Mark Watches ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I’

In the first part of the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Voldemort is full of glee, Steve Kloves continues to ship Harry/Hermione so goddamn hard, and jesus christ I teared up so much in Godric’s Hollow. And we’re left with a movie that’s actually pretty good? If you’re intrigued, then it’s time for Mark to watch Deathly Hallows. Part I, of course.

I will do my best to make this post as coherent as possible, but I slept for three hours before I had to come to work. Time is LITERALLY oppressing me right now.  So I’ll depend on a format I’ve come to feel comfortable with in moments like these: A LIST.

I can hear you judging me so stop it immediately.

Oh, and for the record, this is full of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen either the movie or read the books, I suggest you not read this.

THE GOOD

  • Favorite scene: Bathilda Bagshot in Godric’s Hollow. Every moment she was on screen was steeped in suspense and terror. Beautifully filmed and played out.
  • Ron finally being more than just WEEPY and WHINY. Especially after he came back to the Forest of Dean.
  • How close it stayed to the book. Obviously, some things were changed or left out, but this is closest to the source material since the first two movies. I dig it.
  • Dobby’s scenes in Malfoy Manor and his death. His CGI has gotten better to the point where he almost looks real. (Same with Kreacher, but we’ll get to Kreacher in a moment.)
  • The cinematography. Much like my favorite movie, Prisoner of Azkaban, this movie almost made the locations a separate character. I will admit that when Harry and Hermione camped on that one hillside and it looked like it was some sort of ancient lava bed, I did laugh because it looked as if it was the most uncomfortable place to camp ever. Still, so much of this movie was crisp and had a beautiful, grim tone to the color of all the scenes. I appreciated it.
  • Hedwig’s death. I thought they were going to get rid of it and was PISSED, but she died and WHY AM I SO HAPPY ABOUT HER DYING?
  • Luna Lovegood. Even if she’s speaking lines that aren’t in the book, the writers still nailed her character perfectly. I think Evanna Lynch is perfect for the role.
  • Watching Hermione remove the memory of herself from her parents. I never thought we’d SEE that moment, and I instantly teared up. Shit was SO REAL.
  • All of Godric’s Hollow, for that matter. Filmed beautifully. I love the shot where Hermione finds Peverell’s grave and the camera turns to Harry in the distance, completely still. And you know he’s found his parents’ grave and then you get that lump in your throat and then everything is depressing and awful. Bravo.
  • The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming. Actually, I think the line was slightly changed, but I was so happy it remained.
  • I thought everything inside the Ministry of Magic was flawless. Just seeing Dolores Umbridge made my blood boil. But yes, near-perfect execution.
  • Neville. <3 <3 <3 <3

THE NOT-SO-GOOD

  • I’m going to start with the obvious. Steve Kloves, stop trying to make Harry/Hermione happen! It’s not going to happen! And look, I love Hermione until the end of time when I cease to be, but jesus christ, man. I understand why the dancing scene happened and it was cute in theory, but the entire time, I thought, “THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE OUT, AREN’T THEY? PLEASE DON’T LET THEM MAKE OUT. WHAT THE FUCK.” Even worse, though, is NAKED HERMIONE AND HARRY MAKING OUT. Like….seriously? Steve Kloves, STOP IT. WHY. WHY. WHY.
  • Why on earth was Voldemort so happy in this movie??? He was absolutely giddy throughout, except in Harry’s visions of him. The Malfoy Manor scene in the beginning of the movie is supposed to be foreboding, but I felt like we were in some weird alternate version of the Brady Bunch or something. We’re supposed to be terrified of the dude and he’s always laughing. Voldemort doesn’t laugh unless puppies are being crushed by a steamroller made out of your hopes and dreams.
  • Hinting at Potter Watch and then not playing it. I mean…without Ron looking for Potter Watch on the radio, they made him look very strange, as if he had no reason to listen to the radio. Well, I suppose you could say that Hermione’s reason she gave, about him NOT wanting to hear bad news sort of works, but they made him look irritating.
  • Hinting at Voldemort’s name being a trace and then not explaining it. I mean, they literally included every scene that would lead to Ron returning and telling them how they were found before, and then…nothing. Perhaps it will be explained in Part II?
  • No Kreacher’s tale. That part is such a huge moment in the whole series, and we didn’t get a second of it. BOOOOOO.
  • The pacing. SO. ODD. I thought that many scenes were allowed to breathe instead of the choppy treatment they were given in Half-Blood Prince, so let me at least appreciate that many parts of this movie were given space. But it still felt really bizarre in terms of flow; it didn’t segue very well a lot of the time, as if you simply were waiting for each part to happen instead of seeing it as a larger narrative. I will admit this might be because I am familiar with the book.
  • NO LUPIN. YOU ASSHOLES. How is it going to make his death the most tragic thing imaginable if you don’t include his whole tantrum? UGH. Was so upset that was left out. πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

EXTRA THOUGHTS

  • What happened to the scene that was released before this movie came out where the Death Eaters attacked that bridge in London? THIS WAS CLEARLY IN HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME.
  • Peter Mullan, who played Yaxley, is in EVERY MOVIE EVER, I SWEAR. And it’s so hard to see him as Yaxley because I’m like OH HEY, YOU’RE THAT FUCKED UP PRIEST IN RED RIDING or YOU’RE SWANNEY IN TRAINSPOTTING or YOU’RE SYD IN CHILDREN OF MEN. It was kind of distracting.

I think that’s everything I can think of. I’d give this movie a solid B. Compared to Half-Blood Prince, it’s perfection, but just as a general movie/adaptation, a good B is fine. It’s still strange and the pacing bothered me, but I enjoyed it more than I expected it to.

All right, let’s get to discussing! What did you think of the the film if you saw it? I’m hoping the comments will trigger some other thoughts of mine that I may have glossed over, but again, I’m running on three hours of sleep. Cut me some slack!

GO!

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  2. Lexi says:

    I FEEL SO VALIDATED MARK.
    I had a major problem with how giddy Voldy was through the entire Malfoy Manner scene. Took me completely out of the movie and felt entirely out of character for him. Glad you agree.

    Also, best scene for me was the Three Brothers scene. I don't know why I loved it so much, I just thought the way they portrayed it was spectacular.

    • Zapatos says:

      The Three Brothers scene was UTTERLY AMAZING, and you are right to love it. The animation was just so damn beautiful.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      Oh shit, I totally liked it too! I'm glad they went with animation. Totally unexpected.

    • totiebinds says:

      The Three Brothers scene reminded me of Coraline for some reason, probably because of the animation and the story-telling way it was treated. We should totally send whomever was responsible for that flowers πŸ˜€

      • Lexi says:

        Yes yes yes! Coraline is a perfect description for the animation. It looked sorta creepy (with the features of the characters and such) and definitely had a Coraline feel for me as well. (:

      • Steeple says:

        Probably because of the enlongated, spiky feel to it (also ELDER WAND – DEATH'S FINGER? AWESOME).

        That scene was my favorite, and I am mega. sadface. that it's not in 3D. =c

    • Michelle says:

      SO agree.

    • howbo15 says:

      I think the Three Brothers scene may have been my favorite. It caught me by surprise, but I was so pleased!

  3. Cailtin says:

    The tale of the 3 brothers was so beautiful omg

  4. karate0kat says:

    I am lazy, and also running on 3 hours of sleep (actually, I think I'm closer to two, it took awhile to get to sleep), so I'm just going to c/p from my lj (yeah, I have an lj, wanna make something of it?)

    First off, I think this is my favorite Potter movie so far. It hit the perfect tone of angst, darkness, and terror, but still managed to find moments of humor that didn't feel inappropriate. Like when they break into the Ministry. After they rescue Mrs. Cattermole from the dungeon, and she still thinks Ron is her husband, he tells her to go home and get the kids, he'll meet her there, they need to run, etc. She responds by giving him this big epic kiss. And Harry and Hermione's faces are priceless. And then Rob turns back right then, just as her real husband shows up, and he's like "It's a long story. Lovely to meet you." *runs away*

    And after Harry's wand is broken, and Ron comes back, he gives him an extra wand he took off a snatcher, and Harry tests it out. He and Ron are in the tent, with some enchanted fire in a jar, and Harry casts 'engorgio' which causes a huge column of flame to shoot up, and he immediately yells 'reducio' in a panicked voice. And then Hermione comes in, and the boys are like "what, nothing to see here, move along" *whistles. The delivery was so perfect, and laughed for a good 20 seconds straight.

    Shipping stuff:

    Ron/Hermione- there are so many good moments for them in this movie. So many I can't even begin to list them. If you're a R/H fan, this movie will satisfy you (at least on that front).

    Harry/Ginny- I love these two, so my biggest complaint has always been that there's not enough of them. That trend continues, but what we do get is good, better than some of the really awfully awkward scenes of the last movie. I loved the kiss. Ginny asks Harry to zip her dress for her (sexy back, Bonnie!) and they talk a bit, and then they make out. And then George comes in and he's like "Moooooorning" and it's pretty hysterical.

    Harry/Hermione- it needs to be addressed. Steve Kloves seems to really love H/H and seems determined to stick in as much as possible even though he can't actually have them end up together. A lot was made ahead of time about an added scene where Harry dances with Hermione to cheer her up after Ron leaves. The beginning of the scene made me role my eyes, because it's all intense stares and invading personal space. However, once we get to the actual dancing I get why the actors said it was one of their favorites. It's so silly and fun and Dan is a dork and there's nothing slightly romantic about it. And in the end the look on Hermione's face as she sobers up and walks away makes it clear it's still Ron on her mind. So yeah, I'm sure the Harmonians will be creaming themselves over this, but I don't think it's the total disaster some people were expecting. I might skip over that scene on DVD viewings, but I want the dancing as a gif. Because seriously, Dan = biggest dork ever.

    Acting stuff:

    Uniformly good, with the usual standouts in Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter. I have to say, Emma Watson really impressed me. I'm not usually a huge fan of hers, but she stepped up her game big time for this.

    Music stuff: I was concerned about Desplat because I wasn't too familiar with lots of his stuff, and the stuff I did know I wasn't fond of. But this score is probably my favorite Potter score ever, even above Williams. It was truly epic and beautiful.

    There were some issues. A lot them might be resolved in the next movie, so it's hard to be too critical right now. It very much feels like the first half of a story. And of course there are things that had to be changed because the set up wasn't in previous movies the way it was in the books. Right now Harry's mirror shard is unexplained. Hopefully Aberforth will explain it in Pt 2, but I do think they should have, at the very least, had either Ron or Hermione ask him about it when he kept pulling it out to look at it.

