Detailed Report From “Half-Blood Prince” Test Screening

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Sep 07, 2008

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Thanks much to TLC reader Rachezee, we now have a detailed report from tonight’s test screening of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” As mentioned previously, there are details regarding Harry and Ginny’s kiss, as well as new descriptions of Slughorn’s memory and Riddle’s Horcruxes, Weasley Wheezes, Luna and the Quidditch commentary, the new scene written for the movie about the Death Eaters attack on the Burrow, and pivotal and dramatic scenes involving Snape, Draco, Sectumsempra and much much more. Caution: MAJOR SPOILER WARNING, scroll down for the full report below.

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LAST CHANCE

Today I got to see the test screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It took place in Chicago at the AMC River East. It was a secret screening, no one in the audience was supposed to know before hand what they were seeing. I was one of only a small handful who already knew what we would be seeing, but I was sworn to secrecy. It was truly the hardest secret I ever had to keep.

It was not entirely complete, however aside from a few blue screens in the background, and one or two special effects missing, it was barely noticeable.

I am a huge fan of Ginny and Harry so I will start with them. There is a lot more Ginny than ever before. She nearly equaled Ron for screen time. We first see her at the Burrow when Harry arrives outside and the first thing he sees is her reading through the window. Harry Just stands there for a moment, gazing up at her. Although she is dating Dean Thomas she never looks happy with him, except when she is snogging him at The Three Broomsticks. She was on the Gryffindor Quidditch team. But the only game we saw was from the Felix Felicis chapter when Ron believes Harry has slipped him the potion. During Christmas at the Burrow, Ginny and Harry wind up on the stairs alone and start to lean into each other to kiss, when the attack on the Burrow interrupts them.

The Burrow does not burn down, but it is surrounded by a ring of fire conjured by Bellatrix. Harry, seeing Bellatrix, runs after her, and Ginny runs after him, right into Greyback. But Harry comes to the rescue and the two of them stand in a very high growing cornfield fending off attacks from the deatheaters. Lupin and Tonks come to the rescue, but that is I believe the last we see of them. There is no Tonks and Lupin relationship and although Tonks’ hair is brown there is no notice taken or any explanation given.

Tom Felton did a fantastic job in this film. Draco character remains true to the book, he even stamps on Harry’s nose. But, sadly, we never get the pleasure of seeing Crabb and Goyle disguised as girls. In fact, they are hardly in this movie. The Sectumsempra scene was really good, even without moaning Myrtle. As Harry and Draco throw spells at each other poor Nigel sits frozen on one of the toilets. Snape runs in shortly and McGonagall is in the doorway after Harry cast the spell (Draco never yells Crucio) and he does do a cure his wounds with a spell that sounds almost like song. But he does not use legilimency on Harry, who runs straight out of the bathroom to McGonagall. In the next scene Hermione and Ginny band together and tell Harry to hide the potions book so not even Harry can find it. Ginny takes Harry to the room of Requirement, and makes him close his eyes while she hides the book. Then she kisses him briefly. By the time he opens his eyes she has vanished.

There was definitely tension between Ron and Hermione. In the very beginning at the Burrow, Ron cleans off a bit of toothpaste from Hermione’s cheek. Later in Slughorn’s class she describes what she smells in the love potion and trails off with “spearmint toothpaste¦” Lavender is quite nauseating and although she never gives Ron a necklace she does something equally as vomit worthy, steaming up a window on the Hogwarts Express with her breath and drawing a heart with “R + L” inside it. His relationship ends when he is unconscious and moaning Hermione’s name after being poisoned. He remains confused about why it ended but very relieved.

The kid who played young Tom Riddle was Brilliant. His voice and demeanor raised the hairs on the back of my neck. There is no mention of the Gaunts, but the scene in Slughorn’s office is there. Dumbledore however is truly surprised to learn that Riddle made 7 Horcruxes. It is in that scene that he realizes the ring is a Horcrux. He realizes what it was because when harry handles it briefly he moved his head like Voldemort.

We do get to hear Hagrid and Slughorn singing about Odo the Hero, and Harry is funny and a few lines where true to the book while under the influence of Felix Felicis. There is no Professor Trelawney, or the Dursleys. No Kreacher (no mention of inheriting Grimmauld Place whatsoever) or Dobby, or Bill and Fleur. There are no scenes with the Minister of Magic, and I don’t believe they even mentioned Fudge was sacked (though I may have missed it).

Oh and most sadly of all, no description from Luna about the dangers of the Rotfang Conspiracy. Nor does she commentate the Quidditch match. Luna’s role was very small, but she does have the lion hat and she is the one to find Harry on the train under the invisibility cloak with the help of her Spectrespecs.

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes was awesome!!! I only wish it were a real store. Unfortunately no U-No-Poo sign, but it was still a sight to see.

The scene with Harry and Snape at the end was the least finished of the movie; the background was mostly screens and lights and occasionally a sound persons head. It was very close to the book, though I thought Snape could have been stronger and angrier, when Harry called him a coward. His some of his last words to Harry are “You may have your mother’s eyes but you are as dim as your father!”

As a huge fan of the books I have found myself getting more and more disappointed by all the changes in the movies and especially in Michael Gambon’s portrayal of Dumbledore who is my favorite character. That being said I was really pleasantly surprised by this movie. Many of the changes were actually entertaining and Gambon has improved enough to be tolerable. It was so much better than Order of the Phoenix. Overall I really enjoyed this movie and can not wait to see it again.





283 Responses to Detailed Report From “Half-Blood Prince” Test Screening

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YES!! First comment! Finally some information!

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wow. i LOVE the spearmint toothpaste bit they added. and i can’t believe they kept ron moaning hermione’s name, let’s hope that makes it into the final film.

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omg! This is so cool.

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How soon before this film leaks on the net? I mean, someone must have sneaked in a camera! :P

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Yes!! First comment! Finnaly, some information!

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I was bummed about the H/G kiss…but it does seem to be okay as films go.

Hmm… in my H/G addled mind, I believe that to make up for the bad H/G kiss they have really got to have an awesome birthday kiss in film 7 (part 1). I also ‘demand’ them to have a H/G reunion at the end of movie 7 (part 2).

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YES! He moans her name! I was hoping that wouldn’t get cut!

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woah.

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Clearly, my computer is screwed up.

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Great review. Thanks for the ‘Heads UP’. We all look forward to seeing the final cut even if it is more than a year away.

I’m glad ‘Gambon has calmed down a bit.

Thanks

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Thanks for nothing, Kloves.

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Clearly, my computer is screwed up.

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After reading this I’m really looking forward to seeing the movie, but also in reading the book again so it’s fresh enough for me to pick up on the small (and big) changes. Thanks a ton for posting!

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Thanks for nothing, Kloves.

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How awesome to be able to hear so much detail. I feel like I have my fix now until July—I am still not over the delay. The changes are going to kill me but it sounds like it will be a great enough show that I can get over it.

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I LOVE ALL THE R/HR MOMENTS!!! EEEK!

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Ugh. I’m disappointed. Severely, severely disappointed, and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. :( I wasn’t expecting it to be too much like the book, but some of the changes they made seem to make things even more complicated. I just don’t see how everything will work out in DH. sigh Snape’s line about Lily’s eyes made me cry a bit inside, but I suppose that’s just my Snape fangirl coming out.

Anyway, with 9/10 more months to go I’m hoping they might decide to reshoot a few things in post-production and obviously fix up the special effects, etc.

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I’m disappointed that there is no funeral at the end of this movie. i think that was the most important part that led to book seven.

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Let me get this straight, so Ginny takes harry to the room of requirement and then kisses him, but disappears? What the heck?! My heart just sank when I read about it. If there was one thing I was looking forward to in the movie, it was that. And they just blew it. I know what some of you might say to this, ‘you haven’t even seen the movie yet, you can’t judge it’. Maybe not, but still. For me this kiss was probably one of the best scenes in the book. When Harry just kisses her without thinking in the common room – oh that just made it perfect! But now…well I don’t know. Man, this is yet another reason why you ought to hate wb or the screenwriter or director, or whoever.

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No cameras, we could not bring any phones or cameras in and our bags were checked and metal detectors were used on our bodys. Even if someone had, Warner Bros, had people stationed every couple of rows watching the audience for things like that for the whole movie.

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Sounds like Hermione and Ron rock!! I’m so glad. I ws worried since Emma cut down her filming time for school that Rona and hermione would suffer. The toothpaste scene sounds great.

