OK – I hope that I have at least a few visitors from the Hogwarts Sock Swap visiting my blog, and I’d like to open up a discussion of the movie here on my blog! I doubt that anyone involved in the swap is unaware of the actual events that would be in the movie, but just in case, I want to have this discussion here instead of there, to avoid “spoiling” any movie happenings for those that didn’t rush out on opening day like me. Sorry, it’s a tradition for me – I’ve never not seen the movie the day it opens! Wasn’t about to start now.
So, I saw the movie with my cousin and her 12 year old son yesterday aftternoon. It was excellent! It appeared very dark, though, and I’m sure that was to keep the mood of the book. I made sure this time to review the book before the movie came out. I actually listened to it on tape in the evenings while I knit on MS3. And I remembered that when reading it the first time, I kept thinking – man, Harry’s having a bad year! So much stuff was taken from him this year – privileges, the knowledge that his idol/mentor Dumbeldore was supporting his efforts, quidditch and his broomstick, his godfather to top it all off in the end, etc, etc, etc. So, it was a tough year for Harry, and I think that’s why the majority of the movie was so dark, visually.
I also noticed, having read the book very recently before seeing the movie, that they changed a few vital points in the story! Most notably to me was that they made it Cho Chang that betrayed Harry by telling about the secret, DA meetings! I thought that was very interesting, and wonder what Rowling herself had to say about that, and also how it might fit into later movies/books. I guess in the long run it all works out in that the main thing – the secret club being discovered did happen, is all that matters!
What else . . . I keep thinking how dang lucky Rowling was to have chosen the people she did to play these characters – not only the kids, who get more gorgeous each year, but the adults as well. Snape/Alan Rickman gets me every time. I love his timing, and his attitude, and the way he plays his detest of Harry, Hermione, and Ron so well! He’s really a brilliant actor. Every word he utters, every gesture is 100% right on!
The only change I would have liked to have seen was the Umbridge character. I really didn’t like her. Maybe that has something to say about her being a good actress and all, but I was really hoping for Judi Dench. For some reason, she was who I kept picturing as I read the book, and well, I don’t like my visual ideas being changed like that. I wanted Dame Judi!
Anyone else have any comments? Did you like something I didn’t? Did you completely hate it? I know someone on the sock swap blog said she didn’t think the movie was the best one she’d ever seen. So, what is YOUR favorite one? Do you think this one ranks highly, gets good marks, etc? Or what?
I loved it, as usual. Besides Dame Judi, I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Well, maybe seeing a litte more of Ron’s side of the story and the fact that Ron and Hermione were supposed to have been prefects this year . . . that kinda was forgotten 100% . . .