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Latauro Says HARRY POTTER 7 -- The Hairiest Potter Yet -- Will (Mostly) Delight The Young Wizard's Fans!!

Published at: Nov. 15, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOW PART ONE

I always found it interesting the way producers approached the adaptation of the "Harry Potter" books. They're tough things to get right: you have to satisfy the casual viewer who's never read any of the books, and once those twelve people are happy, please all of millions of others who are going to be upset that their favourite bit wasn't included. (Maybe it's my memory playing tricks on me, but I'm still upset that the first film cut out Tom Bombadil.)

I always thought the series would be better adapted to television, as the stories all take place over the course of a year. The books' main plots feel more like season arcs, with individual chapters and moments having a decidedly episodic feeling. Seven seasons of a TV show would suit the series perfectly, and I don't say this to pitch my own take on it (JK, call me), but to illustrate the difficultly in making these films work: instead of thinking of each film as a book adaptations, think of it as a whole season of television edited down to two-and-a-half hours. But I'll come back to the structure later.

The important thing to know upfront is that the film is thrilling in all the ways you want it to be, and despite the weighty running time, you won't find yourself looking at your watch. A lot of this is down to David Yates, one of the best "moment" directors out there. Individual scenes spark and crackle, and he manages to wring myriad emotions out of single lines or expressions. There is one scene in particular featuring a dance between Harry and Hermione which contains some pretty complex and shifting emotions, and not a line of dialogue is spoken. Nearly every scene is perfectly-crafted, with everything from those smaller moments to the larger, visually-astonishing action sequences getting every single beat right. As with the previous film, each of these scenes is as good as anything from the entire series, probably better.

Whether it works as a whole or not is a different question. I approach these films as a huge fan of the book, so I'm largely satisfied by whatever structure they put up there, but objectively this film is undeniably odd. When it begins, it instantly demands a detailed knowledge of everything that came beforehand. When you're up to Film Seven of a billion dollar franchise, you can afford this sort of hubris, but even I found myself struggling to recall certain aspects. Similarly, although there are many exciting action sequences, the final one does not feel especially climactic. The film doesn't build to its ending; it just sort-of ends. The final shots are quite effective, but it's only when you're watching them that you realise you must be in the final seconds. As a film designed to stand on its own feet, it's pretty unsatisfying, but as the seventh film in a series of eight, it works.

The kids -- do we even call them kids any more? There's facial hair! -- are brilliant as ever, and watching them grow up over these films has been a highlight of the series. The supporting cast is absurdly great, and absurdly massive; you get the impression that instead of just casting individual roles, they just told all of Equity to show up on Monday for a costume fitting.

The film is absolutely stunning, and Eduardo Serra deserves a lot of awards for his work here. Screenwriter Steve Kloves had an unenviable job in making half a book feel like a complete film, but overall the script is excellent, with the weighty drama offset by some genuinely funny moments. The decision to split the films in two felt initially like nothing more than a money-making exercise, but it allows for a great deal more material. That afore-mentioned dancing scene, one of the film's highlights, would not have made the cut had it been one film. Rather than wishing the films had been singular, I found myself wishing that the earlier films had all been split in two as well.

And now prepare yourself for the most redundant (but unavoidable) conclusion in the history of film criticism: This film will not win over any new fans, nor should anyone begin their Potter experience with this one. It will absolutely delight the most hardcore of fans, and mostly delight the casual fan. Despite my issues with it, I ultimately loved the film, and remain all the more excited for part two next July.

