Harry Potter

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    Jul 25, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    For all you Harry Potter die hards. I'm sure you all helped launch that final movie into history. But I'm curious as to what you thought about the final movie. If you want you can tell me what you thought of all the others.

    I a mild Potter fan I only watched the movies several times but didn't read the books. I'm an avid movie goer and in my opinion, the movie sucked.

    What are your thoughts.
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    Jul 25, 2011 2:08 PM GMT
    Why did it suck?
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    Jul 25, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    To put it short. The movie was rushed. The Whole Snape thing could have been done better. And why talk about the Deathly Hallows if they weren't going to put them together. Action was good. But it was rush and poorly explained.

    What did you think.
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    Jul 25, 2011 2:37 PM GMT
    I thought it was brilliant. Of course not as incredible as the book (which is my favorite book ever), but it is brilliant because the mastery that took to write that story and how it all ties together is very rare.

    Besides the story which came from J.K. Rowling, the acting was top notch, visual effects were great, and the direction along with the cinematography really put that epic feel of the last book into a movie.

    I think it is one of the best movies to come out this year so far and I think it is definitely the best Harry Potter film out of them all. It is a masterpiece in my opinion, despite the fact that I am a HP fanatic.
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    Jul 25, 2011 2:38 PM GMT
    navy314 saidTo put it short. The movie was rushed. The Whole Snape thing could have been done better. And why talk about the Deathly Hallows if they weren't going to put them together. Action was good. But it was rush and poorly explained.

    What did you think.


    Harry was never supposed to put them together. He was supposed to gather the Horcruxes. He realizes this after wanting to get the Hallows, and decides to pursue what Dumbledore wanted him to do.

    This made him different from Voldemort, he didn't need to escape from death or fear it.
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    Jul 25, 2011 2:42 PM GMT
    navy314 saidTo put it short. The movie was rushed. The Whole Snape thing could have been done better. And why talk about the Deathly Hallows if they weren't going to put them together. Action was good. But it was rush and poorly explained.

    What did you think.


    I thought it was really well done, having read the books. It's my favorite of the movies, Azkaban being my fave. If you haven't read the books, I can see why you feel it was rushed, there is sooooo much more information in the books that just cannot be translated to the screen. They took out at least half of the information in the final book and still had to split the movie into two. There were a few changes for the screen, but aside from the missing info, the movies have all be pretty true to the writing.

    The Hallows are very much apart of the movie, more so in the book again. The wand and stone were obviously used at the climax. And the third, though not mentioned to be, was obviously his invisibility cloak. In the movies was used through-out the series, but in the final book was used more at the end as well.

    They got the gist of Snape and his true role in there, again, more int he book. But if you read the books I think you'll have a different view.
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    Jul 25, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
    I liked it... no apology for it either. {shrug}
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    Jul 25, 2011 2:54 PM GMT
    I really loved it.... can sort of see what the OP was saying about it feeling rushed - but the movie was already 2 parts, and there's only so much of a huge book that can be fit into almost 3 hours! That's a long movie as it is!

    It was bound to feel that way a bit unless it was a 5 part series like Tess of the D'ubervilles.... lol
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    Jul 25, 2011 3:02 PM GMT
    I really loved it...and it is true to the book as well and loved the pace of it considering it was Part 2 of the final book and thats where most action was at.

    Wish they could just copy movie from book exactly but i know thats kinda impossible lol
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    Jul 25, 2011 3:08 PM GMT
    Yea I guess it is impossible to put everything from the book into the movie.
    But all the movies overrall told a good story and the acting was awesome throughout I especially liked Snape and Hermoine.

    But as for making it a better movie goes I think the last movie should have been a bit long then an hour and a half.
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    Jul 25, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. The costumes, sets, and effects were all spectacular.

    But the story never had any real mystery. They were able to find each horcrux with barely any thought. It must be that cup up there, it's Rowena Ravenclaw's diaphragm (I know it was diadem, but we were giggling because it sounded like diaphragm), it's the snake. It made Harry Potter seem like a Scooby Doo mystery.

    And worst of all was Neville... Hey you guys, I just happen to have a sword in this hat! I know all of this stuff is explained in the books, but if you're a casual fan, it was all just too much coincidence.

