“My little cousins are six and seven, they’re into the films now and have suddenly realised I am in them! They used to think I was magic and tell me to make them fly or turn them into a spoon.”—Rupert Grint (via)
Personally, I loved the film and thought it was the best in the series. However, I have three major complaints:
Harry telling Ron and Hermione that he was going to sacrifice himself. First of all, HARRY WOULD NEVER say anything like that to them because a) this sacrifice is something he MUST do alone and he knows that if he revealed his plan, his two best friends would either stop him or go with him; and b) HE WOULD NEVER PUT RON AND HERMIONE THROUGH THAT, not after everything they have done for him, not after everything they have lost at this point in time. So not only was it bad enough that he did this, but then Ron and Hermione didn’t even put up a fight and just let him go, which is the total opposite of what they would have done. To me this was quite a drastic change and very out of character, not just for Harry but also for Ron and Hermione. In relation to this, why is it that Hermione cries, hugs Harry and offers to go with him, but Harry’s soul mate Ron just fucking stands there (very reminiscent of the end of HBP, the movie)? FOR FUCK’S SAKE, STEVE KLOVES, WHAT THE HELL DID RONALD WEASLEY EVER DO TO YOU?
I find it ironic that one of the things that somewhat bugged me in the book is what I now miss and wish was in Part 2: Harry’s speech before fighting Voldemort. Look, I understand the need for the added action (even though some of it was a bit ridiculous…come on, jumping off that ledge together and the weird face-melding?) but I feel like the showdown in the movie COMPLETELY missed the point that was hammered home in the book. There was no talk of love, no talk of how Harry’s sacrifice enabled him to protect everyone, and he didn’t ask Voldemort to show remorse. The reveal of how Snape was never Voldemort’s was underwhelming. Also in regards to the fight, I hate how there were no witnesses. By the way, did Harry even say “Expelliarmus!”? I mean, COME ON.
No death scenes for Fred/Lupin/Tonks. I realize that in the book, Remus and Tonks were already dead when Harry sees them (like in the film), but Fred’s death was described and should have been played out on screen, especially when it was somewhat set up with that little moment between Fred and George. Actually, I felt like the battle was short/rushed, even though I liked how it was portrayed onscreen.
What I especially loved:
McGonagall (she was perfect)
Neville (and in turn, Neville/Luna)
The shoutout to Seamus and his pyro ways
The kiss (so cute and in character!)
The Malfoys peacing out
"If we die for them, I’ll kill you, Harry!" I was so pleasantly surprised that they kept this, it’s one of my favorite Ron lines in the whole series
Ronald, in general
Ronald speaking in Parseltongue (it was oddly hot…I think it’s because of Rupert’s voice)
Harry and Helena Ravenclaw - good part, but went on too long
Harry snapping the Elder Wand like it ain’t no thang…oh yeah, and HE DIDN’T BOTHER FIXING HIS OWN BROKEN WAND FIRST, what!
Lily with brown eyes! What the hell…it honestly doesn’t bother me that Harry’s eyes are kept blue in the films, but if you’re going to focus on how his eyes are so similar to his mother’s, then AT LEAST MAKE THEM THE SAME COLOR!
Why didn’t Pettigrew die?
No Dumbledore/Grindelwald/Ariana backstory (though I suppose it’s understandable why it’s cut out)
The horcruxes lack significance - the cup was just a cup (and not really established as an artifact of Helga Hufflepuff’s), the ring had no real meaning because of the lack of backstory, and there was more to the diadem than what was explained
Hermione coming up with the plan to jump on the dragon (she hates flying and it would be more in character for her to try to come up with a more rational plan)
Harry dropping/rolling out of Hagrid’s arms…I liked it better in the book, when he used the invisibility cloak
Not enough reaction to Voldemort’s death (if I think on this more, I may just “upgrade’ it to a major complaint)
Not enough reaction to Harry’s “death” (see above)
Nagini’s death was up to chance, since Harry didn’t explicitly instruct Neville to kill the snake; he just happened to be there to save the day (though of course Ron and Hermione knew why the snake had to be killed)
Hermione figuring out that Harry was a horcrux - look, I know she’s brilliant, but are you kidding me? They barely know anything about horcruxes and yet she somehow puts it together that the killing curse rebounding caused a piece of Voldy’s soul to latch on to the only living thing in the room? Not only that, but if she has this knowledge, why not tell Harry? WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS ADDITION, OTHER THAN TO MAKE HERMIONE EVEN MORE PERFECT?
What’s the point of mentioning Teddy in the forest scene when Remus/Tonks never truly announced that they were expecting?
HBO has scored the North American TV rights to George Harrison: Living in the Material World, produced by Martin Scorsese and featuring interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton and Terry Gilliam, among others.
HBO has picked up the rights to the doc, which will air over two parts on October 5 and 6, from Olivia Harrison’s Grove Street Pictures. The film was produced by Scorsese through his Sikelia Productions banner, together with Harrison and Nigel Sinclair of Exclusive’s documentary label, Spitfire Pictures. The film chronicles Harrison’s life, much of it told in his own words, from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his time as a musician, spiritual seeker, philanthropist and filmmaker.
From the DH 2 press conference: the actors' favorite lines
Might be spoilery
nick moran: hello beautiful
warwick davis: winggardium leviosa!
natalia tena: don’t call me nymphadora
david thewlis: i don’t remember anything i’ve said. one word: riddickulus. and boggart.
evanna lynch: all luna’s lines are winners. “you’re just as sane as i am”
jason isaacs: my favorite line is one of daniel’s. he said to chris columbus, i’d really love an exit line. didn’t tell daniel. “let us hope mr potter will always be around to save the day.” dan: “don’t worry, i will be”… that was off the cuff.
helen mccrory: in DH part 2: moment she stands up and says “dead”
tom felton: “my father will hear about this!”
ralph fiennes: I can touch you now
emma: i’m going to bed before either of you come up with another idea or worse expelled. (she recited it as if she was in the film.)
rupert remembers that moment. “she needs to sort out her priorities” audience laughs. i say “bloody” a lot.
yates reminds him: how about “that’s my girlfriend you numb tease” (in part 2)
julie walters: not my daughter you bitch! (audience laughs, applauds.)
robbie coltrane: you’re harry potter.. your’e the one who got away from.. you know who.
michael gambon: i hardly knew my lines in the film anyway. the ones i did remember, you’ll see tomorrow.. when i appear as a ghost: “harry,” i felt like crying
matt lewis: how do i follow that? in movie 2, when he’s hanging from light: “why is it always me?
bonnie wright: “good luck” to harry in movie 1 on train platform.
james phelps: in first movie “honestly woman you call yourself our mother?”
second one: mischief managed
oliver phelps: deathly hallows part 1 when harry and ginny were just kissing, george creeps behind and says “… morning..”
“I know I’ll miss playing Ron because there was a time when I was him more than I wasn’t him. And I really liked the development of his character. He started out as a kid who was quite easily scared and it was nice to see him grow up to be brave and resourceful, particularly in this last movie where they are in such an unpredictable and dangerous place.”—