Latauro
AICNDownunder@hotmail.com



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  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    First.

    by MyNameisSimon

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Good, looking forward to it.

    by Mahaloth

    I hope part 2 is amazing.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:05 p.m. CST

    SECOND

    by doom master

    By "MOSTLY DELIGHT" do you mean the chick gets nude (finally) in this? Because the pedobear's getting TIRED of this HARRY POTTER TEASE BS. LOL

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    THIRD

    by doom master

    FYI Harry looks like He's been doing drugs profusely...makes perfect sense this would be the final film....So he can get on with his expensive drug habit.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:10 p.m. CST

    OT

    by phifty2

    I hope the fact that we haven't heard more about the Ron Howard Dark Tower films means it's history.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    Fourth!!

    by MyNameisSimon

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Tom Bombadil

    by dynamicb

    You're memory does not serve you. Tom Bombadil was on LOTR.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    No, he did remember correctly...

    by WillardGreensThunderballs

    Tom Bombadil wasn't in the first Harry Potter movie. Neither was Frodo.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    I'm over it

    by Larrylongballs

    Tranformers is the future of film franchising.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Someone enlighten me

    by batman713

    I can't remember the dance scene from the book... was it when Ron was hallucinating (?) when he saw Harry and Hermione together?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Dance Scene

    by TheFreshmaker

    I believe it was during Ron's hallucination. Also, Harry and Hermione make out big time.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Huzzah!

    by batman713

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    I should have directed this movie! Because I am

    by Ben_Fucking_Affleck

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    I'm a casual fan who hasn't read the books.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    but who has mostly enjoyed each new chapter as it has been presented in the theater. The previous film, "The Half Blood Prince," was the first film in the series I really didn't connect with as a film fan. Laturo's comparrison to a TV series was applicable there, as I am generally not a serialized television fan, and "The Half Blood Prince" felt like an episode of a TV series. It didn't really have a plot of its own. It was dependent on everything that came before it, and was basically all setup for what was coming next. I was dubious of the splitting up the final book because none of the other screenwriters or directors were given that option and I generally like the cinematic three act structure which will be destroyed here. Plus, I just want to see the ending. Not half of the ending. I almost DON'T want to see the movie this weekend, as I might appreciate it better if I just wait and watch it on DVD right before I go see the last chapter in the theater. Well, I'll have to see what other casual fans have to say.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    manic review

    by dr sauch

    Latauro must be a true fan.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I've never seen any of the movies, nor have I read any of the bo

    by darth_aig

    It just doesn't interest me. Can somebody convince me to watch these movies? I've never asked anyone... Seriously though, this is funny: http://meowheretohelpmeow.blogspot.com/

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    i have to take my baby brother to see this.

    by RedHorseVector

    i'm hoping they made improvements on the source material, i loved most of the harry potter series but found the last book to be an anticlimax, and not nearly as clever or charming as the rest of the series. the epilogue was so horribly written, you could mistake it for fanfiction.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Dozens and dozens of inappropriate Hermione jokes

    by DiscoGodfather

    in 5,4,3...

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    No Thanks I already saw The Troll series...

    by doom master

    It had Harry Potter in it... This film is a ripoff of that classic cinema gem.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    i wanna see it, but im gonna wait for the blu-ray

    by chainsaw_shawn

    I'm pissed its not a light rated r. part 7 was eerily dark and violent. alot of people died!!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    You didnt connect to Half Blood Prince because

    by gooseud

    it was awful. A complete botch job of the highest order. There are a thousand ways it could have been improved, some nitpicky fanboy things, others major problems. However, I will just say that the film series started going completely off the rails with the casting of Michael Gambon as the spazzy, manic, completely-all-wrong Dumbledore. Of course, its easily explainable why Gambon plays nearly every Dumbledore scene completely wrong (for example, the big Voldemort duel in OOTP, where he seemd kind of nervous and intimidated by Voldemort, which was completely wrong): he still, to this day, has never read a page of the books. Awesome in its ineptitude. As compared to Rickman as Snape, who has studied the books, and SURPRISE, actually gives a pitch perfect performance.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:58 p.m. CST

    This franchise needs a reboot

    by KonkBob

    Im not clear on Harrys origins

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    I finally saw some snippets of a Harry Potter movie...

    by qweruiop

    ...last week, and yeah, they look really corny. I don't know man, but people pointing twigs at each other and shouting spells, not really suspensful stuff. And then when the bad guys do it and they're suppose to look all menacing, they look ridiculous. It's a grown man pointing a TWIG! How on earth is that suppose to compare to film lightsabers, swords, or even guns.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10 p.m. CST

