Well, I saw the final Harry Potter movie tonight. Though maybe it should have been called Hermione Granger and the Deathly Hallows, or failing that, Neville Longbottom and the Deathly Hallows, because in this last movie, Harry was kind of superfluous. Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree with Remus Lupin when he said that Hermione really was the cleverest witch of her year, and I LOVE Neville and I was so very glad to see him come into his own. I just wish, as I do with every movie, that they would leave out the extra scenes that they put in, and stick more to the books.
Take for example in Half Blood Prince, Harry ran to the room of requirements and hid his potions book, and in doing so, he saw the lost diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw. By having Ginny hide the book in the movie, it changed how it was found in this movie.
As I said, I love the fact that Neville is such a hero in this book, and he was in the movie too, but it just didn’t ring true. And Professor McGonagall telling Neville to blow up a part of the school and have Seamus help – well that was just all kinds of wrong.
The scene between Luna and Harry was a complete and utter fabrication, as was Neville’s declaration of like for her. The scene in the room of requirements was embellished in one way that I thought was very funny with either Blaise Zabini, or Goyle trying to kill Hermione and Ron going on the attack screaming “That’s my girlfriend!” A small addition that worked in my opinion.
In the final battle between Voldemort and Harry, so much was lost in the movie version. We were subjected to a special effect sequence where Harry latches on to Voldemort and the two go tumbling from a bridge. We see Voldemort writing in pain as Harry clutches at his face, but I believe that problem was done away with in Goblet of Fire when Voldemort was restored with some of Harry’s blood. They land in the deserted courtyard and battle one another – ALONE. I’m sorry, but there was so much power in the book scene when Harry taunted Voldemort in front of everyone, and they battled and Harry won. Having it happen away from the eyes of everybody else took something away from it in my opinion.
Very picky of me is the fact that they didn’t show Harry repairing his wand with the Elder Wand. No instead we’re shown Harry being all noble and destroying the wand and throwing the pieces away. I agree that Harry would be all noble and would never want to keep the wand for himself, but I really wanted to see him repair his wand.
They showed the epilogue, but while they showed young James, there was no mention of him – the same with young Lily – no mention, we just got to see her riding on a luggage trolly.
We got to see Draco – looking very uncomfortable as an adult, but there was no conversation between Harry and Ron and Hermione, and I think the film could have used the interaction between them as adults.
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So the movies are over, and a lot of people, my own kids included are sad. They’re saying a piece of their childhood has ended. Me, I’m not so broken up. Not like I was when the last book came out and I finished the epilogue. But I have reread the books (and in fact I’m doing so again right now) and will continue to do so. The magic isn’t the same, but there is still magic every time I turn the page.