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My little ol' review for Deathly Hallows. My wrists/fingers hurt for some reason so this probably won't be as long as I would have liked but I'll try to write more after I see it again.

First off this is from the POV of a major H/Hr shipper. Just letting ya'll know that there will be ~bias.

So overall I think that they did a really fantastic job of switching over from book to movie. There were certain scenes left out that I missed but most of them didn't really move the plot forward, I spose.

The cinematography was absolutely the most glorious thing EVER. It was so, so gorgeous; love all the locations they went to.

A few changes/things not included that I noticed were:

+ Yaxley and Snape meeting outside the manor wasn't there.
+ Dudley asking where Harry was going and if they're going to see each other again. I really REALLY disliked that this moment was gone and it was truly a redeeming moment for him in the book.
+ When Harry uses Expellariumus on Stanley Shunpike and THAT'S how they know it's the real Harry, not flying Hedwig - who should have been in the cage at Harry's feet.
+ Them all flying to different safe houses and then portkeying to the Burrow. You don't even see Tonks' parents in this.
+ Harry Ron & Hermione all having to try and find time to plan their getaway because Mrs. Weasley won't let them by themselves.
+ Harry polyjuicing as a relative of Ron's at the wedding so he looks like a Weasley. In this he's just Harry.
+ They didn't show just how nasty that Muriel chick was and there wasn't enough convo with Elphias.
+ That duplicate of Ron that was going to stay in bed at home - what creature was it with the little pox disease or whatever? - was never mentioned.
+ In the cafe the reason the death eaters know where they are is because of Harry saying Voldemort - which I don't think he says.
+ In Grimmauld Place Mad Eye's voice going "Did you kill Dumbledore?" or something like that. [Grey, dusty Dumbledore was awesome though.]
+ Hermione and Harry find the RAB, not Ron.
+ Harry finding half of Lily's letter with the picture.
+ Now this is one that I missed A LOT and am so upset they took it out - the part when Lupin comes to 'join them' and they have that huge argument because Tonks is pregnant and he's scared of what the child will be. Really missed that.
+ Kreacher telling exactly what happened to Regulus. I would have liked that to be in there. Harry giving Kreacher the locket, as well. I would have just liked more Kreacher.
+ They don't seemingly plan at ALL to go into the Ministry and next thing they're just in there.
+ I don't think Harry changed back to himself when confronting Umbridge - but of course that just made it all the more dramatic [The scene when they're apparating away from the ministry was awweessommmmeee]
+ Them hearing Griphook, Dean and Tonks father talking in the woods about what's happening at school.
+ When they go to Godric's Hollow, they arent polyjuiced and they're not using the invisibility cloak. I missed the part when they see his home and the sign didn't pop up.
+ Voldemort didn't come flying in Bathilda's house when they jumped out the window.
+ I can't remember if them listening to the radio was in part one or not but if it was then it wasn't in there.
+ Xenophilius saying he's going to go get Luna, not tea, and the trio's whole departure from the house was different - the death eaters pretty much destroyed the house in the movie.
+ Greyback didn't talk at all and they weren't thrown into a wagon with Dean and a few others. I don't think the Snatchers immediately knew that that was Harry either.
+ Wormtail didn't kill himself with is silver hand - another scene I missed.
+ Ollivander didn't look nearly sickly enough.
+ The abscence of Bill & Fleur at the end; people who hadn't read the books will have had no idea where they apparated to in the end.

So yeah that makes it seem like a lot but most of it wasn't all that missed.

I adored the chase scene while they were flying and when Hermione was reading The Beetle and The Bard the animation was completely brilliant.

So, the rather 'controversial' dance bit...I honestly don't see what the problem is. Harry was obviously trying to lighten the mood and wanted to help Hermione forget about it. It kinda seemed for a moment there they would kiss but they didn't so...Wish they would have.

That scene is probably the cutest, best scene in the series and I'm so glad they added it. It's definitely a new favorite.