    Maybe I'll actually enjoy this one

    by Darkefire

    I thought the fifth and sixth movies were absolute crap on a cracker, partly because they cut out a load of stuff from the books and mostly because I'm still having a hard time reconciling the portrayal of the characters compared to the books. The one thing that's annoyed me the most is how tone-deaf the films feel at times; saying that Harry, Ron and Hermione have temper problems in the books is an understatement at best, and their actors really haven't brought a lot of the emotion across so far (seriously, Ron is nearly bipolar in the books at times and touchy as all hell, and the movies by and large have him portrayed as a goofy sidekick). A few brief bits I saw in the trailers give me hope that Rupert Grint will finally grow a pair, but I'll reserve judgment until I've seen the final product.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Surely the Bombadil thing

    by Ruddy Heck

    Was an attempt at wry humour... A bit of a backhander, perhaps, to the LOTR fanboys who had to eat their words when those films turned out awesome even sans Tom Bombadil? Or am I the only one who got that?

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Twigs?

    by chainsaw_shawn

    LOL when you have a snake man who can float in midair and seperate your soul from your flesh with two words. i would shit in my pants. convential weapons dont do shit against them! lol. but it would be interesting to see how modern weaponry would work against a person with magic. i mean surprisngly i dont think they would expect that! roflmao!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Where's Cary Elwes?

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    You guys actually think

    by pushthebuttonmax

    that the Bombadil mix up line in this review is accidental? Use your heads. And like gooseud said, Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore is a travesty. Richard Harris might have been a bit old for the part, but at least he got the character right. Throwing Harry up against the wall in the 4th movie? Looking nervous around Voldemort? Dude should be shot.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    Bombadil

    by djtelesca

    Did people really think the Tom Bombadil thing was serious? Seems that quite a few sarcasm detectors are on the fritz tonight.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    is this not-getting of the Bombadil joke what you kids call "tro

    by PotSmokinAlien

    dude was making a joke!<P>(for you asperger's-having screen-addicts out there, a joke is a remark, either contrived or improvised, that is made with an attempt at eliciting a response of amusement or mirth from the reader or hearer of said remark.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Im actually looking forward to this...

    by LowDevil

    Great franchise, great artistic worth.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Michael Gambon is a fucking asshole

    by SmoovLikeLando

    for not "seeing the point" in reading the books. He's a good actor, obviously, but shitty at his job because, as someone said, when you're playing a character that beloved by that many people, you fucking make sure you do it kinda right. It's not a small supporting role that allows room to "make it your own." You don't do "your" Dumbledore; you fucking just do Dumbledore. Incidentally the one thing these movies need so very much more of is Alan Rickman.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Bombadil?

    by chainsaw_shawn

    Who the fuck is Tom bombadil? I dont exactly remember the name from HP series???

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    As soon as the review started

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    I wondered to myself, how long will it be before some idiot thinks the Bombadil reference was anything but a joke. <p> Not so long it turns out. All Hail the Internet! A place where the truly ignorant get to look confused in front of the entire globe.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    But not more than The Hobbit!!

    by LowDevil

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    @gooseud re: OOTP duel

    by TheSeeker7

    Dumbledore comes off as nervous and and intimidated by Voldemort in their Ministry duel?? Did we watch the same film? Mind I think OOTP has an epic laundry list of flaws, but from the moment Dumbledore pops out of that fireplace he's radiating power and confidence (he right away simply calls him "Tom", etc) and he seemed in control largely during the actual fight.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    How's Desplat

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    's score?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I still wish they got Bruce Broughton, but Desplat is one of the best film composers working today.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    As a casual fan...

