1. My husband and I went to see it a couple days ago and agree with you: the movie stayed fairly close with the book and there is a certain darkness to this movie (considering Voldemort’s at the height of his power and there is a slim chance to none Harry will succeed, this is the appropriate atmosphere). Definitely worth the price of admission in our opinion.

  2. Krysti says:

    We stopped going to see Harry Potter movies several installments ago because the movies just kept getting darker and grimmer, and we didn’t feel we needed any more bleakness or grimness in our lives. Real life was outdoing anything Harry Potter could dish out in that department!

    That said, if the movie-goer behind you stuck with the series until this installment, he surely had to know what to expect! If he didn’t, why was he there watching it?

    But I did like the book. I thought it contained several very worthwhile messages. I wonder how they come through on the silver screen?

  3. Great review, Rebecca. My wife and I saw the film the Friday it released — I even played the stereotypical “fanboy” by being in quasi-costume, which for me is only uncombed hair, glasses, Harry-esque clothing and a drawn-on lightning-bolt scar. We loved the film, especially having already finished together more than half the book in advance (my second read of the series, and her first).

    Like you, I thought the film did very well finding a natural break — which I had guessed in advance, based partly on what was and was not shown in the film trailers and clips. The rest of it was fantastic: faithful to the book, catching up previous films’ condensations, etc.

    And then World magazine came along and — well, their review didn’t ruin my view of the film, but did gain a little perspective. Unfortunately one thing the film did was remove Harry’s agonizing at the end (yes, here be spoilers) about whether to drop the Horcrux-hunting, because perhaps Dumbledore could not be trusted after all, and instead search for the fabled Hallows. And it was while Harry was doing a certain thing, after a fallen friend, that he courageously decided to trust Dumbledore anyway, forsaking the Hallow pursuit, and finish the quest he’d been given to do. That crucial element, the reviewer said, was missing from the film.

    My hope is that they’ll somehow include it in the second film. But perhaps it’s too late for that. Now, having just finished reading the Deathly Hallows book — and the series — with my wife last night (and I hope not scaring the neighbors, especially with my Malcolm-McDowell-like voice for Voldemort), I know there is already so much to pack into Part 2, and surely not a thing can be edited out.

  4. Nikole Hahn says:

    I got into the Harry Potter thing late. Haven’t read the books yet. I definitly wish to see this movie (and read the books).

  5. Hubby and I loved the movie. Best so far.

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  7. I have to say, this was by far my favorite of the books and my favorite of the movies. They did such a great job, all around. I couldn’t believe it was a Potter movie by David Yates, who created the Order of the Phoenix fiasco (but I won’t go there…).

    They did miss out on the Horcrux vs. Hallows thing, and I don’t see how they could fix that now, seeing as how Volemort got the Elder Wand in the end. Somehow, I believe, they’ll bring that into the beginning of Part Two. Maybe something with the Resurrection Stone. In the book, Harry hypothesized about it being Marvolo Gaunt’s ring, but they left that out of the movie. Maybe they’ll have a bunch of Dumbledore stuff, and for some reason think they need to bring him back…?

    Hopefully they don’t just abandon the whole concept altogether… it’s a big event in Harry’s character arc. It’s the first time he chose NOT to act. IMO, it’s his big moment, where we realize he’s finally grown up.

    Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what they do.

  8. I thought they foreshadowed his doubts about Dumbledore, so just assumed it would come up in the next part. It’s been a few years since I read the books, so I don’t have the order of things firmly in mind. I agree that it’s a significant point.

    I also wanted to see the Bible verse clearly inscribed on the tombstone. I read that it’s there and if you do a freeze frame you can read it (how do people know these things since the DVD isn’t out yet?) That doesn’t count, for me. I want to actually read it, as clearly as you could see the Deathly Hallows symbol.

    But again, if that’s all I’ve got to complain about, I think they pulled it off remarkably well.

    What is it about winter, and particularly pre-Christmas that make me want to snuggle up with one of the great fantasies? Anyone else feel like that?


  9. Michelle Minniss says:

    We are just back from seeing the movie tonight. It has to be one of the best HP films that runs closest to the book. It was very dark, almost gothic in places. I was gripped throughout and impressed with the madness of Queen Bellatrix.
    Hubby and I were chatting on the way home about how many parallels you could draw between Voldermort’s rise to power and a fascist regime of the 30’s and 40’s. The war councils, the filtering of races (pure bloods aka Ayran?), the control of the seat of power and the determination to eradicate opposition by using force, manipulation and terror. It also demonstrated the heart of courage in those who stand against such tyrany and often the price they must pay. I am sure JK was not thinking of a Nazi rise to power when she wrote the book but it reminds me that there is, ‘nothing new under the sun,’ when it comes to the battle of good and evil.
    I often conflict with Christian friends who cannot understand why I would read Harry Potter, but I think this film in particular shows that the themes in Harry are potentially far more interesting than a story about a wizard world. Even in Harry, the theme of the sacrifice and ultimate victory of good over evil can be viewed as a biblical theme that has been, albeit nknowingly,replicated in an extremely popular fantasy series.

What do you think?