    But most of my complaints, at least after first viewing, are minor. I definitely will be seeing it again, so more things may occur to me over time.

    BTW, Dobby's death? Heartbreaking. They did an excellent job of making you feel it, considering he hasn't been seen in the movies since the 2nd one, and he doesn't have a whole lot of screen time this time around.

    "Such a beautiful place to be with friends…Dobby is happy to be with his friends…Harry Potter…"

    *sniff*

    • Enigmaticrose4 says:

      I loved your mini-review. Probably because I agreeed with it. Ever notice how we like things we agree with? Well, I digress.

      I did wonder about the mirror and why the never explained how they got a new, but different (on the outside at least) Burrow.

    • Melissa says:

      I agree with your take on the dancing scene 100%. I thought it was a beautiful way to show that they are, and will always be, just the best of friends, nothing more. Overall, the liberties they took in this film were fine – I didn't have a beef with any of it. I loved the humor (I thought it was all well timed and perfect), and it made me remember why I loved the characters that are secondary and tertiary to the trio.

      Personally, I didn't feel that anything was really missing as far as the movie-story is concerned. I thought Harry coming out of the Polyjuice potion when he did and stating "I must not tell lies" was brilliant, and a good throwback to the hate he has for Umbridge, and for Harry to finally get some satisfaction in getting "even".

      If Harry took the eye, it would have been a whole new scene to bury the eye, another conversation, and make things more complicated. I think it's fine the eye stayed where it was. It added way more to the book, but for the movie, I didn't think it was important in the grand scheme of things.

      Emma's acting was spectacular. I think when Dan played off of Gary Oldman, his acting improved greatly. This is the first time she got to bounce emotionally off of a gifted actor, and her acting improved 1,000% as a result. Plus, I think the writing for her character finally got to a point where she had 3 dimensions, which is a shame that it took until this movie for this to happen. I thought she was great. The same for Ron – he finally showed that he wasn't just a funny guy – when he got angry, he was REALLY believably angry. Those two grew as actors in a way that I was hoping for, wasn't expecting, but was very pleased!

      I totally teared up when Dobby died – and I think it was because he made the theatre laugh whenever he was on screen. People felt connected to him, and it had an incredible impact.

      My feeling is everything missing (even Lupin!) will be in the second half. I'm not worried, and I'm glad that someone agrees that the dancing scene wasn't ZOMGTheEndOfTheWorld. I really liked it (one of my favorite scenes).

      • lindseytinsey says:

        Whaaaaaaaaa! I agree with everything you said. Love the funny dancing scene, the acting was great, I also teared up when Dobby died. Actually the moment Dobby appeared in the cellar they whole cinema kind of went 'uuuuurrgh" as if they knew what was coming -_-

    • ldwy says:

      I was concerned that Dobby was slightly too ridiculous in this movie. I don't know why his characterization bothered me. (I'll admit I haven't seen the other movies lately, so I can't recall whether there is any change from how he's been depicted previously in the movies.)

      • tarantallegra42 says:

        YES. Finally. All my friends hate me for not liking Dobby in this film.
        I thought he took way too long to die and that his characterization was very cartoon-like.

        "Such a beautiful place to be with friends…" DEAD
        "Dobby is happy to be with his friends…" DEAD
        "Harry Potter…" DEAD

        ALL OF THOSE WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER AND LESS RIDICULOUS.

    • Starsea says:

      I felt that Dobby's last words were actually better than the book. *gasp* BLASPHEMY.

  5. illusclaire says:

    Naked Harry and Hermione kissing? What?

    What??

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      YEAH. IT'S FUCKING WEIRD.

    • Kari says:

      I haven't seen it yet, but i know its Horcrux!Harry and Horcrux!Hermione.
      Apparently they are also covered in silver body paint to create the illusion of a dream or something.

      I don't think Kloves is shipping them at this point, because this is what Rons sees when the locket opens, even in the book.

      • illusclaire says:

        I remember the Horcrux scene, I just don't remember them being naked. I don't think they needed to be naked, honestly, it was bad enough for Ron that they taunted him and kissed.

      • notemily says:

        I thought the body paint worked, or at least something gave them an "unreal" look that I liked a lot. But I, too, am confused as to why they were naked. The point comes across just as well with clothes on.

    • sobriquet87 says:

      They were naked in the book too. So….

      The whole purpose of that scene is to torment Ron, so I think it needed to be as hot as possible and it was.

      • Hypatia_ says:

        I agree. While it wasn't strictly necessary, the Horcrux is doing its best to freak Ron out. Showing him naked Harry and Hermione looking like they're about ten seconds away from getting it on is an excellent strategy.

      • Katie says:

        They weren't naked in the book, though. I just went back to look, and it didn't mention them being naked…

  6. midgi says:

    I loved it. I think the fact that they made it so close to the book was a really good decision and made it the best movie so far. Was it my imagination or did Dobby have a different voice actor? He was kind of weird-sounding for some reason. I thought the Harry and Hermione dancing scene was sweet. To me it felt like a brother/sister thing and was very comfortable, and that's how Harry describes his relationship with Hermione in the books. I liked the end too, cuz it was EPIC and kind of legit scary.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      Hmmm. It seemed like the same voice actor to me!

    • Wagner says:

      Nope, the same actor (Toby Jones, I believe, I'm too tired myself right now to look it up, to be sincere), did the voice, they brought him back. He does not sound like that in real life, but yes, he did change it a bit, not sure why. He did sound a bit weird. If Dobby had been a child elf, I could understand it a bit — Dan's voice has changed a bit since then as well, if you see Chamber of Secrets, but Dobby was no child then.

    • MrBellamy says:

      I've heard that Toby Jones actually had a severe head cold during his weeks of recording for Dobby on "Chamber of Secrets", which is why he sounded slightly different compared to this one haha. No idea if that rumor is true, but it works for me ;D

    • Rosalie says:

      Actually, Harry and Hermione's relationship is very, very awkward in the books. πŸ™‚ Especially without Ron.
      Just wanted to point that out.

    • Kripa says:

      The other thing about the H/Hr dancing is that in the end, it FAILS to make either of them feel better.

  7. David says:

    I loved the movie. By the way Mark, did you know that Evanna Lynch made the choreography of the Lovegood's dance at the wedding?

  8. xpanasonicyouthx says:

    He does show they are good friends and I agree that she chooses Ron, but I still think there's a subtext on Kloves's part that he enjoys sticking those two together as much as possible.

    • bookling says:

      He really does, but I was just happy that Ron was allowed to shine in this movie. That said, I had read about the dancing scene beforehand and was prepared to be really outraged about it, but then I… I kind of liked it. Mostly because Harry is a TERRIBLE dancer and that shit was funny. And then despite laughing a bit, they were both sad at the end because they're not what each other needs.

      • xpanasonicyouthx says:

        You are right. Ron totally had his moment in this movie and I was very happy for it. And I'm also glad the dancing scene turned out to be so goofy/silly because it did demonstrate that it wasn't romantic. It was the beginning part of it that bothered me.

        • bookling says:

          Oh, where Harry came over and LOOKED DEEPLY INTO HERMIONE'S EYES? Yeah, that part was fucking weird.

          • myownmetaphor says:

            It totally and completely read (for me) that Harry completely wanted Hermione and was like "awww yeaah, gonna make my move" and then she rejects him. So like, even if Hermione doesn't want Harry, it still made it seem like Harry wanted her. Especially cause they got rid of the greatest Ginny-Harry scene that there ever was.

        • Roonilwazlib says:

          TOTALLY AGREE ABOUT THE DANCING. the actual goofing around was fine, but the staring into her eyes and taking off the locket was way too drawn out and just too romantic.

          • xpanasonicyouthx says:

            Right??? I was like PLEASE DON'T KISS HER. THIS IS SO WEIRD.

            • valely199 says:

              I think that the dancing was fine – it was the moments when they stared deeply and touched each others' faces tenderly that made me squirm. Like, I really loved that they're so close because Hermione always was kind of the odd one out and it's really important to establish that both Ron and Harry really love her, but some parts did seem too romantic.

          • sobriquet87 says:

            It wasn't romantic at all. I think people just interpreted the way they wanted to.

            However, there's a good chance the filmmakers could have intentionally made it seem that way to stir things up a bit. lol.

            It was quite sexy the way Dan was starring at her before he went to dance with her.

        • Mrbellamy says:

          Haha actually, I hated the weird romantic beginning too, at first, but by the end of the dance scene, I thought that made the whole thing even more cute and hilarious because it turned out to be so platonic. It was like a "Gotcha!" moment, when Harry actually started dancing. Mind you, I LOVE Ron/Hermione together and I would have been pissed off beyond belief if Harry kissed Hermione, but as it is, I think it was almost like a playful little nudge to the shipping wars in the fandom. Maybe I just found it funny because I'm so sick of all the bitching.

  9. angrytotogirl says:

    I loved loved loved this movie. It felt to me for the first time in the series like I was watching a Harry Potter movie, instead of a movie based on the Harry Potter books. If that makes sense… haha.

    I was on edge for most of the movie. At various parts, me and the two girls to my left started leaning on eachother and crying. And they were practically strangers!

    One thing that bugged me was no Wormtail death. I really don't care about Wormtail, but it bugs me that he would be the only of the Marauders to survive.

    A question about the bridge scene you mentioned, and sorry if someone already brought this up, but wasn't that the 6th movie?

    • hassibah says:

      I assumed they were saving his death for part 2, I doubt they'd write him into the last movie just to let him off the hook like that. Maybe some epic fight between him and Remus? Yeah, I dunno.

  10. David says:

    Oh. I forgot. What did you think about Rhys Ifans's performance as Xenophilius Lovegood? Evanna said that he was perfect for the role, and both had such a chemistry. The "They took my Luna" line was very sad.

    Also, I didn't know that Syd from Children of Men was the guy who played Yaxley. Thanks!

  11. maiaaaa says:

    DH 1 for me was all tease like Ron and Hermione's relationship here. A lot of flirting but not so much shit gets real yet. So I definitely can't wait for part 2!!

    Oh! I remember panicking when I saw that Voldy was gonna open Dumbledore's grave already!! I knew they were gonna cut it there so during Dobby's funeral I was like "okay, there's still the talk with Ollivanders & Griphook and the breaking into Gringotts then they showed that part and I was totally unprepared! I was freaking out because I didn't want to movie to be over yet! (Haha okay, I just felt the need to tell you guys that hoping someone can relate! :P)

  12. Little Emily says:

    "Steve Kloves, stop trying to make Harry/Hermione happen! It’s not going to happen!"

