I went to see this movie at midnight and it was a wonderful experience. I was in line at 3:30 p.m. and it was quite lovely. I watched a movie, did several word searches and ate a lot of food. We got great seats and the whole evening was phenomenal. My poor sister was in Ames and she was nearly trampled to death at her theater. They wouldn’t let anyone line up until 9:00 p.m., so there was a literal “Wal-Mart on Black Friday” mob running across the parking lot to get in line. She was the only one from her group who made it into the building so she had to save seats for 12 other people. Poor thing, she was so traumatized.
Anyway, I have already seen the movie twice and have managed to put together some thoughts (once I mopped up all my tears and stopped whimpering). It will be filled with spoilery type things, so only click through if you have seen the movie.
Things I loved:
*I enjoyed the Gringotts scene. Even though it felt a teensy bit rushed, I thought it was well done and Helena Bonham Carter was perfect as Hermione. The special effects on the dragon were fantastic. That was actually when I first started to get a little teary, because the dragon looked so sad. I wasn’t the only one, because there were several faint cries of sadness in my theater when the dragon showed up.
*Professor McGonnagal was awesome! The tears really started to fall for the first time when she brought the suits of armor to life. Something about how powerful she became and how she was not going to take any more shit from the bad guys was just so kick ass!!! There was one little thing she did that I didn’t like, but I will talk about that later.
*Hermione and Ron’s kiss was great!!! I was a little nervous about this, because both Rupert and Emma had said that it was “awful” to film. I was worried that it was also going to be awful to watch, but it was perfect. The giggle at the end was priceless.
*Snape’s scene was perfection itself. I have been worried for the last four movies that they haven’t spent enough time on Snape, but they managed to make up for all of it in one five minute scene. I was a whimpering puddle of goo for the rest of the movie after his scene.
*When the snake is about to attack Hermione and Ron and Ron kind of hugs Hermione to keep her safe…….that is my favorite part of the whole movie. It totally echos back to Harry doing the same thing in PoA with the werewolf. Actually every time Ron refers to Hermione as his girlfriend, or when they hold hands is pretty much the best thing ever.
*Anything to do with the Malfoys.
*Mrs. Weasley being awesome.
Things I Did Not Love:
*They left out one of my favorite parts of book seven, which makes me really sad. When they are sitting by the lake after jumping off the dragon, Ron says, “Well, I don’t know how to break this to you, but I think they might have noticed we broke into Gringotts.” Then all three of them have a long laugh and it is a nice calm moment before the craziness begins. It totally shows that when it comes down to it, they are still just kids, even with the weight of the world on their shoulders. In the movie, they just jump onshore and start changing clothes and head right to Hogsmeade.
*I didn’t like the scene where the trio enters the Room of Requirement. For some reason the tone felt all wrong. The kids just were not excited enough and I was so depressed that Oliver Wood and Lee Jordan weren’t there. Don’t ask me why, but I was. And for some reason I thought all the actors mumbled their way through this scene and I couldn’t understand what anyone was saying.
*Putting the Slytherins in the dungeon??? What??? Way to go for a cheap laugh Mr. Kloves. In the book it is made perfectly clear that the first priority is to get the students to safety. That is completely ignored in the movie. Fend for yourselves kids, the Death Eaters are coming!!!
*The Battle of Hogwarts also felt very wrong to me. In the book there are a lot of little moments that give me the happy cry. Professor Trelawney throwing the crystal balls, Neville and Professor Sprout throwing the plants, the house elves coming up from the basement, the centaurs showing up at the last minute. That is what the books are all about, all different kinds of wizards and creatures working together to fight evil. I just didn’t get the same feeling watching it play out on the screen. It also totally sucked that they didn’t show Fred’s death……people don’t even know which twin died until they mention it like 10 minutes later. Bad call, people.
*The little goodbye scene between the trio almost made me throw my shoe at the screen. I’ll admit that I did cry when Hermione said “I’ll go with you,” but it just goes to show that Mr. Kloves is determined to turn every movie into “The Harry and Hermione Show.” If you are going to make up scenes that aren’t in the book, at least give Ron something to do instead of just stand there like an idiot. If I had written the scene, Hermione would have looked at Ron, he would have nodded (in their secret way of communicating without words that they do because they LOVE each other) and then she says, “WE”LL GO WITH YOU.” The trio has always been the trio. When big things happen, Hermione and Ron will both be there right next to Harry. (Did you also notice that Hermione was placed in the center at both the end of the Hogwarts scene and in the last scene of the epilogue….also Ron totally didn’t have a single line in the epilogue…..ugh. I love book Hermione, but sometimes I just hate movie Hermione.)
*The fight between Harry and Voldemort was also totally wrong. Harry’s speech in the book is so important. It mirrors the way that Dumbledore fought Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix (but they messed that fight up in the movie too, so I shouldn’t be surprised). Harry is supposed to tell everyone that Snape was good and point out just how wrong Voldemort was about everything, not chase him all over the castle. Sigh.
So, it may seem like with all the stuff I didn’t like, that I was not a fan of the movie. That is not true. I am always prepared for things to be different and ready for various degrees of disappointment. As a whole, it was a great ending to the movie series. I am excited to buy it and enjoy it for years to come. I will even probably see it a couple more times in theater.
So, what did everyone else think?
P.S. Did anyone else notice that during Snape’s scene they totally showed a clip from the WRONG prophecy. It should be the one that led Voldy to kill Harry in the first place, but the brief excerpt they play is the prophecy Trelawney made about Wormtail returning to the Dark Lord. Really??? Really???? How hard is that to get right???