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Okay, guys. I’m really getting tired of scheduling/cancelling/rescheduling meetings and we need to have at least one meeting before winter break, so this post is dedicated to picking the next HPC meeting date.
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The date of the meeting will be announced by the end of the week.
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Make sure to get your Fan Art in for a prize (which at this point is guaranteed).
One last thing; I think you guys need to see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=69WpCBLrdSQ . Yes, it is a safe link. It’s DanRad performing a song from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Please don’t take away this video as the most important thing you’ll remember from this post. That would make me really, really sad (but not because it’s a bad performance – I actually really liked it).
[Sorry it took so long for this to come in. I posted this on my blog the day after the movie but never got around to pasting it here – er – and censoring some language.]
ANNIE’S RATING FOR DEATHLY HALLOWS II: 7/10
I know I’m a massive pain for whining about every single deviation from the book and I’m going to temporarily be an annoying Harry Potter fan but w/e.
Okay, I’m just going to focus on directing currently.
Uh – David Yates.
- Too much comic relief – way too much
- The long pauses between everything everybody says?
Regarding the comic relief, even though I laughed along with the theatre when they occurred, I did not find most of them funny or particularly helpful whatsoever in the scene. In fact, it rather ruined the scene on more than one occasion. Some of it seemed rather forced and – let’s face it – unoriginal. While the inclusion of JKR’s brilliant comic relief moments (expertly timed, of course) were absolutely fantastic in contributing to the mood in the book, the failure to depict said mood on screen was honestly disappointing.
I think the long pauses were supposed to have a suspenseful effect or s/t but the timing kind of made it seem like the actors forgot their lines. The timing was just off in general. Those pauses could have been taken out to not only generate a more audience-engaging story line but also create more screen time for the more important things which sadly did not make the cut into the film.
Now I’m going to actually begin. (And I do really accept that being a movie based on the book, it will undoubtedly cut out certain things. However, these are large misses, details aside, which are very necessary in the story.)
- Wait – where is Dumbledore’s story?
Ariana was mentioned, and Aberforth made an appearance but Dumbledore’s story was never clarified. When Aberforth didn’t tell it initially, I thought “oh, okay, they’re putting it at the end so Dumbledore tells it himself” but then they didn’t and I was like, “what the hell is wrong with you”. Dumbledore’s story is valuable because it really fleshes out his character, showing both his vulnerabilities and his humanity. But in the end, I just felt like they made Dumbledore almost saintlike, just a cliche wizard with a long beard who has all the answers and is wise like Confucius. And I didn’t like that one bit.
2. Voldemort, you fight like a muggle
Erm, I have nothing to say about the ghetto beat down, but yeah, I do. Voldemort, you hate muggles, yet you are going to give up using your wand to kick Harry in the face. From the second I read about it in the first rumours of DH Part II, I’ve been dreading it. So despite my mental preparations, I was still like wtf throughout the entire scene. Also, when he and Harry embraced each other and fell through the air (insert “My Heart Will Go On” here), I could hardly breathe because I was laughing so hard.
3. Harry would never last a second dueling Voldemort in a situation where no weird hocus-pocus happens
The point of the story is that Voldemort essentially brought about his own downfall. (More on that later.) So the second any spell of his collides with Harry’s, Draco’s wand would overpower the elder wand and rebound the curse onto Voldemort. Yet they were dueling for ages, eventually resulting in the muggle fighting mentioned above. The scene thus made it seem like Harry was an equal match in skill for Voldemort when that isn’t the case at all.
Of course, you could also say that the reason it didn’t rebound is because Nagini was still alive, thus the horcrux was tethering Voldemort to life. But if this was the reason, then the same thing would have happened to Voldemort as did when he tried to kill Harry when Harry was one. And that didn’t happen so I have no idea what Yates was thinking.
4. This is the “more on that later”. Why Harry lived was not made clear at all.
Dumbledore didn’t even mention Voldemort using Harry’s blood to remake his body. It kind of just sounded like any wizard has a choice idk it was bad.
5. The Prince’s Tale
Okay everybody is going to hate me. I am the world’s biggest Snily shipper and I didn’t like The Prince’s Tale. It didn’t do the book justice.
To be fair, the scenes of them as children were absolutely beautiful. (And notice how kid Snape was actually so much better looking than kid James.) The artistry was there, the cinematography was brilliant, but once again, it seemed to have glossed over the point.
Maybe they decided the best way to convert the audience on all of Snape’s supposed wrongdoings in the past was to make him unabashedly good in the Prince’s Tale.
Snape did not look like a mistreated kid at all. He was wearing relatively nice clothes, he was beautiful in appearance and all of his aesthetic flaws were abandoned. It made it seem like they were just “magical childhood friends” who met in Narnia or something. Excuse me but Snape came out of a bloody tree. It was just too…pure.
And that might be the wrong thing to say, but the lack of conversation combined with the brevity of the scenes (as well as the smokiness) which was probably intended to convey one mood just left me extremely irritated. They didn’t just see each other and smile at each other and know right away that they were destined to be ~soul mates~ or w/e.
