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  • 5 Wands - One of the best of the Potter series

    18 38.30%
  • 4 Wands - Can't wait for part 2

    22 46.81%
  • 3 Wands - It was just ok

    6 12.77%
  • 2 Wands - Should have only been 1 movie

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: MiceChat Reviews

    I made a list of 20+ things in the book not in the movie.
    Not sure if I want to paste it here.

    The connection of Grindelwald to Dumbledore was not very clear in the movie. What was shown:
    1. Gregorovitch owned the Elder Wand. Did Ollivander tell Voldemort this? He did in the book. Might be near the beginning of Movie 7-2, when Harry talks with Griphook and Ollivander.
    2. Gregorovitch tells L.V. that a boy stole it long ago. We go into his mind via L.V. (via Harry) to see Grindelwald stealing the wand.
    3. Book and Movie 1 discuss Dumbledore's defeat of Grindelwald on the back of his chocolate frog trading card.
    4. In this movie, Grindelwald confesses to L.V. that Dumbledore has it. There wasn't much time for Harry to mount up and get it first.

    Besides, we who've read the books know better about the owner of the Elder Wand.
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    Most egregious fact missing:

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    It is not told that Harry owns the house on Grimmauld Place and thus is Kreacher's Master. So, when he's spilling his guts to Harry about the locket, he could have, in theory, told that to anybody if he is not Harry's house elf. For sure, he told Dumbledore at some point in the time of Book 6 (he was working in the kitchens with Dobby).
    But, this was taken out of Movie 6 in favor of the "flirting with the waitress" scene. Frustrating.

    His betrayal of Sirius Black in Book 5 was cut out in Movie 5. As I wrote in another thread, elf magic might be too confusing to keep in a movie. It has to be explained, and reading about it seems easier than talking on a screen about it.
    Oh, and Kreacher could have done all those things in Malfoy Manor. Harry forgot that, to, in Book and Movie.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: MiceChat Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Zorro825 View Post
    Agreed! I was shocked it wasnt included!
    Overall, I thought it was a very good movie. I didnt have nearly as many gripes (complaints about what was left out vs what made it) with this movie as I have with the previous 6 films.
    One thing I do have to comment on:

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    The horcrux scene when the visions of Harry and Hermoine appear before Ron. I knew it was going to be twisted, but wow it was a borderline sex scene!! It was very jarring to see it
    While I enjoyed the movie and am already counting down the days to part 2, it did seem to drag a bit here and there for me (and I've read the books). When this scene came about... yeah that got my attention. I was like, WOAH!

    That being said, overall the acting was really good. Those kids have really grown as actors.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: MiceChat Reviews

    If anybody is looking to get years 1-6 on Blu Ray, there is a great deal today.

    Amazon.com: Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset [Blu-ray]: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson: Movies & TV

    I was going to wait for all 7, but can't pass this up.


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    one click order completed

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    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    If anybody is looking to get years 1-6 on Blu Ray, there is a great deal today.

    Amazon.com: Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset [Blu-ray]: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson: Movies & TV

    I was going to wait for all 7, but can't pass this up.
    Holy crap!! they're usually $20 each!
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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: MiceChat Reviews

    2 Wands for me. I am a casual Harry Potter fan. But i've seen the movies plenty of times to understand all the significance of each item and what not. But this movie was just completely uneventful. It could have been a 5 minute intro to whatever part 2 is going to be.


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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: MiceChat Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    2 Wands for me. I am a casual Harry Potter fan. But i've seen the movies plenty of times to understand all the significance of each item and what not. But this movie was just completely uneventful. It could have been a 5 minute intro to whatever part 2 is going to be.
    Have you read the books?

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    Biggest Harry Potter fan? This guy's nuts:
    World's Biggest Harry Potter Fan on MSN Video

    just wow. very dedicated for sure.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: MiceChat Reviews

    My review for a local paper. (I'm Brent.)