    I had that exact same thought after the movie, although to be fair, I think they did a decent job of making the dancing scene somewhat platonic, and I was happy with the Ron/Hermione moments.

    I also loved the Three Brothers sequence. I was bummed that they left out Dean completely. THE ONE BOOK WHERE HE'S IMPORTANT!
    But all in all, I was wholly satisfied with the movie and it was completely worth the midnight showing even though I am sick and am now running on 8 hours of sleep over the past two days combined.

    IS IT TIME FOR PART 2 YET?!

    • Kripa says:

      Am I the only one who thinks the ultimate aim of the dancing scene is to show that it failed? At the end of the song, Harry and Hermione look at each other then break right apart, both to go off and mourn Ron. Isn't that worth remembering?

      • Laura says:

        i completely agree. i LOVEDDDDD that scene and i just thought it was the most adorable thing in the world ever ever ever. and then it was a perfect ending

  13. Jenna says:

    I was actually blown away by this movie, but maybe it's because I had pretty low expectations. The seventh book was not my favorite. I have to admit that I was pretty against the splitting it in two idea, but now I kind of wish they had done it for all the movies. Even though they cut out basically all of my favorite scenes, I still thought it was truer to the book than any of the other movies, especially in terms of the actual lines, many of which were word-for-word from the book. Also, the Tale of the Three Brothers was like the most amazing moment of my life. I was seriously on the verge of tears and I am not a crier. I thought that part was incredible. Overall, it was a pretty warm and fuzzy HP experience πŸ™‚

    • Jenna says:

      OH but can I just say WTF where is the part where Harry and Ron confess their love for each other after they get the sword? I was so looking forward to that hug and to the conversation about how Harry doesn't actually want to bang Hermione and they totally left me hanging :/

  14. Julia says:

    I actually loved the Harry/Hermione scenes. I feel like we never get to see anything about their relationship. Their scenes together were completely non-romantic and that dancing scene was way cute. You could really get the feel for their brother-sister type relationship. Well, except for the naked making out scene, but I'm glad they didn't pussy out of that one. Imagine how awkward that whole thing must have been for Emma and Dan. Weird.

    But you know what they did pussy out of? Wormtail's death. Man, I wanted to see him strangled by his own hand. πŸ™ Also, I am sad there was no Dean at all. πŸ™

    Loved the animation scene so goddamn much! Completely unexpected and completely wonderful!

    This was such a great movie over all, and that was such a perfect place to end it too.

    • lindseytinsey says:

      I agree. The dancing was cute and non-romantic. I don't understand why people are bitching about it???

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  16. Mysir says:

    Keeping it short ;D

    I cried from the beginning to the end, but that was okay. The worst was the opening scenes, when Herminone wiped out her parents memory ))):

    I loved the animation for the tale of the brothers Pervell. Loved, loved.
    The light through the whole movie, how dark it was, was also amazing.

    And one of the Snatchers were pretty handsome, does anybody know how he is? :')

    • maiaaaa says:

      Scabior played by Nick Moran. πŸ˜€

    • notemily says:

      "The light through the whole movie, how dark it was, was also amazing."

      Yeah maybe it would have been if I COULD SEE ANYTHING. I was seriously squinting at the screen at some points, trying to make out what was going on. I get having a dark palate but you should be able to SEE the movie!

    • ChiariSongbird says:

      Omigod that animation was gorgeous….flawless way to tell the story IMO. And apparently we're all being sucked into a Scabior/Nick Moran fan club? lol I feel like such a traitor right now……….

    • Millie says:

      I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be Fenrir Greyback, because that was one of the things that kind of annoyed me, that he was so pretty. lol

    • tigerpetals says:

      Yes! Such beautiful animation, and fitting for both the tone and the fairytaleness of the story. I had thought that they would use liveaction actors.or just explain it in dialogue, and I was pleasantly surprised.

    • lattemama says:

      I saw HandsomeDeathEater on the live show from Leicester Square and I loved him there already even though I didn't catch what character he was playing.

      I loved his quote too: "I'm the guy who chase little children through the forest. And I catch them" (Not verbatim) I laughed so much at that.

      The animation was amazing – I loved that too.

    • Ellen says:

      I thought the young Grindelwald was pretty attractive. haha. πŸ™‚

  17. xpanasonicyouthx says:

    Yes, I agree it needed to happen, but having it be nude seemed gratuitous.

    • Chrysoula says:

      On the other hand, why would the horcrux/Ron's imagination put them in /clothes/? They're just doing what he assumes they've been doing since he left.

    • Jason says:

      Having it nude was genius. Shows what he wants to do with Hermione, and it was the locket's last fighting chance. To have him possibly go against Harry, but as we saw, his friendship is stronger. πŸ˜›

    • Mrbellamy says:

      Yeah, I think that they should have been either clothed the whole time or nude the whole time. It made no sense for them to be clothed first and then to just all of a sudden have them naked for the kiss. That made it seem gratuitous.

      • Julia says:

        Yes! I completely agree. I also that the camera work of it, going from clothes harry hermione to rons face then all of a sudden BAM naked Harry/Hermione making out just was really jarring to me

    • LoonyLu says:

      I know! The nude bothered me especially since they were wearing clothes in the first part of the horcrux scene.

  18. illusclaire says:

    I need to know: is there still plenty of camping??

    Don't you judge me. I really like camping!

  19. Nikki says:

    I totally agree. I thought that dance sequence really proved how important Ron was to Hermione, particularly to Hermione's happiness. Harry can distract her, but he can't replace Ron.

    The Horcrux scene was AHMAZING. It BLEW MY MIND. I didn't mind the partial/implied nudity, it made sense to me.

    • Silverdoe says:

      The horcrux scene was absolutely perfect, based on the description in the book. Both Harry and Hermione did look better than in real life, but in an evil way. IMO Rupert Grint nailed every scene he did as Ron. I just wish they allowed him to scream "Hermione!" repeatedly in the cellar.

      • Steeple says:

        Actually, the "better-looking thing" hit Uncanny Valley for me because they look like heavily-airbrushed/photoshopped model pictures. Which made it all the creepier <3

    • ldwy says:

      YES I LOVED THE HORCRUX SCENE. And I actually thought the nudity was perfect. This is supposed to be a representation of all Ron's fears and resentments. He's a 17 year old who's desperately in love but has hardly acted on it, and has always had inferiority issues next to his famous best friend. OF COURSE this is exactly his nightmare.
      (Sorry I'm late to the comments, finally saw the movie yesterday)

  20. mychemicallive66 says:

    Just like many people here I LOVED the 3 brothers tale. It was perfect! So magical.
    And I don't know if it was because we were all tired or the translation in my language but the whole audience was laughing after most of Ron's lines πŸ™‚

  21. laurelizabeth92 says:

    Omg I loved this movie so hard! It was so loyal to the book, I was surprised and just so happy. AND OMG DOBBY'S DEATH. I was literally sobbing in the theater. I almost screamed out, "YOU BITCH!" at Bellatrix but then I remembered there were some kids behind me. Just breathtaking. And the scene where Voldemort desecrates Dumbledore's tomb? So perfect. It made me super angry and depressed at the same time, the exact reaction you should get out of someone who is watching a loved one's burial place getting screwed up.

  22. ugh, had a big post written with my thoughts, went to post it, Word Press said my "comment was too long", went to login (the little grey button under comment box), took me to a differnt page, and I lost my movie review πŸ™ Toooo tired to rewrite it right now. Suffice to say though, overall I liked the movie.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      OMG THAT IS A TRAGEDY. Let me see if I can lift a comment length restriction. I had no idea there was one. πŸ™

  23. Jake Nolan says:

    My favorite scene was where Ron and Harry were destroying the locket. So epic and intimidating. Not quite right with the book I think but the giatn smoke light monster was awesome. My least favorite scene was Malfoy Manor's fight and Harry just taking the wands out of Draco's hands. Overall, BEST MOVIE YET.

  24. Lily says:

    I give it an A-

    Overall, I thought they did a good job of sticking to the book.

    I was a bit taken aback by how much H/H drama there was. I want to be mad at the dancing bit, but I can’t b/c Dan is so awkward and the dancing was terrible and it made me laugh like crazy. So I can’t be mad. And I’m not mad about the Shade!Harry/Hermione make-out b/c that is in the book. Actually, that’s something that JKR wanted herself.

    In an interview, DRad talks about how JKR came to see him in Equus and told him afterwards that she was going to write him naked in the last book. Dan says that he thought she was joking, but then he read the book and she really wasn’t. So there’s that.

    Rupert was BRILLIANT in this film. He really stole every scene he was in. My audience legit stood up and cheered when he returned in the Forest of Dean. And his longing after Hermione is almost palpable. I AWWW’D quite a few times. Like the scene at the piano. Not in the book, but good for advancing the character.

    I am, however, EXTREMELY upset that they didn’t show the whole “I’m having a werewolf baby” incident. That is quite an important part to be leaving out, don’t you think?

    And the fact that Voldy doesn’t show up at Bathilda Bagshot’s house. That was disappointing.

    I’m going to have to see it again to get a complete grasp on how I feel, but these are my preliminary feelings.

  25. Taylor says:

    I agree with most of your points, especially the Voldemort one. The first scene was just strange, Voldemort should be evil and exuding fear into everyone, but he's just…. pleasant. When he told Snape he "saved him a seat" my little brother said, "Oh, he seems like a nice guy" (somewhat sarcastically, but still!). I thought Godric's Hollow was great, Bathilda was really frightening. What did you think of the Tale of the Three Brothers scene? I liked that it looked Tim Burton-esque.

  26. xpanasonicyouthx says:

    THAT IS SO FAR AWAY!

    Thank you for pasting this, btw. MANY EXCELLENT POINTS.

  27. Gretchen says:

    I agree with pretty much this whole post, ha.

    "Steve Kloves, stop trying to make Harry/Hermione happen! It’s not going to happen!"

    I'm not even exaggerating when I say that I said those exact words during those scenes.

  28. Hokuto says:

    I enjoyed a lot of the movie (the funny bits were amazing – George and the toothbrush in his ear, oh gods), but WHY DID THEY MAKE GRINDELWALD SELL OUT DUMBLEDORE. SO DISAPPOINT. DDDDDDDDDD:

    • Roonilwazlib says:

      I WAS REALLY UPSET ABOUT THAT TOO!!!! i WAS LIKE WHATTTT HE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO JUST TELL HIM!!!

