And no, I don’t mean some new Hewlett Packard computer version.
Naturally I’m talking about the last installment of the Harry Potter franchise: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II Electric Bugaloo.
My one sentence review? I liked it ok.
Personally I’m sort of glad the franchise is done. I really hate it when the movie industry takes YEARS to complete a trilogy (Original Star Wars and L.O.T.R.). Yeah, I know it takes awhile to put a movie together… but mostly the wait is just yanking the audience’s chain.
That bothers me. And that’s what they did with this final installment of HP. So yippie skippy it’s now over.
The other thing that bothers me about movies made from books is the editing and “creative license” some directors take with the story.
For the most part, this HP movie is fairly true to the book, but they still managed to “creatively alter” things.
My biggest beef is actually with the movie “Half Blood Prince”, because they took out SO much that was crucial in the book. All of Harry’s moments in the Pensive where he learns about Voldemort and the horcruxes (like the Hufflepuff cup), etc. And how Harry hides the potion’s book in the cabinet marked with the bust and the “wonky crown” (Ravenclaw diadem).
These changes REALLY altered the story, IMHO. So now in this final movie, Harry finds the horcruxes by “feel”. And also now Voldemort feels every time a horcrux is destroyed and is onto Harry’s plan.
Other things that were dissatisfying were the battle of Bellatrix and Molly as well as the final duel between Harry and Voldemort.
I always pictured Molly’s battle with Bellatrix to be more “epic”. In the movie, it’s just sort of anti-climactic. The same kind of goes for Harry’s final duel.
I really missed Harry giving the speech about the wands to Voldemort as they dueled. And was COMPLETELY pissed that the final spell/curse combo of “avada kedavra” from Voldemort and “Expelliarmus” from Harry was completely omitted.
I mean, Harry *always* used Expelliarmus– it was his signature. To disarm, not to kill. And having that be the spell he used which caused Voldemort’s spell to backfire I think was the complete apex of 7 novel’s worth of story.
And the thing is, some of these little bits would have been SO easy to add to the movie and not have made it run long. But no. Decisions were made. And they weren’t the same ones I would have made.
So while I enjoyed the movie and was relieved that the series was finally brought to a close, I was left a tad bit unsatisfied by the final product.
Anyone else out there an HP purist like myself who feels the same way?