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Wow, crazy, The films never are as good as the books. I am also still not over the delay but really want to see it even more. I am really surprised that they had showings after delaying the film. I agree aren’t they going to have leaking problems.

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what was the run time? can the writer please answer me? I have a theory and would like to gather some more evidence… so I need to know the run time.

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Thanks for the report! Here’s a question – do we see any DADA classes with Snape?

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I wish they would stay a little more true to the books. It sounds awesome, though. I hope it will be. And, I agree with you. Gambon is terrible as Dumbledore. I wish they would have hired Ian McKlellen (dont know how it is spelled). Gambon just seems to make Dumbledore seem so weak. Glad Sectumsempra is still in. The burrow scene sounds good. Wonder what they are gonna do for Deathly Hallows since they seem to cut 3 of the story lines totally out (Dobby, Bill and Fleur, Remus and Tonks). Relieved they had Weasley Wizard Weazes!!!! Yay for that!!! Cant wait!!! Dobby better be in Deathly Hallows!!!!!

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Uh…sounds horrible. I’m actually glad I won’t be wasting my money on it come July. Any chance it will be online soon?

Thanks for the review though!

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not NIGEL again … i think i can wait til july now … thanks for the review though!

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Well, I now practically know everything about HBP. And I am sort of not depressed anymore. I am actually kind of happy. I like the toothpaste thing. That’s really cute. =) I`m a total R/Hr shipper, and that made me smile. The fact that they kept Ron moaning Hermione’s name in makes me almost cry with happiness. At least they got one thing right: Ron loves Hermione and Hermione loves him back. I’m a little disappointed about the Lavender necklace though. Lol. I just always wanted to see that.

I’m glad we get to see the Burrow. I’ve always wanted to see something more than the kitchen or the living room or whatever. I can’t wait to see the whole thing.

The Burrow attack seems nice, I suppose. But why add that when you could have the funeral? That seems a lot better to me…

I’m happy they kept in Sectumsempra – that was one of my favorite parts and it’ll probably be my favorite in the movie. Nigel on a toilet makes me almost die of laughter. :P But I’d rather have that scene to be dark than laughable..? I’m a little disappointed that Draco didn’t use Crucio on Harry. (or attempt to)

You said Lavender steamed up the Hogwarts window with “R + L” ? So does that mean they were dating before school even started? o.O

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sigh The H/G kiss was my favorite part of the book. Steve (who I had infinite faith up until now) couldn’t get that one right? There should’ve been more to it. How are they to become a couple (briefly). The movie sounds good overall (except for that one bit). I thought that it would be Yates to be worried about. He sounds like the bright spot. I’m worried about DH.

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Sorry, I didn’t get a chance to read Rachezee’s post. Horrible. :( They are really messing up the series. It makes me cry inside.

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Huh, no indication of whether the film tells a cohesive story or not. Not to knock this, but it actually will be more interesting to read the reviews on Ain’t It Cool News: those will be by people who have not read the book, or who are casual fans, and thus might provide better insight into how well the film tells JKR’s story.

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Man, this is sooooo awesome! I so wish I couldve gone

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I’m really disappointed with the exclusion of the funeral—that was one of my favorite scenes from any of the books, it was really emotional, and more than anything showed us what Dumbledore meant not only to the wizard community, but to all magical creatures as well. Also the screw-up with Slughorn is pretty sad, that could have been a really entertaining part of the movie if they had done it correctly.

Overall the changes sound pretty acceptable though—i especially like the toothpaste addition with Ron and Hermione. Can’t wait to see the movie!

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Great overview of HBP, thanks so much for sharing. Although I wish I had the chance to go to a surprise HBP movie screening, I’m glad to hear that it was not AS disappointing as OOTP.

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Ack, it sounds awful. I’m sorry to see Kloves is back to his old tricks of chopping up the books until they are nearly unrecognizable. The writer for OotP was so much better.

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WHAT THE HELL THIS IS nothing like the book .

stupid idiots.

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You didn’t mention Dumble’s death…how did THAT go? Or did Kloves have Ginny kiss Draco while Snape pushed Dumble off the tower? Nothing would surprise me.

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ugh! It sounds so awful. I hope the dark bits are worth it because the lighter parts that I liked in the book seem to have been screwed up or nonexistent. As a big Harry/Ginny person it sounds like they have really screwed that one up. Ugh! The pictures we had looked good, but this makes it sound bad.

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Well, I am no longer angry about the change of the date because I have no interest in seeing this mess. I have come to grips with the fact that they have to change some things and delete others, but I don’t understand everyone being OK with these major changes. This sounds horrible. I’ll have no trouble staying away from this.

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not an H/G. i like the lack of MEAN!Ginny. Yay Draco scenes.

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i thought it was really disappointing how they tried to put ginny in more than she should have been. that, and they totally switched the focus of the kiss to her and off harry. it’s not his moment anymore – it’s ginny’s. needless to say, i gave them a mouthful on the comment card at the end of the movie about this.

overall, i was a little glad that it’s not coming out for a while – maybe they’ll have time to fix some stuff. but rupert grint is brilliant. i really enjoyed slughorn as well.

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This is terrible. The date change is starting to bother me less because of how much it seems like this movie will suck. Why even bother seeing it? Don’t give them any money at all!

Does anyone know what the running time is so that I will know how much of my life I will be in pain for?

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I think Kloves wrote this script. _

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And the whole thing with Luna finding Harry! Lame! Could this get any worse??

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YES!!! The R/H drama is in!! And the H/G scenes sound pretty good too!! I only wish they had kept more of Tanks and Lupin:-( But among the couples, I’m really looking forword to the R/H tension! The “spearmint toothpaste…” was one of the best in the book!

I cannot wait to see the Burrow attack. It sounds like a lot of high-end action and it’ll be interesting to see how they handle this scene which is exclusive to the movie!

That dialogue that Snape says in the end is another thing to look forward too. I’m sure Alan Rickman would’ve done a fabulous job. And Draco…this is the one movie where we can get Tom Felton to show his real acting prowess with the extra shades added to his character. And can’t wait to see the young Riddle!

Urrghh…WB, why did you have to do this to us?!!

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Sooz, did you see it?

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“Tom Felton did a fantastic job in this film. Draco character remains true to the book, he even stamps on Harry’s nose.”

*throws confetti into air

Even though that part in the book was too embarassing for words, the fact that that’s in makes me finally breathe again. I’m pretty sure this will be my favorite movie so far – even thought it seems like I’ll hate it. (: Weird, huh?

I cannot wait to see Tom Felton’s acting. I just have a feeling he’s going to be bloody brilliant and will pull off a performance that will make everyone go WOWWW. =)

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The Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione stuff sounds fantastic, as does the Draco stuff. I’m really hopeful for those.

One thing though, I hope they properly build up Snape… I’m worried he won’t get enough attention.

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Oh geez- so, the Ron/Hermione adding their toothepaste bit, R + L breaking up at Er-My-Nee, no necklace, mainly just annoys me because I’m rather anal about Ron and Hermione; they are my favorites. I’ll get over it. I’d heard a rumour about Harry and Ginny about to kiss at Christmas and getting attacked, and I’m sad to see that it’s true. This scene is too common to the romantic genre, and Jo Rowling is beyond that in her romances. Nigel is still Colin, eh? Weird. And no Moaning Myrtle- go and listen to The Moaning Myrtle’s “In Which Moaning Myrtle Moans,” it’s about this scene and it’s hilarious. I knew Bill and Fleur weren’t going to be in it, but still- too bad. Every time I see Clemence Poesy(sp?) on a Gap poster I think about this. And now- Lupin and Tonks. WTH????? I was so excited at the pictures of them. So- LUNA finds Harry? And there’s no Tonks/Lupin. What in the name of Merlin are they going to do for Deathly Hallows? Grrrrrr. Their characters are amazing and now they are- largely absent? Lacking plotlines? I’m excited about Hero though; should be interesting, scary, etc. Alas, I’ll still go see it at midnight and hope for the best. But, Tonks and Lupin. Verry sad. I love them too. There’s more, but no one needs to hear it. : )

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I don’t care about the changes. I AM EXCITED! I cannot wait for this movie. gah1 Why can’t it come earlier!? sighs Oh well, that’s alright. I can wait.

