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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt , DH2, It All Ended

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

Posted on 2011.07.15 at 12:33
So, last night at about 11:00 PM my BFF and I showed up at Cinema World, in Fitchburg, MA, to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

I can't really give many points to Cinema World. The 3-D glasses they were using were the heavy, expensive kind that you have to give back after the movie: No "Harry-Potter-Style" souvenirs for us! It wasn't too long a wait to get into the cinema, but, once there, the on-screen advertising was a cheap-looking, out-of-focus Microsoft Power-Point Presentation, with about a half-dozen lame generic trivia questions mixed in, also out of focus. (It didn't help that I was sitting in front of two guys who seemed to think that every question was "Which movie did you like best?" Rather than "Which movie did X, Y, or Z happen in?" And had to answer out loud, usually incorrectly, every single time the questions appeared.) Cinema World also loses points for starting the Midnight show at 12:25 AM. This was even more annoying since it had started on time in the next theater over, and we could hear the loud noises and rumbles of other fans enjoying the movie while we were still watching the sixth iteration of "Which Oliver Stone Movie Did Critics Call Dallas in Wonderland?"

As to the movie itself?



The 3D was excellent for "Post-Production 3D." It wasn't too dark, murky, or hard to see.

After the sprawling length of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, it was pretty amusing to realize that after an initial couple of scenes, the entire movie takes place over the course of a single, harrowing night. I really felt the runaway pace of it, and it was to the movie's great advantage.

There were a very few disappointments. As has been noted elsewhere, the R/Hr "full-on-snog" was let down considerably by consisting entirely of a long shot of the back of Rupert's head. I keep thinking, for all the awkwardness Rupert and Emma say they went through, it was all a waste: we could have seen the same shot without them laying a lip on one another. I also think we lost more than we gained by moving the kiss into the Chamber of Secrets, thereby losing "Is this the moment? Oi! There's a war going on here!" and Hermione's being motivated by Ron showing real concern for non-human magical beings.

I also felt the destruction of the Hufflepuf Horcrux was kind of a let-down. Second-Year Harry had to fight a simaculum of Young Tom Riddle to the death, and Ron had to face his deepest fears and insecurities. All Hermione had to do was take a deep breath. You've all seen my version of the trial the Horcrux puts her through, for a giggle or two, but [personal profile] thesteppyone wrote a great fic covering that Horcrux's destruction, and so did [personal profile] amythis; I feel like Kloves missed a huge opportunity in not doing the same.

Another huge loss to me was the return of Percy and death of Fred. Yes, Percy is there, in the background, with no lines, but JKR's scene, with Percy's joke and Fred literally dying laughing at it, was too good to lose. I hope it's in the DVD Extras.

Those complaints were minor, though, given the breathless, solemn, magnificent movie we were swept through, the headlong action and serious drama and lovely light moments, and amazing performances all around.

And, best of all, just like the book, if you stop before the Epilogue, it's the perfect Trio ending, Harry, Ron and Hermione standing together, facing their new life, hand-in-hand-in-hand.



It's actually pretty sad to realize that there will never again be a midnight premiere of a new Harry Potter movie. But the whole ten-year cycle went out on a wonderfully strong note.

All, as they say, is well.

Comments:


mrsquizzical
mrsquizzical at 2011-07-15 21:26 (UTC) (Link)
i'm so glad i went to the midnight screening. i've not made it before, so it felt like a good ceremonial end to things.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-07-21 00:37 (UTC) (Link)
It's so strange to me that we've seen the very last Premiere of a Harry Potter movie. I feel like Wile E. Coyote: I was running, and everything was fine, and now the edge of the cliff is back there and any moment now, I'm going to start to fall.
Jessica
taynney at 2011-07-16 02:16 (UTC) (Link)
I just went and saw the movie myself, and honestly, it was perfect. Yes, there were the bits and pieces left out that I wish had still been in (especially Fred's death. I desperately wished to see Fred's last moments as they had affected me most in the books), but in all, I felt like it was a wonderful interpretation. I liked that we didn't have to be force fed what we true fans already knew, and were just thrown back into the story where we had left off.

I loved that there were funny parts, and dramatic parts. I felt like Neville was done a great justice in how heroic he was portrayed, and I love that they brought back Dean and Seamus as well. I do know why they had Zabini in the film instead of Crabbe, but it felt like a random selection to me. And the fact that Goyle died? I always liked to imagine that he ended up a decent fellow after.

Also the Malfoy's running away from Hogwarts instead of fighting. Also Snape's memories were cut way too short, but it got the point across.

I can't believe how much I cried though. The cinematography was done really well, and I ended up crying when McGonagall animated the gargoyles, and didn't stop until the movie ended.

