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What is the point of making a two-part movie if you still can't put everything that matters in?
The 2nd part of JKR's best book, proved to be a quite mediocre film, directed in the wrong way and having also the script too much alternated. The first film was OK, although they wasted too much time. They could have begun directly in the 2nd movie with the Battle of Howgarts, saving time for their precious 2 hours and 15 minutes of the second instalment..
Seriously, you can't have the first movie longer than the second, when the first one serves as the background and the hors d'oeuvre for the second one. The first occupies 147 minutes of watch time, while the second only 130. Can someone tell us why the probably most important movie of the eight is at the same time one of the shortest ones? Why, Mr. Yates? It just doesn't make sense at all...
The good points: -The scene where Snape dies,done in the boathouse rather than the Shrieking Shack. -The adding of the Chamber of Secrets scene, and the kiss between Ron and Hermione. -The Statues scene and the whole fortification of Hogwarts was done in a nice mode.
The bad points: -Snape's memories. Although a good effort was made, they still have excluded important pieces, such as the memory in which Snape communicates with Dumbledore's portrait, for instructions regarding the Sword of Griggindor, and how Snape learned by Phineas Nigellius's portrait of the forest's location. We also don't see the scene where Snape confounds Mundungus after he tells him for the Plan of the 7 Potters, the scene when Snape accidentally cuts George Weasley's ear, the scene when Snape reads Lily's letter and the scene where Snape and Lily meet James, Sirius and Lupin.
-The terrible alteration of the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort. It SHOULD have been done in the Great Hall, as in the book, and in the middle of the crowd, with everyone holding their breaths, as they moved in circles. Furthermore, nearly the entire explanation for the Elder Wand not serving Voldemort is omitted. We do not hear how it passed from Dumbledore to Draco, and finally to Harry and the rest of the dialogue which explains all. We only hear the explanation in the end, to Ron and Hermione. This is probably the most attended scene of all 7 books, and it is destroyed.
-We do not learn how the Cloak came into possession of Harry, and generally the Deathly Hallows' importance is not mentioned as they should be.
-We do not understand how come Harry is still alive after 2 Killing Curses. Explained in the book, not in the film.
-The Helena Ravenclaw scene could have been done better.
-Neville's speech was good, but they should have put instead the Sorting Hat scene. And how comes he know that Nagini must die? Whereas in the book Harry tells him, in the film he does not. And why include Ron and Hermione to its chase?
-We do not see Harry under the Cloak, and afterwards himself to defend Molly.
-Fred Weasley's death scene was omitted. Seeing him only in the Great Hall with the rest of his family mourning him is not enough. We should have seen it, since he was an important character. Instead of the bridge explosion, they could have given at least 30 seconds to honour Fred. And besides, we do not even hear which one of the twins died. Fred or George? George or Fred?
-No aftermath shouts of gratefulness for Harry in the Great Hall. Everyone is so busy doing other things, rather than making a standing ovation for the man that saved them countless times..
-You cannot possibly snap the Elder Wand and throw it away! No Dumbledore portrait congratulations after the battle, no standing ovation from the portraits and neither do we see Harry returning it to Albus, to his tomb. So, according to the film, Harry is left with with Draco's Wand? Why do we not see Harry repair his beloved phoenix wand with the Elder Wand? We do not even hear the final quote of the 17 year old Harry "That wand's more trouble than it's worth. And quite honestly, I've had enough trouble for a lifetime." Pity..
-The battle was too short! The vast majority of the duels in the battle is omitted. Most important, no Bellatrix vs Hermione+Ginny+Luna, no Voldemort vs McGonagall+Slughorn+Kingley. Why?
-The confrontation between the Carrows and Harry with McGonagall is missing. No elves, or centaurs, or thestrals either, and mainly, no Trelawney.
-No mention of Colin Creevey dying.
-Voldemort and Bellatrix are turned into dust when they die. Seriously?
-In the King's Cross scene, we do not see the dialogue up to the point that we can forgive Dumbledore as in the book and a large portion of it is missing. No mention of the Aberforth-Albus-Arianna-Grindelwald story.
-In the scene for the 19 years after, I feel that they should have used adult actors. And they could have included some more details, such as the mention of Neville being Professor. Too cheerful scene, when in the book is not.
-Teddy Lupin's role is notoriously missing.
The conclusion to the review is that in little more than 4 hours, many of the most important features of the book were missing and the magic of the book is never seen in the second movie. I am conscious that I just watch a cinema movie. I am not feeling that i am part of the battle of the rest of it. I do not get the sense of mystery and excitement I was getting in the previous films. A whole generation was obviously expecting something much better. If you have never read the books, it is a pleasant film. If you have read them, you will be absolutely disappointed. So much for 2 parts...