I'm just really sick of all the bitching R/Hr shippers complaining that the dance was unneeded and stupid - really? Your ship is fucking CANON so let us H/Hr shippers have a bit of frosting on the cupcake before R/Hr finally get together and MARRIED. Can't let us have anything can they.
I do like that the writers gave us fanservice though for each ship - very kind.

And the whole scene when the locket broke open was amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing.

And that fucking kiss. MY GOD. I'm not ashamed to say I thought that EXTREMELY sexy and I had no idea it'd be like that. They were pretty much naked and it was so INTENSE. ommmmmmggggggg unnnnnnnnnnnnnnnfffffffffffffffff Definitely another fave part.

I love Luna. <3

I wish we could have heard more about what was happening at Hogwarts, too.

I'm pretty sure Draco knew that that was Harry and just didn't say anything.

I'm so glad they added the bit in the beginning with Hermione obliviating her parents - Rowling didn't spend enough time on that in the books.

Edit: I forgot to add I loved the music in this one too - the music when Harry and Hermione visit Godric's Hollow was gorg; the choir and then the instrumental piece.

And the choice to exclude any sort of music whatsoever in the chase scene with the trio and the Snatchers was also a beyond brilliant choice - it worked really well.

It had a really different feel, overall, to all the rest of the movies but you know what? I really liked that. Since they weren't at school it wasn't as if they were children but adults. And I loved the pacing - how much dialogue we got this time around; usually they cut a lot of it out.

So, yes. Very much loved this, can't wait to see it again, AND SO EXCITED FOR PART TWO OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Date: 2010-11-19 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've just come back from seeing the movie!!!!!!! It's so awesome!!!!!

The locations were absolutely beautiful - especially that beach at the end.

There were a few bits that I noticed that were different but imo it didn't really ruin the movie at all. I really wanted to see that scene with Dudley, too. And I thought they should have developed the Kreacher storyline more BUT it was still an awesome movie and I liked some of the scenes that they'd added in :)

I liked the dancing bit! I mean, I don't really ship any of them in the same way that I ship in other fandoms but I thought the dancing scene worked either way.

That bit at the start with Hermione's parents was so sad :(

I want part two!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2010-11-19 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

The locations were just breathtaking. I especially adored that grassy field they walked in and then that rocky ledge H&Hr stayed on for awhile. So pretty. <3

I agree - there were a few development things and some scenes that just would have been fun to see but, all in all, not a lot of harm really done.

Oh God the dancing. I was smiling so big at that part - it truly was one of the best moments in the series for me.

It was :( I felt so bad for her.

ME TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Now we have to wait all the way until Summer gaaaaaaah

Date: 2010-11-19 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That rocky ledge was gorgeous!!

The dancing was just so, so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also really loved the bits with Fred and George - they were so cute!!!!

The Summer is too far away. Accio Summer!!

Date: 2010-11-19 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw that bit in the trailer [not realising that was the tent behind him] and was like WHERE IS THAT.

I'm glad you think so! Too many people are pissed off by it. :p Just enjoy the cute people, jeez.

I love them too! The part with George and Harry and Ginny in the kitchen was great. Omg though when Fred dies I'm going to be D: so much. And I'll probably start sobbing.


Date: 2010-11-19 08:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't get that - even if people don't ship it, surely it's a nice scene for friends as well.

Haha, yeah, that bit was funny. I loved the bit where they first got back to the Burrow and Fred was all concerned for George. And omg yes, I think that's the death that'll make me cry the most in the second half.

Date: 2010-11-19 08:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Most thought it had too much of an H/Hr overlaying tension and didn't like it. Dan talked in an interview that there was a part in the movie where you wondered if H/Hr would do something and I guess it was that.
Exactly though - it's like people seem to forget how good of friends those two are even with R/Hr being ~in love. It's like she isn't allowed to have fun with Harry.

Sorry about the ramble. xD Still upset by all the haters.

