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OMG I Just Saw Harry Potter
The title is based on a quote from Melissa Anelli from after the seventh book came out, so I felt like it was an appropriate choice.


I absolutely loved Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1. Seriously.

I consider this to be the movie that fit the book the closest since Chamber of Secrets, and let’s be honest here, the first two should even count when considering accuracy because of book length. Things were cut from the book, but only a few bother me. I’ll talk about the cut things later.

First, though, I need to talk about the acting. Thank you for finally letting people act. Rupert Grint actually gets to do something in this movie, and the tension that builds inside Ron can be felt in every shot of him. Grint gets to be Ron for once. You can tell just by looking at his face that Ron is in love with Hermione, something that we knew before, but in this movie we can actually feel it. His pleased but bewildered look when Hermione hugs him post-Seven Potters flight is adorable, and the hurt in his face when he thinks that Hermione and Harry are going to end up together is emotionally painful even to someone who knows how the story ends.

Speaking of Hermione, Emma Watson has to get special bonus points for her acting in this movie. Half of the movie is Hermione screaming or crying for one reason or another, but it works. Her desperate speed-talking and crying while trying to fix the splinched Ron effectively shows how much Hermione cares about him. The scene in Malfoy Manor with Bellatrix torturing Hermione deserves special mention as far as acting goes. Watson runs with it, and it’s so believable that it’s actually upsetting to watch.

Daniel Radcliffe is basically just as awesome as he is in Half-Blood Prince, but he’s consistently better at conveying multiple emotions with one expression, and his acting ability has improved naturally. His acting in the Seven Potters scene is probably one of the best in the movie, as he accurately mimics the characters that he’s pretending to be.

The three actors that portray the trio during their Polyjuiced trip to the Ministry were chosen perfectly. They copy the movements of the trio amazingly, particularly the man who plays Albert Runcorn, Harry’s “other version.”

I know that he’s only in the movie for five minutes, but I have to bring up the fact that Remus Lupin finally acted like Remus Lupin. He’s scruffy like the Lupin I had always pictured, and he acts like the Badass Bookworm type of person he is in the books. Also, I’m apparently one of the three people in the world who love Lupin/Tonks, so when she hugged him I died a little bit.

I’m completely ignoring the Harry/Hermione undertones in favor of the Ron/Hermione awesome. The scene where the two of them are sitting at the piano is cute, and the closeness of their hands when sleeping is adorable. Of note is the Malfoy Manor scene. Hermione is half-conscious on the floor, and Bellatrix wanders over to her, commenting that, while Griphook should consider himself lucky, the same cannot be said for Hermione. Ron says something along the lines of “like hell” and sneak-attacks. After a brief scuffle, the fighting stops as Bellatrix puts a knife to Hermione’s throat. Dobby drops a chandelier, forcing Bitchatrix to let go of Hermione, who half-dives, half-falls into Ron’s arms. And she doesn’t let go of him until after Dobby’s death and after a scene change. And it’s awesome.

Speaking of Dobby’s death, the movie ends with the burial of Dobby, which leads directly into Voldemort stealing the Elder Wand from Dumbledore’s tomb. So, basically, it ends on an even more depressing note than 4, 5, or 6.

I mentioned earlier that some things were cut out of the movie. I didn’t really notice many of them, however. They cut out the scene where the trio finds Dean Thomas, Ted Tonks, and some other people hiding from Death Eaters, but that scene really doesn’t mean much since we never actually meet Ted Tonks. Lupin’s fight with Harry isn’t included, but in terms of movie continuity I actually prefer it. With the change to the Lupin/Tonks storyline, Lupin uneasiness about Tonk’s pregnancy (which we actually don’t hear about, funnily enough) would pretty much just make him look like an asshole, which nobody wants. Harry’s Invisibility Cloak is conspicuously absent, but the connection is made subtly enough that, if you’re paying attention, it shouldn’t bother a viewer too much.

Possibly the most baffling change is the fact that Peter “Wormtail” Pettigrew survives the Malfoy Manor scene. In the book, he hesitates when going to kill Harry, and the hand that Voldemort crafted for him turns around and strangles him. In the movie, he’s Stunned and left in the cellar. It’s an odd change, but it will allow him to make an appearance at the Battle of Hogwarts, adding to the number of Death Eaters that we’ll actually recognize.

The movie is dark overall. Most of the humor comes from things that are funny without necessarily meaning to be. Hermione realizing that they forgot to celebrate Harry’s birthday, for example, is amusing, but it’s not something that would be laughed at in story. Few bits of humor are things that would be laughed at in-universe. It’s funny without being a joke, which is important in a movie as grim as this one.

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Lupin is my favorite. But we have had this discussion.


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