    What's it worth, Brent? $8.50


    What's it worth, Roberta? $10



    Lord Voldemort (Ralph Finnes) is poised to seize control of the wizarding world. “Chosen One” Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) pack their bags and leave home, but this time it isn't to return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – they're going on the run. Their mission is to find and destroy four horcruxes, artifacts that contain pieces of Voldemort's soul. Unless they succeed, Voldemort can never be killed. Part 2 is due out in July 2011. Directed by David Yates, who helmed the previous two installments, Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. Also showing in 3D.


    Roberta: It was really very fun seeing the actors grown up. They showed in a preview before the movie, Harry Potter little when he started. Wasn't he cute? And now they had them being mature, and they handled it very well. And it felt like a quest. In Lord of the Rings, they were on a quest to get rid of the ring, and they shoulda gotten rid of the whole movie as far as I was concerned. This wasn't “hocus pocus, look at the special effects” like in Lord of the Rings. I also liked this better than the last Harry Potter movie. In that, I was aware that they were acting - it was cute, but in this one it was very natural. It was like they were really going on the quest, and you didn't know where it was going.

    Brent: (Well, I did. I read the book.)


    Roberta: They guy who plays Harry Potter, obviously, is really great. I got so into it, I forgot myself. And it's so cute when his friend Ron gets that expression - quirky, impish.

    Brent: The best news I have to report is: Hermione is back in this installment. Gone are all the traces of Bella Swann wannabe that were present in the sixth film. This is the smart, strong heroine who was my favorite character in the books. Moving on to the bad guys, what did you think of Ralph Finnes as Lord Voldemort?


    Roberta: He kept you on edge. He was evil.

    Brent: Reeeeeeeeeeally? Lord Voldemort was eeeeeeevil!?

    Roberta: Well, I didn't know he was that evil. But boy, they didn't mess around!


    Brent: I like the way he holds his wand(s) – it's a little different than everyone else in the movies.


    Roberta: I loved the visuals - the cinematography, the scope, the way it made things feel so vast and barren when Harry and friends land somewhere.


    Brent: There's a really nice revolving shot that shows how Hermione's protective spells work to conceal them. Then there's “The Tale of the Three Brothers”, a fairy tale which is represented in animation, making it visually unique from the rest of the movie.


    Roberta: The “shadow-story,” what an interesting way to show that. They told so much in that little time, they told the whole thing of what happened to the brothers. Very clever.


    Brent: But I have to say that Yates is maybe a little too in love with the swirly smokey effects that accompany the appearance of Voldemort's Death Eaters. Also, I was thinking about why Nagini, Voldemort's faithful giant snake, didn't seem as threatening as they were trying to make her. The spells seem threatening, the Dementors (cloaked figures who suck out people's happiness) seem threatening, but the threat Nagini poses is physical harm, and it doesn't seem like that arrangement of pixels (expertly arranged though it was) could touch the human characters.


    Roberta: And I thought there coulda been just a little more drama when he was trapped under the ice. Somehow I felt like they shoulda...I dunno...held him under more?


    Brent: At least when he was in the water, (I'm pretty sure) he was actually in water.


    Roberta: This is nitpicking, because it was such a good movie to me!I loved the computer-animated house elves, I loved the scene with the giant (Hagrid) driving the boy on the flying motorcycle. I loved Helena Bonham Carter (as Bellatrix Lestrange). She was so evil, and she does that very well. The best scene was at the beginning, when they all turned into Harrys. They take (the Polyjuice Potion), and bend down, like they're getting shorter. And it was touching, 'cause they were doing it to help him.