I’ve said this many times whenever movies come out, don’t judge it until you’ve seen it. And if Jo Rowling is happy, then I am too. :D

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Overall, it sounds great. I like the additions, and the toothpaste moment sounds so darn cute. I think cutting the Dursleys makes the story weaker, and I wish they wouldn’t do that, but too late now. I can’t believe they’d cut the big money scenes, namely Dumbledore’s funeral and the big wet Harry/Ginny smooch. That just doesn’t make sense to me, but then they never could get everything right.

I can understand them cutting Tonks and Remus’ relationship, and likewise with the Gaunts. Tonks and Remus’ relationship would have been nice, and I wouldn’t mind if it was included…but the Gaunts bored me. It was very interesting stuff that could have been just a paragraph in the book.

I am SO relieved to hear Draco gets his time in the limelight. I was worried that would have gotten glossed over.

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I don’t know how I feel about what has been reported. I am Glad Draco gets his time he deserves it for this story. The H/G sounds disappointing. I mean they made such a big deal about the Harry Cho kiss in OOTP but that was never the important relationship in HP. Ginny is going to be his wife they deserved that run across the room kind of kiss not a peck and then she is gone kiss. The Ron stuff sounds fun so I am glad they kept a lot of that comedy in it. I just worry that so much was cut from OOTP and now it HBP that is needed for DH that I wonder how they are going to put it all together in DH. Maybe that is why they have to split the 7th movie, the first part will have to explain all that was left out of the first 6 movies. :)

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Well, I’ve always been disappointed in Gambon’s portrayal of Dumbledore. I’m glad that I’m not the only one. The bathroom scene with Draco was something I was looking forward to see, but why is Nigel there?? No offense to Nigel, but it really makes more sense that he’s alone when Harry discovered him there. I mean, Nigel could essentially tell people and I doubt Draco would want that. I’m a bit disappointed that Moaning Myrtle wasn’t there, but I understand that she’s ultimately not necessary…but Nigel? I guess it was cheaper as they wouldn’t need to alter the actress’ image to become a ghost. Well, if they didn’t put a funeral at the end of the book, I hope it’s somehow included at the beginning of DH: Part I. I thought Hermione was against the HPB’s potion’s book that Harry uses…why would she, along with Ginny, tell him to hide the Potion’s book? Did that happen in the book? I don’t think so (at least to that I can remember) and ultimately, it’d make more sense for Harry to hide it himself as that’d show that Harry was horrified at what the spell could do and in a way sorry that he blindly put his trust in the book.

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Well i am officially excited. Not as much as i am to be marrying Bob Weasley, the long-lost triplet, but yeah. Gr a year! We were going to have a harry potter party but instead moved it up a month and turned it into a reformation party. Sigh. I hate changes but anything is good. At least we have the movies and the books will always be there, in their pure format.

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A quote from the poster at the forum:

Bellatrix was good but she did not question Snape’s loyalty. A big mistake because I don’t think many people were unsure of Snapes loyalty. The audience did not seem surprised when he killed dumbledore.

Sad. That’s very sad… I wish they would emphasize more on Snape’s story. Good or bad? Nice or evil? Good side or Dark side? But no, they care more about what Voldemort’s doing to the wizarding world and emphasizing on THAT when it really is just BS. Again, why make a new scene when you could have the funeral? Or more cave scenes? Or more Snape scenes? Grr!

BUT – I am still very pleased with this review. I’m definitely going to start being hopeful that this movie won’t be stupid…

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I’m very disappointed. I don’t see the point of adding scenes that weren’t in the book and cutting out important scenes that WERE in the book.

My FAVOURITE scene was Harry and Ginny’s kiss in the Common Room after the match. I can’t believe it’s been cut. That right there makes me not want to see it (I still will, but sadly)

I despise Gambon as Dumbledore. I’ve never been able to picture him walking around the castle humming to himself. He does a terrible portrayal, so I’m glad to hear he’s toned his bad acting down a bit. Harris set the tone beautifully as Dumbledore in the first two, and I’ve always been bitter than Gambon had to do a complete 180 with a character who was already established with a great actor. Sad.

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sounds like they screwed up another one—when will they learn that the fans liked the books the way they were and that they shouldn’t ‘fix’ what’s not broken? so I guess we will never see Dobby or Winky or anymore new CGI characters. When will WB learn that the reason the first two did so great was because they presented the story the way it was supposed to be, not thrown into the food-processor of ‘cost efficiency’.

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I agree with Luna, I am truly disappointed with the H/G Kiss. How could that @#%* Kloves mess that up. It’s in the book and it was a big thing with the shippers. I can’t understand it. I’m truly upset and now I really don’t want to see it. I can wait to see it on cable. They butchered the books and can’t get the important parts in the book. They waste screen time on things that don’t pertain to the story plot. what does buring the burrow have to do what the plot? Time could have been put to other interesting parts in the book. I’m glad we got this preview. I won’t waste my money.

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I was hoping hermione was a many scenes but it doesnt seem so!we see a bit of hermione and ron tension,the ginny/hermione scene and the slughorn class and the party,but that seems all!

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Rachezee is revealing far more on the Lounge forum and it does not look promising. Slughorn is dreadful, Harry flirts with a waitress(WTF?), no funeral, Narcissa is not very good, hardly any Luna and the film ends with the trio and Ginny on top of the tower talking, although Ginny says nothing and just walks away. Sounds horrible.

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You know, the more I think about it, the more I realize that the H/G kiss is actually appropriate for the movie. Not the book, the movie. The reason being is because their romance hasn’t played up in the movies and it probably won’t be played up as much in this movie. So, as a movie goer, I would be so confused if they had the “big smooch”. We, as fans, know why the big kiss was amazing in the books because it was from Harry’s point of view and his thoughts. You can do that in a book. You can’t do that in a movie. So in order to show someone “crushing” it has to be physically noticeable but without making it cheesy.

Plus, if you’re going to base the movie off of romance from the book, then that’s just sad. The books are so much more than romance. Now I can understand the disappointment in the other scenes, but not with the romance.

Naive optimism: Maybe Harry and Ginny will have a big kiss in the end like every single action/romance movie ever made.

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I see a trend going on whenever movies come out: “OMG, it’s going to awesome.” – before reviews “OMG, it’s going to suck but I’ll see it anyways.” – after reviews “OMG, it’s going to be the best movie of them all.” – after promos and clips. “OMG, it was so awesome!/ OMG, it sucks!” – after seeing it.

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I am glad that we got at least some (actually a lot ) information about HBP. But what i don’t understand is, first, they lean to kiss at the burrow, they don’t do it because of the attack, but there was no attack on the burrow in the book.Then they kiss in the room of requirement,and Ginny just vanishes after that. Also there is no funeral or Harry and Ginny’s break-up. the movie could have been really good if they didn’t make those disastrous changes.WTF!!!!

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Thanks for the major info!

As a heads up to all who are annoyed, angry and whatever other feelings you have towards the information added/missing. This was a test screener. Done how many months before its coming out? They do these to get a feel for how people react to it. So that they can make changes.

Again. So. That. They. Can. Make. Changes.

They have a crap load of footage they can play with. And also now have time to do a limited amount of reshoots (though very limited). Like the lucky individual who got to see this stated, some of these scenes aren’t even finished (blue screens and lights still being visible). This isn’t the final print. In fact it’s probably not even close to the final print. Especially now that they have given themselves so much more time. I imagine they will do many more screeners.

They do a ridiculous amount of work on trailers (I work for an entertainment advertisement company), like to the point where a single 2 minute trailer takes months and several different versions and styles. And thats just for a 2 minute trailer. Imagine how much more picky they are for the feature.

This was simply to get feelers on how people respond to what they have NOW.

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This. Sucks. Oh my god.

It’s awful! I hate Ginny, on screen and in the book! That fact that she gets more screen time than HERMIONE is disgusting. I don’t want to see her tomato face. They ruined it. They ruined it. They changed the book, and they murdered it.

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Rachezee , thanks for the review.

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And, oh yes, I hate Gambon.

“DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIAAAA?!”

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I was also at this screening. I tend to want the films to stick to the book but despite all of the changes this was my favorite film by far. It was hilarious! Ron on the love potion was the best scene I have ever seen Rupert Grint in. Harry on Felix Felicis was basically drunk which was also very funny. Although there is no funeral scene I still cried at the scene with everyone gathered around Dumbledore’s body. As for the H/G relationship – I wish it was a little more subtle but I always wanted more H/G scenes in the books so it made up for it. I liked the kiss but like a lot of other people I would have liked it more if it had been in the common room in front of everyone. Cormac Maclaggen was pretty cute and the scenes with him were good. Slughorn is hilarious and much more likeable than in the books. The major disappointment for me was the lack of Neville Longbottom. Overall it was amazing and everyone should definitely see it with an open mind.

