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SPOILERS FOR HBP! July 15, 2009

Filed under: Books,Movies — Me! @ 12:41 pm

Yeah. I was going to post yesterday about how excited I was, but I never finished the post. :p And right now, I’m dying to discuss this with someone, so venting my feelings and opinions on this blog is the next best option. If you haven’t gotten this from the title, PLEASE DON’T READ AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SEEN THE MOVIE AND DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED! This is going to be very long, so… Settle in for a HUGE post, lol.

So, these thoughts are probably scattered, because I got home last night at 3:15 AM, and because I forgot things easily, I made a HUGE list in which I categorized every important detail (and some insignificant ones) into my “likes,” “dislikes,” and “random thoughts I had during the film.” So, here we go!

Likes

–They had the relationships absolutely spot on, in my opinion. Lavender was appropriately obnoxious with Ron, he was as dim-witted about Hermione as always, but I loved the emotions that Emma’s finally portrayed with respect to Ron. The tension there (on her part, and lack thereof on his :p) was perfect. I loved, loved, loved the scene between Harry and Hermione in that random room/staircase/whatever it was, where she was asking him, “How does it feel when you see Ginny with Dean? Oh, I know. I see the way you look at her.” And then later, after she Oppugno!‘d Ron and started crying on Harry’s shoulder, he said, “Like this.” That was so perfect. I really loved how after all this time, it really seems like Harry is supporting Hermione, instead of vice versa. There had always been so much drama in Harry’s life that he was always about him, and now it’s finally about him helping someone else the way we know he can. <3 So perfect. And so definitely a friendship and not repressed sexual feelings. Excellent job, Dan and Emma. :) I also really loved the Harry/Ginny scenes. Bonnie is acting so much more like book!Ginny now, and it’s so excellent. <3 The tension and hesitant flirtation between the two was spot on. I loved the scene in the Burrow where they’re eating the little cake things, and then Ron comes and sits in between the two and starts eating. XD Typical big brother!Ron. Loved it.

–LUNA. Ohmygod, she was perfect, as always. Evanna Lynch is just too damn cute. <3 And they kept in her lion hat! YES. So adorable, and so Luna. <3 She’s so wonderful. I loved the scene where Harry takes her to Slughorn’s party. She’s so precious!

–I felt like Tom’s (and Dan’s, for that matter) acting was so much better in this film, that I could actually focus on the character’s and not how unncessarily exaggerated the acting was. For this very reason the Sectumsempra scene was fantastic. So much anger and hate bottled up between the two that was finally unleashed in an alarming way. Very well done. And then the way Snape came in (how did he know about that, though? Lucky he was just passing, I guess…) and looked at Harry and knew. Straight from the book. :)

–Alan Rickman = badass extraordinaire. Even though in the book they ran from the castle at the end, I loved the way he strut so confidently out the doors, his cloak billowing behind him. He’s such a BA. And his scene with Bella and Cissy at the beginning of the movie? SPOT ON. He was so smooth and calm and collected and just so SNAPE. Wonderful. I’m so glad they cast Alan Rickman.

–The tribute to Dumbledore’s death at the end of the movie with the wands pointed towards the sky was so beautiful. I don’t remember that being in the book, but I also haven’t read the book in ages, so I could be horribly mistaken and it could be in there somewhere, but it was a very nice touch nonetheless, considering they cut out his funeral scene.

–Steve Kloves finally decided to keep Jo’s lines! YES. It’s about time, Steven. I’m so glad they kept RAB’s note verbatim. That was so important. I was also waiting for the, “We’re with you, whatever happens,” line from Hermione at the end, but it didn’t come. :( I can’t complain, though, because they did keep a lot of other things exactly as they were, like Dumbledore’s speech to Harry about him following any orders he might give Harry, like to leave Dumbledore alone if he said to. They even got the astonished silence on Harry’s part, and then Dumbledore saying, “Your word, Harry.” Perfect.

–It wasn’t anything near how it happened in the book, but I thought the Felix scenes were really hilarious. Dan acted like he was so high. XD I think one of my favourite lines in that entire movie was the, “Harry?” “Sir?!” exchange between Professor Slughorn and Harry in the greenhouses. XD Dan’s expression and delivery were just priceless.

–I loved the Inferi. They were actually done much better than they appeared in the trailers, it seems. I definitely jumped when the Inferi reached out to get Harry, even though I knew it was coming. It was just so well done and the music during that scene was fantastic.

–They left in Fawkes leaving! They didn’t totally explain that he was leaving because Dumbledore was dead and that he wasn’t coming back, but I guess it was either a nod to the book readers (in which case, good effort, film makers!) or they expected us to gather that on our own. I like to believe it was the former, but it was probably the latter. :p Either way, I’m really glad that was kept it. It was such a nice touch. I thought they might show Fawkes bursting into flames and not being reborn or something stupid in Dumbledore’s office instead when Harry was in there at the end, but I’m glad they kept it like it’s supposed to happen.

