This review contains spoilers for the Harry Potter books and films.
I’ve been really books excited about this film. It’s strange because I don’t usually really like the Harry Potter films. I love the books so much that I am disappointed by the films. I hate it when they miss anything out, or change anything. The dementors have always been a real irritation for me, they are so different in the films, dementors don’t fly! Unfortunately they still annoyed me in this film, not only by flying but also because they seemed to be able to administer the kis by just being there, but hey it’s minor really isn’t it? They’re not such a big thing in this film as in Prisoner of Azkaban so I could leave it alone really.
I did actually like this film quite a lot, certainly better than the other films so far. I wasn’t sure how they would keep it going as a lot of the time the trio were basically just camping. I think it was done quite well. They kept in important parts but still managed to show the progression of time. There were a few points I was really impressed by. I think Hermione wiping her parents memories was done really well, you could really see her sadness and her determination, it seemed more like an aside in the book. I really liked Dobby, he was like the best bit of the film, so awesome.
I do think the person sitting next to me knew Harry Potter just from the films. I thought it was quite coherent but she kept asking her friend questions, so I think again knowing the book is advantageous to seeing the film. I suppose it’s a good thing in a way because it may encourage people to read the books too, and I always advocate that.
There were a few little things that got to me. I wished the memorial to the Potter’s was still there, it was a really moving part of the book, made me cry a little. I had really liked Potterwatch in the book and was sad to see that cut, maybe it’s not an important thing but it was really the trio’s link to the rest of the wizarding world. Also the taboo put on Voldemort’s name wasn’t mentioned which I think could be kind of important. I find it easier now to accept changes, and I try not to look for them, but I can’t help but notice. I think the changes in this were pretty minor but they still bother me a little.
Overall this I think has been the best film so far, but not a patch on the book.