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Wait Smee—Ginny gets more screen time than Hermione?? I must have missed that, where did you read that? That would be pretty awful. I don’t see how Jo would have let that go though; isn’t Hermione one of her favorite characters?

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Well, guess I will catch this on cable. book is so much better its laughable. Besides, the way things are going, we will have enough screenies that we can make a flip book of the whole movie. ^^” Left out too much, the story of Harry movies…they should have totally done a made for tv series.

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Wade: It seems like it. The writer said she got as much screen time as Ron, and he always got more than Hermione. Also, not a lot about Hermione, more about that stupid Ginny. D:

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*Ginny got as much screen time as Ron was what I meant to say.

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Well I really hope that changes before its released. Not only do I think the R/H relationship is much more entertaining/dynamic than the H/G relationship, Hermione plays such a larger role than Ginny as Harry’s support, confidant, and friend in that she gives him advice at many parts and criticisms at others. She shapes his actions and the story of the books way more than Ginny does—I hope her character gets the screen time it deserves

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There is definitely plenty of Hermione. She and Harry have a few conversations about relationships. She notices his feelings for GInny and calls him out on them much sooner than in the book.

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Oh, wow. I’m in tears at the moment. How could Warner Brothers be this cruel to us? I hate them so much it isn’t even funny. How can they just cut everything that we find so incredibly important? I don’t get it. It isn’t right.

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...and the train wreck that is WB continues.

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Brittany, can you please give more details on the love potion scene with Ron and his poisoning scene? How did it happen on screen? Thanks!

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Thanks for the report, Rachezee.

Did they actually show what the Horcruxes will look like? I’m interested to see how they will be portrayed on screen. We’ve already seen screen shots and calendar pics of the ring, but anything of the locket, cup, or diadem? Perhaps we’ll have to wait until DH to see those.

And I’m sure most fans agree: Richard Harris was a MUCh better Dumbledore! Gambon just doesn’t get the concept of the Headmaster. Thanks again!

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sighs Oh well, these films have really entered their own dimension. It’s interesting reading some of the comments, in particular the cut sections that have infuriated the fans of the books, because it is all the subtle moments that delve into the heart of the characters and the story itself, ie Harry doing Sectumsempra in response to Draco’s Crucio; U No Poo; the uninhibited H/G kiss in the common room; Scrimguer and the ‘I will not tell lies’ moment. It was these moments that we love because we know the depth of their meaning. And due to the subtle nature of these moments we will never see them in the films. But ultimately I only see the films for how they look, and as someone said in the forum this one looks gorgeous.

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NO LUPIN AND TONKS???

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I don’t know about anyone else but the fact that Luna’s Spectrespecs actually did something useful makes them a little less funny for me . . . kinda un-luna-ish (maybe)

also I know I can’t judge since I haven’t seen the movie but if Ginny initiates this kiss then initiates the one in DH then won’t it seem a little less like it’s a mutual affection . . . kinda like she’s throwing herself at him in a way?

maybe thats just me but I love everything about HBP as a book so this movie will be the hardest for me not to criticize

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I’m sorry, did I read that wrong or does it say that Dumbledore is surprised Voldemort made seven horcruxes and he only figures out the ring is one because Harry- um- moves his head like Voldemort? And that Dumbledore doesn’t get a funeral? I’m super excited about Hero and Tom because their performances are looking like they’ll be fantastic. But at the same time I’m feeling like I kind of understand why Star Wars fans dislike the new movies so much.

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I’m so happy to read there is the sectumsempra scene and that is is a good scene, since it is my fav part of the book and the first game too, what I hate is all the kiss stuff, its just bad bad bad. I hated too the “You may have your mother’s eyes but you are as dim as your father!” line, as a huge fan of James, it makes me hate snivellus even more

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WAIT… so the spectrespecs that anyone can get free in The Quibbler can conquer one of the Deathly Hallows, which is special because nothing can see through it? So all the times Harry uses the cloak have just been rendered pointless. Imagine if in book 7, when Harry steals away to the forest during the battle, all the Death Eaters had just simultaneously whipped out their crazy glasses and seen him.

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Damn! I’m sooo sad about the whole Lupin/Tonks bit, being cut! :( I always get so excited, when I read the part where Tonks starts yelling at Lupin! Sounds like they’ve cut a whole lot of good stuff! :( But, I’m still gonna see it. The whole Ron/Hermione sounds fun too! But, it sounds like Ron hasn’t got a lot of screen time? When Ron and Ginny seems equal on this, that can’t be right! I want to see Ron aaall the time ;)

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What the hell! I am really upset by this. I am a BIG Harry/ Ginny fangirl and they screwed it up. I was so looking forward to the kiss in the common room with all the hype of the quidditch game. To me the kiss was filled with the passion that they held in for 5 years. However, in the movie she kisses him and disappears???!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh my God, what is wrong with making their special kiss something more special? Like putting it in a more loud crowded scene. If WB moved the movie to July, then why it seem like crap. And I really wanted to see the Tonks/Lupin & Bill/ Fleur thing. I think that the attack on the burrow was creative but this movie was about the romance and this is what we get. We have waited so long and they are gonna give something like this? I don’t think I even wanna watch this movie! I am really really depressed now!

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Sounds awesome. All the changes from the book makes me even more excited about the movie, to see how it all works out and how book 7 ends up. If I wanted something that was just like the book, then I’ll read the book again.

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so the h/g kiss wasn’t like anything that’s in the book??? i prefer the real scene in the book than random kissing outside the RR.

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Wow. This movie sounds amazing! XDD

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how very pathetic i loathe when they change a book to movie adaptation that much there was never an attack like was described at the burrow ginny wasnt there when harry hid the book in the room of requirement etc,,, need i go on luna did not find harry on the train what a severe disapointment and harry never handled voldemorts ring dumbledore had already destroyed that horcrux before harry ever laid eyes on it ok thats enough i could rant for hours lol i will likely be very hard pressed to even watch the movie let alone buy it to go with the rest who ever directed this movie ought to be slapped stupid lol

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Wow- it looks cool this movie. And much better than the Order of the Phoenix, and that’s a relief because that was terrible, and we all know why. Little Luna- Luna’s my favourite character. I’m also glad they have calmed Michael Gambon down a bitbut still he’s ok, I suppose. No mention of the cave scene. And only one scene of quidditch. Worrying. And the gaunts are missing, no mention of tonks and lupin relationship, no bill of fleur, dobby, rufus scrimegour. They really are screwing it up. For god sake can’t they just follow the story line, anyway, the report is cool and I’m glad you posted to give us a sneaky peek of the year wait film. grrrrr.

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i hope they don’t cut the xcene where ron sweeps the toothpaste from Hermione’s cheek!!!! I’ve read some more of the script and and i hopoe they don’t cut the scene at the tree broomsticks too!!! As ron moaning her name well i don’t think it will get cut as this way they’ll end the Ron/Lavender thing!!!! I’m so happy!!!!!

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I was starting to get over the fact that HBP wasn’t coming out for another 10 months but reading this report makes me want to see it even MORE!!

Hurray for spearmint toothpaste :)

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Thank you for telling us about the movie! I can’t wait to see it!

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sounds pretty mediocre to me actually

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what’s with the new burrow scene they added??? ;(

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Wow,this is interesting…like an oral trailer XD

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wow great description i cant believe that they have left out so much. i’m a huge fan of the books and now it seems the films are getting worse!. i cant believe there is no dobby!.

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I think as time and Harry Potter movies pass, we’ll have to get use to that HP movies are not JK Rowling’s story on a screen, but a movie based on that story. And that makes an enormous difference. I think that film would be fantastic, if there weren’t a series of books with the same title… Still, that report sounds really interesting!

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oh i just can’t WAIT yo see the movie! sure the kiss was a little disappointment and there was no funeral and so on, but still! i think this will be the BEST potter film so far! i absolutely LOVE all the h/g action and i just hope there is as much as possible that in the film! and i love harry being jealous for dean, that is just too adorable! and of course, r/hr! love when they both tease and try to make each other jealous! i can’t wait wait wait! i believe that some of the new scenes and changes are disappointing, the others just brilliant! oh and btw, i LOVED that snape comment in the end! my inner snape fangirl was just screaming of joy! and all draco moments! this time my inner malfoy fangirl celebrates!! still it amazed me that how in the heavens are they going to manage explain everything in the first and second part of DH, so much important information is cut away! i still have some (but very few!) questions! i don’t know if you Rachezee are going to answer, but i hope so!

