Warning: You’re about to read thoughts and opinion about the 7th Harry Potter Movie. If you don’t want anything ruined, don’t read this until after you’ve seen the movie.
Warning #2: You’re about to experience some serious Harry Potter nerd alert going on… read at your own risk. If this at all jeopardizes you as a fan for lady danville, I’d stay away from this post as well.
Friday, November 19th, 2010.- by Dan
I got to sneak away this morning from the craziness of touring to catch the first morning showing of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1. Last night, instead of attending to the usual tradition of dressing up (last year’s get up resembled the stunning spell “stupefy” by wearing all red) and watching the midnight showing, I was playing the 10th show of our Ben Folds Lonely Avenue Tour in Montclair, NJ. And while the show turned out great, I couldn’t help but wonder how true to the book HP7 the movie was going to be as I plucked away on the guitar during our opening number, “Spoon.” So instead of sleeping in this morning to prepare for our long drive from NYC to Charlotte, I decided to wake up at 8am and fly solo to the 10:30am showing of HP7 in Brooklyn. It turned out to be a great decision. And the right one. I was tearing up within the opening minutes of the movie. Crazy I know. But this is now the start of the end.
So instead of writing out a real review, I’ve decided to list my top ten favorite moments about the movie. Again, if you haven’t read the seventh book yet and/or seen the movie, I advise that you stop reading. I ain’t holding back. =)
Top Ten Most Favorite Moments
1. Opening scene. I must admit, the combination of the musical score and the dialogue-less montage of Harry, Ron and Hermione in their respective homes really moved me. Especially Hermione’s scene. Her parents are so foreign and distant to readers in the book but the movie does a good job of capturing that sense of sadness Hermione feels erasing herself from her parents’ minds.
2. Charity Burbage. I remember how scary the opening scene at Malfoy Manor seemed when I first read the 7th book. And a large part of that had to do with the murder of Charity Burbage, Professor of Muggle Studies. Anyway, I thought whoever played this character was brilliant. Her lines, however short, were delivered perfectly. I still get the shivers thinking about the way she desperately whispers, “Severus…”
3. Decoy Potters. This scene was very entertaining. The best part was hearing Fleur tell Bill not to look at her because she thought she looked hideous as Harry. Awesome. Oh, and Bill Weasley. Great casting. I never really understood what a good looking Weasley boy meant, but there you have it.
4. Hedwig. I’m a little torn about how Hedwig is killed off. But in the end, while straying from the book, I like that Hedwig dies trying to save Harry. Ugh, my heart breaks just typing that.
5. The casting. I was pleasantly surprised with every new character introduced and the actor playing them. Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour. AMAZING. I wish they would’ve showed the scene from the book where him and Harry go at it with each other. That would have been awesome. Mundungus Fletcher. Another great casting. His voice alone was perfect. He just looked like a con man. Bathilda Bagshot. Spooky ass bat witch slash killer snake. What a freaky scene. So good.
6. Splinching. Wow. The movie definitely shows you how painful that can be. Where’s my Essence of Dittany.
7. Breaking into the Ministry. This scene was highly entertaining as we saw Harry, Ron and Hermione all disguised as three public servants of the Ministry. These actors did a great job because you could still feel the presence of the trio behind those disguises. Reg Cattermole was especially hilarious. Rupert Grint really does a good job with the delivery of his lines. A personal favorite was when he freaks out about his “family”and then remembers that it’s not his family.
9. Destroying the Horcrux scene. This was probably the most anticipated scene for me. I remember when they first started filming HP7 and there was so much buzz about the long-awaited kiss between Ron and Hermione. And at that time, I remember thinking to myself, well, what about Harry and Hermione? Because they technically kiss first in the scene where Ron has to destroy the Horcrux. Anyway, David Yates definitely does a good job capturing that which tears up Ron inside.
10. DOBBY! What a shining light in this movie. He had great comedic lines and was just such a breath of fresh air every time he entered the scene. The ending could have been stronger in my opinion, but it definitely still left me teary eyed. Here lies Dobby, a Free Elf. We’ll miss you buddy.
Some disappointments. The movie can’t get everything right. And I don’t expect it to. Like deciding against using disguises for Harry at the wedding, or for both Harry and Hermione at Godric’s Hollow. Or for adding a random dance scene in the movie between Harry and Hermione. And movies will never be able to capture the internal monologues that occur as well as the book does. But I am a bit disappointed with some of the more emotionally intense scenes. Like when Ron walks out on Harry and Hermione. I expected more yelling and pleading from Hermione in the beginning. Or the torture scene between Bellatrix and Hermione. I expected more maddening insanity from Ron as we hear Hermione scream (which I thought was brilliantly done). And lastly, the death of Dobby. Yes, I may still have teared up… but I was looking for an even bigger emotion. This is the turning point for Harry. This is where he decides Horcuxes, not Hallows. But this is where the internal monologue of the book gets lost translated onto the screen.
Oh well. I still loved this movie. And I will probably watch it again. Ok, enough nerding out for tonight.
P.S. What about you? Any favorite moments? Did you leave disappointed about anything at all? Share with us your thoughts! =)