    • Carrie says:

      I remembered that part and it pissed me off! In the book, Grindelwald lies! It's like his last act of remorse or something…

    • Dementress says:

      Forgot to mention that on my comment but yesssssss…….! Why did Grindelwald tell Voldie that Dumbledore had the wand??? That was his moment of redemption! I suppose the filmakers wanted to make it easier for Voldie to find the wand rather than spend more scenes of Voldie figuring it out himself.

  29. bookling says:

    It is that scene. In the book they're in a "loving embrace" or something, but I'd seen so much fanart of the scene which depicted them basically exactly like the movie did, that I'd convinced myself they were actually naked in the book. If you go back to Mark's review of that chapter and check out the fanart, you'll see.

  30. feverishpoptart says:

    I cried so much! I was not prepared to watch Hermione erase her parents memories. Then cried for Hedwig, Godrics Hollow…cried again, and then Dobby! Oh man. I really loved it! The changes they made were so minor they didn’t seem important. I was hoping to watch Pettigrew get strangled by his hand. I’m hoping they’ll squeeze it in somehow in the next movie. I need to see it again!!!

  31. I had pretty much the same experience, i wasn`t expecting much and i ended up enjoying the movie quiet a lot! I didn`t noticed the strange pace so much as the last 2 movies, but my friend that have never read the book said it was terribly confusing and the rhythm sucked.

    Besides the adaptations of some lines and cuts of parts of the history (Lupin and Kreacher`s, specially), only 2 scenes bothered me… first is when harry tries to go away from the Burrow the night he arrives, but not cause he tried to live, but he quickly decided to take just Ron along when he showed up. I think that is not translating well his feelings (or maybe it`s just because i think Daniel Redcliff is a terrible actor, so he can`t express that much).
    Also, no Voldemort or Death Eaters in Godric`s Hallow? The scene lost a LOT of the dread and fear, AND made the breaking of Harry`s wand a bit weird…

    Oh, and one more thing, on the fight at the Malfoy manor, when Harry get`s Draco`s wand, i though it could easly slip for someone who wasn`t looking for that… it`ll make explaining the Elder Wand possession on the end kind of confusing for the ones who just watch the movies!

    I actually… liked? Naked Harry/Hermione… i mean, i hated when they were trying to make the REAL H/H happen, but that was a vision of Ron`s greatest fears, so it was in context? And it was the time i remembered your caps lock classi: "CHILDREN'S BOOK!!" (even though book 7 is not for kids… at all! But it was funny to remember)
    Actually, the opening of the Locket was something that REALLY impressed me, the whole scene. Awesome, i dare to say it was more frightening then the book, maybe!

  32. bookling says:

    The piano scene killed me. OMG THE WAY HE STARED AT HER. LOVE.

    Rupert Grint got really hot, you guys. I was just drooling the whole time. He looked SO. GOOD. And oddly, I thought he looked even more hot when he'd changed back from being Harry but still had his glasses on. "Always the tone of surprise." So glad that was left in! And then Hermione got to use it later, when she told them she'd packed everything in her bag (and then knocked over all her books).

    I was sad about no Lupin, and I think Wormtail should have died, and I thought Dobby's death and funeral was way too rushed (and lacked clothes!). But otherwise, HOLY CRAP I LOVED THIS MOVIE.

    • sobriquet87 says:

      Rupert's always been hot…well at least since movie 4.

      He was particularly sexy in this film though.

    • notemily says:

      I wanted to make out with EVERY WEASLEY IN THIS MOVIE. Uh, except Ginny and the parents. EVERY YOUNGISH MALE WEASLEY IN THIS MOVIE.

      Also, Snape. I don't know what it was but he looked extra-tasty.

      • bookling says:

        I AGREE ABOUT THE WEASLEY MEN.

        <img src="http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lc5yzhyQOU1qdw1bro1_400.gif"&gt;

        I mean, my god, look at his arms. YES PLEASE.

        Also, Lupin and Lucius were looking really good. They were all beard-y and yum. Why was I so horny watching this movie?

        • myownmetaphor says:

          THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS

          Oh shit Rupert Grint, why aren't we just having sex at all moments?!

          Horny is so the word the describe this movie. It was like soft core porn levels.

        • meesha1971 says:

          I could watch that forever – thankfully, it's legal for me to do so. I felt so pervy when GOF came out. LOL

          It's a good thing there are plenty of Weasley men to go around. πŸ˜‰

          And I did not notice this when I watched the movie, but Hagrid is using his umbrella – I love that. LOL

      • myownmetaphor says:

        It was the feathered hair. Snape rocks it old school.
        AND STAY AWAY FROM MY MEN. THEY ARE ALL MINE!!!

  33. Roonilwazlib says:

    AGREED TIMES A MILLION about potterwatch, taboo, Kreacher, and Lupin.

    The H/Hr didn't bother me quiteeee as much in this movie because they actually balanced it with a lot of cute R/Hr moments.

    Also, i definitely was disappointed that harry and ron didnt talk after the locket, and that harry didnt say "he knew you'd always come back"

    • Sierra says:

      The Harry-Ron talk bothered me too! Those two lines in the book (paraphrase) "he must have known I'd leave" and "no, he must have known you'd want to come back" are so poignant the way they were, and squishing them all into one line said by Ron's takes away what is essentially Harry forgiving Ron.

    • Whitney says:

      -Also, i definitely was disappointed that harry and ron didnt talk after the locket, and that harry didnt say "he knew you'd always come back"-

      THIS.

  34. OMGHermoineShutUp says:

    Am I the only one who thought the scene where Ron explains about the Deluminator kind of…cheesy? I mean, I liked the change in Dumbledore's Will about it showing him the light when times are darkest, and I'm definitely a Ron/Hermoine fan and know it's *TRUE LOVE*, but it was kind of sickly sweet for me. Almost to the point of eye-rolling. The piano scene, on the other hand, was ADORABLE.
    Unrelated: the Malfoys were awesome. I loved how ragged and anxious Lucius and Draco looked, ESPECIALLY Lucius. Perfect.

  35. Roonilwazlib says:

    totally agree about the torture scene, i was really impressed by emma watson. however Ron was WAY too calm!!! Why wasnt he sobbing and banging on the walls like in the book?!

  36. crazyravenclaw says:

    I was so impressed. There was a lot that I wish had been in it that wasn't (everything you listed, Luna's bedroom, "She's like my sister," etc.), there were a couple of things that I could have done without (coughcoughH/Hrcoughcough), and I thought some of the cuts were really awkward (*is a film student*), but when the movie ended, I almost cried because I was so happy to be happy. After the HUGE let-down of HBP, I was really worried, but I really loved this movie. Yeah, I had complaints, but even after the high of seeing it at midnight has worn off, I feel really good about it. It's definitely my favorite of the movies so far.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      Good point about the cuts being odd. I thought it was sort of…choppy? Is that the right word? Like scenes changed so suddenly sometimes that it was a bit too jarring for my own good.

      • MariP says:

        THIS! This is exactly my main problem with the film. It bothered me more than the H/Hr. There are some points where I had the distinct feeling of a missing deleted scene, specially in the last half hour or so.

    • lamuerta says:

      The cuts were ok IMHO, jump cuts do have a purpose. But the fade to black and SLEDGEHAMMER OF IMAGERY bits were horrible. Classic example – when the trio first enter the Grimmauld Place and Hermione casts homenum revelio, she says "We are all alone." Then the scene fades to black, with the trio squashed in a corner of a dark empty corridor. Obvious imagery is obvious.

  37. Awesomejen says:

    I really liked this movie…I think I will like it even more on subsequent viewings! My favorites:
    –Loved Hermione wiping her parents memory, my god, that was heartbreaking.
    –I liked how Hedwig died, it was nice that she did it saving Harry…I picture her as your Hedwig, and I think it is more fitting then her dying in her cage.
    –The wedding made me go "Why am I not a witch!!!" And the chaos after Kingsley's message…insane. Lupin pushing Harry! Perfection!
    –The lake scene was awesome. Dan under water banging on the ice made me stop breathing. And the actual Horcrux, with the spiders and everything was exactly what I would think Voldemort would do. And the doe…she was so beautiful, and it total gave that feeling like it was ok for Harry to follow, like in the book. You just know shes not evil.
    –Godrics Hollow…I had such a hard time watch Harry at his parents grave with the book in my head, wishing he was dead with them…makes me choke up right now.
    –Finally Dobby, he was kick ass. and I loved his speech to Bella about how he is free and has no master. And then his final words with Harry…heartbreaking…

    Ok, I am done, I want MOER!!! But I was really pleased.

  38. Yusra says:

    My siblings watched it yesterday (being at uni, I was incapable of going with them, woe be me) and neither have them have read the books; and they both understood was going on! XD I was so proud.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.

    • myownmetaphor says:

      I went with a friend who had just watched the movies. He got everything except the mirror. They don't even try to explain it. He thought it was part of the Mirror of Erised

  39. PJG says:

    Im going to see the movie this weekend, but….. surprised it wasnt emphasized enough in MRHP…. the love of Snape for Lily…. and how everytime Harry met someone that also knew his mother, the comment ALWAYS was "he has his mothers eyes." And then when Snape dies… all he wants is for Harry to "LOOK AT ME" so he can see Lilly'('s eyes) before he dies. Hell, Im crying just typing that!!! THAT BETTER BE IN DH PART DEAUX!!!

    And glad Im not the only that feels that Bill Weasley (and the burgeoning relationship with Fleur) was given short shrift in the earlier movies. Maybe they can do some mini-sodes of the deleted scenes that happened in the early books? It will give us somehting to look forward to after July 2011. Though they better start on those pretty soon, before the current actors get too old to play the parts.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      If 'The Prince's Tale' isn't done right, HEADS WILL ROLL.

      • Aweosmejen says:

        Speaking on Bill and Fluer…I loved the look on "Harry's" face when it was Fluer and Bill on the Thestral…just that little shot of her/him snuggling her/his cheek on bills back…priceless

  40. Susan Walker says:

    First let me say I loved this movie so much and I was a little worried going into it that I may not. It seems a lot easier to list what I didn't like so here goes…

    1. The scene with Dudley saying Harry wasn't a waste of space. I had time to get used to the idea though since someone on MTV spoiled that for me. Thanks!
    2. No Kreachers tale. Kind of a big let down.
    3. Awkward introduction of Bill. Oh yeah. I was attacked by a werewolf.
    4. MOAR Remus!
    5. Awkward sentence in Godrics hollow when Harry says something like he's not coming back to where he was born in disguise.
    6. I missed Harry telling Ron he thought of Hermione as a sister. Kloves could never allow that though!
    7. No Luna Friends painting in her room.
    8. No Potterwatch
    9. NO EXPLANATION OF TABOO AT ALL. JUST WHAT?