I just... god. I need fanfiction.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-07-21 00:42 (UTC) (Link)
I was thoroughly exhilarated and saddened, truly bittersweet, throughout the movie. It packed a powerful emotional punch, and it beautifully closed out the series, just as JK Rowling's novel did the literary series, and it left me feeling that wonderful satisfaction and sadness that a story, well-told, has reached its conclusion. Its ending is everything it should be, and yet, still, we will miss the journey, no matter how we love this final destination.

I need fanfiction.

I don't want to write checks I can't cash, but I have hope I may have something for you there before too awfully long.
violet
amythis at 2011-07-16 16:32 (UTC) (Link)
Our "midnight" showing started at 12:20ish, but that's typical, so I'm surprised your neighboring theater had it on time. I chose 2D and don't feel like I missed anything, although I might try IMAX later this summer. (Seattle IMAX sold out midnight tickets in one hour!)

Re the kiss, I hope it doesn't sound creepy that it consoles me to at least know that Rupert and Emma had to kiss multiple times, presumably full-on, even if Ron and Hermione's kiss ended up being too private, hidden from us and Harry. Harry's look when he sees them hand-holding was adorable though. I think Ron does a Yeah, well, you know look, too, but I couldn't notice many details the first viewing.

Blush, I'm glad you still like my version of the Horcrux-cup destruction. I had to go reread that chapter, which also contains Hermione's description of the kiss. I don't think I ever read steppyone's version, and now that I'm not writing fanfic, I suppose there's no harm in it. Link please? Your photo-essay was of course perfection.

Percy's plotline was shafted, no question. Sad we didn't get more of Fred's death, but I did like the added Twins moment as the battle begins.

It's interesting that the movie struck you as solemn. Maybe it was the teen-heavy audience I saw it with, but there was a lot of laughter, some intentional, some not. (Not just the Voldemort/Draco hug but also things like Ron opening the CoS door.)

And, yeah, the hand-in-hand-in-hand, so lovely. I suppose I'll have something to work with for future fanvids. Hm, can I edit Ginny out of the epilogue? (Ducking to avoid Ginny-fans throwing things.)

Hugs!
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-07-16 17:22 (UTC) (Link)
I chose 2D and don't feel like I missed anything, although I might try IMAX later this summer.

I don't feel like the 3D was any particular advantage, to be honest. The next fifty or sixty times I see it, I'll probably go for 2D!

Link please?

I can't find it! I remember reading it and greatly enjoying it, but at the minute, its location is eluding me.

It's interesting that the movie struck you as solemn.

Well, I did mention lovely, light moments, but, compared to, say, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone, or even Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this thing is like a Russian novel.

And it does carry an awareness that, as the ads keep reminding us, it all ends.

And, yeah, the hand-in-hand-in-hand, so lovely.

Like they all just said, "Nuptialis Unum!"

Hm, can I edit Ginny out of the epilogue? (Ducking to avoid Ginny-fans throwing things.)

I'm baffled that Book!Ginny-fans would have any investment in Movie!Ginny. She's a completely different, almost completely unrelated character. What slightest resemblance does they bear to one another?
violet
amythis at 2011-07-16 18:19 (UTC) (Link)
LOL at 50 or 60. I usually see the movies six times in the theater, and I do know that I have to see this one at least twice more, although probably not till next weekend.

Oh, yes, definitely more somber than those movies. And a very grey-and-black palette, as opposed to the bright colours of the first two or three.

The Ginnys don't resemble each other beyond name, hair colour, family situation, and Quidditch skills. I think to the extent they're invested, it's because it's all they've got in the movies. They're not happy about it, but there are a few cute moments to keep them going.

And though Neville/Luna was a pleasant surprise, it's rather clear that David Yates ships Harry/Luna, and who can blame him? :-D
(Anonymous) at 2011-07-16 21:01 (UTC) (Link)

Well said, sir.

Your optimistic comments always make me smile. Anyone else would be mourning the ending. But you make me feel warm, like all is indeed well. Thank you for that. And I feel like a hypocrite saying it's perceptive when I haven't seen the movie, but I think it is. So sue me.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-07-21 00:44 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well said, sir.

You may be anonymous, but you can't hide from me, lady!

I know you've been boycotting the flicks, but, you know what? It's all over: Books are written and read and done, movies have all been filmed and shown, never to be continued.