Oh God that part. </3 Poor Geooorrrggeee. I agree - there's gonna be a lot of deaths in that one but Fred's will probably be the worst for me.

Date: 2010-11-19 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hmmm, exactly. Haha, go ahead and ramble :)

I just think, with Fred, it'll be the fact that a)it's Fred and b)George is left behind :(

Although, Lupin and Tonks will be sad, too :(

Date: 2010-11-19 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I know, that'll be the hardest part. :( Just knowing that George is going to be devastated and probably won't be the same for the rest of his life. :(

Oh God noooooooooooooooo. I love Lupin to death and I was so pissed that she'd killed him [and Tonks.] I just think most of the deaths she did in the 7th one was unnecessary and just trying to prove a point and all that. I was sad, but at the same time also angry.

Date: 2010-11-19 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Exactly. I think the same - I mean, there were so many of them killed in the last book :(

Date: 2010-11-19 08:48 pm (UTC)
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I do still think Bellatrix and Molly was the best part. xD "Not my daughter you bitch!" Love Molly haha

Date: 2010-11-19 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, yeah, me too. Although, even that part's bad because she's lost Fred :(

You know what, I'm just going to pretend that none of them die. It'll make me feel better :)

Date: 2010-11-19 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good idea! I do that a lot of the time too - like with the epilogue. For me, that doesn't exist. Epilogue? What epilogue?

Date: 2010-11-19 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This movie was awesome!!!! I loved it so frakking much.

I'm a H/Hr shipper too just because I think Dan and Emma's chemistry is off the charts and sizzles on screen. It's just much stronger than compared to Emma's and Rupert's or Dan's and Bonnie's.

The dance scene was so cute and those wide shots of Dan dancing and wiggling his knees were hilarious. My whole theatre cracked up at that! haha.

The only part that I thought they should've spent more time on is Dumbledore's backstory and the MIRROR! It was never in OoTP and they just dropped it in randomly with no one ever talking about it. They could've also dealt more with Harry's doubt in Dumbledore. They only really mentioned it in the beginning and then Ron said "Why would he not tell you how to destroy the horcruxes?"

That said, Malfoy Manor and the Snatcher scene were excellent, just like I pictured in the book. Emma was brilliant in her torture scene with Bellatrix. I loved the scene in the Ministry as well.

And OH DOBBY!! :( I loved his line about not killing but just seriously maiming Bellatrix. I can't believe some people went into the theatre not knowing Dobby's death was coming.

Even though Tom wasn't in the movie so much, he really impressed me in his scenes with identifying Harry. I too felt like he knew it was Harry but didn't want to be the one to turn him over.

Can't wait for Part 2! When this one ended, I totally felt like I could've sat for another 2 1/2 hours if it meant seeing the whole movie.

Date: 2010-11-19 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL I'm just getting around to friending you. I am kinda slow.

I agree - I think the actors who portray them is what makes their pairing seem more canon-ish in the movie!verse. That and I've always found R/Hr's relationship rather childish and their banter immature. H/Hr connect more on an intellectual level.

Omg Dan<3 He was so cute in that scene; I just loved absolutely everything about that scene. He's such a dorky dancer, so adorable.

I completely agree - there was no doubt whatsoever on Harry's part about Dumbledore [which is kind of a major thing in DH] and the mirror was just kind of there so people who hadn't read the books were like whaaaa.

That torture scene was difficult. :( Emma's screams were truly heartbreaking, I had chills. Kinda wish they'd spent a bit more time on that though -not sadistic I swear- In the book it was all the more heartwrenching because of Ron screaming for Hermione and then Harry just being silent.
The Ministry scene was gold - the actors they got to play the trio were brilliant.

I think most people in my theater hadn't read the book - most seemed genuinely surprised by all the deaths. I was like :| Really? I knew Dobby's death was coming and I still cried.

