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Harry Potter: It All Ends

Or, the epic vs. the personal

We watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II over the weekend. While I wouldn’t consider myself a crazy-obsessive fan, I admit to having read every book at least twice. It’s a matter of practicality; my brain is like a sieve and I needed a refresher before jumping into each new book. Overall, I’m pleased with the series’ translation to film. It wasn’t perfect, but nothing is. What I missed the most when things ended up on the cutting room floor were the little character moments, bits the story could do without (in that they could be easily removed without the plot collapsing), but which made the books so much richer. It’s perfectly understandable – a two and a half hour movie doesn’t have the same luxury to explore every nuance as an eight hundred-page book. After all, that’s part of the reason people still read.

Something that only struck me with the last film adaptation was J.K. Rowling’s relentless insistence on characters. Even when spells are flying and the world is coming to an end, it’s all about the characters.

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Harry Potter and Recommended Reading

We went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night. I’ll try to keep my thoughts here relatively spoiler-free.

I enjoyed it. I thought they did a better job of keeping the essence of the book than they did in the last film, but I can’t put my finger on exactly how or why. I was pleased to see Bellatrix get more screen time, though I would have liked to have seen more of Snape and Neville (hopefully in the next film(s?)). As always, the movie was visually pleasing, and it’s interesting watching the young actors become more confident and grow into their roles. Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna, is fantastic. Now I have the urge to re-read the last two books in the series.

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