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So, I took myself to see Harry Potter 4 tonight.

These comments are in the order I thought of them, not particularly in order of importance.

1. You can tell it's a realistic teenage dance, because despite having a dream date, the girl still ended up crying before it was over. Ah, superfluous angst. So why on earth did it make me miss dances so much?

2. I didn't find Voldemort to be particularly scary. On the other hand, a) people 20 years younger than me are going to this movie, and they might well think he was; and b) it's a decent point that Utter Evil sometimes looks harmless.

3. The band kept playing and didn't realize anything was wrong, when Harry returned with Cedric's body. Dude. Not OK. I was in marching band, which is effectively what that group was. Someone is always watching the game, so the band can cut off fast if there's a player down. Always. Because nothing makes people hate the band like playing at the wrong time. I don't think Quidditch is different from football in that.

4. Slytherin Appreciation Society #1: Not nearly enough Snape in this film. I'll have to go get my Alan Rickman fix somewhere else.

5. Slytherin Appreciation Society #2: On the one hand, it's a shame that the actor playing Draco Malfoy has grown up too much to look right in the part. He should not be towering over Harry. On the other hand, he's growing into a mighty fine looking man. Also, the Malfoy father and son team continues to play very well off each other.

6. Related to the above, it's a shame to read excellent fanfic with in-depth but non-canonical characterizations of major characters just days before going to see something in canon.

7. I don't want to say I *like* the Dark Mark... but I think they did it very well. (I don't think it was in HP3, was it? If it was, I forgot.)

8. That pegasus-drawn carriage would make even me motion-sick. I hope that anti-nausea is one of the charms on that thing.

Nothing more at present; I may add some tomorrow after I've had a night to sleep on it.


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Dec. 22nd, 2005 06:41 am (UTC)
I really thought this was the best movie so far, despite some minimizing of characters like Snape, Draco, and Sirius. I reread the book after seeing the movie and found a ton of stuff left out or altered. Probably more than any of the other films put together. I guess that's to be expected with the size of the book.
Dec. 22nd, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm all for minimizing Sirius, frankly. I can't stand him. IMHO, the best part of #5 was getting him killed off.

I already knew a bunch of the stuff that was going to be left out (such as the whole SPEW storyline) so that didn't bother me.

Goblet of Fire is my favorite of the books, so I was really hoping they'd do a good job with the movie. I'm pleased.
Dec. 24th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
No doubt, this movie was the best one of the four. The only thing I've found that I wish they did differently, after reading the book, was the ending in the maze. In the book, it's Cedric who goes back to help Harry instead of grabbing the cup. Then, after speaking it's Harry who insists they take the cup together. I liked the scenario in the book better than the movie's version.

I really wish they had wrapped up the Rita Skeeter storyline. It would've given Hermoine some more screen time.

These are all minor things, of course. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with Order of the Phoenix.
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