    Most of these were small, but a couple were things that needed to be included IMO.

    Oh why not?
    Just a few things I did like…

    1. Hermione erasing her parents memories. *sniff*
    2. Bathilda Bagshot scene
    3. Dobby
    4. Luna
    5. cinematography
    6. dancing scene with Harry and Hermione (So sue me. It was funny!)
    7. doe scene
    8. ministry scene especially with Ron kissing Mrs. Cattermole!
    9. The improved acting of the trio
    10. The Ministry has fallen. The Minister is dead. They are coming.
    11. Malfoy manor scene

    I'm sure there were things left out both bad and good. Keep in mind a lot of the bad wasn't really that bad. Only a couple of things really bothered me.
    Oh, happy Voldemort didn't bother me in the slightest. I lot of creepy and insane people are happy being that way and it just makes them more creepy. EVERYONE knows that Voldemort would kill any of them in a heartbeat and go right back to being happy like nothing happened.

    • Silverdoe says:

      9. I agree. Zero actual mention of the taboo, yet Xenophilius also used it to call the Death Eaters, it seemed. (Although I concede it could have been the owl.).

      I understand why the trio didn't rely on the cloak as much as they did in the book, but honestly, no cloak AT ALL???? It's the third hallow, for God sake!

  41. Jujbres says:

    NO LUPIN?! NO KREACHER'S TALE?! WTF. I'm going to see it tonight, but Kreature's tale was the scene I was most excited to see!
    Still, pretty pumped.

    • sobriquet87 says:

      Kreacher still tells them about the locket, but it's slightly altered from the book.

      I didn't even notice the Lupin scene was missing until I read your post. The movie works quite well without it.

  42. Susan Walker says:

    Oh one more thing! 10. I thought the dungeon scene should have been longer and Ron should have been more distraught like he was in the book.

  43. Kaleidoscoptics says:

    I’ve gotta say, I really liked how bizarrely happy Voldemort seemed in the opening segment. It was like a hint of Riddle’s famed charisma was trying to show through, but because of how twisted he’s become it was just eerie and creepy.

  44. Mr_Bernie says:

    I think I actually want to see this movie now.

    So, plan for tomorrow:
    1. Find out whether one of the local cinemas plays the undubbed version (hey, flame bait: dubs, y/n/mfn?)
    2. Convince the boyfriend that watching HP7 Part 1 is totes an awesome way to spend the afternoon/evening.
    3. ???
    4. Profit!

  45. Clean says:

    I didn't see any Harry/Hermione shipping by Kloves at all. The dance was clearly Harry's attempt to cheer Hermione up and it ultimately did not work because her mind was on Ron. Harry and Hermione didn't even talk once before that point after Ron left. I think it was clear this movie was all about Ron and Hermione and they they are the ones who truly love each other and that Harry and Hermione would never be anything more than just friends.

  46. Ophiucha says:

    I must say, I forgive a lot of shit just for that awesome animation of the three brothers.

  47. Nibor says:

    I was very happy with the movie, there are somethings I could nitpick about, the lack of Lupin and Kreater's stories, etc. Overall, it is definitely my favorite since POA, The H/H in this movie wasn't nearly as bad as I expected it to be.

  48. maript says:

    I agree with most of what you said Mark, including your point about the choppy cuts and incomplete scenes. They must have hours of deleted scenes and I hope they put those in the DVDs. I'll buy two.

    Also, I'm still bitter about the fact that Kloves felt "she's like a sister to me" was best suited for a completely random and absolutely out of place conversation between Harry and Dumbledore (of all people), than to the beautiful bromantic scene Harry and Ron didn't get to have after the Horcrux.

  49. artsyjeans says:

    Well I just got home from watching it myself. Your review actually mirrors the conversation that we had on our way home. So I agree on all points. I was a little annoyed when I thought they were just eliminating Hedwigs death (not that I wanted her killed) but I found that I actually like this way better? I like that she went out as a hero and not just as some poor bird stuck in a cage in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    • notemily says:

      I agree, plus then they didn't have to get into the whole "Expelliarmus is Harry's signature spell" deal, which is something I like a lot in the books but I'm fine with not having in the movies.

  50. Carrie says:

    I just felt they were so lazy with not including the other memories in the 6th movie and Dumbledore revealing his thoughts on what the horcruxes could be, that it's going to make those plot points in the last part of 7 really lame.This is probably the most negative I've felt about a Harry Potter movie after the 1st viewing. It just felt aimless…like they were going nowhere…… :/

    • Moll says:

      This is exactly how I felt about it, it’s like they just mashed a bunch of scenes together without bothering to give them any meaning. If I hadn’t read the book, I’d be wondering what the hell they were doing half the time/why it was significant. Also, I hated how they just convieniently pull answers out of the air just to move the plot along (like the Gryfindor sword venom thing. Where did that even come from, she was just standing there and then she’s like OMG I have the answer).

  51. Jason says:

    HERMIONE'S TORTURE! God that was uncomfortable to sit through. The way she started crying when Bellatrix was on top of her and then screamed with so much agony. Ahh. AMAZING acting from Emma Watson there.

    The pacing was perfect IMO. And the animation for the Tales of the Three Brothers alone deserves an Oscar. That was brilliant.

    • sobriquet87 says:

      I think the animation deserves some kind of award as well. It was amazing.

      It would be awesome if they could adapt all of JKR's Tale of Beedle the Bard into animated tales and get Emma Watson to narrate. I would totally pay to see that.

  52. sobriquet87 says:

    Completely agree with you. I didn't get any hint of anything more than friendship between Hermione and Harry.

    They're both out in the woods alone and their best friend has left them. They needed a moment like that to lighten the tension even if it was temporary. There were a lot more R/Hr moments like them playing the piano and him wiping her face during the cafe scene and her hugging him after the Seven Potters chase.

    Harry and Hermione became much closer than they ever were, because Ron left.

    • myownmetaphor says:

      I was soooo glad they had all those really great R/Hr scenes. Like I was freaking out every time they happened. Ron was just SO GODDAMN AWESOME in this movie, and like the only reason I can imagine Kloves would do that would be to make up for how terrible he mad Ron in Half Blood Prince. Like management had to sit him down and be like "dude, come on now. Harry and Hermione just don't like each other and Ron is a BAMF. You need to write that"

  53. Slartibartfast says:

    I really loved this film. I did get to see it.

    I just got done writing a really detailed review so ill spare you lot.

    I liked the Malfoy Manor scene in the beginning. Yeah, Voldy is oddly giddy but the rest was epic. Snape's one scene wonder was so good! <3 Unf!

    The whole dance scene was awkward but the Nick Cave song playing while it happened made me go "yeah ok thats kinda cool." There is a bit too much Harry/Hermione going on and its to the point where you can totally see where Ron is coming from.

    SILVER DOE! OH GODS! IT WAS BRILLIANT!!!! AHHHHHH! <3 <3 <3 <3!!!

    The pacing is very odd but i dont think too many people were fussed. My boyfriend has never read the books and it seems he was able to follow it rather well. I know he had questions but we all had to depart because it was late and rainy.
    This film was fantastic. So so very close! <3

  54. notemily says:

    I DID NOT EVEN NOTICE THAT. Awesome.

  55. notemily says:

    Most people have already said everything I would say. I love the Twins. I love the Trio. I hate H/Hr. I love the faithfulness to the book. Mundungus would totally wear sleazy gold chains. Three Brothers = amazing.

    Can I just say, though, how awesomely horrifying it was when Ron got splinched? I was in actual pain during that part, it looked so realistic and awful. Well done, movie.

    When Hermione Obliviates her parents and you see all the pictures with Hermione being erased, was anyone else thinking "Wait, now they have pictures of empty furniture for no reason"? No? Just me?

    I think my favorite moment that was taken DIRECTLY from the book is when Ron goes to stab the locket and Harry thinks he's going to stab him instead. It would have been so easy to do that wrong, and they got it PERFECT.

    And I was so happy they kept Hermione and Ron almost holding hands at Grimmauld Place.

    "Bill Weasley, nice to meet you" LOL. Whatever. I get why they did that, but if you're a book fan, it's just absurd. "I don't care whose wedding it is" was just unnecessary; Ron would have told him already even if he hadn't met Bill before.

    One thing I appreciated was that they never said in the movie that the Elder Wand was "undefeatable" or whatever, just that it was "the most powerful wand ever made." Which I suppose means the same if you think about it, but it doesn't seem to cause as many head-scratches about the logic of wandlore.

    ANYWAY I LOVE HARRY POTTER SO MUCH AND THIS NEW SITE IS SO MUCH EASIER TO NAVIGATE THAN DUMB BUZZNET. <33333

  56. FreudianSlippers says:

    Seriously, the dance scene with Harry and Hermione was beautiful solely because of Nick Cave's "O Children" song. I thought the song was a very touching and fitting addition to the movie.

    Enough about me gushing on Nick Cave. I loved every second of the movie! I haven't been the least disappointed since POA.

  57. zulaihaha says:

    I loved it, but my biggest complaint was the lack of invisibility cloak. I don't understand why they haven't used it in the last few movies. There were so many scenes, like in Godric's Holllow and the wedding when it couold have bee usesd. They didn't even mention anything about Harry already having one of the hallows.

    • bookling says:

      It would have been nice if they'd used it once in this movie, since it is a Hallow and all. But I'm really okay with them not using it much in the movies, because it's not fun to watch Harry walking around with a sheet over his head. And for scenes like Godric's Hollow, I'd much rather just focus on the actors than watch them fumble around under the Cloak or watch other actors play them using Polyjuice.

  58. ChiariSongbird says:

    "The Ministry has fallen. Scrimgeour is dead. They are coming. Actually, I think the line was slightly changed, but I was so happy it remained." OMIGOD YES!!!!!!!! I was practically bouncing in my seat I was so overjoyed they didn't change the line too much *since the trailers only had the "they are coming" part I've been soooooooo worried -,-*….in hindsight my happy bouncy self was not appropriate to the moment if anybody else saw me but OH WELL I WAS HAPPY DANGIT!

    Also……most confusing moment that has nothing to do with anything but why o why did Scabior have to be kinda hot? Siriusly? That costume was amazing ^^;

  59. Narcissaa says:

    OMG you know Peter Mullan I thought only Scottish folk knew him by name skdjfhdkjfhf. I thought he was awesome in it but then I grew up watching him in minor tv/movie roles so I'm not restricted there. I literally started whacking my friend on the arm when he first appeared onscreen.Best surprise EVER.

    Well, that and the animation for the Tale of the Three Brothers. Oh my gosh that was beautiful and mesmerising and wow my jaw was on the floor the entire time.

