Well, see, that's the thing: Rowling has NEVER let truly CRUCIAL plot points be overlooked. Take the Kreacher thing for example. She told them to leave him in or they'd be in a world of hurt, thus, Kreacher equals crucial. Whereas, in the truly grand scheme of things, suggesting that Neville could have basically been in Harry's exact position isn't really all that important because about the only thing it goes to show is that Voldemort picked his own enemy. Furthermore, I'm glad that the movie doesn't rundown the plot completely because I've read the book. I don't want the movie (or any other adaptation for that matter) to give viewers (either the casual first timer or the die-hard fan) the feeling like they just read the book. Those who know nothing about Potter than besides the movies should feel INSPIRED to go read the book(s). I simply wish that they had developed the time they DID spend on things in the book (specifically Fred/George's exit and the Department of Mysteries) for longer than they did. The Fred/George scene could have EASILY been 10 minutes, and the Ministry scene could have EASILY been upwards of an hour (45-50 minutes would have probably done it). But meh....just my humble opinions.
I actually loved this movie. I'm really surprised by how much I liked it because I haven't liked any of the movies up to this point. I think what helped me a lot was that it's been so long since I read the 5th book. I wasn't noticing all the things they left out. I was remembering the book as I watched it. It was really exciting for me. I spent the whole time thinking 'ooh yeah'. I thought the cinematography was top notch and the special effects were better than I could have imagined!
Lastly, I can't see how someone can think about going to see this movie as if it were a complete story. It is part of a very large story, and this movie is part of a serial. It's not a sequel in that sense.
i think of the first five books this was the toughest to put onscreen. I know it was the hardest for me to read so far. While I loved the movie, it just sort of hit the basics of the plot and then I think when they were done they found they had a three hour movie so they cut it because some of the editing was choppy. They also left out two important points that were in the book and answered one important question. I hope they get done with the next two quicky because the kids are aging rapidly and while they might be able to pass for teenages, they soon won't be able to.
Movies are being released every year and a half or so. For such long movies based on long books, it's probably about as fast as they could have gone.
I don't think a screenplay for Movie 7 can be finished before Movie 6 filming is finished.
Also, Sirius called Harry "James" at the Ministry of Magic, but they didn't establish in the movie that we was blurring the two in his head....maybe there are Grimmauld Place scenes that were cut?
I really wanted to see St. Mungo's and the Longbottoms and Gilderoy. I was so looking forward to that!!
And no Quidditch? Ugh! Kids (and adults!) love watching Quidditch scenes, especially with the whole "Weasley is our king!" thing...the movie needed it, as it really dragged in the middle with the music montage--showing the progression of the DA and the inquisitor's team.
I wanted it to show that Narcissa Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange are sisters and Sirius's cousins. Also, that Tonks is related to Sirius. Also, wanted him to refer to his brother, Regulus.....but nada.
I thought it was cheesy that Umbridge got carried off by the centaurs, but no mention of whatshisname, the one who teaches Trelawney's class.
Plus, I wanted to see Trelawney's sherry-drinking habit develop. :evil:
My husband came home ranting about the movie last night--I made him read the book (he's no great reader) and he loved it, so all that effort that went into reading the book was wasted on the movie, in his opinion. Man, he tore that movie apart!! :lmao:
I loved this movie, its my favorite one
I am having horrible flashbacks to Umbridge... that evil pink nazi... she kills me! She was amazingly scary on screen..
That was the part that I wish they had put in... It would have been really nice to see Ron as Prefect... I know I would have enjoyed that and also seeing Firenze teaching Professor Trelawny's class...
i was very pleased with this movie. the fifth book was my favorite and this might just be my favorite potter movie so far. i understand that the movie is going to be different because the book is so long so they can't put everything in and for what they did, the did pretty great! i too loved the action scenes between voldemart and dumbledore and i thought daniel radcliffe gave a very wonderful performance, you can really tell how much he has grown as an actor. and the people they chose to play luna and umbridge were perfect. although umbridge didn't look like a toad but she still had the character down pretty well.
Oh yeah, I really wanted to see Firenze's class because it sounded so cool in the book.
Stink, you always want more Snape, ;) , but at least he had something to do this time instead of stand around and sneer. Definitely needed more Draco, but had a lot of good scenes with Lucious.
I haven't seen it yet - tho my daughters are seeing it again today (they saw it late last night also) They tell me Beatrix was awesome but they were disappointed she was only in about 10 minutes - they were disappointed that the whole explanation of Sirus's house was overlooked and I tried to explain to them that it probably was filmed but cut so that the movie would be at least under 3 hours!
They thought Daniel and Rupert were hot - and they have a new respect for Emma (both the acting and the character)
Potterite daughter thought it wasn't as good as Azkabahn but younger daughter who has not read the books thought it was the best - sooooooo I'm thinking that if you havent' read the books it will be a real exciting ride - whereas if you have read the book you are expecting certain parts of the story and will feel disjointed when you don't see it.
I'm going to go see it this Saturday
The movie kicked butt, and was the best ever in my opinion. Though they did leave a lot out from the book, and changed things around once again. In the book, Cho wasn't the one to defy the group, it was one of her friends. And Neville didn't tell Harry about his parents because he was too shy about it. Harry found about it by going to St Mungos while visiting Ron's dad, and having a run in with the former professor, Lockheart.
Saw the midnight showing btw, with the rest of the true fans.