    by the dolphins are in the jacuzzi

    who has never read the books (I lost interest halfway through the first; kept meaning to go back; never got around to it), I have to say that Latauro sounds like a fanboy of the highest order. I practically hated the first two movies (I saw them because my wife was a huge fan of the books). I actually seriously enjoyed the next two (Prisoner of Azkebahn was exceptional, and Goblet of Fire wasn't far behind). With the last two, it's harder to put my finger on it, but they just don't thrill me the way 3 & 4 did. I don't hold out a whole lot of hope for these last two. But when Latauro says Half-Blood Prince is his favorite, it kind of makes me mistrust his judgment. To each his own, I guess.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    TheSeeker7

    by pushthebuttonmax

    Watch it again, when their wands connect he's wincing and leaning back as if he's intimidated. In the book his face was deadly calm. It's a subtle thing, but it makes all the difference in the world.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    The Half-Blood Prince (film) was garbage.

    by cinemixtape.com

    By far the dullest of the films. This one can't be any worse.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    can't wait until the series is over

    by zom-bot.com

    granted, it's a remarkable feat to have a series of movies by different directors be so cohesive, but at the same time, they stories are frickin' interchangeable. if i remember a part, i can barely tell you which movie it's from. oh, there's two new teachers. oh, one seems good and one seems suspicious. oh, the good one turns out to be bad and the suspicious one helps save the day. oh, valdemort is 'x' closer to coming back and killing harry...meh

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Is it full of lazy digital colour--correction again?

    by BiggusDickus

    Looking at the still of the trailer above, I'd say 'yes'.<p>Great. Teal again. That obviously means dark and moody, just in case we didn't know. It also makes those orange flames look more impressive, doesn't it? <p>Thanks for that, Dave. Yawn.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    I never understood the Gambon haters.......

    by archer1949

    I think he did a damn fine job. Yes, there is one actor (Ian Mackellen) who would have been perfect, but he already played a wizard. Gambon was a fine choice. I found him to be a bit shaky in Goblet of Fire, but thought by Order Of the Pheonix came around he had a good handle on Dumbledore's mix of goofiness and badassery from the books. Way better than Richard Harris' rather stiff portrayal. Order of the Phoenix had serious problems as an adaptation, but Gambon was not one of those problems.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    I love the Potter Flicks...

    by Toruk_Makto

    But the audiobooks are muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu<p> uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu<p> uuuuuuuuuuuch better.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:20 p.m. CST

    David Yates runied everything he touched

    by daggor

    He botched the deaths of two major characters. I trust this film will be meandering and pointless, like the other Yates films.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    ENOUGH OF HARRY POTTER ALREADY

    by BringingSexyBack

    Christ this cow has a lot of milk.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    PoA was the highpoint of series

    by onezeroone

    Both in movies as well as books. Interestingly, Alfonso made the biggest tonal shift in series and it worked better than any other movie. That whole "BTTF" thing towards the end was brilliantly done, lil additions made to stuf fin book... but additions that made it even bettter.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    I also thought of the TV series adaptation

    by Tacom

    I like the movies but they do cut a lot of stuff out. I actually like David Yates a lot. Order of the Phoenix is still my favorite so far.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Also, HBP Was second fav book, hated the movie.

    by onezeroone

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    Dancing Scene

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    I believe that was during Bill Wesley and Fleur Delacouer's Wedding Reception right before the three actually set off to find Horcruxes. Theres was dancing and Harry & Hermonie danced together as friends.

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Never read the books, love the movies...

    by BurnHollywood

    I originally only started watching because of the Rifftrax tie-ins...the series started growing on me quick, though.<p> Not surprised the Potter fanboys bitch so much...it's what fanboys do. What is surprising is what a huge project this has turned out to be, and that the films still have a consistent look and cast after nine years. Trust me...it works as a movie series, even if you have to occasionally hit Google for some clarity once you get back from the theater.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:06 a.m. CST

    I know I'm in the minority

    by funkylovemonkey

    But I think the 6th and 7th movie were far better then the first two. Of course the Alfonso Cuaron's third movie was far and away the best of the series, but the first two are close to unwatchable now.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:09 a.m. CST

    changing my mind

    by Wyndam Earle

    as to the Half-blood prince. Saw it in theater, hated it. Just rewatched it again, and deduced that an alchohol-fuled fight between my gf and me right before going out to a movie is prolly not a good idea if I want to enjoy a flick. Whilst I am still not sold on Yates, I do enjoy his subtleties.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST

    I am a beautiful animal! I am a destroyer of worlds!