Give yourself permission to enjoy an AU: Watch the movies.
Ashaherazade
ashaherazade at 2011-07-17 00:13 (UTC) (Link)
I was blessed (surprised but blessed) that my husband saw that they were doing a full-on marathon at the Cinemark Theatre by us on Wednesday and Thursday ending with a 12:01 (supposedly but really about 12:15) showing of DH2. It was actually really enjoyable sitting through the entire storyline as envisioned by the movie folk (well enjoyable except for the hours of sitting in movie theatre seats). I still cried copious amounts as Dobby died, but then to less than an hour later be watching the final movie was a roller coaster. I'm the one who took over half an hour off reading over that scene :shudder:
I thought overall they did a good job. I too really truly regretted the lack of Percy storyline but that had been set up back at the HBP so I wasn't really surprised. Same way with the lack of Hermione throwing herself at Ron for thinking of the house elves. Their whole storyline was obliterated except for Dobby so once again I wasn't surprised. Saddened but not surprised.
The castle battle scene was well done I suppose, but I really missed seeing the very desks themselves heading into battle, though the light-hearted commentary to Molly by Minerva about always wanting to use that spell brought a needed fillip of humour to an otherwise grim time.
I did like that Neville coming into his own wasn't shortchanged in the movie. Some of the movie plot changes made it a little to focused on Harry, Ron & Hermione. I love 'Trio' as you know but in a canon interpretation I thought giving more credit to supporting cast would have been nice. :shrug:
Overall I'd say I was content with the interpretation. But then I read fan-fic and still like both canon and alternative fan-fic. :-D
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-07-21 00:35 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think we needed the whole S.P.E.W. backstory for Hermione to be, finally, motivated by Ron's being concerned about the lives and well-being of magical creatures before she leaps on him.

I did miss the Warrior Furniture, and I missed Peeves as well, although, there again, now would be a terrible time to introduce him!

I think they really did justice to Neville Longbottom, BAMF!

In the end though, what I really see is that last shot before something I'm not clear on that takes place between the end of the movie and the credits: Harry, Ron, and Hermione, hand-in-hand-in-hand, facing a future that cannot be known, except that it's going to involve the three of them, together, forever.
xedra
xedra at 2011-07-17 04:50 (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed the movie. I did.
I just enjoyed Part 1 a lot more. Part 1 left me feeling awestruck and energized. Part 2... well, what was missing and what was changed left me feeling a little empty.

But I did enjoy the movie, I really did.

I wanted more of Snape's memories, I wanted a better R/Hr kiss, I wanted to see Harry mend his broken wand with the elder wand.
With Part 1, I saw what was missing or changed, but didn't really care cuz I was just abosrbed by the movie.
With Part 2, my enjoyment of the movie was jarred over and over again by what was missing or changed.

There was a lot I did like. Every second Snape was on the screen I was purring (not even joking).
Nagini attacking him clenched my heart hard. OMG, his memory of holding dead Lily so broke it to pieces!
Half-naked Harry and Ron had me smiling so hard my face hurt.
Minerva giddy over the statue spell was delightful.
Molly fighting Beatrix was awesome, but way too quick.
Neville was wonderful!
Harry in the forest with the spirits... I was literally holding my breath, praying that the scene would play out as written in the book. When Harry looked at his mother and said "Stay close to me" I lost it. That scene hit me just as hard as it did when I read it the first time and the tears came.

I think I'll enjoy the movie more when I see it for a second time. I'll be able to enjoy it for what it IS instead of what it isn't.

Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-07-21 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
I was really impressed by how Parts I and II were such completely different movies. I was reminded of how "Aliens," rather than trying and failing to reproduce the terror and shocks of "Alien," went in an entirely different direction, resulting in two truly great movies that were almost impossible to compare to one another.

This is even more amazing given that they were filmed together with no real idea of where the dividing line was going to be!

I love the long, difficult journey of Part One, the epic trek of searching for the Horcruxes, losing and regaining Ron, and the corrosive sense of isolation and terror that followed Harry and his friends.

And I love the swift, headlong rush into danger and violence that was Part Two, a single, shattering, apocalyptic day that changed everything, forever.

It's going to be mindblowing to have both on DVD and go right through both parts in one five-hour orgy of Trio Goodness.
cmcgryffindor
cmcgryffindor at 2011-07-20 05:44 (UTC) (Link)
Just saw it last night. I thought it was really well done, too, for the most part. And, of course, loved the trio-goodness.

Speaking of...

As one of your biggest fans...

any chance of a new chapter? I know that sometimes writes (myself included) just run out of steam for a story. Even if you never finish it, I think this is my favorite HP fic of all time. *ponders* yep.*downloads Unbreakable Bond* I think, it's time for another reading. =)
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2011-07-21 00:22 (UTC) (Link)
I'm actuallyb feeling pretty inspired by the Last Movie. (Also sad and bereft that it's all over, but, you know, you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have a really annoying 1980s sitcom theme song.)

I've got the document open and the chapter heading for Chapter 27, "Beneath the Surface" waiting for me to return to it, and I'm starting to get some solid, rather than very vague and general, ideas about where I'm going with it. We can only hope.
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