Yeah Tom was really fantastic in this one - I just feel a lot for him now more than I have in the past movies because now he's actually acting somewhat human and remorseful.

I agree! I wasn't tired at all - I could have easily kept going but noooooooo. *sigh* I think it ended at an awesome place though. Summer can't get here fast enough.

Date: 2010-11-19 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I feel sorry for people who don't read the books and just come and see the movies. They're missing out on so much!

I'm gonna bawl so hard in Part 2. Fred!! :(

Date: 2010-11-19 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I fucking loved everything about this. The parts that I really missed were Wormtail killing himself, Voldemort at Godrics, and then Ron shouting for Hermione while she's being tortured. That bit tore me to pieces in the book and I think I would have died if they'd included it in the movie.

I';m a pretty hardcore R/Hr shipper but I loved the dance. He was just trying to lighten the mood and it was such a relief because everything else was so fucking depressing.

I love love love Draco so much. He totally didn't rat them out or anything and I thought that was brilliant.

I really loved the scene where Hermione is telling the story of the Hallows and they have that animation going on. I thought it was all well done.

Basically this is my favorite one. I don't care what anyone says. For me the missing bits weren't that big of a deal and I could live without them.

Date: 2010-11-19 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah the Ron screaming for Hermione bits I missed too; don't get why they didn't add that. I mean, they're supposedly so ~in love so shouldn't Ron have been just a LITTLE more concerned for her wellbeing? I dunno though.

I'm glad you can see it that way, especially being a R/Hr shipper. Of course with H/Hr being my ship and having the goggles on, I saw it as UST buuuuut it was pretty much just Harry trying to help her out of her depression which EVERYONE should understand and be thankful for.

I loved Draco in this movie too - I so got the feeling of how remorseful and tired he is of the war.

That was amazing! The style of the animation was truly great.

I need to see it once more before I make that decision completely, but, I'll probably be with you. :D

Date: 2010-11-20 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree that the stuff they took out didn't really move anything along, but with splitting it up into two films they could have used that extra bit of time to put in some of the stuff that makes a lot of the action even more intense and/or meaningful. It was only like 2 hours long, an extra hour would have given them the time to address all those fiddly bits, without going on too long.

I can't wait to see it again though.

Date: 2010-11-23 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I agree - seeing as they made two movies they could have easily added a lot more directly from the book.

I already saw it again and I want to see it a third time. xD It's kind of addictive!

Date: 2010-11-22 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Alright, I had ignored your post earlier 'cause I hadn't seen it yet, so I came back to look for it. I haven't read the books in ages, so the parts that were missing didn't bother me. I have a terrible memory *fail* Though, last night when I got home, I decided to go back and read them all over again before the last one comes out.

Anyway, the movie was AMAZING. It's one of my favorites now, along with PoA. I guess maybe since they had more room to work with, the movie just flowed that much better.

I always loved Ron/Hermione, especially when Ron isn't being such a douche P: Loved the scene where he tells her she's the best with spells and tries to rub off the blood from her lips with his thumb. Something about that, just, GUH. BUT. I've always loved the idea of Harry/Hermione too, so the dance scene was ADORABLE. Obviously Harry's just trying to cheer her up. And even though they didn't, I liked how they both froze there for a second like they were both thinking about it <3

And wow, yeah, I didn't expect the Harry/Hermione scene to be so intense either. I need to see it again to appreciate its sexiness some more because I was mostly just surprised, haha.

Date: 2010-11-23 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heh yeah that's why I decided to re-read it a month before since the last time I'd read it was when it came out three years ago. [hard to believe it's been that long already.]

Same! PoA is still my fave, I think, but DH pt 1 is second.

Yeah that dance and the "are they...?" moment after was great. <33

OMG I KNOW! IT WAS SO UNBELIEVABLY SEXY! gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Date: 2010-11-23 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, time flies.

That's how I'm feeling too - sorta tied between the two.

YESSSSSSS~ I love how he gets her to smile - SO CUTE.



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