    The humour in this movie made my year. I am gutted they left out Potter Watch but the other humorous parts were awesome. The Seven Potters, George with his toothbrush in his earhole, HARRY!RUNCORN WALKING OH MY GOSH BRB LOLING FOREVER AGAIN.

    Easily my favourite movie of the entire series. Flawless. <3

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      PETER MULLAN IS AMAZING. I love him so much. He seriously does a great job with small character parts.

  60. Jimmmmmmmmmaaaayyyy says:

    Naturally, there's stuff missing and changed. It happens.

    Dobby. That elf got on my nerves in the 2nd book and movie, but his role in books 4-7 made him awesome. To see him coming in with Kreacher and Mundungus was epic. Dobby is the shit. Also in Malfoy Manor…. "You can apparate in here?" "I'm an elf!" That was funny.

    Why did George have a toothbrush(?) sticking out of his ear? Whatever the reason, that scene was hilarious.

    The Three Brothers story was probably my favorite scene (aside from Emma Watson naked).

    Finally, I agree with whoever said it before. Bonnie Wright has a sexy back and looks great from behind. Emma Watson is just smoking hot.

    This is my favorite of the movies so far.

    • Mrbellamy says:

      I thought that just seemed like something George would do haha. "Well, now I have this hole in the side of my head and I can't hear out of it, might as well put it to use as a toothbrush holder!"

  61. Susan Walker says:

    Dobby got some of the best lines. "Dobby didn't mean to kill anyone. Dobby only meant to maim or seriously injure."

  62. Amanda says:

    I agree. It didn't feel right for that line not to be there it finishes that part well and really lets everyone know where Harry and Hermione stand.

  63. Suzie says:

    I think you pretty much picked up on every pro and con from the movie that I had.
    I was thinking when I came out:
    1) that was amazingly close to the books, really well done
    2) dobby's death was the most tragic thing ever
    3) bathilda bagshot was absolutely terrifying, despite the fact i knew it was coming i was still shit scared
    4) where was potter watch
    5) where was kreacher's tale and him actually beginning to like the trio?
    6) WHERE WAS LUPIN?
    7) Why did they not explain the taboo?

    All of which you covered. The only other things that I would add

    8) where was luna's room? that bit was amazing in the book
    9) i really didn't like the way they had to introduce a bunch of stuff really quickly (like Bill mainly) I was also pretty sure in the 5th film they didn't have the mirror Sirius gives Harry and yet its there in the 7th film with no explanation. Basically I felt sorry for people who hadn't read the book because past films weren't good enough
    10) is wormtail still alive? why do they not give him that moment where he hesitates. it so perfectly showed how ruthless voldemort is and at the same time

    that's all i've got right now. i'm going to see it again with some less dedicated friends of mine (i went with my friends from our university HP society yesterday which was awesome) and i might have something more to say then…

  64. Andrew says:

    I was really disappointed with Dan and Rupert's acting. It was just so painful and awkward and forced to watch.

  65. Neusha says:

    I REALLY liked this movie BUT for some reason, the Harry I saw in this movie was a bit far from the real Harry in my head (or in the books, i should say), and I think it's majorly becaue of the Harry/Hermione thing. The dance scene -oh how I was excited for it- I thought (when I saw the tv spot) that it's the perfect thing to show the friendship bond between Harry and Hemrione when Ron is gone… to show the bond that Ron missunderstood. But, the way they showed it, it was as though Harry was hoping to get to kiss Hermione at the end of the dance, and WTH? Harry says, many times, that he looks at Hermione like a sister, and that's that. the end. No Harry/Hermione ever happening. Don't spoil characters.
    and… honestly, i was really looking forward to that "hug" harry and ron gave to each other when Ron came back and destroyed the locket. just a beautiful moment in their friendship… but it wasnt there πŸ™
    I loved the way Bellatrix was palyed out, Helena has done such a great Bellatrix. I hated Bellatrix more than I hated Voldemort in this movie…

  66. Neusha says:

    One thing I was really happy about in this movie, and don't judge me yet, was that Dumbledore wasnt in it. I took that as a bonous in this movie! I dont know about you, but I think that they have ruined Dumbledore by all means in the movie. The Dumbledore we see in the movies (from the third movie and on) is an old fart who's always either angry, or tired, or grunting at Harry. and wth? Is that really the Dumbledore everyone loves? For goodness sake, he didnt even wear his half moon glasses! i really hated evey scene with Dumbledore in the movies, becaue it WASNT the dumbledore I loved.
    anyways, compared to the other movies, this movie was near perfection… Im gonna see it again πŸ™‚

    • Quizzical says:

      i have mixed feelings about this comment. on the one hand i agree that the entire series would be improved by NO GAMBON EVER. but on the other, the entire book is actually bracketed around harry's relationship with dumbledore and his disillusionment which plays directly into his perception of his own role in things.

      all of that is missing! so i really do wonder about the context for any of his character growth. :/

  67. Gorram Wolf says:

    Truth is, the movies have always been a different canon than the books, which is to say, they have always really been a different story entirely. It's almost the same, but many things are different. This movie is just another example of that.

  68. artsyjeans says:

    I have to ask for anyone who watched to movie what was the overall feeling in the theater at the end? In the one I was at everyone actually screamed "NO" at the screen when the end credit started to roll, it was great they all sat there for a moment till the lights came on like no really it can't end now.

  69. insertwittynamehere says:

    Already made a comment but I forgot to include how much I enjoyed Luna's dancing!~

  70. Linnéa says:

    Am I the only one who didn't like Dobby's speech at the end, the whole "such a beautiful place" thing? I think it was really awkward.

    BUT. The movie overall was SO GOOD. I really enjoyed it. Can't wait to see it again (especially the Harry-Ginny scene in the kitchen, when George walks in. Perfection!)!

    • Kaleidoscoptics says:

      No, you’re not. I loved some of the lines that they gave Dobby (the “Well yeah, I’m an elf” bit especially) but his “I am a FREE ELF” bit and the death speech were just made of cheese. They could have cut the first speech down to “Dobby has no master” and it would have even more impact. And this might just be a personal thing but death speeches just automatically tear me out of the movie.

      • Jessica duh says:

        I hated those lines, but I think they thought they had to add to his character since he was replaced by Neville in the movies, so they had to do something to make you care about his death. I hated the “i never kill; I only maim or seriously injure” line he gave bellatrix. Wtf was the standing around talking shit there, anyway? And WHY did they barely hurt hermione, while cutting ron running around the basement? I think I hate what they did to malfoy manor.

        No Kreacher’s Tale was unforgivable.

        One more thought…”hi, I’m bill weasley” made me laugh so much. Completely awkward treatment of the omission of bill from the movies.

  71. Sara says:

    Well, Tom Riddle was described as a very charming person. I feel like Voldemort still had some of that in him and was merely mocking the person.

  72. freshwater57 says:

    My favorite bit was after Ron's return, when Hermione is suggesting that they visit Xeno Lovegood and Ron "votes" to agree with her…..the looks they two share for the next ten seconds speak volumes and are hilarious…..best acting in the entire series.

  73. NAMETAGS says:

    I was prepared to RAEG about the dancing scene until Harry began dancing and I realized he came off more as her goofy brother or gay bff than someone interested in her.

    And then Draco and Harry's wandfight had me giggling because there was the WRONG sort of tension between them.

  74. Rachel says:

    Liking the new site πŸ™‚ any way here’s my own list of things tht pissed me off that you didn’t mention:

    -we didn’t see the scene of Harry really looking through Sirious’s room

    – why aren’t we told that voldemort has a hex on his name

    -no Tonks house scene

    -no scene with hthe trio overhearing tonks dad and co

  75. buyn says:

    Where is Dean? And Grumpy!Lupin? And would it hurt to just slightly show the mostly nekkid posters in Sirius' room? You wouldn't even have to look at them. Just have the posters there. And if Dobby took Narcissa's wand, how are the Malfoy's going to fight in the battle? I'm going to go rage in a corner over there now.

  76. Bex says:

    I completely agree with you, I felt very much that Harry and Hermione were friends and nothing more and it was Harry trying to cheer her up. I think the reason why so many people are mad is because Dan and Emma have such great chemistry, far more than Bonnie and Dan does which is an utter bore for me. All the Ginny/Harry bits in this film and the last were so dull.

    The kiss though was insane, it was brilliantly done, if I was in Ron's permission I would have gone mental. I thought all the Ron/Hermione bits in the film were so cute.

  77. fluffy_socks says:

    What did you think of The Three Brothers? I liked the way it was done. The animation made Death seem puppet-like and it had a hidden meaning. Did you catch it, Mark? The fact that the first brother was bald, the second brother had long hair, and the third brother had hair that stuck up at odd angles? It was basically Voldy, Snape, and Harry! I loved the animated part so much and part of me wants them to do a Beetle the Bard movie JUST LIKE THAT. Because I'm weird.

    • xpanasonicyouthx says:

      I loved the Three Brothers animation!!!

      • Loss Thief says:

        So did I. When I heard they were doing a stop motion animation, I immediately got excited because that is my FAVORITE TYPE OF ANIMATION and it was absolutely awesome. I loved the stylized, dark fantasy feel it had.

    • notemily says:

      I DID NOT NOTICE that thing about the hair. WILL HAVE TO WATCH FOR THIS ON REPEAT VIEWINGS.

  78. Kim (chyeaitskim) says:

    I really did not like Malfoy Manor. I thought it would be more oak. However, the scene when they get capture was how i imagined it, minus that weird thing Bellatrix did, which btw what the hell was she doing?

    The Harry/Hermione thing during the Horcrux made me really uncomfortable. I just wanted it to end. I was like that for the book too. I loved the dance scene, however. All I wanted to do was find Radcliffe and… nevermind. The awkward part for me was when Ron like touched Hermione's chin all affectionatly. I just did like that part, since it was right after Ron had said he wanted to kill that dude that attacked them in the coffee shop and then told her to obliviate them.

    OMG DOBBY was absolutely the best <3 The scenes with him were just SPECTACULAR. Seriously I've missed him since book 2, and I was so happy he was there. The only two parts that bothered me were the beginning, since they skipped the Dursley scene, and them skipping the Lupin scene. Oh and I thought the ending ROCKED. Like I felt it closed everything up and still kept us wanting more, which now I do!

  79. bookling says:

    I just want to post this:

    <img src="http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lc7em4JDlz1qajftpo1_400.jpg"&gt;

    I loved the scene where Ron came back and talked about the Deluminator leading him back to them. So. Cute.

  80. xpanasonicyouthx says:

    There will be plenty more Harry Potter to come!

