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For the past week every time I’ve thought about writing my review of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, I’ve found myself giving a great sigh and finding something else to do.  I think it’s because I’m still trying to figure out what I thought of it.  All I seem to keep coming up with is… Meh, at least I have the book.  I don’t really think this reaction is because I don’t like the movie, I think I just liked the book better. 

Deathly Hallows is my favorite book, followed closely by Half Blood Prince.  I know that leaves a lot for a movie to live up to, and I was going in with lower expectations than normal because of this.  And, well, the movie met them.  The acting was wonderfully done and the story appears visually much like it does in my head, which is a good marker for books-turned-into-movies.  But the plot and scriptwriting, oi-vey!  I do not subscribe to the belief that you should keep lines from a book in the movie as much as possible.  In fact, I would love to see a movie that didn’t have a single line in it from the book.  The actors are never able to pull them off as the character’s thoughts, and that moment of awkwardness pulls the viewer from the experience.  It’s just not a good idea. 

And for crying out loud, Steve Kloves, if you’re going to take liberties with the general plot and culmination of the entire series, do it right!  Keep leaving out Dobby and spare us the pointless speech right before you kill him.  Don’t waste precious story time and CGI money on a character that plays a pivotal role in the books just so you can throw him into the movie whenever you please, and cheapen the loss of another of Harry’s supporters.  I’m amazed you even thought to give Bill Weasley a line to let us all know who he is.  Also, we suddenly have seven horcruxes again?!  Oh happy day, Harry magically knows about three more items that Voldemort has used to hide his soul by the power of his own genius mind!  He truly does have a charmed life. 

My feelings on the scriptwriting aside, I think I did generally like the movie.  The scene with Harry and Hermione at the Godric’s Hollow graveyard was touching, and I liked how they threw in the line about using polyjuice potion, since they did use it in the book.  And the animation for the story of The Three Brothers was unexpected and wonderfully done.  I have to keep reminding myself that 1) movies never have as much detail as the books and 2) this is only part 1. 

I don’t know if I’m excited to see part 2, but I believe it will be better than part 1 as it will at least give a conclusion to the story.

So there you have it.  As this wasn’t a very positive post, I’ll leave you with an awesome video.  Enjoy!

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