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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Spoiler-free comments:

As is usually the case, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Those of you who've read the books or seen the movie know whereof I speak. There were a surprising number of people who had clearly not read the books and were gobsmacked by various and sundry turns of event.

The acting was splendid, the settings were awesome, and the movie is made of WIN!

There was widespread sobbing in the theatre - including guys, at least two of whom tried to pretend they were coughing instead. Dudes, it's okay. We all understood why people were upset.

Things I saw in the theatre before the movie started:

Hand-drawn darkmarks on people's arms. Like, really detailed ones.

Death-Eaters in hand-painted masks and black hooded sweatshirts. Just as creepy as it sounds.

Nifflers on shoulders - I spotted a pink one and a yellow one.

A broom.

A large assortment of Gryffindor garb, from scarves to hats to ties to T-shirts.

Multiple people in black school robes. One guy in a Gryffindor Quidditch robe.

One guy dressed as Lupin.

One girl dressed as Hedwig. (There were white tights and quite a lot of white feathers involved.)

Any number of Harrys, Hermiones and Lunas.

Two different Hedwig hand puppets.

Any number of different wands. Some of which lit up. Not sure if the word lumos was required.

Things I heard in the theatre before the movie started:

A guy named Jason bellowing his fan fiction at the crowd. (Quoth M, "You've just got to write more stories and yell 'em at me.")

Someone playing the Harry Potter theme music. On a harmonica.

Extreme laughter over the name of the forthcoming Jon Favreau film starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford: COWBOYS AND ALIENS.

Extreme excitement over the forthcoming VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (evidently, there's a decent fandom intersect between HP and Narnia).

About the movie:

It's good. I thought it was really good, although there were one or two pacing points I quibble with and two things changed or omitted that I wish hadn't been.

There's quite a lot of humor in it, but be warned - it's not a funny movie. It's quite serious. As an avid fan of the books (who recently re-read Deathly Hallows, btw), I was prepared for the things that occurred in the movie. But people who haven't read the book ought to know that it does not end in a happy place. I don't count this as a spoiler, since they've split the final book into two movies, so you have to assume they're leaving off somewhere in the middle of the book, and that in the middle of the book is where the fecal matter hits the fan.

That said, M and her friend and I left the movie excited and overall happy, because the film was SO GOOD. I was really interested to hear what Alexa thought, sinc she did not read the books, and was therefore a bit more surprised by some of the twists and turns in the movie. Although they both said that M essentially spoiled her friends at lunch the other day by talking about the books - she's shocked how many of her friends haven't read the books, as am I.

Man, I cannot believe we have months to wait until the second part!

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Nov. 19th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
My daughter is watching it with a friend as I type. She went dressed in a black robe and Hogwarts-ish style tie. I look forward to hearing her impression. Sounds awesome. I'm taking my boys tomorrow evening. Thanks for the teases!
Nov. 19th, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
S went in her Gryffindor T-shirt with friends (2 of the guys were in matching T-shirts - they bought them for the Half-Blood Prince launch, when they were Ron, Harry & Hermione).

M and Alexa settled for lightning bolt scars on their foreheads, as did quite a number of other audience members.
Nov. 19th, 2010 09:38 am (UTC)
So, somebody loses an eye? :)

Thank you for your review! I'm amazed you were able to write one so soon after the midnight showing. So glad you had such an incredible time. I think Jason the Fan Fiction Writer would have creeped me out. ("How Not to Promote Your Work...")
Nov. 19th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
It was, to use a phrase coined by cleolinda, "hillarible" (a cross between hilarious and horrible).

I was so revved up when I got home that I opted to log on and write then, rather than counting on being awake and having a memory this morning.
Nov. 19th, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
I'm even more excited now, squeeeeeeee! I too am always suprised at the number of people in the audience who haven't read the books. I hope we get the cowboys and aliens trailer, lol and of course the dawntreader one... so very excited!
Nov. 19th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
I am sure you're going to love the movie. Siriusly.
Nov. 19th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Nov. 19th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Now I *reallY* can't wait to watch. I haven't read any HP books after #3, so I'll surely be shocked by the twists and turns.
Nov. 19th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
As Mae West said, "Hang on tight, it's going to be a bumpy ride."
Nov. 19th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Fun post! Although I wish there were pics of all that! You are getting me excited to see the film, even though I am one of the few who did not love the last two books of the series.
Nov. 19th, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
The last two books have grown on me over time (and after re-reading). We weren't waiting in line - they cut off evening movies early and had seating for the HP movies starting sometime before 10 (we got there at 9:53 and our theatre was already at least half full - with the prize center section taken, pretty much, unless you wanted to be in the first three rows). Had we been in line, I probably would have asked the Death Eaters to pose, etc., but they were seated in the middle of a row, and we only saw them as they came and went for food and bathroom trips prior to the movie. Same goes for most other folks.
Nov. 19th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't think I'd care about the final movie(s), but I confess, I'm excited :)
Nov. 19th, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
The excitement in the theatre last night was tangible. And the gasps, squeals (happy & sad), shrieks and sobs were widespread indeed.
Nov. 19th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
We're going w/ friends tonight. My son stopped reading the HP7 after ... hey, if the people reading your comments don't know this by now, shame on them ... Dobby died. So most of the story will be a surprise to him, except for what has been leaked over time. And my hubs hasn't read it, but enjoys the movies. I predict tears from that softy.

It will be a Big Outing for me. I've been lounging at home all week.

Nov. 19th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
M still hasn't forgiven Rowling for the death of a certain ginger-haired young man. She refused to re-read HP7 because of it, and had asserted she'd never see this film (now "these films") because of it, although she's recanted on that particular assertion. Still, it meant she was in for a few surprises last night because in addition to not having re-read it, she had kind of skipped some of the "let's go camping" section of the book, and had forgotten some of the other things she had read, like what goes down in Godric's Hollow.

There was outright blubbering from about 1/4 of the audience last night. Probably 1/4 more was crying but not sobbing. I was in the teary but not all the way to weepy faction. And the final 1/4 were dry-eyed, but I'm betting they had to fight for it (or they were there under duress and weren't Potter fans at all).
Nov. 19th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC)
This makes me happy. I almost didn't read it because I don't want to hear ANYTHING until I see it myself, but I couldn't resist. Yay!
Nov. 19th, 2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
I deliberately said nothing about where they end this one, etc., so as not to spoil movie-goers who didn't make the midnight shows.
Nov. 19th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
sounds awesome. I can't wait to see it myself :)
Nov. 19th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
You'll love it!
Nov. 20th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Yes, I agree -- I think this may be the best film yet (in terms of staying true to the book and the overall mood of the book at the same time). I thought the opening was one of the most touching parts (no specifics, to avoid spoilers). As someone who has read the book numerous times (and cried through all of them), I expected to cry more. I got choked up many times, but I didn't outright cry at all. I thought the added scene (the most obvious one, that is) was really well done and actually enhanced the movie (unlike many of the added scenes in HBP -- um, though wasn't that entire movie an added scene?). And yeah, I can't believe we have to wait 8 months for the rest of this!
Nov. 20th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I got choked up at the beginning as much as I did near the ending, actually - seeing that scene instead of hearing about it made it so, so, so much worse.

And that added scene you mentioned had my heart dancing for the joy. (If you see what I did there.) It added so much to the characterization and was spot-on perfect for the sort of thing that belonged there, really.
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
my heart dancing for the joy -- *giggles* Yep, I see it ;) It was spot-on, which makes me wonder how they can do such an amazing job with this movie when they tanked so completely on the last...but moot point, of course, and I'm just glad they figured it out! :)
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