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» Friday, July 17, 2009

Harry Potter!

I'm happy to report that I'm not yet too old to stay awake through a midnight movie :-)

DH and I took 6 teenagers (including 3 of our own) to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last Tuesday night for the first showing at midnight. I thought the movie was very well done, and the chemistry between Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint is by this time about as natural as can be. Helena Bonham-Carter is a totally magnificent Bellatrix Lestrange.

It was interesting to watch the character of Dumbledore change from all-powerful and all-knowing wizard to frail and sometimes uncertain old man as he prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of good. I heard quite a few girls in the theater sniffling during the death scene, and I felt a bit like crying myself. It was as if we were all losing a grandfather.

As usual, it was unfortunate, if unavoidable, that so much content from the book couldn't be included in the movie (without making me stay up until dawn rather than 3am, at any rate). Even though the movie was titled "HP and the Half-Blood Prince," the entire mystery of figuring out who was the Half-Blood Prince was pretty much left out of the movie.

Looking forward to Deathly Hallows I + II. I'm so glad they decided to make two movies for the last book!

All the (sleepless) best,


Joy

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2 Comments:

Blogger dsadler53 said...

My daughter went to the HP movie on wednesday after work and loved it; but now she wants to re read the books since it's been awhile. Have a great weekend

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Blogger librarypat said...

I had a Harry Potter week at my library. Showed the movies- one a day - with Order of the Phoenix on Wed. the 15th. We had Harry Potter crafts and games. On the afternoon of the 15th after movie 5, we had a party. Some of the H S drama kids came in costume (we had a really good Harry and Prof. Slughorn). We had a potions class, a spells and charms test, and refreshments. At six, we walked to the theater, still in costume, to catch the first show. We live in a very small town, no midnight shows here. Some of the teens had gone the the 12:01 show in the neighboring city. We have done parties for all the HP movies and for Twilight. I've got to start planning for New Moon.
The movie itself was good, but they really left out too much of the story line and concentrated on the snogging. The development of their relationships was a major part of the book, but too much else was left out or changed. When the movie finished and the credits started rolling, a little girl said in a very LOUD voice "Is that all?" I think they are very smart to split the last book into two movies. It won't hurt their bottom line, but it will allow the series to be finished in a satisfactory way (I hope).

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