I really wish they would have at least put in the conversation in which Lily asks, “does it matter being muggleborn” and Snape pauses, then says, “no, it doesn’t matter”.
Why is it that James was barely in his memories at all? There was this very short scene in which some kids with afros bumped Snape in the hall. And Lily never seemed to dislike James at all. It made it seem as though she just fell in love with James, this derp of a kid at the sorting looking at her and just stopped hanging out with Snape.
CAN WE JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SEETHE IN THE FACT THAT SNAPE’S ACTUAL WORST MEMORY WAS NEVER DEPICTED IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE FRANCHISE?
It did not show the fights Lily had with Snape, it did not show the ultimatums she kept on giving him regarding his friends and his obsession with the dark arts, and there was no final confrontation by the lake/outside the Gryffindor common room.
The movie makers must be huge Snily fans, but even so, Snape needs these moments to make him the character that he is and the character that I love. He needs his own little stray-off-the-path moments.
Erm, Snape holding Lily while Harry was crying in the background was kind of funny to me. I laughed and tears came out.
6. Snape’s Death
There was potential to be good. I teared up. But then they forced a godawful ending with the tear and etc. I wanted silver memories to effuse from him. The tear, in my opinion, weakened Snape. He was always…Snape till the very end. The lapse in character, to me at least, was kind of disturbing.
We can agree to disagree. Although he did entrust his memories to Harry, it was more as a last obligation of his duties to Lily, because Dumbledore told him that Harry must know that he had to die. So Snape, I guess, accepting Harry in the end is a little…eh. Snape would never like Harry, he hated James with too great a passion. The little allowance he made for Harry in the end could either be touching or severely out of character. Once again, I need to point out how much the movie makers were obviously trying to convert the ones who have never read the books to being convinced that Snily is canon. (“You have your mother’s eyes”, etc.)
7. That’s the elder wand!
lol did the elder wand just crack. The elder wand don’t crack, you crazies.
Harry. You just snapped the elder wand. That is the elder wand, it has been around for millenniums. I am pretty sure that the elder wand cannot just be so easily snapped. And you were supposed to put it back with Dumbledore what the hell are you doing Harry.
Oh and you forgot to repair your own wand. What are you going to do Harry, you are wandless. Are you just going to use Draco’s wand for the rest of your life? Why are you encouraging Drarry.
9. Off to the battle
The atmosphere wasn’t much like a bunch of excited students ready to battle. I wanted McGonagall to officially announce that they were at war, and then the cheer from the students. And while this may seem like I’m being excessively nitpicky, but it just really wasn’t made clear at all that it was a war. It was just a huge heap of what the hell is going on.
10. Ron and Hermione’s kiss
The timing was off, the timing was off, the timing was off. And it wasn’t off in that awkward way that would complement Ron and Hermione’s relationship but it was just overly dramatic.
Um, I didn’t like it. And I was looking forward to it too. :(((((((((99
11. King’s Cross
Well, besides the fact that they didn’t cover why Harry had the chance to come back at all, it was still bad. Because c’mon Harry, you are supposed to be really confused, you’re not supposed to be like “oh hey, there’s Dumbledore. Hey Dumbledore sup your brother is crazy lulz.”
It didn’t explain Dumbledore’s intricate plan or any of Voldemort’s weak points which ultimately brought him down.
And at the end, when Harry said that thing about Snape and Lily’s patronuses being the same as being curious, I was like, “harry you are not that tactless you just watched snape cry while embracing your mother while you wailed in the background how thick do you have to be i ought to ship you with goyle or something”
Once again, movie makers. Really subtle.
12. The Final Battle
Bellatrix disintegrated. Tell me how that happens. And so did Voldemort. What the actual -.
I really wished Harry would have said “try for some remorse” to Voldemort. I thought that was a really poignant part of the scene in the book. And I wanted everybody to be there to see the death of Voldemort. I can see in my head so clearly the two of them circling around each other, Harry saying he doesn’t need anybody to help, Voldemort actually disarming his own Death Eaters as they try to step in to aid him. It would have been better than them prancing all over the place.
I have already mentioned the stupidity of Voldemort’s elder wand vs. Draco’s wand.
Neville killing Nagini…I thought he was going to do it after his speech. But then he didn’t. I didn’t like the way they did it; it would have been more courageous of him to do it right there and then in front of Voldemort.
And finally, the scene immediately after Voldemort’s death with no one as witness but Harry Potter…what. Voldemort just died. I know you’re injured and you’ve suffered losses, but at least don’t look like you’re just all recovering from a bad hangover or whatever. Shouldn’t it at least be a tad more celebratory?
13. 19 Years Later
Oh. We saw the back of Scorpius’s head.
We didn’t see Teddy at all.
I’m done being a complete prick about everything and now I’m going to rattle off some things I actually did like about the film.
- The music was amazing – I love love love the soundtrack.
