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Old May 22nd, 2011, 9:05 pm
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Harry - I really loathe book Harry. I don't know why but he is whiny and annoying and self-righteous and just not a character I really like. I mean for example in the first two books he was awesome, I loved him but GoF was already starting to be annoying and then OotP just completely ruined him for me book-wise. He kinda grows on me again in DH.
But in the movie we are not in Harry's head all the time so it doesn't get annoying. Also Daniel Radcliffe is so awesome. I just adore him. His voice to start off with is lovely. I think he has this ironical sort of voice, I love that. And I love Dan in general, his interviews are awesome. hahah

I guessit's mainly the actors which I love. That's probably why I am so bias and usually like the characters more in the movie than in the books. Like Hermione and Snape for example as well or draco Malfoy.
and of course I watched the movies before reading the books so maybe I shouldn't judge this. LOL

as far as scenes go:
+ the HHr dance in DH part 1. Cute, meaningful and absolutely fitting for the movie. I felt like Dan and Emma were dancing. It was such an amazing scene imo.
+ Hermione casting 'Obliviate' on her parents. That was great. Perfect. I was so glad when I heard they included that in the movie. It showed the sadness of her action and it just all floated so well with the film's beginning in the general. So thankful they included it.


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Old May 22nd, 2011, 9:06 pm
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I like the dueling scene in COS. I like the Knight Bus and how Stan and Ernie were relating to each other.
I like most of DH part one.


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I really liked the Shreiking Shack scene in POA. Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman and David Thelwis made that scene come to life. It was AWESOME!


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I really liked the Shreiking Shack scene in POA. Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman and David Thelwis made that scene come to life. It was AWESOME!
Yeah! I totally agree. That's a really great scene.

I have some favorite bits in DH that didnt happen in the books...

1 - Harry & Hermione's dance (of course)
2 - The scene in which, when the gang are in hiding in one of the forests, Hermione walks a bit away from the tent and sees Scabier and the snatchers. They can't see her due to the charms she put around their tent, but he can smell her perfume. Its such a gripping scene! Really clever addition.


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Old May 24th, 2011, 9:07 pm
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Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?

The scene in Deathly Hallows part 1 where you hear the radio naming all those who have died, while we see all the different places that the trio visit while they are on the run, including a caravan site destroyed, presumably, by the death eaters. I think that scene is fantastic and really helps to put across just how much the whole country, and not just the trio, is in danger, much more than the book does.


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Old May 24th, 2011, 9:34 pm
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The scene in Deathly Hallows part 1 where you hear the radio naming all those who have died, while we see all the different places that the trio visit while they are on the run, including a caravan site destroyed, presumably, by the death eaters. I think that scene is fantastic and really helps to put across just how much the whole country, and not just the trio, is in danger, much more than the book does.
Agreed, this scene is great and really shows the impact of the DE on the entire country. I also love the changing landscapes showing how far they have to travel in order to stay safe. it's really a huge scene and the backrgound with the radio is just amazing.


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Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?

Harry and Hermione's dance sequence in Deathly Hallows Part 1 So adorable, and it was so sweet of Harry to cheer Hermione up just for that one minute.


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Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?

The way Hedwig died was more heroic in the movie than in the book but apart from that I prefer the book.


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Re: Is there anything in the movies that you like more than in the books?

I loved the way Harry was found on the train after Draco attacked him, in the HBP movie much more than the book. In the book it sounded a little bit too easy, for Tonks to notice every student getting off the train and then decide he was in that compartmen because 'the blinds were closed'. In the movie I loved how Luna found him because of the 'wrackspurts', it was actually quite creative, how they made good use of that little bit of info Jo had put in, one that could have easily gone unnoticed.


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The way Hedwig died was more heroic in the movie than in the book but apart from that I prefer the book.
Same here. It was much better than Harry disarming Stan Shunpike... Also, the Basilisk scene was better in the film (in my opinion).


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I think Dobby's death was portrayed beautifully in the movie. It was pure, raw emotion and I even cried while watching it, in comparison to the book, which didn't have the same effect.

Also, I'm glad that they actually showed Hermione casting the memory charm on her parents, instead of just her mentioning it in passing. It made the moment so much more real and gave rise to the seriousness of the impending war and Hermione's future.
I TOTALLY agree, everyone in the theater I was in was sniffling and getting their little cries out during Dobby's death scene. I even cried a little during that scene and Hermione wiping her parents memory.


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Old June 2nd, 2011, 10:40 pm
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I love the books, and I love the way the films realise the look of the wizarding world.

I do feel that books 5, 6 and 7 (so far) surpass their cinematic realisations, but that is because they have that page-turning quality that you can't really reproduce on film in the same way. I still love the films - I just think they're harder stories to commit to film than, say, POA. I remember so much of the reading experience of Book 6 in particular being about the intrigue of who on earth the HBP actually was. That didn't really translate to film, but it didn't matter because the film had other virtues.

