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18 August 2009 @ 12:39 pm
Hey guys! I finally got the chance to see Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince (actually a couple weeks ago), and I thought I'd post my thoughts about it. I have to say overall I thought it was done very well. I enjoyed Slughorn and getting to see more of Draco. There were, however, many disappoints to be sure.

1. Why create a whole new scene (the burning down of the burrow) that wasn't even in the book and leave out other important things instead?

2. All of the sudden Lupin & Tonks are a couple? I thought that was really stupid. I know they were strapped for time, but come on, there are so many fans of this pairing that I would much rather they spent a little more time on them, as opposed to all of the overblown sexual tension with the trio!

3. Why did they even bother with Fenrir Greyback? He was barely shown and when he was on screen, no one even bothered to really acknowledge him or explain who he was supposed to be.

4. They left out so much of the background on Voldemort. I would have loved to have seen some more of the flashbacks and history of his family.

5. No funeral for Dumbledore. He was such an important character and to not even have a funeral scene was a real shame, I think.

Those were my main problems with the film, but like all of the HP films, I still enjoyed it for the most part. <3

Everything with our house it pretty much back to normal now, so I'm very relieved that we made it through that very stressful ordeal. The only thing left is some drywall work in the room where the dangerous outlet was, but it should just take a few days. I'm SO thankful that nothing else happened and the problem was found in time, avoiding any major catastrophe!

In closing I would like to wish my friend stavriella a very Happy Birthday today. I hope you have a wonderful day surrounded by your friends & family! *hugs*
happy birthday to you
the devil in a sweet, sweet kiss: team tonks-lupinjorajo on August 18th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I've heard that a lot of people who have only seen the movies but never read the books are really, really confused after seeing HBP. No wonder they have to split DH into two films. They're going to need all that time to explain everything they left out of HBP.
Kristin: HP- Lupin & Tonkskristypadalecki on August 18th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Agreed! I really hope they don't mess up the last installment. I was happy when I found out that they were splitting it up into two parts. They can't leave anything more out and like you said, now they have a lot more things to explain!
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Kristin: HP- Ron & Hermione <3kristypadalecki on August 18th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you've got a point. I've been so disappointed with all of the death scenes in the films really.

Oh, I forgot about Neville & Luna, definitely needed more of them.
Robi: Clémencehellypyon on August 18th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. You basically said what I think about this movie too. But - Fenrir without Bill? And Fleur? And Dumbledore's funeral? And the burrow burning down?
Not really. D:
But, like you, I liked it. It's HP, after all, ahah <3
Kristin: Pushing Daisies- Chuck #2kristypadalecki on August 18th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Well, I just didn't understand having Fenrir even in the film. :/ I forgot about Bill & Fleur too, that was for sure a disappointment!
sane_psycho02: Money Puddin' yeah yeahsane_psycho02 on August 18th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Glad things are back to normal at your house!

Glad you liked HBP! I did too, though I haven't really followed the series that closely over the years. The only other movie I've seen so far is OOTP!
Kristin: Heath Ledgerkristypadalecki on August 18th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)

You really should watch the other movies, especially Prisoner of Azkaban, that's still my favorite! ^^
nerwende: Slytherin: not denialnerwende on August 18th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
I thought the Lupin & Tonks relationship was handled very badly in the book as well - it came totally out of the blue for me.

The movie felt really uneven. Some scenes felt like "a real movie" (which is how I always describe PoA) in that they weren't just trying to be illustrations of the book... but then others were either totally invented (like the fire you mentioned) or embarrassingly long (Hermione crying over Ron etc). I was also really disappointed with how poorly Narcissa was played - in the book the scene with Snape is filled with such desperation: she's pleading & crying - in the movie it felt like just another negotiation between "the bad guys".
I haven't payed much attention to Gambon's Dumledore previously but now I understand why people have complained so much about him - especially in the first half of the movie he seemed totally aloof. However, I actually did like the "replacement" for the funeral - the group raising their wands etc. It was a really touching moment. But then the last scene felt sooo awkward...
I wish we could get director's cuts for these films, I bet they would be a lot better!
Kristin: HP- Family is everythingkristypadalecki on August 18th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
Of course I would have enjoyed much more screen time devoted to my favorite couple, but I definitely agree.

