Harry Potter The End

And so the end of an era has arrived.  I remember a time when Harry Potter was just a book that you had to beg and grovel to get your friends to read.  The ending of Harry Potter 7.2 finally brings to a close the world of Harry Potter.  No new Harry Potter after this *sniff*.  I guess this means I have to grow up now…………….. NAH.

Considering the detail in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the movie dealt with the book fairly well BUT like any Potter fan, it just wasn’t enough.

*HERE BE MASSIVE SPOILERS*

So push off you cheaters

I think what irks me the most was the ham handed way that Tonks and Lupin were handled in the series.  They didn’t even show Tonks and Lupin flirt or anything, suddenly they’re a couple, they don’t even mention when they married or that Tonks is pregnant, and then we get to the end of 7.2 and we get Harry talking to his dead loved ones (which is almost word for word) and Harry says ‘Remus – your poor son.’  WHAT WHEN DID THEY HAVE A BABY?????  Well I knew what was going on but what about the illiterate masses who couldn’t bother to pick up the book but will watch the film?  I’m pretty sure they had no clue about Teddy, yes Teddy – they won’t even know that baby Lupin had a name!  And Tonks and Lupins death *sob* we see them for like a second and then they’re dead, I wanted more of them.  Cried again just as hard as I did in the book.

I acknowledge that a lot of the book has to be cut out for the films, but I do feel that the books could have been handled better.  Especially the final 200 pages of Hallows.

The whole Dumbledore and his family issue was practically forgotten, only slightly hinted at.  Either include it – or don’t, don’t give us a half-assed attempt.  That goes for the whole Hallows part of the story too, it played such a major role in the first half of the movie, and then was almost forgotten in the second.  In fact,  I’ve always wondered whether Harry actually needed the Hallows before facing Voldemort.   (I’m referring to the book).

But my biggest gripe with the final movie is how the invasion of Hogwarts was approached, cinematically, narratively and tactically.

First off, the beauty of the final battle in the book, apart from bringing every HP character from the last 6 books in, we get to see the battle from several different points of view. Iit’s exciting, intense, funny and heartbreaking and it brings far more impact to the story by following different characters.  Now I acknowledge that the movie is called Harry Potter so it should focus on Harry, but I would have liked a bit more screen time for other characters.  By not following the other characters in their individual battles, when their deaths are revealed later, there is less of an impact.  (I complain but a blubbed for the last 20 minutes of the film, in a crowded cinema, and I could only hear me sniffling, heartless bastards.

My main bone of contention is how the ultimate battle was handled in general.  Tactically, ignoring how it was handled in the book, the first thing you do is get rid of non-combatants, so why on earth they had students running around aimlessly is beyond me.  Yes, cinematically it increases the atmosphere of tension and fear, but my god those kids are going to get slaughtered!   The battle was just too chaotic, which yes, it was chaotic in the book, but there weren’t any useless children running around.  The battle was structured, where older students, teachers and the Order were strategically placed around Hogwarts.  The stone Knights, awesome idea, looked fantastic, but good gracious how stupid can you be when you stick your entire force on a bridge!  A bridge!  They should have just opened the gates and let the bad guys in.  Battle tactics people! I’m not a very logical person but even I could plan out a battle better than this one.  The bridge limits manoeuvrability for both parties, but it also makes it easier for the stone knights to get swept off the bridge by giants.  If you’re outnumbered you don’t stick your fighting force in one spot, you spread them around to protect the areas not covered by the wizards.

If this attack happened for real, book battle set-up versus movie battle set-up, the movie battle would have a far higher body count with many unnecessary deaths.  It just kills me how they had all those kids running around, I’m unable to articulate my frustration about this battle, and I haven’t even got to Harry and Voldemorts final battle!

WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!!!!  It’s like they ignored one of the most important facts about the battle and just went and made something that looked cool.  The most important point about why Harry willingly sacrificed himself to Voldermort, apart from him inadvertently killing part of himself, is that Harry is then casting the same ancient spell that his mother did for him. (it’s not technically a spell, Dumbledore explained it quite nicely in one of the books, I forget which).  In the final climactic battle, after Voldemort has killed Harry, Harry has his talk with Dumbledore and then resurrects, but pretends to be dead until Neville kills Nagini and all hell breaks loose.  Harry and Voldemort square off, Harry point’s out that his killing curses won’t hurt anyone because Harry willingly died to protect everyone thus casting the protection charm he has on everyone.  I just loved that idea; it makes Harry’s victory more heartfelt, more epic.  And it’s completely ignored. *sob’s even harder*  By completely ignoring this amazing awesome point in the book, they can’t separate Harry from everyone and have a traditional cinematic one-on-one battle.  This takes away something very symbolic from Harry’s final battle.  The way it’s done in the book, Harry facing off against Voldemort in Hogwarts, his real home, the only place he has been accepted, surrounded by many people who love him and believe in him, it shows how far he has come since that little unloved orphan who lived under the stairs.

And then there’s the epilogue.  I felt it was nicely handled BUT it could have been longer and had more dialogue.  According to my movie buddies they feel that they could have aged the cast more. Since I can’t correctly guess a person’s age to save my life I had no issue, I thought they looked nicely aged.  Except Hermione she didn’t look aged at all.  I loved the epilogue, it gave closure, and it was a very touching scene between father and son.  Now all those who read the books know exactly what the children’s name’s are, but they could have at least said them in the movie for all those who haven’t read the books.  It was also very random for little Albus to suddenly have an issue about being sorted.  The whole scene just felt like the middle of a conversation, which it was, but it wouldn’t have killed them to do the scene with dialogue, it’s not like it would have slowed it down, in fact if the scene had started with them talking and walking towards Platform 9 ¾ the scene would have had more energy.

Well, after ranting about my problems I feel much better.  I acknowledge that they had limited time to take a 600 page book and turn it into 2 hours. I know that certain things need to be left out, they handled the book very well;  I just would have done it a bit differently.  All in all Harry Potter 7.2 was a riveting, engaging climactic finale.

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Its the end of the world!…….again!

Because today is the end of the world, again, I thought it appropriate to show these two trailers.

Now Transformers 3 is very much an end of the world themed trailer. Ooooooh I’m getting excited, I pray this one is better than Transformers 2 (I like to pretend that movie never happened).

However, what does not bode well for this movie is Megan Fox’s replacement. The few scenes in which the twig is shown, in this trailer, do not make her look good. I mean yes, she looks super hot, but that’s not helping the utterly stupid expression she has on her face, I’ve seen cows with better facial expressions than this girl! Hell they should have stuck with bitchy Megan Fox, she may have bad mouthed Michael Bay, but at least she had some acting talent. Just look at the first shot we see of the twig (shame I know the girl has a name, but its long, and she’s a supermodel, I take issue with Sam dating 2 supermodels) her face is getting mushed in Sam’s hands, and the expression on her face isn’t even remotely scared, terrified, deer in front of head lights like, it’s the kind of expression an airhead who can’t act would make! If you want to see a supermodel who can act go watch anything with Milla Jovovich, now she can act and she was a supermodel. Even Devon Aoki can act – her acting isn’t great but it’s acceptable and she is a model.

Now Harry Potter 7.2 isn’t technically an end of the world themed movie, but the trailer sure makes it look like one, plus it is the LAST Potter movies, so technically you could say the world is ending. I’ve tried to avoid trailers for this movie because I could see that they interpreted the battle of Hogwarts differently to how it is depicted in the book. I’m not nitpicking here, Voldemort and Harrys big duel happens in front of everyone, in the main hall of Hogwarts. So why are they duelling alone? I’m greatly vexed. But that gripe aside this movie looks soooooo EPIC. Cannot wait to see it on the big screen.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

WARNING  HERE  BE  SPOILERS.