  81. AllieCat says:

    I agree with basically everything said here and I know it’s probably already been mentioned, but after careful review I think the scene that bothers me the most is the lack of emotion from Ron (and subsequently Harry) during the malfoy manor. I remember being so tense and upset, especially from ron’s reaction, that the lack of it seemed to take away from the scene as a whole, Harry isn’t urgent enough on yelling into the mirror and it just seems kind of contrived. Which is too bad because Emma did a fantastic job with that scene.

    However, another viewing is definitely necessary!

  82. megan says:

    i think that when ron came back, hermione wasn't NEARLY as mad as she was in the book. also, i like how they showed hermione whiping her parents memories, but i dislike how it skipped over ron making his goul look like him with spattergroit. It seemed like hermione was the only one that prepared for it. i also thought hagrid looked ADORABLE in this movie for some reason. (:

    • Zafrin says:

      I think his leaving was a little different in the book though – Ron got fed up and left. In the movie, we see Harry being all angry and impatient with Ron. Ron actually confronts Hermione about her relationship with Harry, and that they make him feel like the third wheel, he asks Hermione to go with him, and implies that by staying, she is confirming his suspicions. In the book, we see it from Harry's point of view and we get more of Ron being crabby, and Harry feeling like the other two are whispering behind his back. So, in the film, Hermione would probably feel a little responsible for him leaving.

  83. Ainsley says:

    I actually really enjoyed it. The thing with comparing a movie to a book is that it cannot be done, they are two completely separate art forms that must be appreciated in their own way. The cinematography was the best I've seen for a HP film, and the way shots were framed was AMAZING. And the humor balanced out the anger, fear, and sadness to make a symphony of emotion through the whole movie.

  84. RoxyPockets says:

    I am a little disturbed by the fact that they omitted the portrait of Phineas Nigellus (yeah, I spelled that wrong). Without the portrait, parts of the plot (like how did Snape know where they were?) make no sense.

    Also, he would have provided some excellent humor.

  85. Ale says:

    Anyone else bothered by the fact that they changed the exchange between Harry and Ron when he explains how he came back. It was one of my favorite conversations in the book. Ron says "Dumbledore must have known that I would leave " and Harry responds with " He knew you would want to return."
    They totally changed it >.<

  86. blessthechildren says:

    I already posted on buzznet, so I won't repeat my thoughts. Question: will it now be impossible to post images or gifs?

  87. Inessa Stinerman says:

    I was disappointed that kreacher’s tale was missed, he never got a chance to redeem himself, and they made it look like it was only thanks to Dobby that he brought

    Mundungus. Also, what’s with the snatcher being a good looking dude, instead of Greyback, and bellatrix telling him he can have Hermione when she’s finished with her – terrifying.

    Why does Grinderwald know precisely where Dumbledore’s wand is and why does he tell Voldemort?

    Missed the angst filled Lupin conversation.

    I didn’t notice happy Voldemort. Must watch again.

    I didn’t like that Ron expected Hermione to leave with him and leave Harry alone, the book Ron wouldn’t do that.

    Loved Godric’s Hollow, but I wish they had the monument.

  88. This was the first movie where I thought Helena Bonham Carter captured why Bellatrix is scary instead of playing her as a caricature. The addition of her carving "Mudblood" into Hermione's arm was terrific, which is not always what I think of the movies' innovations.

  89. Kaera says:

    The scene with Harry and Hermione dancing – it cracked my shit up, but the instant that bit began, I lost the sense of Harry, and it instantly felt like it was Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, not Harry and Hermione. It just was so not Harry-like.

    And the naked Hermione and Harry making out bit – um, AWKWARD.

    Was very disappointed at the lack of Lupin and Tonks!! So is Lupin just going to show up in Part 2 and be all like "TONKS HAD THE BABY" "What baby?" "THE BABY WE DIDN'T HAVE TWO SECONDS TO TELL YOU ABOUT? BE ITS GODFATHER?" If they write out Teddy, I will slap a bitch.

    But Luna is pure gold! I love her forever.

    I did think the scenes with the trio at Malfoy Manor were pitch-perfect. The strain is palpable from Draco, and DAMN can Emma Watson scream her lungs out. Plus, the brief bit where we see Bellatrix carved "Mudblood" into her arm – I don't think that was in the book, but it seemed to fit and give the whole thing a sort of.. grim reality, somehow.

    • Jenn says:

      In the book Bellatrix just uses Crucio on Hermione. But having her carve 'mudblood' into her arm seemed, somehow, more vicious.

  90. Raycraze says:

    I'm insanely skeptical towards 3D movies, but the Three Brothers scene is something I MUST see in 3D before I die.

    I actually adored Voldemort during the Malfoy Manor scene. I think he was so happy and giddy because, in his mind, there is no doubt he is about to bring the wizarding world to its knees.

    When Harry and Hermione were camping on those huge rocky things all I could think about was how uncomfortable that would be. I then reasoned that they had beds inside of their tent, so it didn't matter. Then I realized how much thought I was putting into something so trivial.

  91. Quizzical says:

    firstly wow i LOVE this site! i can click 'like' on a comment, AND follow threaded conversations, AND comment (at length?)!

    so, my facebook comment after i came home was basically:

    home from deathly hallows pt 1. i have NO IDEA how they are going to wrap that story up in the next film considering they left out nearly the entire plot, but i decided to just sit back and enjoy the performances. and there were plenty of good ones.

    and in reply to a comment on a previous page of this post i said:

    on the one hand i agree that the entire series would be improved by NO GAMBON EVER. but on the other, the entire book is actually bracketed around harry's relationship with dumbledore and his disillusionment which plays directly into his perception of his own role in things.

    all of that is missing! so i really do wonder about the context for any of his character growth. :/

    so, with no kreature story arc we missed the entire thing about the locket there, and also context for sirius' life, but oh well, i suppose that's not the primary focus of the film, so i'll give it a pass.

    i scribbled some notes in the cinema:

    > INEXPLICABLE MIRROR SHARD IS UNEXPLAINED!

    > no reaction to hedwig's death from harry, though the way he came to defend harry was good. but that also means no 'expelliarmus' which is important.

    > NO DUDLEY CHARACTER GROWTH πŸ™

    > rupert's chest. just. wow.

    > elfias doge was just adorable and i wanted to squish his pining self.

    > NEVILLE IS A BAMF

    > the dementors in the court were creepy as hell and worked well. FUCK YOU DELORES.

    > the splinching OH MY GOD RON! DDD*:

    > hermione's character was well developed (obliviate etc)

    > WHY DID THEY JUST WALK DOWN THE STREET OF GODRIC'S HOLLOW WITH NO DISGUISE? NOT EVEN THE INVISIBILITY CLOAK? (and actually it seemed a dig at rowling to say 'why wouldn't i just come here as myself?' when that was not the choice she had made in her narrative. i found that unnecessary.)

    but the graveyard scene was beautifully done.

    > no watching ginny's 'dot' on the map?

    > THE SILVER DOE! THE RESCUE! but… wtf afterwards anticlimactic as hell. no 'they walked forward and hugged', no assurances of how they missed him and needed him there. and no 'dumbledore knew i'd leave' 'no, dumbledore knew you'd want to come back'. :(:(:(

    and why THEN of all places did they lift sections of monologue from the book and give it awkwardly to ron?

    >no dean. no pettigrew moment.

    > how on earth will any of the wandlore matter? no way of explaining why harry will be master of the elder wand

    so that's some of my immediate thoughts.

    but you know, i thought all the trio were great (and i'm not a fan of emma's acting. but this one was mature and understated and waaaaaaay better than previous efforts) rupert was FANTASTIC as hoped for.

    yay for luna, and DOBBY OMG I ACTUALLY CRIED! i was feeling a bit pissed off at something that just happened and then none of it mattered because OMG DOBBY DIED and it was so sad!

    so, for all of that, it's my favourite so far.

    • Silverdoe says:

      The graveyard scene was awesome, but when I saw the movie for the second time, I noticed that they had James born in 1960 and Lily in 1961. That wouldn't even put them in the same year at Hogwarts!

      • Quizzical says:

        i wonder if that still could work? end of one year, beginning of another could still be in the same intake. :/

      • lamuerta says:

        I'm pretty sure that's a blooper. I remember Lily and Severus were both born in January 1960.

      • Ailish says:

        It could work. The school year is from September to August, so James could be born from Sept to Dec 1960 and Lily from Jan to Aug 1961 πŸ™‚ however, I think it’s a goof.

  92. Susan Walker says:

    Overall, I think there needed to be a more somber tone to the movie instead of some of the humor, but I loved the Weasley twins and the awkward dancing was OK after the first few seconds and I really did like the 7 Harry's! The dancing scene and the 7 Harry's really showed that Dan can do humor. I loved the part where (Fleur) Harry was hanging on to Bill with this loving look on his face when they were flying away from Privet Drive!

  93. Susan Walker says:

    This is taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_potter_7_movie… but it didn't mention everything, such as the taboo.

    Part 1: Difference from the Book

    The movie begins with a scene with the Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, making a speech about how times will "grow darker still" to Ministry employees.

    Dudley Dursley does not express a liking for Harry as he did in the book when they Dursleys are first taken into hiding.

    There is a scene with Neville, Luna, and Ginny on the Hogwarts Express.

    Voldemort does not taunt Bellatrix and Narcissa about Tonks marrying Remus Lupin.

    A scene is added, showing Harry wanting to leave The Burrow at twilight, but is stopped by Ron.

    A chase scene with the Snatchers will take place .

    Harry Potter is not disguised as "Barny Weasley" during the wedding.

    A scene is added where Hermione Granger and Harry Potter are dancing.

    A scene is added where Hermione Granger leaves her home.

    All talk of Potterwatch is ommited.

    Harry does not recover Mad-Eye Moody's eye from Umdridge's door at the ministry, but instead leaves it there.

    Bill Weasley and Mundungus Fletcher introduced themselves at Privet Drive, when they and Order of the Phoenix members came to escort Harry. .

    Harry and Hermione weren't under the guise of Polyjuice Potion when they venture into Godric's Hollow.

    In the book, Harry was attacked by Nagini in a dark room in Bathilda Bagshot's home. In the film, Nagini breaks the wall of the room into a next door neighbor's playroom.

    In the film, Harry lets Hedwig fly around outside while he is alone at 4 Privet Drive, but in the book, Harry does not do this. Also, Hedwig returns while Harry and Hagrid are being pursued and blocks the Killing Curse a Death Eater casts at Harry. This was done to make her death more meaningful as well as having to avoid including Stan Shunpike.