I know what you mean, I thought the same thing about the film being rather uneven. You know, I never really cared for Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore either. I thought Richard Harris was so perfect, exactly like the character is described in the book. It's a shame he passed away after only two films. :(

I would love some director's cuts, that would be SO nice and appreciated!
nerwende on August 18th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
I think the reason Lupin/Tonks (in the book) was such a surprise to me is that it's supposed to be a surprise to Harry as well. Also the "symptoms"of Lupin being in love sounded to me like him still grieving Sirius (which would have been logical IMO and was probably intentional). Anyway, in the movies we're not (luckily!) as strongly affected by "the Harry lenses" so I would have expected them to give it some sort of buildup.
nerwende: Slytherin: not denialnerwende on August 18th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Aaaalso! :D

Forgot to mention this, although it has been bugging me since I saw the movie: why did they change the scene where Draco comes up to the tower and Dumbledore does NOT make Harry be under the spell that makes him unable to do a thing?! The changes in that scene, the way Harry acts with Snape etc do not make ANY sense to me. My only guess is that the director wanted to show how much he trusts Dumbledore's judgement or something, but it's totally out-of-character for Harry to just stay there and do nothing. I think it's clear from the book that he would have acted if he hadn't been under the spell.
Kristin: Lupin- Wandkristypadalecki on August 18th, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
I agree with both of your points. I thought that scene with Dumbledore, Snape/Draco & Harry was very odd. I kept waiting for Harry to do something and I was really let down when it didn't play out like the book. Why change that? I will never be able to figure out the screenplay writers for these films. o.O
seferstavstavriella on August 18th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
First of all,I would like to thank you for your wishes!I really appreciate that!Thank you!

You know,I was waiting to see what other people who watched the movie too thought,and I see that we are thinking exactly the same!
As much as I waited to watch the movie,I wouldn't say I was astonished by that...I think that many basic parts were left out,such as the whole Bill/Fleur story,Dumbledore's most collected memories(we saw only what?two of them),Harry's discovery that it was Snape who heard the prophecy and delivered it to Voldemort,Dumbledore's funeral and many others things...
While I was waiting to see enough of Lupin,they just throw a scene which never existed in the book...And there were such wonderful scenes in the book that showed the dynamic of Lupin/Tonks,and they just ruin it...
They really overdid it with Harry/Ginny though...all that sudden tension and not even there did they follow the book...(the room of requirement?)
And what about with the last Snape/Harry scene,where the identity of the hbp is revealed?Where was all the anger?It was like it was something totally unimportant for the story...
But I have to say that all the performances were excellent...All the scenes were at least well directed.Especially the ones with Draco(Tom Felton was really excellent)!and Slughorn was also good.
Kristin: Dominic- Smilekristypadalecki on August 18th, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
You are so welcome!

I'm glad you felt the same way I did about HBP. I was really let down for the most part. Like you, I thought all the actors were really amazing, given the script they had to work with, but it just lacked that something special. I just don't understand why they felt the need to add a scene that wasn't in the book and leave out other things that the fans would have much rather seen?! ><

I was heartbroken when Lupin & Tonks only had one scene, but I expected as much. I sure hope the last two films include everything that was in the book.
Krissy: HP: Hermione: So Not Impressedghostpiano on August 19th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Glad things are back to normal at your house. :D

I agree with you about most of those things. I actually didn't mind the lack of Dumbledore's funeral though. I felt like there were far more important things. Yeah, it would have been nice to send off the character, but it wasn't necessary, you know? Maybe that's just me though.
Kristin: Emma Watsonkristypadalecki on August 19th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

I guess you're right, I just thought it would have beeen nice to keep in. There were other things that I would much rather have seen kept in.
♥ sam ♥pleasant_valley on August 19th, 2009 04:07 am (UTC)
I loved the new Harry Potter movie.
Have to admit that i was slightly irked at the fact that Tonks and Lupins relationship wasn't really explained.

I always try to judge the films differently to the books so im usually okay about them leaving stuff out but i really, really hope they keep as much as possible in the movie version of Deathly Hallows. Hopefully if its in two parts they will be able to keep alot of important stuff in - its such a wonderful book that i'd hate for it to be too chopped up.
Kristin: Davykristypadalecki on August 19th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Me too!

I do too, as I know they can't possibly fit everything little thing from the books into the movies. It just irks me when they add things that weren't in the book and then leave out important or interesting things that were in the book. I agree, I really hope they don't leave out anything important from the last book!
mary_telford on August 19th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
I wrote it several times before...I didn't like HBP. It was about everything (about Harry and Jinny relations), but not about Half-Blood Prince.
Anyway, this part is better than previous. But I do not like David Yates as a director, IMHO.
Kristin: David- Headshotkristypadalecki on August 19th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I hear you. I wish they would bring back Alfonso Cuaron to direct, he was really good.
mary_telford on August 19th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I think they would not. I heard 2 things about next part: 1) Director is still David Yates. 2) Another one would be. Forgot his name (he was directing "HELLBOY").
And I don't know what's true...but filming has already begun.
Kristin: Pippin- Black & White #2kristypadalecki on August 19th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh well. I guess all we can hope for now is that they have excellent screenwriters that won't mess up the story!
jeanniefan04 on August 21st, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed HBP.

That's awesome things are calmer at your house now! Must be more enjoyable. :)
Kristin: Stock- Butterflykristypadalecki on August 21st, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, overall I did enjoy it.

Thanks so much! I was so freaked out while all that was going on. =)