- The ending was simply perfect – The use of John Williams’s track from Philosopher’s Stone was so nostalgic and…there’s no better word for it, good.
- Voldemort’s little noises were probably not meant to be funny but they were an endless source of entertainment
- Thank you, Alan Rickman, for an amazing performance. It’s not your fault that Yates wanted some things done his way.
- Cinematography was beautiful, as was artistic aestheticism
- I will wear my 3D glasses to school (oh, not about the film but okay)
- The beginning – silent, haunting, perfect
Thanks for everything WarnerBros, even though I’ve already gotten closure in 2007, thanks for making some crappy movies and some okay movies and making me love the books that much more in comparison.
Oh dear. They’ve managed to ruin another of the HP films. However, considering the previous five films, it’s almost to be expected. That is why I never fully let myself get excited or hopeful for the final movie in the Warner Bros. film franchise. As you can see, I have a somewhat biased opinion. So I will leave the actual reviewing of the film to my good friend Anne.
I would like to say a few things though. I got special edition HP 3D glasses. They managed to nail the insignificant parts whilst ruining the most important moments. In some parts of the film, I was to be found in hysterics, whether from laughter or something else. Ralph Fiennes should have read the series a bit closer – he needs to stop making funny noises and having bromances with all his Death Eaters. That awful man who shall not be named who wrote the screenplay needs to die. Voldemort did not kill Harry. The screenwriter did. Him and Warner Bros. I was just asked by my dad whether I was sad it was over. As I said before, it was over back in 2007. But if we’re talking solely about the movies, then yes, I am glad it’s over because it means I don’t have to watch another piece of my soul and childhood being destroyed in a mockery of the neo-classic children’s book series.
I shall now let you watch the movie in peace. And then you should really comment below with your thoughts.
And now I will end this post in order to fix my headache and get some sleep. Adieu.
At the publication of this post, Chelsea and I are at the theatre.
Full movie review to come later.
If you are reading this and not at the theatre, what are you waiting for?
4:21 is left on the countdown clock until the Winnipeg premiere of HP 7.2. This will probably be the last post of the evening as Anne and I will be heading to the theatre for 8:00 and 9:00, respectively. You can expect a movie review tomorrow by whichever co-founder is quickest.
A few pieces of information we know so far: DanRad claims that they “finally got it right” when making this movie; the movie is 2:10, the shortest running time for any film in the franchise; and my credible source (currently in Switzerland) has already seen the movie and claims that it is very good, but they got a few parts wrong (ugh). There is also a rumour that the events from the chapter “The Prince’s Tale” will take up a half an hour of the movie, which is a long time (but not if you are a Snape fan). Excited yet? You probably already were.
Also, based on evidence in a movie review I read today, there will be many a teary-eyed folk snuffling in the corners of the showing room, so best of luck to you that you will be able to stay focused on the movie and ignore these cry-babies. I dearly hope that the deaths in this movie will actually be sad, as opposed to Dobby’s final stand in the last movie, which was too heroic to really punch you in the gut. Many of these people are also people who say, “I love Harry Potter! I haven’t read the books [because they’re too long] but I’ve seen all the movies.” *facepalm* These people are the ones who are convinced that the Harry Potter phenomenon is finally drawing to a close, and can’t help but be sad about it. They also only picture the actors from the movies whenever they picture the Harry Potter characters in their minds. I’m sorry to announce that these people are not true fans. I, for one, am a true Harry Potter fan (and noted realist), and I would like to point out that what happens in this movie will not be a surprise. The Harry Potter era ended back in 2007 with the release of the seventh BOOK. It’s the books that matter and tug on my heartstrings, and so it’s hard to be apathetic to a movie series which just can’t seem to ever capture the magic (with exceptions in the cases of the first and second movies, which were rather good due to Chris Columbus’s directing efforts and Richard Harris’s portrayal of Dumbledore). So those people who cry are… shall I dare to call them losers? That might be a bit to harsh. My point is: Will I cry at the movie? Probably not. Did I cry when I read the last book? On the inside. And you should not feel the need to cry either. Because it was over before it started. And the lesser intelligent movie-only fans must learn to accept that.
I often think of the Harry Potter book fans as wizards and the movie fans as Muggles. Ouch. Don’t be a Muggle.
Anyways, I best be getting ready now. My hat be off to you, friends, in the hopes that you will not contract a headache by watching and enjoying the 3D splendor of the newest and last Harry Potter film.
Just to get a countdown going, there is currently two days and approximately forty-three minutes until the midnight premiere of the new movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.
There are also three horcruxes down and four to go, plus the piece inside of Voldemort, so Harry will have a long two or so hours of movie action scenes ahead of him. I hope you will watch the film within the first few days of it coming out, despite the fact that the movies are not nearly ever as good as the books.
Best luck beating the Muggles to the theatre.
Severus and Lily sounds bittersweet.
- What the hell, Lily. You never had time to impart last words of wisdom with your son, you just died.
- Harry and Voldemort in Titanic-like moment
- So much Snape, too little Kleenex