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MAaaaaaaaaaaaaan Harry Potter!

Man! My expectations were HIGH for this movie and they were met and exceeded! It was really, really funny. I laughed out loud eleventy-million times.

The movie opens up with Ron in his pyjamas and if getting a little excited about that is wrong, I don't want to be right. By the end, though, like every other girl in the universe, I would like to marry Fred and George. I liked redheads first! Stand back.

The action was bang-bang-bang the whole time. I guess that's what you have to do when you're cutting a +600 page book down to a 156 minute movie. They left in everything you needed to know to understand the story, and that was about it. A LOT of stuff was left out, but I was okay with almost all of it. As bakerloo said, I was not sorry at all to miss all that SPEW nonsense, that stuff was stupid.

You know one thing that bugged me, though, and it started in the last film? All this muggle clothing. I mean, I understand that the school robes are their uniform, and therefore they're going to take them off whenever they get a chance. Like kids do. But come on, they were hardly ever wearing robes! Even during the goblet of fire scene, everyone was just wearing ties and sweaters! That was a school function! I mean if older wizards have such a hard time dressing up as Muggles, then everyday wizarding wear shouldn't look anything like Muggle clothes. I dunno, that shit bugged me.

Cho's accent was HOT. Is she Scottish? She didn't have enough lines for me to be able to tell . . . hell, nobody had any lines. Neville had a bigger part than Snape and Hagrid combined. And Draco who? Am I right?

Filch running in to the great hall in the beginning was THE FUNNIEST THING EVER and I died.

Also as Meghann mentioned, they neglected to play up -- or hell, even mention -- Fred and George's joke shop. Why weren't they selling those tongue-engorging taffys instead of taking wagers on the tournament? It's going to come out of left field! Also when is Dean Thomas going to have a line? I only know which one he is because he's the only black fourth-year Gryffindor. He's going to come out of left field too. And speaking of houses, they never even mentioned that Cedric was a Hufflepuff, did they, and also both Patil sisters were in the Gryffindor common room after Ron asked Fleur to the ball, and one of them is supposed to be a Ravenclaw. But that's just me showing off, that stuff didn't bother me.

I think the coolest things were the tinyster dragons.

Also I would have liked to have met Charlie and Bill (hello, doesn't he have to meet Fleur?) but hell even Mrs. Weasley and Percy got the shaft.

Man, these aren't even complaints! I just really like talking about it!

I might have done Voldemort a little differently: kept a cloak on his head, anyway, that bald head was weird and distracting and I think it would have been spookier to only see glimpses of his face and red eyes. And I didn't think he'd be moving so well so soon after getting a body back. And as quba said, the whole "young romance" angle was handled a little clumsily and boringly, but then, I don't think Rowling does a good job with that in the books, either. Why does Harry like Cho so much? Did Viktor and Hermione ever speak two words to each other? Ron's horrifying yet oblivious mistreatment of Hermione was pretty spot-on, though.

Though there were very few classroom scenes, I liked the scene at the end with everyone going home at the end of the term. It's the first time they did that, and it was good, and made me sad. I never went to boarding school, but I did go to camp, and that last day was the saddest of all days in the universe. I can't even imagine what it might feel like to go home to the Dursley's (didn't miss them, either) after three terms at Hogwarts.

I would like more than everything in the world for there to be a Director's Cut that is four hours long! Oh well.

I was pretty much grinning the entire time. It is so good to see a good movie in a theater with minimal crowd annoyances and not ONE cell phone.

Movies are great.

Comments

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spinooti
Nov. 19th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
Man why I am not watching that movie again RIGHT NOW?
spinooti
Nov. 19th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hoggy-hoggy-hogwarts
Most favoritest and unexpected part of the movie: singing the Hogwarts song.
littlewashu
Nov. 19th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Hoggy-hoggy-hogwarts
Haha, YES.
singofmyself
Nov. 19th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC)
I LOVED THIS MOVIE! I got to see it on Sunday during a sneak peak and have been DYING to find someone to talk to about it.

I'm linking your post to mine.
zombiepatrick
Nov. 19th, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
I watched it with my fifteen-year-old cousin, and when Draco showed up she said, "Boy, someone sure got hotter."

Best part: Leaving out Dobby.
Worst part: Leaving out Charlie Weasley.
Uncomfortably hot scene: Moaning Myrtle coming on to Harry in the prefect's bathroom.