Finally the Potter movies grew up!  I was very worried about how the 7th book would translate into a movie, especially after HP6 the Half-Blood Prince, a pivotal if slightly boring instalment in the HP series, was absolutely useless as a movie.  But, to be fair, I only read the 6th book once and saw the movie 1 ½ times.  Plus I think the main thing that put me off movie 6 was the absolutely random, useless scene when the Burrow is attacked and burned down by Death Eaters.  IT NEVER HAPPENED IN THE BOOK!!!! So why was it put in the movie?  Unless they weren’t going to have the wedding in the 7th movie, also, by having the Death Eaters burn down the Burrow in the 6th movie, it means they know where Harry will be in the 7th movie, which means what was the point of that whole scene at the beginning of the 7th movie when they’re discussing when Harry will be moved because it’s so obvious where he will go!  Hmm maybe I over thought this?

So onto HP 7.1.

It didn’t really feel like a movie but more like an episode. Which isn’t a complaint.  The handling of book seven has been done very well so far. I especially enjoyed the little moment at the beginning when the Harry, Hermione and Ron are all psyching themselves up to leave.  Hermione erasing her parent’s memories was heartbreaking, I loved it.  I loved the polyjuice potion scenes.  The three adults that the trio turned into were brilliant!  Each were able to capture the mannerisms and facial expressions of the trio.  Oh and the original actors voiceovers didn’t hurt either.  A truly hysterical scene.  Also, at the beginning of the movie when everyone turned into Harry.  I loved Fleur/ Harry being embarrassed in front of Bill. Especially when that duo leave on the flying horse thingy (I think it was a Thestral), Fleur/ Harry snuggles against Bill.  SO FUNNY!!!!  One strange thing did happen to me during the movie.  Now I managed not to cry during Hedwig’s death, but Dobbies death got to me, (and I can’t stand Dobbie), so when Luna come over to Harry who’s holding Dobbies dead body, she closes his eye’s and says:

Luna Lovegood: [after Dobby dies] I think we should close his eyes, don’t you?
[Harry nods, she does it]
Luna Lovegood: There, now he could be sleeping.

The five guys in the row in font of us laughed!?!?  They laughed?  What was so funny about how or what Luna said?  I found it incredibly sweet, and incredibly sad.  If anyone can think of the reasoning behind those guys laughing please tell me, because all I can think is that they’re stupid and couldn’t connect with the scene.

The seventh book was a bit of a long read, with great big chunks of walking and being angsty, tired, and absolutely clueless.  All of which was nicely summed up.  Although they didn’t get nearly as far as a I would have liked. When I was reading the book I knew exactly where the first movie should end, and that is when they escape Gringots on the dragon.  They’ve left themselves a sizable chunk of book still to cover, and the last 200 pages alone are crammed full of information.  I have a book mark that symbolises the no turning back point – chapter 28, page 446, when they arrive at Hogsmeade,  if you start reading you will not be able to but the book down until you have finished, that’s about two hundred pages and takes a full day to finish.  I truly believe that Snape’s big reveal alone needs at least 15 minutes (ok maybe 10).

I loved the animated sequence about the Deathly Hallows.  I personally think it’s quite difficult to cross over from live-action to animation and have the two to fit together.  I loved the animation style employed, very much like shadow puppets.  Very dark and creepy.  Totally stunning and awesome.

I must say I’m really happy they weren’t able to make the first part 3D, it would have been an absolute waste.  The movie wasn’t really action packed enough to need it, and I know we all freaked out when the snake (repeatedly) jumped at the camera.  

All in all, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was a satisfying movie, well acted, beautifully filmed and great special effects.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Preview

 I think this is one of the first official Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie posters, and it looks totally epic. Book 7 is one of my favourite Potters, after Azkabam and Goblet of Fire. Actually i like the last 200 pages of the 7th book, most exciting pages EVER. Truthfully, the 7th book is a tad toooo long and a bit too much nothing happening between plot points. But look at this poster, i love the look of Hogwarts, so to see it in ruins is just AWESOME.

ooooooo look at this, i found the proper trailer for it!!! 🙂 Its a trailer for both parts one and two, and by the looks of the scenes used (and my awesome memory of what happens in HP 7) it seems to all be events from the latter half of the book. Hmmmm i wonder where the first movie will end – according to the book???????? Im hoping that they dont spoil the whole movie by putting the whole movie into the trailer! Like they did with Harry Potter 6’s trailer, if you want to see the movie just watch the trailer! *seethes quietly, loathing the 6th movie*

So who’s excited!  This looks good.