So it finally came out and I finally saw it. Over the weekend, it made a huge amount of money and I’d say 50% of all my friends have seen it already, but I waited for my parents (who love the movies, my mom loves the books). I’d have to say I feel like the movie was both a huge disappointment and a great movie at the same time. I know, I know, you’re asking “but Jeremy, how the heck can it be both of those things at once?  Well, continue reading and I’ll tell you why, but I’ll warn you there are a lot of spoilers!

Over the weekend, it made a huge amount of money and I’d say 50% of all my friends have seen it already, but I waited for my parents (who love the movies, my mom loves the books). I’d have to say I feel like the movie was both a huge disappointment and a great movie at the same time. I know, I know, you’re asking “but Jeremy, how the heck can it be both of those things at once?  Well, continue reading and I’ll tell you why, but I’ll warn you there are a lot of spoilers!

They left out so much!  It was a 2+ hour movie, but it felt like it was short and they could (should) have done a whole lot more.  Where to start?  I mean the ending is a good place….not the “Disney” end, but the end of Voldemort.  Why did he just crumble?  He still had a bit of his soul inside of him, he shouldn’t have just up and died because he lost his wand/the snake died!  Where was Harry’s speech at the end?  Speaking of Harry, why was he scared?  From the point of the Pensive on, in the book, he had total confidence in himself and knew exactly what to do when.  He wasn’t afraid to die, wasn’t afraid to do what has to be done, but in the movie, it just felt like he was scared!

If you’ve read the book, you know how Voldemort really dies, from his own killing curse.  Is that what they tried to portray?  If it is, they did a POOR JOB OF IT!  Also, there was almost NOTHING about The Dumbledore family’s past, how the Elder Wand was passed down, etc.  It also didn’t focus any attention on Aberforth and actually, the only time he was in it was briefly in his bar/house and then when he did that powerful Patronus.

Neville was another one who’s part was altered a whole lot.  In the book, he was, in many ways, the hero of the book.  Of course, Harry Potter destroyed Voldemort and all, but when it came down to it, it was Neville who kept things going.  The way he killed the snake in the book was AMAZING!  In the movie, it was dumb.  He just happened to see the sword and pick it up, he just happened to walk through a battlefield and find Hermoine and Ron who just happened to be seconds from dying, and just happened to be able to kill the snake.

At first, the fight with Voldemort and Harry was better than the book.  They chased each other up into the bell tower, fought up there (but again Harry looked scared.  He should have been 100% confident) and then when he jumped off, that was awesome!  I thought oh cool NOW they’re going to enter the Great Hall (which is where he meant when he said to end it where it all started), but then they didn’t.

I’m not going to go on and on about the little things because the truth is they did a great job with being able to condense 300ish pages into a little over 2 hours.  There was a lot of content!  Even 4-5 hours for a 750-page book isn’t a whole lot of time!  I can’t wait for directors cuts for these, see what they left out!

Well, I’ll leave it at that.  What did you all think about the movie?

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