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Harry and Hermione's dance sequence in Deathly Hallows Part 1 So adorable, and it was so sweet of Harry to cheer Hermione up just for that one minute.
I agree, and I really love the choice of song, too. I need to look up all the lyrics, but the way "O children" is sung is so poignant and perfect for the heroism of these young people, barely adults, and all they are going through, risking and sacrificing, and the fear and despair they must be feeling - and how unreasonable, in a sense, is the burden they have been given.

HBP:

One thing I really adore is Slughorn's tale of the bewitched flower/fish that Lily gave him in a bowl. It is delivered so beautifully and with such emotion: "It was beautiful magic, wondrous to behold."

I rather like the scene of Harry in the cafe, too, being chatted up by the waitress, especially as he then side-long-apparates to Budleigh Babbott (I've spelt that wrorg, haven't I?) with Dumbledore - I love these night-time village scenes - beautiful but haunted, just like Godric's Hollow. I don't think the scene in the Dursleys' living room, with the mead-glasses knocking against their heads would have worked for the mood the film needed to begin with.

OOTP

I really love the way the film shows Neville finally managing "Expelliarmus" in the Room of Requirement (after practising for so long without managing to do it). (It doesn't really happen that way in the book - he does it early on and the person he was disarming was looking the other way, or something).

I prefer the scene in the park with Dudley in the film. It makes Harry seem much more sympathetic as he is the first one to be provoked.

I also prefer film Sirius in OOTP. I find him quite annoying in OOTP in the book. I much prefer seeing him portrayed as a godfather who loves and supports Harry, instead of complaining that Harry won't take risks. "Get away from my godson" is a wonderful moment too, and I LOVE the way Oldman's Sirius duels - twirling the wand.

I like how the film shows V possessing Harry in the MOM. I think it works better than the book version would have done.

GOF

All the Yule Ball stuff is breathtakingly beautiful, and I like the dance lesson.

I like the decision to make Neville be the one to tell Harry about Gillyweed.

I LOVE the song "Magic Works" and it's so moving in the credits at the end, because the words relate so poignantly to Cedric's final dance, as it were.

I think in the book Mad-Eye borrows the Marauder's Map for some reason. The simplification of this part of the plot worked well for the film.

POA

I adore this film - probably as much, or nearly as much, as GOF.

I find the events in the Shrieking Shack, and the lead-up to Harry finally believing Sirius is innocent, much more tense, exciting and effective in the film. The surviving Marauders and Snape are so brilliantly portrayed, too, which is part of what keeps me spellbound and drives the scene.

The scene where Harry is caught wandering the corridors at night by Snape is excellent. I think it works better for film than Harry running back from Hogsmeade, because it's darker, and I think the comedic bits with the characters in the portraits complaining about the light work really well. Also, I much prefer Harry actually seeing Peter Pettigrew on the map and Lupin's "That's not possible" to the way it happens in the book.

Someone mentions Harry riding on Buckbeak - I also think Sirius, Harry and Hermione escaping on Buckbeak is a wonderful scene.

I love the bridge, which I think we see for the first time in POA. I love what the score does when Lupin tells Harry about Lily on the bridge and how she was not only a singularly gifted witch, but also an uncommonly kind woman.

I too like the way the Dementors freeze the flowers, and I love the more outdoor feel that this film has compared to its two predecessors.

COS

I can't remember any specific changes to COS, although I'm sure there must be some. I think the sequence of events in the Chamber is altered, and I remember someone posting somewhere that it worked better that way, and that I agreed.

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The wonderful thing about this one was seeing those beautiful places realised on screen.

Changewise, though, I can only recall one and I actually prefer the book version. I know it might not have worked on screen, but I miss Snape's potion-riddle and I feel that its absence makes the walking through the fire to meet Voldermort seem much less remarkable and brave, diminishing Harry's struggle at the end. I think I would rather have lost the flying keys scene than that. But also, I find the pace of the chess scene much too slow. Such a beautiful set, and I think it's such a shame, because the pacing of the scene ruins it for me.



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Old June 2nd, 2011, 10:57 pm
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I TOTALLY agree, everyone in the theater I was in was sniffling and getting their little cries out during Dobby's death scene. I even cried a little during that scene and Hermione wiping her parents memory.
Ooh, I can't agree. I'm actually the opposite. In the book, I cried, and hard. However, the major problem in the movie was the soundtrack, which did not work for me at all. (It was just that scene, all the other pieces were amazing.) And I think the acting was good, the soundtrack just kind of...faltered. I didn't cry at all during DH 1, but now that I think about it I remember being in a state of shock after Dobby's death, so I somehow missed the rest of the movie. Because when I saw it the second time, I didn't even remember Luna closing Dobby's eyes. So yeah, I guess I was so sad I kind of blacked out...
Sorry, that was kind of the opposite of this thread topic...moving on.

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I love the books, and I love the way the films realise the look of the wizarding world.

