WARNING: This review contains SPOILERS for the Harry Potter books and films including Deathly Hallows
Well I must say I was disappointed. I never really like the Harry Potter films much, I’m such a massive fan of the books that I hate every little change. Since the second film I’ve tried to be more relaxed and see the films as films themselves rather than films of books. I can’t stop myself comparing a little (the flying dementors for example really get to me for some reason) but I am able to enjoy the films as themselves, I even bought a copy of Order of the Phoenix after being impressed with Luna but regretted it. However I was impressed with the first part of Deathly Hallows, and I must admit I have been hopeful and excited for this film, partly because of that and partly because of a sort of end of an era feeling about the film. It kind of meant that it was the end of new Harry Potter stuff, and that’s sad.
So on to the film. I feel like my thoughts are a bit all over the place, so rather than my usual review style I’m going to make a list of things I liked, and things I didn’t, and try and explain why.
- The fight between Voldemort and Harry, more epic than in the book, I think that sort of thing lends itself to film.
- Neville’s awesome-ness, he was awesome in the books, but in a different way. I was disappointed how they changed the most awesome Neville moment in the book though, there didn’t even seem to be any point to do it that way…and they had all the ingredients there to actually do it.
- Luna’s awesomeness when it came to finding the diadem. Another pointless change but Luna is my favourite character, and there wasn’t enough of her in Deathly Hallows.
- The scene where Harry returned to Hogwarts, it did bring a little tear to me eye knowing what was to come after all the happiness.
- Ginny’s reaction to Harry’s death, made me cry a little even though I knew he was alive
- The deaths generally, but especially Fred’s killed me in the book, almost killed me in the film
- 19 years later, I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be funny but it was hilariously cheesy!
- McGonnagal’s awesomeness, again different to the book but still awesome.
- The bridge scene, pretty cool and clever.
What I didn’t like:
- Those damn flying dementors, DEMENTORS DON’T FLY!
- Snape’s memories, how can he remember things he didn’t see (i.e. Lily’s death)? And what was with the memories coming from his tears? So cheesy and rubbish.
- The sword of Gryffindor just appearing, what was that about? The burning sorting hat is an epic scene and could have been so good on screen.
- Not my daughter you bitch! So uneventful, it’s one of the best parts of the book but it was just so undramatic.
- The lack of Ravenclaw back story, I like the Helena/Bloody Baron story. And her knowing where the diadem is…she didn’t know that in the book right?
- Ron and Hermione’s kiss. Meant to be totally happy moment in the middle of crazy battle and also a bit funny for inappropriate timing, just wasn’t.
- Ron copying Harry’s parseltongue, not the best part of the book but it sounded like he could speak parseltongue rather than he was copying.
- Neville and Luna pairing, Why? Just why? JK has said they are friends, nothing more, I don’t want them to be anything more, it’s to perfect in a sort of everyone has to be in a couple way, why is that?
- No Kreacher. No fighting for Master Regulas
- Ron not wanting to save the house elves, that’s why Hermione kissed him, not because of some stupid flood moment the same as every other scary slightly death like moment.
- Harry not remembering that he had actually already seen the diadem when he hid the Half-blood Prince’s potion book, but randomly searching for it in this giant room
- No explanation of the tunnel and new room of requirement
- Whoops Harry forgot to fix his wand before he broke the elder wand
- Putting the Slytherins in the dungeon, they were meant to be able to leave or stay and fight, as were the rest of the school
Ok so it technically took me till Sunday to write this…