1.) what was Cho Changs role in the film??? 2.) how did harry broke up with ginny, and were they together (as a couple) AT ALL? 3.) were there anything about he happy hours by the lake and that kind of stuff? 4.) was that scene where g, h, hr and r talked about the tattoos in the film?

THANK YOU SO MUCH IF YOU CAN ANSWER TO THEESE QUESTIONS! WITH LOVE, FOREVER A POTTERGIRL, MARIE.

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Thanks for posting this. By the sounds of it the film bears almost no similarity to the book, and it seems like they’ve taken every opportunity to change parts of the story whenever they can. Cutting parts out is fine, but changing things has always annoyed me the most. Out of all of my favourite scenes, the only two which seem to be relatively intact are the odo the hero drunken scene, and the sectumsempra scene. No doubt they will be cut closer to the time, but as I won’t be seeing this film more than once it’s not really an issue.

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Wow! This is fabulous! I don’t know where to start!

- First of all i’m really happy about the whole R/Hr ‘ship. Its great that they didn’t cut it out because the tention between them was one of my favorite things about the book!

- I’m kind of angry about the whole H/G kiss thing. All I can do now is hope they make up for it in DH part 1 and 2.

- I don’t like them adding new scenes and then cutting out stuff like Kreacher, Dobby, Bill, Fleur, a lot of Luna and loads of other things.

- I love that there’s a lot of Draco and Snape (yessssssssss!!!!!!!)

- I’m pretty happy that Rachezee said that Michael Gambon’s impersonation of DD has improved (he’s a gret actor, just not my DD at all).

Overall, I’m pleased that Rachezee said that it was the better that OotP movie (that I didin’t particularly like) and happy that she said it was enjoyable, since it’s based on my favorite book in the HP series and I want it to be the best movie too.

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grrr they have cut out some of the best bits

lunas commentry crabbe and goyle as girls dobby and kreacher phlegm

grr they better make up for it in other stuff

im becoming very disappointed in WB recently

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So there’s no British Prime Minister in the begining?

It doest sound overwhelming at all. It sounds as though they’ve concentrated on the romance rather on the serious stuff. I mean it’s Ginny’s part that could be cut (she doesn’t do anything in the books expcet of kissing Harry here and there), but Dobby (I mean, wake up, Dobby is dying in the next book, and it seems they are not going to include that) and Kreacher are so important for the next films.

I’ve heard there’s no funeral for Dumbledore. Is that true? I don’t belive it. For me Dumbledore and the memories are the core of the sixth book. It should be all about Dumbledore and they are not even giving him a decent funeral.

And I don’t understand why are they adding new material. I better not watch this movie.

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So Ginny hides the potions book? That’s stupid, because in DH Harry only knows that the diadem of Ravenclaw is in the Room of Requirement because he has hidden the book right by it.

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I don’t know..it seems like they completely change the main focus of book 6, which is (as the title itself says) the “half-blood Prince”! I think they’ll have a lot of difficulties in the next movies, because most of the sense on this series (out of the conflict between Harry and Voldemort) is actually the role of professor Snape..and the fact that they cut Dumbledore’s funeral is kind of disturbing!

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“Dumbledore however is truly surprised to learn that Riddle made 7 Horcruxes. It is in that scene that he realizes the ring is a Horcrux.”

This is stupid. Why would he have gone out to look for the ring, of he didn’t know it was a horcrux. In the book he destroyed the horcrux before the school year even starts.

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So is it true that they don’t have a funeral for dumbledore? You didn’t mention that in the review? :( ... and what about the cave scene ? Is that good ? I assume that all the inferi and stuff aren’t finished or put in yet ?

kel xx

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hmmm…well,I’m really looking forward to the film, but why are things so different? its just NOT Harry Potter anymore. its something different. I believe that its going to be better than OOTP. they changed Harry/Ginny relationship,as they did with Harry/Cho.then that Burrow attack. i think there is no more point comparing films with books. they failed their promise. stay truthful to the books.remember?

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If Ginny hides the potions book does that mean she will have to find it in the seventh movie (part 2) so that Harry can destroy? I would like more H/G!

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wow!!!!!!!!! there are a lot of ron and hermione in this one!!!!!!!!THANK GOD!!!!!!!!! and thank you too Rachezee!!!!!!!!!!1

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The people who see the film and never read the books will never understand just how great Jo really is. Everything connects and fits so perfectly and the films just mess it all up. It would be better if Harry’s attempts at trying to release himself from Dracos spell worked, instead of the invisibility cloak’s power being beaten by Luna’s free glasses. The Room of requirement is too important to DH for Ginny to be the leader in hiding the potions book. The attack on the Burrow in HBP makes it seem really stupid to hide Harry there in DH. I could go on but you are all doing a great job saying how the films spoil the books. Finally, is it tool ate to get Peter O’Toole to play the dead Dumbledore in DH?

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It sounds brilliant. I don’t understand why many people are moaning and groaning about the changes. They probably sound worse than they actually are. Wait to see the movie before judging it! I’m getting sick of reading comments complaining about the production when they haven’t seen it.

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Nice Report! But, noDobby? Why? ….And I think Harry should be the one to hide the book so that he can see the diadem. Ginny kisses Harry and then she disappears?….. And I really wanted them to refer to the Gaunts…

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Im a bit disapointed actually. I cant believe they are not going to show the Lupin and Tonks relationship. They just got to! What about Teddy Lupin? They cant leave him out of the film. Harry is his godfather. Not happy. :(

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thanks for the review racheeze!!! We luv u!!!

Now, that being said, I can now say…OMG – they butchered another film! cries. Is this still HP? Have they kept anything canon? Good luck with DH WB, you’ve got a lot of explaining to do -DH part III maybe?

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What a tease! so disappointed we have to wait till next July to see all this. “Toothpaste on the cheek scenes” prey for the producers PLS keep it to the final cut. cudo to whoever can come with the idea. AWESOME

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Any chance of you lot seeing the movie for yourselves before complaining about it? No, thought not.

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This is alittle beside the topic but I know that there replacing characters with other characters. Dobby been replaced by neville twice already. So if they replace him again in Deathly Halllows I’m gonna kill him (figure of speech…)

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Wow. Just wow. I never had a problem with them changing things to move the plot along faster….but this is unreal. Some of these changes are massive and don’t seem to make any sense whatsoever. They’ve gone a whole lot further even beyond the added scene. They’ve also managed to once again make Dumbledore considerably less intelligent than his book counterpart. The purists are going to have a field day with this.

Fortunately (and as expected) the description of the preview did absolutely nothing to lessen my resolve to boycott the entire theatrical release. I’m sure the film will be leaked online in a few months anyway.

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Sorry, Correction: I’m gonna kill them (the Directors and peoples) (still figure of speech…)

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We’ve got Ginny! Yesss. To make up for her sadly lacking roles in the other films I suppose heh.

OH this sounds exciting :D I tried not to read it, I really did. But I’ll probably forget it all by July anyway :P

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1. Who are spying Draco? In a book Harry send elf;s to do it. 2. What about Horcruxes? Are there in a movie – I mean for example Hebzibah’s goblet? 3. There is a scene, when young Voldemort is trying to get a job as a teacher? 4. There are some apparition lessons?

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yeah ok, as expected the lack of being able to follow what is already written out for you just seems to keep getting worse. Every main point from the books they keep changing or taking out all together. I cant wait until someone does come alone and get the rights to make this in to a tv mini series and do everything correctly. From what has been provided to us now I don’t see how people can be happy about it. They took every story line from the book and changed them or left them totally out. An they proceeded to change one of the big moments in the book the H/G kiss in the common room. The Lack of NO funeral, No Tonk/Lupin, No Bill/Fleur,No changing of ministers, No Kreatcher, NO DOBBY. What is left to be in the movie pretty much anything they made up or changed scenes. Since they have had David Yates on these movies they have went down dramatically. I am a Huge HP fan and like many other HP fans i wanted to see the books come to life because they were so well written but it baffles me that JK would sign off any of the last 3 movies due to all of the changes that took place and changed the original story lines. Its the little things that make a movie and that catches peoples eyes, so if you are any of the Few people in the world that are going to see this movie and not read the book please do so, so you can enjoy the disappointment with every one else.