–They had very little stupid humour in this film, which was so appreciated. By stupid humour, I reference scenes like in GoF, where Harry, Ron and Hermione are in the Great Hall on their study period or whatever, and they’re discussing dates for the ball, and Harry and Ron get shoved in the back of the head by Snape. That was so stupid and unncessary, and I’m glad they left out anything to that effect in this film.

–Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes was totally brilliant. Fred and George are awesome!

–They explained a lot of things that they included fairly well, like finally explaining what the diary was, explaining about the horcruxes, and even keeping in the explanation about Dumbledore’s hand, and why it was black. (Sort of.)

–Fenrir looks just as gross and capable of devouring small children as Jo made him out to be. Well done to that actor.

–This probably doesn’t make logical sense, but I loved the effect they did on Katie’s hair when he was up in the air as the results of the cursed necklace. It made it seem more surreal to me that what was happening to her wasn’t a result of her surroundings – like it was sort of voodoo magic or whatever, which makes it seem hokey when it’s written down like that, but I dunno. Making her body respond to things that aren’t happening around her made it seem more spooky and believable that it was dark magic.

Dislikes

–Whatever ridiculous jumping movement that Bella was doing after she set Hagrid’s hut on fire. It reminded me of that weird creature at the end of that skiing game on the computer that tried to eat you. Did anyone else play that game? The other where you had to ski down the hill and avoid the trees and stuff, and there were rainbow-coloured jumped you could go off of, and when you got to the bottom you had to avoid that crazy jumping creature. That’s who/what Bella reminded me of. :p Unncessary jumping motion.

–The delivery of, “Severus, please,” was just awful on Michael Gambon’s part. Dumbledore was supposed to be so weak that he could barely stand without the aid of a railing or something, yet he said it like he was totally confident and practically not hurt at all. SO not how it was supposed to happen. Also, I don’t know if this is because we know the outcome of DH already and what that line was really supposed to mean, but it seemed to me like Michael Gambon made it totally obvious what Dumbledore meant. There was no ambiguity in that no, no wondering, “Omg, is Dumbledore pleading for his life?! He wouldn’t do that! What does that line REALLY mean?” Also, somewhat along the same lines, in the cave scene, Dumbledore never got his water. Harry never splashed it all over his face like he did in the book, giving him the strength to cast the huge fire that let them escape from the island. (Or ifHharry did, then I’m horribly mistaken, and all of that about the caves is forgiven.)  They also didn’t explain how they got back, because as far as we know, Harry can’t Apparate by himself, but I guess if Dumbledore magically had the strength/sheer will do conjure that fire, he had the strength to Apparate them both back to Hogwarts. Also, the explanation of how they Apparated inside Hogwarts was stupid. It would have taken the same amount of time to say, “Well, Harry, being Headmaster, I stripped down the wards surrounding this tower,” or whatever, instead of, “Being me, I have special priviledges,” or whatever stupid explanation he offered that didn’t make sense. Whatever. Moving on.

–The explanation of Snape as the HBP totally came out of nowhere. It definitely seemed as if they’d forgotten to explain it somewhere else in the movie, and they were filming the final scene, and the filmmakers thought, “Oh, shit, we haven’t explained this. Hey, Alan Rickman, add another line in here, as you’re taunting Harry… Yeah? Cool.” It’s not like the movie/book was called Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince or anything. Pfft. It could have definitely had a better explanation. Kind of seemed like they put it in there to avoid another Marauders fiasco, like in PoA where they put in something and didn’t explain it.

–The added Burrow scene seemed to have no conclusion. We were left with the image of the Burrow burning, but I still have questions. Are the Weasleys able to rebuild their home? Was it a magical fire, causing them not to be able to rebuild? What happened?! Are we supposed to just assume that the Weasleys were able to fix their home, or are we supposed to wait for DH to see what happened? (And get no explanation, I’m sure, confirming my former idea that we’re just supposed to assume everything is okay.)

–Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman needed way more screen time. :(

–The slow-mo of Dumbledore falling was just stupid.

–There was no nearly enough Neville. He had, what, one line? Unacceptable. He’s supposed to go from one line in HBP to being a complete BAMF and destroying Nagini in DH? And they had better keep that in, by the way. If they cut that out, I will never forgive the film makers.

–I really wanted Christian Coulson back as teen!Riddle, even though I knew he wasn’t going to be. He was such a good Riddle, though. Handsome, charming, slick… You knew there was something wrong with him, but you couldn’t help be drawn to him at the same time. He was so perfect.