    I also thought having Fred's death occur off-screen sucked the emotion out of that moment.
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    Jul 25, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    I didn't read the book either , However I liked it so much ... really it was amazing .. and really they worked hard on that part ... graphics/Sound tracks
    well am watching it again icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 25, 2011 3:31 PM GMT
    endo saidI didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. The costumes, sets, and effects were all spectacular.

    But the story never had any real mystery. They were able to find each horcrux with barely any thought. It must be that cup up there, it's Rowena Ravenclaw's diaphragm (I know it was diadem, but we were giggling because it sounded like diaphragm), it's the snake. It made Harry Potter seem like a Scooby Doo mystery.

    And worst of all was Neville... Hey you guys, I just happen to have a sword in this hat! I know all of this stuff is explained in the books, but if you're a casual fan, it was all just too much coincidence.

    I also thought having Fred's death occur off-screen sucked the emotion out of that moment.


    I totally agree. Since I didn't read the books I felt stuff wasn't explained right. And I was pissed when he died off screen. And I felt like Snape and Voldermort should have had an epic battle so that Voldermort can see that Snape was never really on his side. I would have done this a bit differently.
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    Jul 25, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    I read the books...and I liked the movie. Didn't LOVE it as many did..but enjoyed it. It was as true to the book as it could be in my opinion - but no movie is ever as good as the book. My only regret about it being the last book is that it was so exciting to see kids really getting into reading. When is the last time you saw a line of teens and pre-teens around a book store waiting to buy and read a BOOK. It was amazing.
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    Jul 25, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Movie was good and read a few of the books
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    Jul 25, 2011 4:26 PM GMT
    best movie ive watched this year
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    Jul 25, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    You see, they made that movie for the die hard fans. I was watching it next to some idiot that hadn't read any of the books and she kept leaning over asking her bf what was going on...If you knew the story, then everything made sense. These last 4 movies have been incredible. My only problem with the movies vs the books is that the entire seventh book is an inner turmoil for Harry whether or not he can trust Dumbledore. The movie hardly mentions anything until Aberforth, and that was very slight as well. Overall it was wonderfully done, and I can't wait to get the box set for Xmas icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 25, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
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    endo saidI didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. The costumes, sets, and effects were all spectacular.

    But the story never had any real mystery. They were able to find each horcrux with barely any thought. It must be that cup up there, it's Rowena Ravenclaw's diaphragm (I know it was diadem, but we were giggling because it sounded like diaphragm), it's the snake. It made Harry Potter seem like a Scooby Doo mystery.

    And worst of all was Neville... Hey you guys, I just happen to have a sword in this hat! I know all of this stuff is explained in the books, but if you're a casual fan, it was all just too much coincidence.

    I also thought having Fred's death occur off-screen sucked the emotion out of that moment.


    I totally agree. Since I didn't read the books I felt stuff wasn't explained right. And I was pissed when he died off screen. And I felt like Snape and Voldermort should have had an epic battle so that Voldermort can see that Snape was never really on his side. I would have done this a bit differently.


    The reason why they knew which objects were the horcruxes was because Harry actually could sense them. They had previous knowledge of the Hufflepuff cup, and Harry, being the seventh horcrux, could sense the others when they were near (the same reason why he could see into Voldemort's mind w/o legimency). The snake was obvious, but I agree the diadem was found too easily.

    Also, the only reason why Snape did not fight Voldemort was to leave Voldemort, and the reader for that matter, guessing where his allegiance truly was. The sword of Gryffindor only would reveal itself to a true Gryffindor or someone "daring, and chivalrous." Harry wasn't present for Fred, Tonks, or Lupin's death in the book either. The ending was just supposed to be bittersweet. Voldemort was gone, but Harry's friends had payed a massive toll that he felt accountable for.
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    Jul 25, 2011 5:02 PM GMT
    When I read the book I imagined the battle scenes being a lot more intense than they actually were in the movie. Also, just for the dramatic effect, I think they should have added a few scenes with all of the people that died actually talking. When I found out they died, yeah it was sad, but it didn't hit me hard because it was the first I'd really seen them in the movie. A book can make me cry but not a movie? Something's wrong.
    Other than that, I loved it. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 25, 2011 5:04 PM GMT
    swmrh911 saidYou see, they made that movie for the die hard fans. I was watching it next to some idiot that hadn't read any of the books and she kept leaning over asking her bf what was going on...If you knew the story, then everything made sense. These last 4 movies have been incredible. My only problem with the movies vs the books is that the entire seventh book is an inner turmoil for Harry whether or not he can trust Dumbledore. The movie hardly mentions anything until Aberforth, and that was very slight as well. Overall it was wonderfully done, and I can't wait to get the box set for Xmas icon_smile.gif