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H/G kiss: disappointing

After building it up, they don’t even enjoy it? :( Their relationship was all about happiness!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a “sneak peak.” I, for one, am super excited about this film! The changes sound like good ones. As long as the essence of the novel is intact, the necessary filmic revisions are fine with me. And it sounds as if this is true—a dash of humor, a bit of angst, a load of heartbreak.

Also, hmmm, toothpaste. Never guessed THAT was the third ingredient!!!

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I enjoyed this review, but i would like a in-depth review. Like from scene to scene if anyone can do that, that would be great, or answer these questions for me (for ppl who saw this test screening) I am a big shipper fan, and I wondered if any of the pieces of script that have been leaked are real and in the movie. Cause there is a part where after Quidditch and Hermione goes off and gets all weepy and Harry sits with her after she sees Lavender and Ron and then she magically blows them out of sight! Thanks!!!

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Well, most of this sounds fairly decent, and the Ron/Hermione stuff sounds great, but I won’t be able to stand it if they don’t have a proper kiss between Harry and Ginny. the part where they almost kiss at the Burrow sounds good, but her kissing him briefly while his eyes are closed and then dissapearing? Ugh. I really wanted for them to have the scene from the book in the film, or atleast something along the lines og that. Unless that is in ther but they had to leave it out in ther report. One can hope…

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I’m hesitant to say I’m happy about the info. I really wish they would have stuck to the book completely. The disappointment you feel when they add to or take away from it. It’s just not what a true devoted fan wants. Whether your a Stephen King fan and they leave things out of the Shinning or a HUGE JKR fan and leave ABOUSTLY THE BEST PARTS OF THE BOOK’S OUT! I will be happy tho. I love HARRY POTTER!

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And one more thing, I WANT KREACHER AND DOBBY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Does Ginny use the Tiara of Rowena Ravenclaw to mark the place where she hides the HBP? If not, who is going to remember where it was last seen? Is Ginny going to be the person who knows where it is? Or did the Tiara make an appearance at all? How are they going to work this problem out? It is shades of blowing a hole in the wall of the RoR.

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Hell. Im Happy- Im glad they said that part with Harry and Snape at the end wasnt finished though cause just that one line sounds- whimpy. Theres got to be more. At least we still dont know the scene surrounding the break in to hogwarts and Dumbledores death. There is still alot of stuff we dont know, he cant give us every little detail in a quick review. Like there is the chocolates, the Carrows, Narcissa and the unbreakable vow, The necklace, Snape teaching and the opening ceremony when he is announced, the cave scene. There still is much more that we will see that we havent heard about. And really, you should know by now that your mind and eyes tell you two different things. We see somethings in the books differently in our minds then we do when we watch, but that doesnt make it a bad movie.

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what? no funeral?!But that’s one of the best and most important scenes in the book! It leads straight into book 7.

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LoonyLuna, I totally agree!! Plus, if SHE hides the book how is Harry gonna find it again in Movie 7 – the Statue of the Bust with the ‘old tattered’ Tiara was SO relevant!!!! Sometimes I don’t know what they are thinking! Ah well we will ALWAYS have the books! :)

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It sounds like they’ve changed it. Lots. I’m not sure if I’m liking the sounds of the changes but I really can’t make a decision until I see it myself. This WAS just a screen test…I’m a little bummed Luna isn’t in it more…and extremely bummed that the Ginny/Harry kiss has changed, that part kinda made the whole book! (And it certainly wouldn’t have been hard to shoot or anything!)... Otherwise it sounds good! Oh, and all those so called potter fans who are saying they wont go and see the movie…Geesh! You haven’t seen it yet! if you were a true fan you wouldn’t be stopped from going to anything HP related…especially the movie! Everyone can voice their opinions, but don’t judge it and say you wont see it if you haven’t seen a trailer or the movie itself. Yeah…you guys are such big fans…cough cough Get over it. Or at least let it have a chance. It’s something you love…and even though someone has changed it, it’s still Harry Potter.

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Oh…and with some of the drastic changes…they’re certainly not making it easier for themselves with the Deathly Hallows movies. If they leave out vital characters, their deaths wont be appreciated as much by others. And if they even THINK that they can leave out even one persons death!!!! (Even Hedwig!) Well, WB has got another thing coming!!! Hahaha.

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I’m plowing thru both sets off commentary and questions, and will not get into this discussion: let’s be honest, we wwill go to the film, we’ll buy the dvd (with the deleted scenes if possible), we’ll watch the thing over and over, regardless of just how we feel about a particular scene, or changes to the story, or missing characters or dialogue….

I DO want to say “Thanks, Rach”! and thanks to the tlc editors for making this entire conversation possible

and, perhaps, the WB folks will get enough feedback that will make them re-think some of the film

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OMG, i’m so excited for this movie right now!

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Big THANK YOU to Rachezee for the feedback and reviews … For some more reviews from people who’ve been to the Screen Test see beni555 and Ramirez15 pages 1-13; starting on:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417741/board/...d/117044969?p=1

The film sounds amazing: hilarious, moving, scary, exceptional photography and music, the acting off-the-wall good. I’m not sure I understand some of the complaints: have the films ever, even Philosopher’s Stone, stuck exactly to the books? Nope.

They’re different medium, ‘das all. I can understand the frustration but films just aint novels, what matters is if the director has stuck to the spirit of the book, I’ll wager he has. Though I presume Ginny is going to help in the Horcrux hunt if she is the one to hide the HBP book !!! No doubt Kloves will have her mistress of the Room of Requirement by the time the Trio arrive at Hogwarts in DH Part2 …

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Why do you think they are going to write in Ginny into the horcrux hunt. that would be a mssive rewrite of the novel, plus G/H don’t even relly get together in the movie. Plus she walks away at the end leaving the trio who make plans to go on the hunt. If there is no wedding, i don’t expect to see ginny till the end of the second movie. There is so much going on in DH and it never involved Ginny. Just be happy she got more sceen time in HBP although it seems quite worthless.

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So, Harry and Ginny don’t kiss in common room? And Ron won’t see they kissing? And they won’t date? Ginny won’t talk about the dragon tatto? Nobody will see it?????

Damn it Warner!!!!!!! I HATE YOU!

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The recurring claim that there is a clear distinction between a HP book audience and a HP film audience strikes me as false…

seriously, is there any one willing to truthfully admit here on the list that they have seen the HP films, yet never read even one of the books?

good grief, even my 77 year old Mum has read all the books, and seen the films. My 76 year old Dad, admittedly has not… but neither of them visit Leaky.

So, in the words of Tom Riddle, Tell the Truth! Who here has seen the films, yet never read any of the books?

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Oh man…. I so badly want micheal Goldenberg back now. Why Steve Kloves do you allways have to chance so much!? Atleast Goldenberg stayed true to the book. (mostly) I hope Alan Rickman does get some decent screentime this time. But while reading review I’m starting to lose my hope. Thanks anyway for the review I really appriciate it. I’m looking forward to all the scenes with Draco, but not so much to all the romance scenes. (never was a real big fan of those anyway.)

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I’m pretty excited about the toothpaste scene! :D I hope that it’ll make up for th whole Lupin/tonks being non-existant..

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The movie sounds like it’s going to be mostly a winner, but like others, I’m disappointed in how the H/G kiss sounds like it’s going to come off. For me, this is just one more disappointment in how WB treats the story lines in adapting the books to the big screen. I certainly realize that not everything can make it in, but it wouldn’t have been too hard to have the H/G kiss happen in the common room following the Quiddich match.

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well for starters, this is a preview screening so they will change it a lot and modify it I think. Secondly, I think that Ginny has a giant role if she is onscreen as much as Ron so all the Ginny fans really need to calm down, I think that Rachezee downplayed the Ginny parts to only the one’s she was looking forward to, I still think that Ginny will successfully fullfill most of the scenes she took place in in the book because otherwise, what would she be doing during all that screentime? And I am still mad about the whole Hermione thing, it sounds like she will be a very small part of the movie and that really, really disappoints me. And the funeral scene I heard is part of dh 1 so people please calm down, it’s not cut but you won’t be seeing it anytime soon. Probably draco will shock us the most with how good he is.

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it’s not WB that dictates what is in the movie. That is the job of Kloves, Yates and other crew directors, and with approval from Rowling. Blaming WB for the poor screenplay is not accurate, we should be blaming them for being money hungry bastards and delaying the movie for their own profits.

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It’s great to get the report, thanks! We certainly know by now that the movies are different than the books and frankly, as the books got longer and longer I can see where it’s harder to adapt them to the screen yet still have it come across as a cohesive and interesting story.

