Posted by: Genny Colby | September 23, 2010

Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows

Can we really be reaching the final two movies for Harry Potter?  How can it be that it was 10 years ago that I first picked up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone?

Why did I pick up this book?  Because there were noises about parents, churches, schools, etc that wanted to ban the book.  You want to ban a book?  Why I better go pick it up and read it!  So off to Barnes & Noble I went to see what all the fuss was about.  I settled in for an afternoon of reading…and could not put the book down! I had to go out and buy the next two books right away…and I started telling anyone and everyone who would listen to me what a great book this was, how they just HAD to read it, and to hurry up and get going so we could talk about it.

My wonderful hubby enjoys reading, but not the same way I do…while I read to escape reality and fall into a world of fantasy, he plays video games.  This time I told him he would just love this book, and we could read it out loud together, so being the giving man he is, he agreed to listen while I read.  We got through about 2 or 3 chapters that first night.  The next day I come home to find him curled up with the book…he was just unable to wait for me to get home to read.  We attended every midnight release party, would stock up on caffeine and snack foods and then spend a whole weekend reading the latest book out loud to one another, since we could not agree who would get to read the book first.

The movies have done an okay job taking this amazing world and creating a visual.  Do we leave every movie critiquing what was missing, what they added, what we liked and didn’t like?  Of course.  We understand that movies can be the book, that they have to take a rich, detailed story full of interesting characters and crammed it all into about 2 hours.  We have said all along that the movies are a nice compliment to the books, but nowhere near as wonderful.

The movie is not the book, nor should it be.  The movie adds another element to the world of Harry Potter (or any book) but it should compliment the book, open the world up to more people who should then go out and read the book(s).  Yes one can simply enjoy the movies on their own, but think about how much that individual is missing!

And now here we are, almost at the end of the road of Harry Potter.  We made it through the final book, we know what happens to our favorite characters, we know how it all ends, and we are just waiting to see how they will translate this into a movie, actually 2 movies now.  What will they keep from the book?  What will they modify to fit the limitations of a movie vs a book?  And what will they add (as if they needed to add anything!)?

I generally hate it when things are added to a movie based on a book, especially when some of my favorite things from the book have been cut out.  Really?  You couldn’t add one more scene of Harry and Dumbledore talking about the horcruxes yet you add a scene where the Burrow is burning????  You totally skip the whole part in the shrieking shack where Lupin and Sirius are explaining to Harry about the Marauder’s  Map, who created it, why, and the friendship his father had with these men?  And where was the swamp left behind by Fred and George?

This is the last time they have to get it right…hopefully they have read the book before they wrote the script!  The trailers look amazing…like maybe they are trying to be a little more true to the books.  If you have not seen it yet, check out the trailer here:

So now we wait for November 19. 2010…and we will be there on opening weekend to see the first half of the end.  That is until we open up those books again and dive back into Hogwarts with our friends.  And of course, introduce a whole new generation to the world of Harry Potter.

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