleased to finally meet you, I'm Bill Weasly. I've been mauled by a werewolf."

Harry: "Hi."

Flur: "And we're getting married! I love you Bill!"

Bill: "I love you. Let us kiss while we are all meeting Harry for the first time. This is completely natural."

Remus: "Hey Harry! I married Tonks. Isn't it great?"

Tonks: "And I'm totally preg-"

Mad-Eye Moody: "We totally don't have enough time to cover all the stuff the other movies failed to cover. Cut it out."

Everyone: "Ok."

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2010-11-23 07:41 pm (UTC)
Remus and Tonks relationship was hinted at just before the Weasley house burning, but yeah, it was pretty much it!
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