WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SO MANY SPOILERS AND I DON’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE A DROP WHEN THERE ARE SPOILERS.
SO… DEAL WITH IT.
Harry Potter and I go way back to when I was a child. I’m almost an adult now and
I’m still relatively close to his world. alright FINE I’M A FANATIC. Perhaps my fanaticism is the reason I’m going to be harsh on this movie. To be fair, I’m going to warn you one last time that from this point on.. SPOILERS abound.
In general, I’m not too pleased with the movie. Sure, it was visually great but in reference to the book (and only because I know the book so well), I am sorry to say it was not up to standards. But of course they had to deal with the lack of time given for the movie and the fact that the details they left out were so important they could not fit it in in snippets because that would have ruined it completely. Maybe they’ll be there in the extended DVD. hopefully.
THE GOOD BITS:
1. Neville Longbottom
He was so kickass in this movie. I am so glad for the extra bits they gave him, those extra few minutes. That guy stole the show in my opinion.
2. The Grey Lady
She was scary good. They did a good job with portraying her. The animators really managed to capture her shape and movement. The lady who played Helena Ravenclaw was spot on.
3. The animation
The dragon, the magic, the pixies, the fire, the water. The animators deserve an award for their skills in making everything look quite genuine. Kudos to them.
4. Fight scenes
The fight scenes were really brought to life with the actors. Bellatrix vs Molly Weasley was good. Molly’s final spell was great. The draining of air/choking/ compression of Bellatrix was a nice touch.
5. Alan Rickman
That guy really really really encompasses who Severus Snape is. The scene of him cradling Lily’s dead body was heartbreaking. BRAVO Alan Rickman. You deserve all the awards.
6. Voldie’s awesome hugs. one of the best scenes.
THE BAD PARTS:
1. WHY bother hinting that Neville ends up with Luna when he marries Hannah Abbott? WHY WRITERS? WHY?
2. WHY didn’t Harry tell his son that the Sorting Hat took his opinion into account when he was sorted? That conversation was a line short.
3. WHY wasn’t there any Teddy Lupin at the end? Why was ONE mention good enough? WHY WHY WHY WHY?
4. WHY wasn’t there Percy weeping over Fred? THAT SCENE WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE WEASLEY FAMILY!
5. WHY didn’t Harry explain to Voldemort why he (Harry) was the true owner of the Elder Wand? They had at least 2 pages of talking in the book but BARELY a minute in the movie!
6. WHY were Snape’s memories badly done? They made it seem like Lily liked James from the start and that was untrue. Those memories could have been so much better. Really. The reason their friendship broke down, the jealousy Snape felt… that was important.
7. Grindelwald’s and Ariana’s story lines were chopped out of the movies. Why? Albus Dumbledore only became who he was because of those two people. His relationships with them should have been given more president.
8. And I’m sorry but Voldemort looks like a carp. Full-stop. Nothing scary about him. I actually laughed when he walked into Hogwarts.
9. Harry BROKE the Elder Wand! BEFORE HE fixed his OWN WAND! W T H. HE FIXED HIS WAND IN THE BOOK YOU DUMB WRITERS. KEEP THAT PART IN!
So yes, I didn’t come up SOBBING because HP ended for me. I came out annoyed that it didn’t end as well as it could have. So to me, HP is not over quite yet. Perhaps tomorrow, I’ll be crushed. Right now, I’m still midly ticked off. I would have added a whole hour’s worth of detail to their final product.
Should you go watch it? Yes. If you’re just a fan of the movies, it’ll be great. If you’re a slightly obsessive, anal one like me, you’d come out “it was good but not good enough”. Still, you should watch it. Why?
Because it’s the end.