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    I am Harry Fucking Potter! <p>And dear reader, at last, the world was quiet.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Gambon is oustanding in Henson's

    by Dennis_Moore

    The Storyteller Greek Myths...

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST

    The worst HP movie is...

    by disfigurehead

    Goblet of Fire. What a horrible pile of shit.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:44 a.m. CST

    The problem with Michael Gambon

    by funkylovemonkey

    is that he compares unfavorably to the effortless humor and wisdom that Richard Harris brought to the part. If he had been cast as Dumbledore in the very beginning I think I may have liked him more in that role, but those were difficult shoes to fill.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Haven't read the books

    by TheComedian77

    But SFX, who I find slightly more reliable, state in their review that the dance scene was invented for the film. One point less for Aint It Cool accuracy. The general opinion among film critics seems to be that if you don't care much for the book (or even parts of it) you may find the film lacking - in other words they stick to the book very closely. SFX gives it only 3 stars......I might have to give it a miss. Sounds a bit tedious http://www.sfx.co.uk/2010/11/15/harry-potter-review/ BTW it's funny theres no Hermione comments. Are talkbackers only attracted to actresses when the words jailbait apply? Seems like things go awful silent now she's hit 20!

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 1:21 a.m. CST

    They should have replaced Harris

    by King Sweyn Forkbeard

    With Peter O'Toole. Hell, they should have just gone with O'Toole in the first place.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Not a fan of the books, but the movies are entertaining.

    by V'Shael

    The ginger kid is by far the worst actor of the three, but even he has improved over 7 movies.<br /><br />Ultimately, it's been an amazing cinematic feat, watching the same actors play kids growing up over 10 years.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 1:42 a.m. CST

    ITS THE HARRYIST POTTERIST HARRY POTTER YET!

    by J-Dizzle

    I've just Pottered my pants!

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter is still a class act

    by HarryBlackPotter

    Just look at the acting talent the series has attracted over the years. Sure, the first 2 movies were too tame, too safe with a director unsure of how to make the books come alive, but the rest of the series has been truly excellent.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 5 a.m. CST

    Funkylovemonkey

    by Mr Gorilla

    I agree with you. I'll take the 5th and 6th films over the first two any day. I think I like HALF BLOOD PRINCE as much as PRISONER OF AZKABAN - it's got some strange quality of feeling that the events in it are REALLY happening (I know, I can't explain it), plus it's got some lovely humour and the magnificent Jim Broadbent.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Half-Blood Prince was the best film by far.

    by Joely_Boy

    So lovely to look at

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    by kingconan

    How fucking dare they. The Motion Picture Event of a Generation! This is so far beyond shit. How much more of this facile cack can they churn out. Please let it end soon.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Saw the leaked first 40 minutes

    by grendel69

    <p> and thought it was pretty good. A good tease to see the rest.</p> <p> I am a bit disappointed some important info has been left out of the last films, like the it could have been Neville instead of Harry stuff,The woman Vold visited who liked to collect things, and the Gaunt House scenes</p> <p> As for Half Blood Prince. I looked the way they shot that movie, with the natural light and all. Prob one of my all time favorite "looking" films</p>

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    does Hermione get naked?

    by mojoman69

    thats worth the admission

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    if Ian Mckellen hadnt been Gandalf

    by mojoman69

    He would have been a great Dumbledorr.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Gambon is crap. Ruined that character for me...

    by moonlightdrive

    Can't forgive him for that. He's phoning it in for a paycheck and couldn't care less about the fans but you could argue 'why would he?' And maybe you'd be right but he is also doing a very poor acting job.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I like the films but hopefully one day they will

    by moonlightdrive

    be re-made and before my lifetime ends. I think they could be done better. There have been highlights but things like the change in actor for Dumbledore and the subsequent lame performance from Gambon and some of the effects, especially in the early films, and the poor acting from the leads when they were young could all be improved upon; among many other things. I like the idea of a TV series but it would have to have the required huge budget.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Maybe I'm missing something here but I also have no...