Since the series ended, I think there’s a lot more pressure for these final films to keep people’s interest high and maintain the momentum, but I honestly wasn’t too intrigued when I read this report. I was never too involved with the H/G romance, but I guess they highlight that more since it helps to sell the movie better than say, Tonks/Lupin or The Dursleys! I’m happy to hear that Tom Felton has more screen time, I think he’s really great and we’ve barely seen him in the last few films.

We’ll have to see. I’m personally not feeling too confident about this one, but I’m encouraged that the reviewer liked it.

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So, Luna rescues Harry because of her spectre-specs!!!! Who mends his broken nose? Face-stamping should not be portrayed as doing no damage.

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I don’t understand why they have to introduce new scenes to the movie instead of just filming key scenes from the book. I appreciate that they can’t film the books in their entirety because they are too big and detailed but they introducing new scenes so that they can build the plot between key characters is stupid. Bellatrix and co never attack the Burrow in the book, nor does anyone else have to hide the Potions Book, only Harry. It frustrates the daylights out of me.

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what, no rotfang conspiracy!!!

sounds like they made a few changes that might be diffiult to overcome in 7, eg Harry not knowing where he put the potions book, how is he going to realise where one of the horcruxes is. And no Grimmauld Place. I really liked that part of book 7 so I hope that survives for the last film.

glad they kept in sectumsempra. And the Hagrid hut/Slughorn scene.

haven’t read all the detail because am trying to avoid being spoiled.

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Every darn movie they screw some things up and so by reading this set report I didn’t flip out, I didn’t go crazy, I didn’t swear. Nope. I didn’t even scream. I just stood numb. Sure a lot of it sounds cool, but as a fan I will never be able to get over some of the changes. I mentioned this before but I’ll say it again – the Harry/Ginny kiss is extremely disappointing. As an avid shipper, this scene was so important to me. But it seems so messed up. They’re in the room of requirement and Ginny just vanishes? Man, that’s upseting. Perhaps over time I’ll get over some of the changes but the kiss?! No, I can’t even say anything…that’s how sad I am about the whole thing. If they messed up the Harry/Cho kiss I wouldn’t be terribly angry, but the Harry and Ginny snog?! Nuh-uh. No way. And on top of this another 10 monthes…I don’t even care about it anymore. Even if the rest of the movie sounds promising, I just don’t feel like seeing it.

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I’m actually happy with a lot of the changes….HBP was probably my least favorite book, it seemed uneventful (until the end) and a lot of parts came off as kind of cheesy to me. Considering I’m 22 years old, I appreciate the film makers’ effort at making the films seem more grown up than the books.

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I can’t wait to see all the Ron and Hermione moments. The toothpaste and moaning, pure genius!

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Ron gets toothpaste off Hermione’s cheek? Aww! :) So cute. I lol’ed so much at the ‘R + L’ ont eh window, haha XD

Wow, thanks so much! <33

Gutted about the necklace, though. How often is Hermione in it?

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Urgh, sounds like they have made too many changes again, I can see a Goblet of Fire repeat here. But I do think the Lupin and Tonks relationship is there, because of the promotional material of them together and what Natalia said about filming the scene with David (they had to keep looking at each other yearningly) however it is supposed to be a hinted under-current so I doubt anyone but the hardcore shippers will pick up on it…drat. What i have trouble comprehending is Ginny hiding the potions book whilst Harry has his eyes closed. in the book he puts it in a cupboard and then puts a gargoyle and ROWENA RAVENCLAW’S DIADEM on the cupboard and thats a horcrux, so I don’t know what nonsense they are going to have to come up wth to sort that farce up. Dear dear…I hope this gets on the internet before I have to pay to see it…

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Okay, sounds amazing, but – really, isn’t there more about Ginny and Harry? They’re supposed to be together, not mysteriously kiss each other and then disappear! Or maybe they are together, it just wasn’t mentioned in that text? Oh I hope so.

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That ‘mother’s eyes’ line from Snape at the end makes me think that maybe they’ll actually have that death scene for Snape similar to the book.

This movie is practicly titled ‘Harry Potter and Severus Snape’ I really hope he’s in it a lot.

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Jjecki- Hermione is in the movie alot per other sources. Plus according to Mugglenet Emma nails hermione’s charcterization- Eric said she has never been better!!!! He also said this movie is trio centric and the surrounding charactrs are well portrayed. Also read that Hermione has as much screentime as Ron and harry. So it’s all good. I can now understand why Emma said she wasn’t expcting as much screentime after reading HBP and was surprised by how much she is in it. I’m glad it’s trio centric myself. Nothing better than the trio.

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This just confirms my decision to skip watching the movies in the theaters. Too hypocritical to be a fan of the books and support the corruption of the masterful work JKR put into the quality and continuity of the story. There is absolutely no doubt that these movies have been about maximizing profits with no regard to the readers. It is insulting to our intelligence for WB to claim otherwise. Ironically WB could have made twice as much money if they had stayed true to the books. I also believe that fans are turned off to buying merchandise from WB shop because WB has offended them. I hate to end my tradition of taking my kids to the films on opening day but right is right. If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything. It is our choices that show what we truly are. I choose to be faithful to my love of the books.

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Aw man. Never get your hopes up about a Potter film is what this teaches us…

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budb: “So, in the words of Tom Riddle, Tell the Truth! Who here has seen the films, yet never read any of the books.”

This is a fansite, and not an accurate sample of the general population. The majority of moviegoers HAVE NOT READ THE BOOKS. If you want proof, look at movie ticket sales, and then look at book sales. Movie ticket sales far exceed book sales.

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I’d like to point all of your attention to these 2 quotes by J.K.Rowling herself, the biggest fan of the books.

"I'd seen A Little Princess, which I thought was an excellent adaptation, not a very literal adaptation, but very faithful to the emotional truth of the story."
"Alfonso's version of my world. It's his baby. For the very obvious reason that books and films are such different media, to do a very literal adaptation maybe wouldn't serve the material best, and I think he's done exactly what I hoped he would do."
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sorry the last post got screwed up

I’d like to point all of your attentions to these 2 quotes by J.K.Rowling herself, the biggest fan of the books, and a strong supporter of the movies.

“I’d seen A Little Princess, which I thought was an excellent adaptation, not a very literal adaptation, but very faithful to the emotional truth of the story.”

“Alfonso’s version of my world. It’s his baby. For the very obvious reason that books and films are such different media, to do a very literal adaptation maybe wouldn’t serve the material best, and I think he’s done exactly what I hoped he would do.”

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Actually, Grindelwald, in this case we have a phenomenally popular series of books, upon which the films are basd. Given the extent of the readership (and book sales do not reflect library readership, which we also know has been extremely high), the odds of a large “movie only” audience is pretty unlikely

Gee, a fan site, Leaky? After all these years, yeah, I know that. But if you have followed the discussions, then you too see the sporadic references to film vs book audience some of our co-fans make. From the evidence available to me, either in my personal interactions or readings, or from the comments posted here, the claim strikes me as inaccurate.

please shout at someone else, ok?

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too many spoilers you jerk. that wasnt a review it was just a summary of the events. way to go genius.

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No need for debate. The majority of people who go to an HP movie have never read the books.

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these guys are sooooo lucky!!!!!! i am soooooo jealous!!! i am really looking forward to see the fantastic show of Draco vs Harry and oh my dear severus your last word remain me of book seven that “look at me” ....................

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I bet Kloves was a Harry/Hermione shipper, so he cut out the big Harry and Ginny kiss because he’s still bitter about that. :D

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I’m happy they made the kiss short the one in OOTP was too long i don’t care about the changes, i just care if it’s as long as GOF or COS i have a feeling it’ll be 2 hrs 47 mins long, I don’t know why

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Overall it sounds fine, my only major disappointment is the exclusion of Lupin and Tonks’ story, I love them. =(

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Wow thanks for leaking this I was really worried about the movie, although I can’t say I’m happy about all the changes. I’m very angered about Harry and Ginny’s first kiss and the fact that there is no funeral. I am very happy however that Ron moans Hermione’s name and about the spearmint toothpaste…

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I posted this under the “Test Screening Held Tonight in Chicago” article, but I think it would actually be better suited here…

I’m ticked off about the apparent lack of Remus and Tonks in the film. Lupin is my favorite character in the book, but after giving him one movie (which also happens to be my least favorite film, with all the changes that were made), they’ve completely abandoned his storyline. Now, I understand that his storyline isn’t as important as the stories of the main trio, Ginny, Dumbledore, etc., but they don’t have to cut him so completely like this!

