1. I don't see how people can watch these movies without having read the books. The books are quite ubiquitous, though I do know a few snobs who wouldn't lower themselves to read popular books (because they must not be any good of they're popular). LA Public Library has a 1000 name waiting list for 300+ copies. We're going to donate one of our copies to a school library.
Originally Posted by Twist_of_Fate
The movie was extremely rushed. The shortcuts taken were creative enough, though,
Having Cho be the "sneak" cut down on casting, but the use of Veratiserum would have discovered the D.A. from everyone (unless they all dumped their tea as Harry did in the book).
I was hoping for more of the "Pensieve" scene, particularly some comment from Lily, perhaps linking that comment to what Harry tells Voldemort at the end. Movies like to do that. The "I will not tell lies," comment is used against Umbridge that way.
And I guess the unopenable locket in Grimmauld Place isn't important?
I would have loved to have seen St Mungo's and a cameo by Kenneth Branagh, and see Neville's parents and that one wizard who was Imperious-Cursed into going into the Dept of Mysteries get killed by the Devil's Snare.
And I would have liked to have seen more rooms in the dept of mysteries, instead of just one room filled with prophecies.
Explaining the prophecy, so its importance is appropriately magnified to the value Voldemort placed on it, should have been included. Non-readers might be confused about this.
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.