    by moonlightdrive

    recollection of Bombadil :(

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    no more kid games - this is serious business

    by belledame

    there's no need for this film to be charming. that part of the story is past. this is now about the serious work of bringing down a fascist dictator before he solidifies control. the extremely cost of success will be paid in lives and limbs. <b></b> your complaints about the break could as easily apply to the second "matrix" or "lotr." that's what happens when you leave off in the middle of a story. <b></b> i don't see what's so weighty about a 2.5 hour movie when others were so much longer. in fact, it's disappointing that they haven't made two 3.5 hour movies for the finale in order to get as much in as possible. the world was trained for this by the aforementioned films and can now breeze through that. the one action scene i'd be most impressed by would be the one in bathilda bagshot's house where h/h make that mad jump off the bed and out the window and then disapparate in midair. if they managed to stunt that, i'd be supremely impressed. just reading it was harrowing. <b></b> also, i fully agree that this would make a fantastic television series! also also, now that you mention it, where is cary elwes? he would have made a boss guildory lockhart or even a great remus lupin.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Ian mckellan as gandolff, i er mean dumbledoore

    by chainsaw_shawn

    Would have been more angrier about alot of things, like the ministry of magic showing up at his office. would have seriously pissed him off. lol. Also i could have pictured gimli, legolas and aaragon making guest appearances. lol. They would probably kill voldermort in a heartbeat.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    "Also, Harry and Hermione make out big time."

    by buggerbugger

    Do we finally get to see Harry's tits? Because that's what we're all waiting for, right?

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    BrainDrain - You can't compare LOTR and Harry Potter

    by Itchy

    because LOTR was based on a revolutionary and mind-blowingly awesome novel and Harry Potter is a bedtime story for pasty little fags. However, Harry Potter does have Emma Watson's Hairy Pooter, so score one for the pasty little fag book.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    I'm one of the 12

    by Robber_Button

    Never quite clicked with the world. Enid Blyton with mildly better politics and pubes...

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Eduardo Serra, the DP of this movie, is portuguese

    by AsimovLives

    Go Tuga!!!

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I'm also one of the twelve that never read the books

    by AsimovLives

    And watching the movies, i really feel no need or compulsion to read them, anyway. The movies quite suffices.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 2:44 p.m. CST

    AsimovLives

    by belledame

    to say you aren't compelled to read the books is one thing, but to say the movie suffices... well, if only you knew whereof you speak. the films and the books are two completely different stories with the same core concept. if you read the book and saw how much grander and more intricate that story is, you would be laid low. as a metaphor: i suppose it might be like a color-blind or tone-deaf person being cured. after living your whole life with one perception, you are suddenly able to realize the full richness and range of tones and hues; you suddenly realize that your absolute favorite song - which you could not love more - is so much richer, so much more harmonious, nuanced and layered than were ever able to perceive before. as much as you cherished it, there was so much more to know. that's what it was like for me when i made the leap from the movies to the books. i hope you have such an awakening in reading the "harry potter" series someday.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Facial Hair

    by quentintarantado

    "The kids -- do we even call them kids any more? There's facial hair!" Emma Watson has facial hair?

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    I dont think anyone should read the book

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    plus was anyone forced to read Ender's Game? why is it only crap like HP that everyone reads and pressures others to do the same.

  • Nov. 16, 2010, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Emma Watson - Furry

    by mos6507

    "Emma Watson has facial hair?" She did in one of the movies where she turned into a cat by accident.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    belledame

    by AsimovLives

    I feel no compulsion whatsoever to read the books. The movies have sufficed me quite well about the Harry Potter saga. That's it.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Emma Watson's nether hair

    by gun_will_travel

    has been featured in many celebrity oops sites.