The movie was so fast-paced I'm going to have to watch it again just to catch little bits that I missed. Also, I liked their take on Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes did an excellent job flashing his evil eyes.
bakerloo
Nov. 20th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on this four hour director's cut. Seriously, when it comes out on the DVD, we have to watch all the deleted scenes.
petit_chou
Nov. 21st, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
I SMELL A NERDY GIRLIE PARTY!
theguiltyparty
Nov. 21st, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)
I took my nephew to see the new Potter movie last nite at 11:15 in New York. In fact, this is the 4th time I've taken the neph to see Potter on opening weekend... it's kind of our lil tradition I guess. Anywho, I really, really liked the movie, but the 3rd movie is still my fave. I dunno... this movie didn't seem as cool... maybe it's the whole teenager/puberty thing. Either way, two thumbs up. I think me and Michelle are going to see in tomorrow (Monday) night. If you're interested in seeing it again... we can let you know the details and where and when.

Also... the theater I saw it in was CRAZY!! We has our tickets for the movie checked at the ground floor. From there, we went up 5 escalators and roughly 8 floors to get to the theater. The theater was 1/3 full and the seats were by far the most comfortable seats I've ever sat in at a movie theater.
littlewashu
Nov. 21st, 2005 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah? You gonna tell Michelle the end of the movie? Oh wait that's right, you only do that to me.
theguiltyparty
Nov. 21st, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
It's awesome that you just wrote that for several reasons. I assume you're referring to Hal's anonymous post on your LJ about the new Potter book.

1) I understand Michelle told you that Hal wrote it... which he did

2) I understand from Hal that you confronted him about it to which he asked you who "Dummledoor" was. According to him, you believed him and he laughed at the fact that I was probably going to end up taking the heat for his actions

3) I told Michelle that Hal denied posting it and that you would then think that she lied to you about Hal posting it to cover it up for me. We then discussed it THIS weekend to which we both said that you know Michelle better than that. I mean, would Michelle ever actually cover something up?? Ha.. highly unlikely.

and so that brings me to...

4) Rather than ask me if I did this... you decided to instead accuse me... How sweet. Well, I guess that you do believe that Michelle would lie for me.... and I guess Hal must be a helluva storyteller cause he was right... you bought into it.

I appreciate being accused for something that I did not do and I appreciate you doing it in this fashion rather than asking me... Whether you choose to give one or not... I will be expecting an apology for this bullshit.
bigtoe250
Nov. 21st, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
seeing that it is that i started all this, i apologize; to kerry, to michelle, and to teege.
i'm a funny guy and doing what i did was a fucking riot to me. however, i can see how that would be somewhat detrimental to a person's enjoyment of a book/film/newspaper article/porn.

this apology ONLY applies to people that i know personally and like, because the fact of the matter is....the harry potter craze is fucking silly shit. it's a fucking book!!! a book made into movies!!! it is FAKE!!! fuck harry potter!!! so, i apologize to my friends for my insensitivity and if i may have taken away a piece of their happiness, i am sorry. but i really hope that other fans saw it and were crushed. fuck those guys!
littlewashu
Nov. 21st, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
I don't like having the endings (or even the middle) of things ruined for me.

I also don't like taking something that someone enjoys, and making that person enjoy it less. Whether I know that person personally or not, and whether I enjoy that thing myself or not.

To each his own.

I can't believe you fucking lied to me when I asked you about it, though.
king_kai
Nov. 21st, 2005 06:39 pm (UTC)
wow, i don't even have any idea what any of you are talking about, but this post makes you look like an asshole. i mean, your logic seems to be that because something is fictional, people should not care about it? or am i missing something? like, it would be fucked up if i told you the results of a fight or a football game that you were planning on watching the replay of, but if i had told you the fate of nate fisher before you saw the episode, that would be acceptable, and the reason is because one is real & one is fake? i dunno, that's what i got out of this. so if that isn't what you meant, you did a poor job of communicating.
bigtoe250
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
i figured the knight in shining armor would eventually surface, but i didn't think it would be this early. and, even though you have nothing to do with this at all, i'll clue you in a bit.
in reference to my last entry, half was real, and half was not real. you've known me for a long time. i really am apologetic to kerry, dave, and michelle for each offense against them. my continued rant was both a farce, and a teensy-tiny bit my true feelings, like most of my entries of years past. because i have absolutely no idea what all the "potter" hype is about, i didn't appreciate how much people would not want to be "spoiled" when it comes to a book they are planning to read or how offended they would be by it. so, because i thought the t-shirt was HILARIOUS, i hit up the first person i knew of who enjoys the series. i did this without truly considering the feelings of others (as I normally do because i am far more of an asshole than a pussy). realizing now that some people REALLY don't like to know things in advance, i am apologizing to the PEOPLE INVOLVED because i essentially caused this entire ordeal.
as an aside, i have also known you for a long time. if this had nothing to do with people you knew (or yourself) and was concerning something you fucking hated, you'd be laughing your balls off. so, i hope that satisfies you because this effectively ends your involvement here.
king_kai
Nov. 22nd, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
well, i agree that none of this concerns me in any more than a very general way, but it IS a conversation that is taking place in a public forum, which means that my involvement begins & ends completely at my discretion. rubberneck.
king_kai
Nov. 21st, 2005 06:46 pm (UTC)
also, dude, future reference? please, for the love of God, don't ever do some stupid shit like this to me with something i like. i would have a difficult time forgiving intentional maliciousness just for the sake of maliciousness.
littlewashu
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for making me feel less like a crazy person.
littlewashu
Nov. 21st, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
As I recall, Michelle never told me that Hal wrote it. She said that you warned her not to read my entry, and when I asked if she knew who wrote it, she said "no." It's possible I remembered this conversation incorrectly (I'm certainly not calling Michelle a liar), but it was my understanding at the time that Michelle didn't even know what the comment WAS, let alone who the author was.

