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I loved it. I adored it. I thought it was so wonderfully done.



I wish they had shown Fred's death. I think that is the one thing I was truly disappointed with. It felt too big to be glossed over. I mean, if you can't tell the two apart (and I forgot to look for George's missing ear), then you might not have realized it was Fred at all.

I also would have liked to have seen Percy's return to the fold. But I'm just glad he was there.

The film was the shortest of all of them, and I feel like it wouldn't have hurt to add these small scenes, plus a few others. Alas!

Also, I wish Harry had mended his wand.

BUT!

Oh my gosh, I thought it was so good! I cried from pretty much the boathouse to King's Cross, especially during Snape's memories, and Harry's walk to meet Voldemort.

I couldn't not, you know?

I loved the Ron/Hermione kiss- it was perfectly done, and fit in with the canon of the film. It would have been nice if it had been like the book, but the spontaneity was still there, and the smiles after they kissed were adorable.

I thought the epilogue was really well done. Aging actors can look so bad, but they did a pretty good job. I mean, as someone on their way to 36, I think they looked a bit too old, but I might have a bias . . .

I thought Helena Bonham-Carter was fantastic as Hermione-playing-Bellatrix, and I really liked the vault scene. Poor dragon!

I loved Harry's "Hermione, when have our plans ever worked out?" Snerk.

I haven't, in past films, loved Ron being used as comic relief, because it's seemed to be his only purpose. In this film (and the last one), I feel like they got it right. He had some funny lines, but they weren't clownish or anything. They helped break the tension at the right moments (also, Seamus's "She has six brothers, but there's only one Harry Potter" was awesome).

Can we talk about Awesome Neville? Because Neville? Awesome. Fantastic. I loved him on the bridge taunting the Death Eaters, and how when he stepped forward, and the Death Eaters laughed at him, he was all "Fuck off, we're awesome, even if Harry's dead, and have you met the FUCKING SWORD OF GRYFFINDOR?"

Also badass? McGonagall. Love, love, love. And when she was giddy about doing the spell to animate the statuary, I died with love.

This is so little, but I love that Seamus's penchant for blowing things up, which has been consistent from the first film, was used. Fantastic.

I liked when Harry ran into Ginny, they kissed, and went on. I'm not sure the actors have the best chemistry, but I felt that it was a really important moment in the film. It worked for me.

Snape. Everything about Snape. Everything about Snape. His crying at Lily's death (with crying baby Harry in the background GAH), his realization that Voldemort is going to kill him, his "pig for slaughter", and jeebus the "always". I can't even. I can't even).

I loved the Malfoy's and Harry calling Draco out on not outing Harry at Malfoy Manor.

I loved Aberforth.

I loved the other-worldliness of the scene in King's Cross with Dumbledore, and the importance of their discussion, and Dumbledore's calling Harry a man.


~

Okay, I have to go do stuff and there is SO MUCH MORE, I will probably think of, but I had to get this out and put down some jumbled thoughts.



I just remembered that last night I dreamed that I was the Nanny for Neil Partick Harris's kids. Random.

Date: 2011-07-16 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abby20.livejournal.com
Yes, yes, and yes. And more yes. I didn't love the epilogue but I also didn't expect to care about it, so that's fine. McGonagall's joy about moving the statues was SO GOOD. I think they nailed all of the smaller, pivotal moments from the books, especially Molly vs. Bellatrix (that got such a loud cheer), and OMG SNAPE. I also liked the way they handled Harry and Ginny, because those actors don't have good chemistry (and I don't care for the pairing -- or Ginny -- much at all), but it was sweet and appropriate. And FUCK YEAH NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM. And Luna yelling at Harry!

And in the books I don't think Harry got to see Hermione and Ron before he went into the forest, did he? Regardless, I loved that moment. So much crying!

I'm going to miss this universe.

Date: 2011-07-16 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelchicken.livejournal.com
OMG LUNA YELLING AT HARRY OMG!!!

*bless*

*love*
Edited Date: 2011-07-16 10:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-07-16 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunbrae.livejournal.com
This! This a thousand times. I cried and cried, but I think I cried most for Snape. Rickman acted the hell out of those scenes.

I'm going to miss looking forward to HP movies so, so much. Can't wait to see it again.

Date: 2011-07-16 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelchicken.livejournal.com
Sunny, I don't even know how I'm going to deal with no more to look forward to. Rickman was amazing, DanRad was amazing, *everyone* was amazing.

I want to see it again right. now.

But I'll probably wait until tomorrow.

I loved it. Loved. It.

Date: 2011-07-16 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunbrae.livejournal.com
Yes to the amazing. I know some people are going to hate it, which is valid, but all I can say is haterz to the left. The movie is fantastic. I, too, want to see it again, but I'll probably wait. I planned to take the boys, but things give me pause: Voldemort's bloody feet as he walks through Gringotts with all the dead goblins around; Fenrir Greyback snacking on a student with blood on his mouth; fetus Voldemort covered in blood; and Nagini's Snape attack. I don't know if I want the boys to see that, so I asked Mr. Sun to go with me and help me decide. I thought about covering the boys' eyes, because when I told them they probably wouldn't see the movie, they responded, "WHAT? YOU HAVE TO TAKE US! WE SAW THE FIRST HALF!" I don't want to disappoint them, but I think those scenes were pretty gory considering the boys are 7, 9, and 11. IDK.

Not taking little Monkeys into consideration: I loved it and want to see it a million times.

Date: 2011-07-18 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/bliss_/
I agree with all of your thoughts, I absolutely loved it, I wouldn't have changed a thing, but at the same time, like you, would have loved to have more focus on Fred, Percy and the mending of the wand. Our thoughts are basically spot on and I just can't wait to see this movie again and again. D

Draco hesitating before going over to the side of evil meant so much to me, Neville, Snape, the kiss, King's Cross and just every single thing. It never ceases to amaze me how brave Harry is, and Dan's acting when Harry realizes he's the last horcrux and has to sacrifice himself, and then does so without hesitation just broke me. Not to mention Minerva putting herself in front of him and Dumbledore's calling Harry a man (like you said). So many perfect, perfect things.

I was such a wreck going into the movie (and sobbed most of the way through it), but once it was over I realized that I was so worried about it being the end and having to let go of these characters that I love and have grown up with when it hit me that HP will never be over for me. It just means too much to let it go and I don't have to.

Did you see Dan on Regis and Kelly? He said basically the same thing as you, that they found the perfect ratio of action and wit in this one and he's so proud of it.

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