    Brent: The best part of the film for me was Harry, Ron and Hermione's infiltration of the Ministry of Magic – suspense, action, dark implications, laughs, emotion, political satire, visual metaphor for teens joining the adult world – it's all here. We want to praise the adult actors who played the people whose appearance Harry and friends took on.Inevitably though, a few elements of the book get “splinched” when “apparating” to the screen. Major omissions for me included (right off the bat) a meaningful exchange between Harry and cousin Dudley, and the whole point of the character Rufus Scrimgeour* (Bill Nighy) - here, he just reads Dumbledore's will. Rhys Ifans (Nanny McPhee Returns) was good as Xenophilious Lovegood, but I expected the character to be more eccentric - more like his daughter, Luna (Evanna Lynch is one of the highlights as always. That airy voice when she makes her little comments, “What a curious thing to keep in your sock!”) And they failed to capture the big death at the end, just as they did in the last movie. In this case, it was down to the dying one's dialogue. “What a beautiful place...to be with friends...” What a way to kill a death scene. I would probably have given this movie a $9 rating if it wasn't for that. But still, overall, I would recommend seeing this movie.


    Roberta: Even where it ended (where they cut it off), I was happy with that. I mean, I can't wait to see the next one, but it wasn't like, “What!?” I can see why these movies have such a fanbase.




    ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS I HAD TO CUT FOR LENGTH:


    Brent: This has been a wildly uneven film series for me, sometimes soaring as high as a hippogriff, other times sinking as low as the belly of Nagini the giant snake. Overall, this is a pretty good entry – though, as always, not as good as the book. (Is any film adaptation ever?)


    *Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour (Bill Nighy) only gets to read Dumbledore's will. The whole point of his character – that he was more concerned with the appearance of being tough on Voldemort and wanted to use Harry as a propaganda pawn – is missing here. He and Harry have no history and that robs the will-reading scene of some of its dramatic tension.


    Maybe at some points they might have been better served with an animatronic snake. And Dumbledore's tomb looked like the big, blocky polygons from the Super Nintendo version of StarFox.


    Ron's other brother, Percy Weasley, seems to have gone the way of Ritchie Cunningham's older brother from Happy Days. (I'm going to miss his role in Part 2).


    I feel sorry for the actors playing the Dursleys. They were such a major part of the early films, but they get about a minute of screen time here.


    (On the big death) It would have been subtler (and more entertaining) to have him break into a rendition of “A Little Fall of Rain” from Les Miserables.


    (Joking about the scene in Godric's Hollow on Christmas Eve) They shoulda had someone go by, throw a snowball at them, and yell (Jimmy Stewart voice) “Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!”


    Roberta: Ron and Hermione - they were doing the little flirty doody-doody, but I thought they were already supposed to be in a relationship. I actually had to ask you, whose girlfriend is she supposed to be. They coulda held hands or something. I saw more affection with Timmy and Lassie.


    (On the the audience at the midnight show). It was such a nice crowd of people. The people were into the Harry Potter, and they were all very nice and polite. It was a fun crowd to be with, it made the movie even better, they enhanced it, because they were so into it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    If anybody is looking to get years 1-6 on Blu Ray, there is a great deal today.

    Amazon.com: Harry Potter Years 1-6 Giftset [Blu-ray]: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson: Movies & TV

    I was going to wait for all 7, but can't pass this up.
    What are the bonus features in this set? If I didn't already have the 2-disc DVDs of the first 6 movies, I may have considered this.

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    Re: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: MiceChat Reviews

    Anybody go to the theater dressed-up in costumes as in the early days of Potter movies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    Anybody go to the theater dressed-up in costumes as in the early days of Potter movies?
    Why, I'm glad you asked

    This is at the Midnight show in Arroyo Grande, CA. I went with my new owl, Hedwidgeon (named for Hedwig and Pigwidgeon She's actually the Beanie Baby of Eglantine from Legend of the Guardians.)

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    There were also people in more official-looking Hogwards uniforms, a lot of pointy witch's hats, and a girl in a shiny, sparkly robe who I think was supposed to be a Beauxbatons student.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbossa View Post
    What are the bonus features in this set? If I didn't already have the 2-disc DVDs of the first 6 movies, I may have considered this.
    I ordered it even though I already had the gift set of the first movies... just because these are bluray and for the price it's hard to be wasteful (even tho I already have film 6 in bluray)
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