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Two years.

Two whole years of waiting.

Two whole long years of waiting.

On July 15, 2009, the wait ended.

*cue dramatic music*

Yes I'm in a slightly dramatic mood. And I'm being very random. Because I'm so damn HAPPY!!

We finally got a new Harry Potter movie! After being delayed for about 8 months, it finally arrived! Since we won't be getting any more books, unless J.K. R writes the encyclopedia, the movies are all we have left.

I've only seen it once (so far) so my review may be vague, but once I see it a couple more times, I'll go into more detail. ****SPOILER WARNING!!******

Good Points:

  • Jim Broadbent as Slughorn. He was really in character, and switched between funny and serious very well. I definitely enjoyed watching him more than I thought I would.
  • Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown. She's completely insane, but so hilarious! Poor Ron haha! I know she got a lot of grief from (jealous Rupert-loving) fans, but she's one of my favorite characters!
  • The romance. I still think that Ginny did not get nearly enough screen time in the other movies, so from that perspective it seemed odd how she and Harry were suddenly attracted to each other (if you haven't read the books.) However, the moments between them were sweet and believable. Ron and Hermione had so many moments in this one, it was amazing!! (They are my OTP.) The scene in the hospital wing was touching and beautiful. I loved how their relationship is maturing.
  • Tom Felton's performance. Before, he was in the background a lot, and this one definitely pushed him more into the spotlight. His acting was superb, and you feel sorry for Draco a lot, which is definitely new. The scene where he is crying and when he's on the Astronomy Tower are two to look for.
  • Harry on Felix Felicis. I swear to God, I was laughing so hard during that scene. Dan's acting was spot-on, and it was just so random and perfect. I'm laughing just thinking about it. The pincers!! *tear.*
  • Tipsy!Hermione. That had to be the most random part of the movie, but I found it very cute and funny. It was kind of overshadowed by Katie Bell's scene, but it was still good.
  • Cormac McLeggern. The guy is a jerk, but is very funny to watch. Freddie Stroma was great as Cormac.
  • The development of the Harry/Hermione friendship. I dislike the romantic coupling, but as friends they were great. The scene where Harry comforts Hermione after the Ron/Lavender kiss was very bittersweet.
  • Dragon balls. No more is needed to say there.
  • Ron's poisoning was very scary and realistic. I knew what was going to happen, but I was still nervous.
  • Dumbledore with the ring of fire was absolutely amazing. One of the best scenes in the movie.
  • The end scene of the movie was incredibly bittersweet. I almost cried there, and I rarely cry at movies.
Bad Points:
  • Malfoy randomly ripping the sheet off the cabinet every 10 minutes. I know they were trying to show how the Vanishing Cabinet worked, but we didn't need five shots of him dramatically revealing it.
  • Dumbledore's death. It was much better than Sirius' but the shot of him falling with the close up on his face was very random, and in my opinion, unneeded.
  • Not much of the Death Eaters, which was disappointing. I was hoping to see more of Greyback, and not a lot of Bellatrix, who is awesome! Her line of "I killed Sirius Black" kind of got old after a while.
  • No Luna commentary on Quidditch. The one Quidditch scene they had was good, but I really wish that she had commentated on it.
  • No Dursleys. I know they are suckish in this book still, but they are still fun to watch.
  • The Harry/Ginny kiss was very random, and in a weird place. No closure on their relationship either.
  • Slughorn's party. It was good, but wish there was a bit more of it.
  • There really wasn't much focus on the Half-Blood Prince book. Harry used Sectumsempra, and won the potion with it. That was about it. And it was kind of the focus of the whole movie.
  • The attack on the Burrow. It wasn't a bad scene, it was just very random. And correct me if I'm wrong, but that was Christmas break. Why was there no snow?
Ugly Points:
  • WHERE WHERE WHERE WHERE WHERE WAS NEVILLE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! He is my favorite character, and I swear he had MAYBE two lines. That was the one thing in the movie that disappointed me the most. He was a much stronger character in the sixth book, and I wish they could have shown that in this movie.
  • Luna was also toned down a LOT in this one. The spectraspecs were great, but she wasn't in it very much either. She had a handful of lines, but was mostly in the background.
  • The whole Remus/Tonks situation. They weren't supposed to be together yet for one thing. And since they were together, shouldn't Tonks' hair have been pink? Why is she depressed? The seventh book wasn't satisfying with their relationship (Lupin was an idiot) and I'm not very optomistic about them in the last movie now. Tonks had like maybe two lines as well, and you wouldn't have even known they were dating if she hadn't called him sweetheart.
That's about all I can think of right now. I will no doubt have more to talk about once I see the movie a couple more times, so I'm signing off.  Talk to ya later!

~doodles357

Comments

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rockin_ash01
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
I've never seen/read Harry Potter. Is it really worth it?
doodles357
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, the books are very well written with incredible detail. The movies are (mostly) great interpretations of the books, and the fandom is one of the best ones out there.
rockin_ash01
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Okay. Thanks. :)
doodles357
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yup, no problem!
rockin_ash01
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
I hate to keep bothering you, but I don't know anything about Harry Potter. What's the basic storyline, if there is anything basic about it? Every time I ask a school friend, they always give me a half hour synopsis and I hate listening to them rant about something way over my head. Lol.
doodles357
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
Well, the very basic storyline is: Harry is an orphan who learns that he is a wizard. He goes to Hogwarts, where he learns how to do magic. He also learns about his past (e.g. his parents) and about Voldemort, the evil wizard who is trying to kill him and take over the world. Each book follows one of his years at Hogwarts (7 total) and all the adventures he goes on.
Hope that helps!
rockin_ash01
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
That's perfect! Thank you so much, Dear! :)
doodles357
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! Always happy to help!
rockin_ash01
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's too sweet!
doodles357
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
Well, if i can get another person hooked on Harry Potter it's all worth it! :)
rockin_ash01
Jul. 16th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Lol. No Harry Potter friends on LJ?

Are you still into HSM?
doodles357
Jul. 17th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
no, not on lj, sadly.

yes i'm still a fan of hsm, but since it's ended i'm not as involved with the fandom anymore.
rockin_ash01
Jul. 17th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm sorry, Sweetie. There are some fans of it on the friending meme going on at assezbelle. Lots, actually.

Well if you ever find a you want to get back into it, you should audition at highschoolmuscl
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