    In the book, Harry says "Voldemort" prompting the Snatchers to show up. In the film, Xenophilius Lovegood says it in his home during Harry, Ron, and Hermione's visit with him, resulting in the chase where they are ultimately caught and taken to Malfoy Manor.

    Peter Pettigrew is not killed by his own hand, he is stunned by Dobby, as it would be deemed too graphic for a man to kill himself, even if it wasn't his choice.

    In the book, Bellatrix only tortures Hermione with cruciatus curse. In the film, she tortures her, uses a knive on her, and engraves the word "Mudblood" on her arm.

    Dobby is seen more in the film than he is in the book. In the book, he only appears at Malfoy Manor to save Harry and everyone. In the film, he brings Mundungus Fletcher to Harry at 12 Grimmauld Place along with Kreacher. Dobby is still wearing his ragged dress even though he is free. Although, he is wearing a pair of shoes.

    Harry and Lupin do not have a large argument.

    Viktor Krum does not argue with Xenophilius Lovegood at the wedding. This was done because of Victr Krum's ommision in the film.

    Rufus Scrimgeour arrives to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione their bequests from Dumbledore's will the morning of the wedding.

    There is not birthday party for Harry Potter at The Burrow.

    Hermione wears a red dress to the wedding as opposed to the lilac one she wears in the book.

    When Voldemort takes Lucius Malfoy's wand, he snaps the snake's head off and throws it on the table

    Harry and Ginny's kiss takes place in the Burrow's kitchen instead of Ginny's bedroom. George interrupts them instead of Ron bursting in on them.

    Harry and Hagrid leave 4 Privet Drive and head straight for the Burrow instead of to the Tonks' parents, Andromeda and Ted's house.

    Tonks' pregnancy has been brushed aside. It is possible that it will be explored more in Part 2 seeing as Luke Newberry has been cast as Teddy Lupin in the epilogue. Though at the beginning, Tonks is about to explain that she is pregnant before interupted by Mad-Eye Moody.

    While hearing Hermione tell the Tale of the Three Brothers, animation is shown while she reads the story. .

    When the wedding is attacked, Harry sees Ginny fighting a Death Eater and tries to run to her but is stopped by Lupin whom tells Harry to leave.

    Harry's disguises as Albert Runcorn wear off him quicker than Ron's or Hermione's, as when he confonts Umbridge, his polyjuice potion wears off.

    Cho Chang, Katie Bell and Cormac McLaggen are all seen on the Hogwarts Express, even though they should have graduated in Half Blood Prince.

    Dedalus Diggle, Hestia Jones, Ted Tonks and Andromeda Black-Tonks were omitted in the film.

    The Goblin's Revenge is omitted from the film, and the explanation about the copy of Gryffindor's sword is an untouched subject in the film.

    When Death Eaters arrived at Bill & Fleur wedding's, Elphias Doge approach Harry Potter and said that he nice to meet Harry before he disapparated.

  94. Susan Walker says:

    This is taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_potter_7_movie… but it didn't mention everything, such as the taboo.

    Part 1: Difference from the Book

    The movie begins with a scene with the Minister for Magic, Rufus Scrimgeour, making a speech about how times will "grow darker still" to Ministry employees.

    Dudley Dursley does not express a liking for Harry as he did in the book when they Dursleys are first taken into hiding.

    There is a scene with Neville, Luna, and Ginny on the Hogwarts Express.

    Voldemort does not taunt Bellatrix and Narcissa about Tonks marrying Remus Lupin.

    A scene is added, showing Harry wanting to leave The Burrow at twilight, but is stopped by Ron.

    A chase scene with the Snatchers will take place .

    Harry Potter is not disguised as "Barny Weasley" during the wedding.

    A scene is added where Hermione Granger and Harry Potter are dancing.

    A scene is added where Hermione Granger leaves her home.

    All talk of Potterwatch is ommited.

    Harry does not recover Mad-Eye Moody's eye from Umdridge's door at the ministry, but instead leaves it there.

    Bill Weasley and Mundungus Fletcher introduced themselves at Privet Drive, when they and Order of the Phoenix members came to escort Harry. .

    Harry and Hermione werenâ€Âℒt under the guise of Polyjuice Potion when they venture into Godric's Hollow.

    In the book, Harry was attacked by Nagini in a dark room in Bathilda Bagshot's home. In the film, Nagini breaks the wall of the room into a next door neighbor's playroom.

    In the film, Harry lets Hedwig fly around outside while he is alone at 4 Privet Drive, but in the book, Harry does not do this. Also, Hedwig returns while Harry and Hagrid are being pursued and blocks the Killing Curse a Death Eater casts at Harry. This was done to make her death more meaningful as well as having to avoid including Stan Shunpike.

    In the book, Harry says "Voldemort" prompting the Snatchers to show up. In the film, Xenophilius Lovegood says it in his home during Harry, Ron, and Hermione's visit with him, resulting in the chase where they are ultimately caught and taken to Malfoy Manor.

    Peter Pettigrew is not killed by his own hand, he is stunned by Dobby, as it would be deemed too graphic for a man to kill himself, even if it wasn't his choice.

    In the book, Bellatrix only tortures Hermione with cruciatus curse. In the film, she tortures her, uses a knive on her, and engraves the word "Mudblood" on her arm.

    Dobby is seen more in the film than he is in the book. In the book, he only appears at Malfoy Manor to save Harry and everyone. In the film, he brings Mundungus Fletcher to Harry at 12 Grimmauld Place along with Kreacher. Dobby is still wearing his ragged dress even though he is free. Although, he is wearing a pair of shoes.

    Harry and Lupin do not have a large argument.

    Viktor Krum does not argue with Xenophilius Lovegood at the wedding. This was done because of Victr Krum's omission in the film.

    Rufus Scrimgeour arrives to give Harry, Ron, and Hermione their bequests from Dumbledore's will the morning of the wedding.

    There is not birthday party for Harry Potter at The Burrow.

    Hermione wears a red dress to the wedding as opposed to the lilac one she wears in the book.

    When Voldemort takes Lucius Malfoy's wand, he snaps the snake's head off and throws it on the table

    Harry and Ginny's kiss takes place in the Burrow's kitchen instead of Ginny's bedroom. George interrupts them instead of Ron bursting in on them.

    Harry and Hagrid leave 4 Privet Drive and head straight for the Burrow instead of to the Tonks' parents, Andromeda and Ted's house.

    Tonks's pregnancy has been brushed aside. It is possible that it will be explored more in Part 2 seeing as Luke Newberry has been cast as Teddy Lupin in the epilogue. Though at the beginning, Tonks is about to explain that she is pregnant before interrupted by Mad-Eye Moody.

    While hearing Hermione tell the Tale of the Three Brothers, animation is shown while she reads the story. .

    When the wedding is attacked, Harry sees Ginny fighting a Death Eater and tries to run to her but is stopped by Lupin whom tells Harry to leave.

    Harry's disguises as Albert Runcorn wear off him quicker than Ron's or Hermione's, as when he confonts Umbridge, his polyjuice potion wears off.

    Cho Chang, Katie Bell and Cormac McLaggen are all seen on the Hogwarts Express, even though they should have graduated in Half Blood Prince.

    Dedalus Diggle, Hestia Jones, Ted Tonks and Andromeda Black-Tonks were omitted in the film.

    The Goblin's Revenge is omitted from the film, and the explanation about the copy of Gryffindor's sword is an untouched subject in the film.

    When Death Eaters arrived at Bill & Fleur wedding's, Elphias Doge approach Harry Potter and said that he nice to meet Harry before he disapparated.

  95. Susan Walker says:

    I wish I knew what was going on. I've tried to post the same thing twice and it didn't post. It took too long to get it right to try again. I wonder if this comment will even post?

  96. marybeth says:

    Mark, I have been reading your blog for a long time but I have never commented before. I HAD to get in on this Deathly Hallows action. I agree with what you said on the MRHP blog. I feel that the movie kind of jumped from action scene to action scene and that futile feeling that you get when reading is lost. The overwhelming frustration and the questions about Dumbledore. I wish that there was more of a sense of urgency in the scene at Malfoy Manor. In the book Ron is screaming for Hermione throughout and it is such a dire situation and you are so scared for Hermione. the boys didn't seem in too much a hurry to get to Hermione. And as far as Kloves shipping Harry/Hermione, the biggest thing that proved it to me was after Ron stabbed the locket in the book Harry tells Ron, "She's like my sister." He never said it in the movie. Gotta leave that glimmer of hope. Overall I thought the movie did a really good job bringing to life my favorite scenes from the book but I feel like the ways in which the movie is lacking highlight how amazing the book is.

  97. tlc says:

    Love the new sites, Mark! I read all your posts on Buzznet, but never bothered to register because it was such a pain.

    I just got back from seeing this–I'd read this post and the comments first, so I was worried about the excessive H/Hr, but I actually didn't find it annoying at all, especially since the R/Hr was so much more obvious (and adorable). I liked the dancing scene because Harry and Hermione were allowed to act like real, goofy teenagers for a minute, and that doesn't happen often. I also liked the naked makeout because 1) I'm a perv and 2) as others have already pointed out, it's realistic, in terms of Ron's worst fears– he's a lovesick, jealous, 17-year-old (and therefore horny) boy who's insecure about his lack of experience (re: his fight with Ginny–I know that wasn't in the movies, but still). Harry and Hermione having sex would devastate him not only because he's in love with Hermione, but because it would mean that his two best friends excluded him and left him behind in a major (the most major, arguably) way.

    I was NOT DOWN with everyone, not just Ron, being so chill in the dungeon, though. They were upset for a minute and then Luna showed and it was like, "Oh, hey. What's up? How've you been? Imprisoned? Cool, cool. Oh, Hermione's here too, she's the one screaming." GAH.

    I really liked this one overall, though. I think my favorite parts were Neville being a badass, all the scenes at Malfoy Manor, the Three Brothers animation, and Hedwig's death, which is canon for me from now on. She deserved to die a hero.

  98. Jimmy says:

    i'm pretty sure that wormtail will die in part 2…and the fact they didnt kill him on screen is that could you imagine watching someone strangle themselves….no thanks lol

  99. Amethyste says:

    Ahh! Saw it last night. My main question now is… What is going to be Wormtail's end? He's GOING to have to help Harry out to complete his story arc but my question is when. Maybe they just wanted to give Timothy Spall an epic death scene. Also, I miss my Lupin =(

  100. Cosoa says:

    Snape was late to the meeting because he had just been to the spa, clearly.
    Seriously he looked ten years younger in this movie. Alan Rickman, stop being so hot >:(

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