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SQUEEEEEEE!!!!! I was so very excited to see this film after waiting for months and seeing the excellent trailers. I was not at all disappointed! I haven't read the book since it came out, so I didn't have enough memory of the details to nitpick much. Also, I have come to have a fairly relaxed attitude to the films in terms of their closeness to the books; I think of them as super shiny picture supplements rather than replacements, and that means I am able to forgive the shortcomings more easily than I usually can with film adaptations. I'll start with these.

-I imagined Prof. Slughorn as much more slimy than the teddy-bearish Jim Broadbent. Not that he wasn't good, but he was just a bit too loveable for a character who is actually quite a sleazeball.
-Prof. Trelawney was cut out completely, which seems a shame because she was an important plot device in terms of the prophecy and the Room of Requirement
-I thought Dumbledore had put a paralysing spell on Harry before Draco came in, so Harry couldn't have reacted if he'd wanted to. I also didn't remember Snape seeing him there, but maybe I just didn't remember correctly. Perhaps the latter was on purpose though, to show that Snape had no intention of harming Harry. Also Dumbledore's 'Please' definitely didn't sound like a plea for mercy, again perhaps to make it more obvious that Snape isn't a baddie.
-I thought there was continued Dumbledore's Army activity in HBP, and if so this was completely cut out in the film. Poor Neville was reduced to a few cameo shots, but I thought he was somewhat important in HBP. Again, these could be my faulty memory.
-This book is probably one of the most complex of the series, so inevitably it felt rushed even at 153 minutes. It would probably have taken at least another half hour to include what I would have considered the minimum decent exposition, but viewing the film as a supplement rather than a replacement it was ok.
-No mention of Remus and Tonks being in the family way. I was sure this was in HBP, am I wrong?
-Very slight mention of Sirius at the start, without showing any of Harry's difficulty dealing with Sirius' death. Only his impetuous chasing after Bellatrix Lastrange reminded you that he had a particular grudge against her.
-Fenrir Greyback was almost non-existent. No Weasley siblings older than the twins, though Charlie and Bill should have big parts to play. Also no Fleur Delacour.
-The attack of Hogwarts at the end consists of a handful of Death Eaters committing some vandalism and buggering off, rather than the full-on fight with the Order of the Phoenix.
-The title is given a very short shrift- it isn't explained how Snape realises that Harry had been using his potions book and knew about the HBP. He also doesn't react strongly enough to Harry's accusation of cowardice.

Overall, though, I was quite happy with the film, and realise that most of the cuts and changes were due to time constraints. I very much enjoyed the film, and it made me want to re-read the books and look forward to the last two films, so I guess it did it's job!

Date: 2009-07-17 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stockinged-one.livejournal.com
I haven't seen it yet, I'm going on Saturday but I've been obsessed with this movie for awhile so I want to respond.
- Even with his flaws, I liked Slughorn -- and because he actually does side the right way in the final book, I'm glad if he comes off well in the movie.
- Dumbledore did paralyse Harry, they've changed it. I actually think it's brilliant in a different way -- we see Harry finally trusting Dumbledore's judgment about Snape and then he sees Snape kill Dumbledore. How awful is that?
- I heard Neville got next to nothing to do. :(
-- Tonk's pregnancy wasn't until DH.
- They will have Fleur and Bill in the next movie but I they seem to be skipping the warewolf plotline.
- They decided not to have a big battle at Hogwarts because they want to save that for the last battle at the end of DH. Didn't want repetition.

Hope that helps with some things!Glad you enjoyed!

Date: 2009-07-17 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superl99.livejournal.com
Thanks, I figured some of the things were just my memory being bad! It would be hard for Jim Broadbent to come off badly, he's so lovely, but I thought he'd play it more like Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge; instead he was more along the spectrum towards Bridget's dad or the police chief in Hot Fuzz.

Date: 2009-07-17 07:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] swampers
I was gonna respond about Tonks' pregnancy...

And then realised how geeky that would make me sound...

Date: 2009-07-18 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shandreyna.livejournal.com
I'm still not sure what I thought about the film - might have to go again to decide ;-)

I loved the effect of Felix Felicis on Harry, and the fact that he wasn't paralysed in the film made the scene far more interesting, in my opinion. I just felt that the film lacked....oomph? I know they don't want to repeat the whole battle at Hogwarts thing, but I did feel that the story petered out at the end and there was no resolution. I know it's all part of a series, but this - as has been said by many people - really felt like the set-up for the final films. I also don't quite understand the purpose of destroying the Burrow....is it to save time in the future films? Oh and it did slightly annoy me that Narcissa didn't have completely blonde hair, as that's how I'd seen her in the book.

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