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Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter 7
Warning: there may be spoilers!


I have been waiting and waiting to see this movie - and since my manager was being very generous in giving me the rest of the week off, I decided I would go and see it.

It's the first day of release and I wasn't expecting the theatre to be full, and thankfully it wasn't. To me, having a full theatre of people potentially talking and ruining the movie just spoils the experience, but then I guess I'm a bit of a snob that way.

Anyway, on to the review.

I've read the books and this doesn't spoil the fun of the movie at all for me. Yes, I do know what to expect, but my interest is in how they interpret the things that happen in the book, and I have to say this is one of the better book to movie translations I've seen in this series. Even if it is only part one.

The only other book to movie translation that was just as good was the first movie - and I saw the movie before I read the book and it was the movie that got me interested in the books.

I have to point out that there were certain things that I found could probably have confused those who haven't read the series. The major one is the (STOP! HERE BE A MAJOR SPOILER) wedding of Bill and Fleur. Nowhere do I remember in the previous movies Ron's older brother Bill being mentioned. Yet Charlie Weasley was right from the first movie. So suddenly, here is this older brother whose presence is not explained in the movie, nor do they go on to say how Bill and Fleur met. Us readers know, because we've seen it happen.

I get how this can happen. The producers/screenwriters read the books and edit out bits they don't think are that important. And they're not psychic. They weren't to know that Bill's exclusion would leave a tiny little hole when it came to the final film. So they did their best with bringing Bill into the picture.

Second issue: Dobby. Do they really explain where Dobby has been all this time? Also, Kreacher - how is Harry able to control him when we all know that house elves are loyal only to their masters (or as in Dobby's case, they beat themselves up if they can't be loyal). So some important plot points missing.

Okay, that's enough of that. Good points.

Great effects. I love the apparating effect. The fight scenes actually became a bit confusing, but that's actually a good thing, because it's almost a metaphor for what is going on in that we don't really know who's good or who's bad here. Put it this way, there are some characters, like Umbridge, who stand very much in the grey area, and can be just as evil in their intentions, even if they would not necessarily choose the side of Voldemort.

The snake is shudder inducing. And the moment where she opens her jaws at the camera - well, put it this way, if I saw that in 3D I would be freaking.

I know the scene with the seven Harrys (hmm, only just got that) was meant to be funny, but I cringed through most of it. But I did enjoy the sequence with Hagrid and Harry. I still hate that Hedwig had to go.

The acting. Some of the finest actors in Britain have been recruited for this series and they don't disappoint. Ralph Fiennes is, as always, brialliant and creepy as He Who Must Not Be Named, and Robbie Coltrane, although his scene is all too brief, is a delight. Alan Rickman, as Snape had a brief appearance as well, and he is so good at conveying by expression rather than words what his character is thinking. I won't spoil it, since I know Snape's true intentions, but we do get a hint of it (miniscule but there).

The lovely Emma Watson is on form as Hermione. She has really grown up in the last ten years and has done a wonderful job bringing this character to life and giving her a voice. She has always been the peacemaker of the trio and the character I've admired most.

Daniel Radcliffe has had the difficult task of being the one to carry the burden, just as his character has, of being the one which the whole thing revolves around. We've watched this young man grow into quite the actor, and, for such a young man, he has borne the burden well.

Rupert - ah yes, Rupert. He has turned into quite the handsome young man and to me, it is Rupert who deserves the most credit for carrying off a fantastic performance. Because here is a young man, who, also like his character, has had to play second fiddle to the hero, and he has the unenviable task of making his resentment of that fact believable. It's an unfair burden to be the sidekick sometimes, and it's not always right that the hero should get the girl, and you can see his mindset at many points in the film.

Enjoyable, as always. I only have one problem - WHY MUST I NOW WAIT UNTIL JULY FOR THE CONCLUSION??? *stamps foot*


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twinsarein
Nov. 18th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm hoping to see this over our upcoming Thanksgiving vacation. Thanks for the interesting information.
phoenixnz
Nov. 18th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
I'm glad I haven't spoiled it too much for you. That's the thing with reviews.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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