Yeah, I believed Hal when he said he didn't do it. If the person who posted the comment was so proud of pulling a move like that, I figured he'd own up to it. If he thought it was funny when he did it, why would he think it wasn't funny now? He did it to piss me off, and it pissed me off. Why then would he lie about doing it? That doesn't make sense. I didn't realize I was "accusing" you of anything, I thought I was calling you out on something I knew you did. I was wrong, Hal lied to me, and I apologize.
theguiltyparty
Nov. 21st, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I did warn Michelle because I knew that she was reading the book... which is a big step since she normally listens to books. Either way, she told me that she told you Hal wrote it. I thought that was the end of the issue but then Hal told me about him denying your questions at Neil and Kelly's wedding.

Based on what you said above, I assume that you've gone on thinking it was me that did this for quite some time... maybe that's why I've gotten the cold shoulder form you for months... I dunno. Either way, if you have an issue with me you should at least confront me on it that way I can explain my actions...

Oh well.. i accept your apology and you're still invited to see the new Potter movie with me and Michelle tonight...
littlewashu
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
(I didn't see this comment right away; I'm not getting all LJ comments emailed to me lately for some reason.)

If that's what Michelle said she said, she's probably right. I was pretty livid (there was OTHER shit at that party that made me upset too, it was a bad night for me) and therefore not paying enough attention.

I'm sorry if I have been giving you the cold shoulder. It wasn't intentional, but every so often I would remember all this bullshit and it would be in the back of my mind. I'm sorry about that. I should have said something to either one of you earlier; I was continually torn between trying not to let it get to me, and acknowledging that it had.

Okay, I will speak of this no more, promise.
theguiltyparty
Nov. 21st, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
Just as an update... me and Michelle are NOT going to the movies tonight. We are going to go see it tomorrow night instead.

Also, if Michelle never told you that Hal wrote it... why did you ever ask him about it?? Either way... I'm dropping the subject... hopefully we can be friendly again. :-)
littlewashu
Nov. 21st, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
I wanted to ask one of you about it when we were alone, and the opportunity came up with Hal so I asked him. I wasn't leaning more towards either one of you.

Of course we are friendly, and good, I don't want to think about any of this anymore either.

Keep me informed about tomorrow, if you could; I would like to see the movie in the theater again. Thanks.
macivanhorn
Nov. 21st, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
oh my word
Ok. Sorry I've missed all this fun today but I've been very busy at work. Ok. Here we go.

I remember exactly what was said between me and you that night. Which is weird for my shitty memory but I guess since you were so upset it stuck in my head.

kerry: hi michelle
michelle: dave told me what Hal put up on your livejournal post and told me I shouldn't look at it.
(it was then established that it had to do with Harry Potter)
kerry: oh my...i blocked that so i didn't think anyone new about it. i can't believe someone i am friends with would do that. that is so mean spirited.
michelle: yeh.

That whole thing is not word for word but the first line is. I definitely said it was Hal. I know this because later I told Dave that I told you and that you were very upset and he informed that it was anonymous but I didn't know that. And then I was really mad too.

As for Hal not admitting to it. First of all, that was a total pussy thing to do. But if he really wanted to take credit for it he wouldn't have posted it anonymously in the first place. Right?

I got nothing else. Although I am a little shocked and annoyed by all this.
petit_chou
Nov. 21st, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
Let's be wrong together.
OH MAN I'm so stoked to hear about Ron in PJs.
culann
Nov. 22nd, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh man.
We saw the film last night. I thought it was very nice and unexpectedly funny in parts.
The kid acting is much improved and no house elfs (hooray!).

What I really wanted was for the graveyard scene to more like the end of Rocky 5. They're not equals. It didn't feel desperate enough.
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