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I agree, and I really love the choice of song, too. I need to look up all the lyrics, but the way "O children" is sung is so poignant and perfect for the heroism of these young people, barely adults, and all they are going through, risking and sacrificing, and the fear and despair they must be feeling - and how unreasonable, in a sense, is the burden they have been given.
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One thing I really adore is Slughorn's tale of the bewitched flower/fish that Lily gave him in a bowl. It is delivered so beautifully and with such emotion: "It was beautiful magic, wondrous to behold."

I rather like the scene of Harry in the cafe, too, being chatted up by the waitress, especially as he then side-long-apparates to Budleigh Babbott (I've spelt that wrorg, haven't I?) with Dumbledore - I love these night-time village scenes - beautiful but haunted, just like Godric's Hollow. I don't think the scene in the Dursleys' living room, with the mead-glasses knocking against their heads would have worked for the mood the film needed to begin with.
Yeah, I was tearing up at that. Don't quite agree with the second part, but I guess it was alright for the film.

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I also prefer film Sirius in OOTP. I find him quite annoying in OOTP in the book. I much prefer seeing him portrayed as a godfather who loves and supports Harry, instead of complaining that Harry won't take risks. "Get away from my godson" is a wonderful moment too, and I LOVE the way Oldman's Sirius duels - twirling the wand.

I like how the film shows V possessing Harry in the MOM. I think it works better than the book version would have done.
And "Nice one, James!" Love that. Yeah, the OoTP film did a better job of capturing essential plot themes/points than HBP.


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I absolutely love the Half-Blood Prince film. My favourite film but one of my least favourite books. It makes me laugh out loud, every time. There are so many quirky little lines added in that are so quotable. I absolutely love how drunk Harry seemed after taking the Felix Felicis, and my respect for Daniel Radcliffe as an actor shot up after that. It's just little bits like (this isn't the actual line, as I can't remember it), "I'm off to Hagrid's. He's a dear old friend, you see", and it was just so posh and lovely and funny

And I think the whole Hermione/Ron/Lavender love triangle was amusing and yet emotional at the same time, and I think it was beautifully done. The hospital scene was gorgeous, every thing about it. The looks and comments from the teachers about 'young love', Lavender's hysterical-ness, Ginny's little comment 'about time', and Hermione's embarassed smile when she's holding his hand

The dance is hilarious, with Hermione eating the dragon stuff to 'keep Cormac at bay' :') I absolutely love the film.


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I absolutely love the Half-Blood Prince film. My favourite film but one of my least favourite books. It makes me laugh out loud, every time. There are so many quirky little lines added in that are so quotable. I absolutely love how drunk Harry seemed after taking the Felix Felicis, and my respect for Daniel Radcliffe as an actor shot up after that. It's just little bits like (this isn't the actual line, as I can't remember it), "I'm off to Hagrid's. He's a dear old friend, you see", and it was just so posh and lovely and funny
While I still love HBP as a book, the movie was really nice to me (except the ending, which I didn't like but won't go into on this thread). I second you on how funny Harry's reaction to the Felix Felicis was.

The two best little parts of the movie that I didn't quite get from just reading the book are:

-The scene in the bathroom where Harry uses sectumsempra on Draco. I loved that scene in the book, but loved it even more in the movie. Seeing the spell's effect on Draco & when Snape intervenes was much more powerful for me on screen

-Cormac. In the book Cormac just seemed like the average, nasty little "tough guy" brute who think's he's god's gift to women. But seeing his little crush on Hermione (& her negative reaction) was actually really funny on screen. The scene in the Slug Club where he licks his fingers after eating "seductively" in her direction always makes me crack up.


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I'm glad there are others who like this one as much as I do. It was also probably my least favorite book, yet my favorite movie. All but the scene in the cave, the lack of funeral and the way Ron isn't part of the conversation in the tower at the end. That was really odd.


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1 - Harry & Hermione's dance (of course)
2 - The scene in which, when the gang are in hiding in one of the forests, Hermione walks a bit away from the tent and sees Scabier and the snatchers. They can't see her due to the charms she put around their tent, but he can smell her perfume. Its such a gripping scene! Really clever addition.
Agreed! That scene was great.


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1 - Harry & Hermione's dance (of course)
2 - The scene in which, when the gang are in hiding in one of the forests, Hermione walks a bit away from the tent and sees Scabier and the snatchers. They can't see her due to the charms she put around their tent, but he can smell her perfume. Its such a gripping scene! Really clever addition
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I loved those too. And I loved the entire raid on the ministry and escape which is different from the book, but I loved it. I think it captures Harry sense of loss, loyalty, and all of their terror in it.


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Not really a strong preference either way, but I do notice that in general, the films portray the main characters as more united, with less disagreement and strife, than do the books. In the books, for instance, Luna (and her father, for that matter) tell Hermione straight to her face that she's too rigid and stuck in her books; in the films, there's no such backtalk. The only disagreements that are kept, for the most part, are the major ones (e.g., Ron leaving Harry and Hermione in the forest) that simply have to be retained for plot reasons.

It may be that this is common generally in novel adaptations, but having almost finished reading the books in preparation for watching the final film, I noticed this quite distinctly.


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