    I think they did a pretty good job trying to adapt the 7th book to the big screen. I mean it was split in two parts and we still felt like there was so much that wasnt explained. They took their time with Ron and Hermione cause this is a big deal considering they end up together. Im pretty sure they tried the best they could, in the end the whole idea was to put all the talking in the first part and all the action in the second one and it worked.
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    Jul 25, 2011 5:09 PM GMT
    I really enjoyed the whole series but, for me, the final chapter was underwhelming.
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    Jul 25, 2011 5:43 PM GMT
    navy314 saidTo put it short. The movie was rushed. The Whole Snape thing could have been done better. And why talk about the Deathly Hallows if they weren't going to put them together. Action was good. But it was rush and poorly explained.

    What did you think.


    DON'T try to rationalize the movies when you haven't read the books. That's annoying.

    My question is, why did they switch the scenery of some of the events from the book? The last battle between Harry and Voldemort was supposed to be taking place inside the Great Hall with all of Hogwarts watching... Snape's death was supposed to take place in the Shrieking Shack? (I think, been a long time since I read the last one)... not the boat house.

    I thought the Room of Requirement scene was exactly how I imagined it, and the scene with Snape dying (other than the fact that it was in the wrong place) was phenomenal. Allen Rickman is a genius and was perfectly cast for the part.

    The thing that pissed me off was that they didn't mention the Taboo charm they put on Voldemort's name. It just looks like the snatcher's just showed up and got lucky... Also, they didn't go into depth about Dumbledore and Grindelwald's past. Or the background's of the Horcruxes of the Cup or the Ring.

    It's such a brilliant piece of imagination that every single detail should have been proudly shown and displayed... but in my opinion, WB failed the HP audience by trying to be funny or imaginative at times instead of being absolutely true to the books.
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    Jul 25, 2011 5:54 PM GMT
    P.s. Best line in the movie...

    "Not my daughter you BITCH!"

    But that battle between Molly Weasley and Bellitrix Lestrange was VERY anticlimactic. It took all of 10 seconds. Both of them are smart cunning women and they could have stretched that part out a little bit to gain a little more of the audience's respect.

    AND. I've always loved Professor McGonnagal, from day 1. She shows her true colors in this movie and I am thoroughly in love with Maggie Smith. Again, she was perfectly cast for her part.
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    Jul 25, 2011 6:02 PM GMT
    The only peeve i had with the movie was the ending... They could have used older actors that had similar looks. I know the fans and the director would have liked to have seen the actors as adults...but come on they did not look like adults they looked like highschool/college students playing adults in thier late 30's? Really.icon_confused.gif Had they wanted to have the three main actors in the last scene they could have a had a flash back of them on the train or something? maybe a very short montage. But in other words i thought the movie was good but this one had a flaw. Which i did not see a flaw in the rest of the films. mind you i did not read all the books and this is from someone who enjoyed all the other films.icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 25, 2011 6:04 PM GMT
    Allathlete saidP.s. Best line in the movie...

    "Not my daughter you BITCH!"

    But that battle between Molly Weasley and Bellitrix Lestrange was VERY anticlimactic. It took all of 10 seconds. Both of them are smart cunning women and they could have stretched that part out a little bit to gain a little more of the audience's respect.

    AND. I've always loved Professor McGonnagal, from day 1. She shows her true colors in this movie and I am thoroughly in love with Maggie Smith. Again, she was perfectly cast for her part.


    Agreed about that fight, way to short.

    Also, I think the best scene in the entire series was when Snape and McGonnagal fought. So much was said, yet no words were spoken.