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HARRY POTTER! HUH-HARRY POTTER! HARRY POTTER! HUH-HARRY POTTER! I LOVE YOU!!
Anyhow, I was going to post this on Thursday, but I left on Thursday at the early hour of 6am for a weekend trip with my Girl Scouts to Lake Tahoe (more on that to come later).
I, like Ruh-chel, was sick on the night of the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and I too managed to be well for the few glorious hours of the movie. Kelsey and I donned our Harry Potter shirts (hers, a v-neck with an image of Harry on the bottom, and mine, a t-shirt with the wanted poster for Bellatrix Lestrange on it (because who doesn’t think that she’s a great character, not to mention how awesome I think Helena Bonham Carter is)) and scars on our foreheads.
Our friends were in the theater across the way and one of them brought their little brother. He dressed like Harry, took pictures with people, offered to duel anyone in a Slytherin shirt, and called anyone with red hair a Weasley.
In our theater, there was a duel up front before the movie started. Oddly enough, the girl in the duel was wearing a “Team Edward” shirt. I heard someone call her on it, and she said, “Well I don’t have a Harry Potter shirt.” Apparently, not having a Harry Potter shirt means that she doesn’t have any other shirt besides a Twilight shirt. She did get a bit of her come-uppins though when the Twilight preview came on and almost the entire theater started to boo. Take that, vampires! But I digress.
All in all, the movie was brilliant!! You must see it! Definitely one of my favourite adaptations as well. Here is a brief summary of my loves and disloves of the movie…
Again. I repeat.
HARRY POTTER SPOILER ALERT!
DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU WANT THINGS SPOILED.
SERIOUSLY. I WON’T TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE GETTING UPSET THAT I RUINED IT FOR THEM.
- The whole Felix Felices scene. Who knew Daniel Radcliffe had such amazing comedic timing? I sure didn’t!
- Ron, Fred, and George Weasley. I just love them.
- The greenish grey tint on the film. It gave so much of the film a very unique look that was perfectly fitting for the story.
- The casting for Slughorn. Spectacular Spectacular choice.
- The memories and the new and improved pensieve…on the desk where it belongs.
- Tom Felton’s performance as Draco Malfoy. He portrayed the emotional hardships extremely well.
- The love stories between Ron and Hermione and Harry and Ginny. Great choice for Lavender Brown! Oh, Won Won.
- My favourite part overall was the way they portrayed Snape’s role in everything. He’s one of the best characters ever written, in my opinion, and I love him! I like that in the end, when Dumbledore is killed, he looks sad and remorseful. But I think that if I didn’t know that he ends up good in the ultimate end, I wouldn’t have seen that. And that, my friends, is brilliant acting by the very talented and oddly attractive Alan Rickman.
- They burned down the Burrow! I’m sure it’s just a set up for having to remove the wedding scene from the 7th movie, but still…it’s the Burrow!
- The kissing scene between Harry and Ginny was lacking…and the weirdly awkward or awkwardly weird I’m-Ginny-and-I’m-in-a-bathrobe-so-let-me-bend-down-and-tie-your-shoe-Harry-cause-I-like-you scene.
- There’s no battle at Hogwarts! They kill Dumbledore and then just leave and get away with it! No resistance! Utter rubbish.
- There was no real exploration into horcruxes. In the book, it was such a long scene. Harry needed to understand the importance of the horcruxes and what they meant to Voldemort. And to be more specific, Dumbledore didn’t talk about how important that cave was to Voldemort. How the hell is Harry supposed to find and destroy the rest of the horcruxes on his own without understanding who Voldemort is?! It’s so integral to the story and it was left out for some reason that’s beyond me. Ugh. So frustrated!
- And…of course…NO FUNERAL FOR DUMBLEDORE!!!! Lame and highly upsetting.
So YAY, HARRY POTTER! I love you.