–Cormac was kind of a sleezeball. He was a pervy creeper, but I guess that’s how he’s supposed to be in the book. (Or just annoying, I can’t remember.) I guess this should have gone under the ‘likes,’ then, since he did a good job at portraying his character. :p

–No words of wisdom from Snape when he was leaving at the end. No, “Close your mind to the Dark Lord, Potter!” Although, was it just me, or did it seem like Snape was kicking something to Harry at the end, there? It kind of looked like there was something beige in the grass next to Harry, like a piece of parchment or something, but they didn’t show anything of it in the final scenes, and I’m sure Harry would have mentioned it if Snape gave him something, so I’m inclined to think that I just imagined it, but then at the same time I’m disappointed that Snape didn’t say anything to Harry. I guess it’s too much to ask that Alan Rickman say that line, and the audience remember the Occlumency classes from the previous movie, eh?

I’ll save my random thoughts for the chat on the weekend, since most of them are just nonsense things that made me laugh (not because of lines in the movie, but things that happened that made me think of, for example, John Noe and his convinction that Harry sucks at magic, so, “How the hell is he going to destroy all the horcri?!”). Anyway, this was already way too long after the ‘likes’ category, so I’m just going to say that I liked it a lot better than I thought I would, which I’m really pleased about. I know you probably couldn’t gather that from my lists, because I think my ‘dislikes’ list was the longer of the two, lol, but the things I disliked were much more minor in comparison to the things they finally did right in the movie. :) This could also be because I haven’t read the book in ages, so I couldn’t criticize the movie properly, but even so, it worked out for the better! Anyway, I’m done now. Leave your comments about what you liked/disliked/thought overall!

 

I don’t have a title for this. July 11, 2009

Filed under: Books,Movies,Other,School,TV — Me! @ 11:17 am

Wow. It has really been too long. So many things have happened since I last blogged. First of all: It’s now July. Happy belated birthday, Canada! You’re officially 142 years old. Congratulations on making it 142 years. <3 Keep staying awesome! Second, I’m now a high school graduate! =O Yeah. The last time I blogged was before my grad ceremony, which really means it was too long ago, since this is now old news.

Actually, it’s probably in your best interests that I haven’t blogged until now, because if I had blogged last week, all I would have done was complain about how I reeked of chlorine. I went swimming the Thursday before last, and I swear to you I smelled like chlorine for at least a week afterwards. Why, you may ask? Well, a) my friend uses an obscene amount of chlorine in her pool, evidently, and b) I got home from her place at midnight, so there was no way I was showering before I went to bed (that was also my night to pick courses for uni, so even if I’d wanted to/wouldn’t have woken anyone up, I couldn’t shower anyway). Alas, I had to sleep in my chlorine-soaked hair. I showered at 6:30AM the next day, but the chlorine had already set in. Ah, well – as long as I don’t smell like chlorine anymore, it’s all good.

Hmm, what else has happened since? I’ve had three movie days, two swimming sessions, two barbeques, a wedding… It’s strange – I’ve been so busy, which is totally uncharacteristic of me. There was also a point during which I had hamburgers for 5 out of the 10 dinners I ate. It was pretty ridiculous. It’s been pretty fun, though, and now I’m just sitting at home being bored, where “being bored” = trying to restrain myself from watching all of the Merlin episodes on YouTube in quick succession. It’s such a good show. <3 Has anyone else seen it? It’s about the adventures of Merlin (obviously, lol) and Prince Arthur of Camelot. It originally aired on the BBC, so all of the episodes are currently on YouTube, even though it’s only at episode 6 on TV here. Also, on the FAQ page of Merlin’s website, it says it’s been picked up for a second season by BBC1! Wooo! :) I don’t know how fast the episodes will be on YouTube, or if it’ll air here the same time as in the UK (which I doubt), but I can’t wait for season two, even if I have three episodes left of season one to watch – which won’t last me long, haha. Unfortunately, season two doesn’t start until the autumn. :( 

Ooh, something that will make Marzieh happy is that I bought my hooker boots! :) Most of you already know this since I posted pictures on the forums, but Marzieh has been absent because of her exams. I miss you, Marzieh! :( But I’m sure you’re acing your exams, so it’s ok. <3 On an equally exciting note, Half Blood Prince is finally coming out next week! I’m really excited for it, even though I’ll probably come out of the theatre disappointed again. :p What else is new. That’s alright, though. I want to re-read HBP before the movie, but I don’t know if I’m actually going to finish it. I have to read 607 pages in four days. Well, two and a half, really, because I’m going out today and tomorrow for a while. I suppose we’ll see come Tuesday night if I’ve finished it or not, eh? Lol. Midnight releases FTW. Is anyone else going to a midnight premiere? Is anyone else dressing up? If so, as who?

Anywayz, I’m off to Walmart now, so I’ll have to catch you guys later! <3