Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Deathly Hallows Part 1

Harry Potter And The Deathly HallowsImage by moby74 via Flickr
Admittedly its been a while since I've read the seventh book in the Harry Potter series, a sad fact that I've already begun to remedy, but after watching Part 1 of the final books movies, I think I can see why WB and the production crew decided to split Deathly Hallows into 2 films.  In the past movies we've seen the details of the books somewhat pared down and weeded through.  The movies for years 1-6 have been well done - not many would argue with that - but I think most would concede that in those first 6 movies there have been a lot of things from the books that were left out.  Sure, in and of themselves those details are not greatly significant but taken together over the yars, they do play towards fully understanding the entire Harry Potter story.

And THAT I think is where the difference with the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 comes in.  By seperating the book into 2 movies, we get to keep far more of those little details, and hopefully when July 2011 rolls around and Part 2 goes to the big screen, the true end of the Harry Potter series will be far more impressive.

As for the Part 1 movie... It was actually pretty good.  Well done, certainly, and as I said for the portion of the book that it portrays, it keeps far closer to the book details then the older movies.  If I were to make any complaint about it - it was difficult to really keep track of time.  Even at the end of the movie it was only based on a few lines that we were given any real indication that months had passed for the wizard world.  Time passing is something that we've always seen in the other movies (think the Whomping Willow shaking off it's leaves as autumn draws to a close and winter takes hold of Hogwarts for example, though I can't remember which one of the movies that came from) but in Deathly Hallows Part 1 it wasn't really that apparent.  Maybe it was just me, maybe I didn't pick up on the more subtle hints - they must have been there.  Maybe I need to see it again... Hhhmmm, I wonder if I can swing that any time soon?

The hints/indication that I caught:

"Harry, I think it's Christmas Eve. Listen." (Hermione)

"We met a couple of months ago Mr. Lovegood." (Harry)

"All this time we've followed him.  I thought he knew what he was doing!" (Ron, though this one is slightly paraphrased - my recall isn't always perfect!)

So now I'm off to continue reading the book again.  Maybe I'll be back when I finish and I'll have more to say about the book vs. the movie... Maybe I'll watch the movie again after I've finished reading it again... Maybe not.  

Till next time -- Happy Reading.  Happy WatchingHappy Writing.  And Happy Holidays.
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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Here We Go...

So we're starting the final leg on the journey of the Harry Potter saga tonight.  Although saga may not be an entirely appropriate term... I mean, really, does 8 movies in a series really qualify as a saga??

Whatever the case may be, tonight Husband and I are taking Kid 1 to the movie.  After I've seen it, I'll be back to let you know my thoughts, so until then here is another sneek peek at the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's Coming!!!

You've read the books.  You've watched the movies.  Finally, the end is here.  The first part of it anyways. ;)

coming November 19, 2010

There has been a lot of chatter over whether 'year 7' really needs to be split in to two parts.  I'm really not sure either way.  If you look strictly at the book and try to divide it up, it seems like you'd end up with one whole movie of Harry, Ron and Hermione camping, with the little bit that happens prior to that to start with.  And then the second movie would be all the other stuff.  The action.  Having now seen the trailers I'm still unsure.  There is so much in Deathly Hallows that I can understand why it might be a good idea but... But. 

We've lived through 3hrs+ movies already during this series, and Lord of the Rings, which you really can't say isn't as involved and action filled as the Harry Potters, didn't end up split into more than just the three movies to match the 3 books.   So is it really necessary? Or is this just another way that Warner Bros. can make more money from the HP franchise?  I guess I can't really make any hard and fast decision, or any decision at all, until I've seen the first movie.  And probably the second too. 

But alas, the end is near.  With just over a week till Deathly Hallows - Part 1 is released tickets are already selling fast! Die hards are pulling out their costumes and Pottermania is already exploding into the stores.  Book sales for the entire series, and the individual books, will probably rise again too.  But what happens when D.H. - Part 2 releases next July and the whole Harry Potter world comes to a close?  Honestly makes a person wonder what comes next... (food for thought!!)

Anyways, here's a sneak peek at a combined trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 & 2.  I found this on YouTube but there are also the trailers for the individual parts as well.  I don't think WB has issued an 'official' trailer for part two yet, but I think I saw a couple 'unofficial' ones on there.  So take a peek and enjoy!