What about book seven? If they never discuss Lupin/Tonks now, how are we supposed to care about… what happens in book seven? That scene in Deathly Hallows may have torn my heart out in the book, but if they cut the scene out of the DH films completely… that would just be beyond catastrophic to me. :(

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True Deena. Even WITH the Ron/ Hermione stuff which is supposed to be what everyone loves, they’re STILL MOANING!!! The films are NEVER gonna match the books and if you haven’t learnt that by now, you’re dim.

I’m more than happy with what they give us, just watching that world gives me pleasure and there’s only one more left so enjoy it while you can !!!!

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Strangely, this movie review made me quite happy. I have no problem waiting until July for this movie.

I would’ve thought that with the 7th book coming out, they would’ve made a HUGE effort to make the movies more true to the books. I guess I overestimated them.

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“Strangely, this movie review made me quite happy. I have no problem waiting until July for this movie.”

Good to know there can still be a bright side to all this, LOL! :-P

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I feel something should be made clear. The number of people who read the books as opposed to the number of people who just watch the movies is not possible to estimate accurately. Many readers utilize public and school libraries. Still more read the copy the family has bought. I know that for a fact because we did not buy an individual book for each family member for any of the books. We have five readers and have never bought more than three copies. I have lent my books out as well. I also don’t know this for a fact but I would bet that most of those who go to see the movies multiple times in the theater are book fans. If book fans decide to bail on this movie series there will be a significant decrease in ticket sales. Certainly they lose more ticket sales to purists with each progressively more corrupted screen adaptation. They lose even more repeat ticket sales with these disappointing film editions. There is only one thing worse than paying to be disappointed and that is to pay to be disappointed more than once.

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When hermione mentions the toothpaste is it during the scene yates talked about where Hermione is discussing a love potion and it’s ingredients. Yates had mentioned how good Emma was in that scene in an interview. He said it ws really touching yet funny, Hermione was slowly coming undone. I was just wondering if this was the scene. Love the excellent reviews the trio are getting. They so deserve it.

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Well…I don’t know if I regret reading the review or not, lol!!! I don’t like being spoiled and watching the movie for the first time in the theatre, plus if they cut anything more out in post-production I will be waiting for a scene that will never come. I was apprehensive about the movie when all these news articles were filtering in, but I have to say that when I watched the WB released trailer I was impressed. It was far better than I had imagined it, and I love the idea of Harry and Ginny fighting together saved by Tonks and Lupin.

I’ve enjoyed all the movies thus far, so I hope it matches up.

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Look you HP fans we shouldn’t take TLC and Eric’s review of the movie for granted.. Where is your personality? Where is your opinion? i mean i have read both reviews and in my opinion both reviews trail us on the wrong track.. Eric’s review makes it sound as though everything is perfect and in place whilst TLC’s review makes it sound as though OMG i can’t believe i saw that carp and cheap adaptation of a perfect book!! First of all, i would like to make the fans see that the movies are great in their own dimensions and that the books are great in theirs… You shouldn’t go see the movie and wait for every scene to snoop out the defects in it.. Second, don’t judge a book by its cover, you still need to see the movie to judge and for the people who are against the movies, well don’t go see it… for the others, a word of caution, go see the movie with an open mind or else suffer with depression and hate for the remaining two movies…Third, negativity is not needed around here, there is enough on the HP sites right now to plunge the world into darkness!! :D:D Have a lovely day!

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P.S. : if some of you plan on not going to the movies, well the performance at the box office will slip and get prepared to budget cuts on the seventh and eight part of the series…ya that’s right, you could ruin the series at its end!

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I have read some of the comments hear and i must say i am surprised and appalled at the same time to see that people care more about n paying 10$ for the movie when they should just keep open minded and positive! I mean seriously people 10$ matters to you that much??? I mean seriously…10$? You are seriously considering not going to see the movie because you would be paying 10$ on crap??? Are you fans or what?

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I have read some of the comments here and i must say i am surprised and appalled at the same time to see that people care more about n paying 10$ for the movie when they should just keep open minded and positive! I mean seriously people 10$ matters to you that much??? I mean seriously…10$? You are seriously considering not going to see the movie because you would be paying 10$ on crap??? Are you fans or what?

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Harry Loony, I respect your right to your opinion but you are misunderstanding mine. The point is not that the money matters to us but that it is all that matters to WB. And if you think to support one half-*ed movie adaptation so that they will make two more just like it is a true fan’s responsiblity then I hope nobody depends on your logic for their health and welfare. So you think that if WB puts out a poor product and fans don’t buy it they will not take the responsiblity and try to improve on the next movie? So by that logic we should go out and buy all the poorly made products because if we don’t then the manufacturers will put out even worse products.And if they did it would be our fault. Please don’t breed or vote. If you breed don’t homeschool. Good luck and marry for money.

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The movie sounds as disappointing as the Order of the Phoenix was. No Bill and Fluer? Or Tonks and Lupin? Those relationships are crucial for the next movie! And about the whole Lavendar thing about steaming up the window on the Hogwarts Express: Does it say how she and Ron got together in the first place?...Oh and the fact that Fudge was sacked and replaced by Scrimgeour is huge, too! And why is there no mention of why Tonks’ hair is brown? people who haven’t read the books but have seen the movies will be all confused if one movie it’s purple and the next it’s brown throughout the whole thing. Of course, her being a Metamorphagus, they may just think she’s doing that because she wants to.And why no mention of the Gaunts? That’s also crucial to Voldemort’s history and explains how he ended up in the orphanage. Honestly, they could have done without the whole Lavendar writing on the windows thing along with a few other things and fit at least a few minutes of the stuff that’s actually important in there. I agree with everyone else. Thanks for nothing, Kloves!

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OH NO! The Harry/Ginny scene has to be better than that! I was REALLY looking forward to a really passionate kiss!!! I mean, c’mon! This is true love! Im glad they have a few awkward Ron/Hermione scenes! I absolutely love those two and I hope they have a better kissing scene in HPDH than harry and ginny do in this one! I’m also glad to hear that Michael Gambon has improved. I didn’t like him at all in the last three.

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Thanks Joe for your opinion but you misunderstood me too… First of all, the movies are not poorly made or else it would not have made 4.4 billion dollars worldwide and make to the number one spot surpassing Star Wars. Second, WB is a COMPANY which means the first and most important goal for it is to make profit and a lot of it.. What you and other want from WB is in UTOPIA : meaning that WB makes the movies for their fans… Number one, the company makes the movie for profit and number two it makes it for the fans…it’s economics 101. Third, i understand now that wanting a word to word movie makes you look like an OCD!

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“I bet Kloves was a Harry/Hermione shipper, so he cut out the big Harry and Ginny kiss because he’s still bitter about that. :D”-ScottMan,

Lol ScottMan! I totally agree with you. Kloves could just probably have been an Harry/Hermione shipper and he decided that he had the power to cut the kiss. Personlly I hope that after getting comments from the audience they’ll change the kiss scene because that is so important to the book. HARRY LOVES GINNY. He doesn’t think ,”Oh she’s cute, let me give her a kiss and be on my merry way to hunt down horcruxes!” PLEASE WB AND YATES, I BEG YOU TO CHANGE THE KISS TO THE WAY IT WAS IN THE BOOKS!!!!

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Seriously, from reading the reports from the test screening, I think it has really dampened my hopes for this film. I was really looking forward to the Lupin/Tonks relationship and the funeral. They really stick to the books. I mean they really haven’t done them any justice. I hope I’m not the only one who feels like this…...

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I’ve never liked that guy as Dumbledore so it’s good he does better this movie.

I am so sad that they don’t have much Harry/Ginny and not much Tonks/Lupin or Bill/Fleur. I’m a huge romantic and was really looking forward to the couple scenes.

I am so jealous that you guys got to see the movie a year before us.

I know I’m going to point out every single difference to people who don’t care. Oh well, they can handle it.

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I don’t think Dan would care to do anything more passionate from the Teen Vogue article I just read. He said he doesn’t care for the romantic scenes and told Emma the kiss was boring. So don’t expect passion, I expect what we’ve got. I don’t know why people are just happy they are having Ginny in more scenes. It sounds like they spend equal time on the romances and the the other half on more serious important stuff, according to Eric at Mugglenet. That’s good news to me. If this turned out to be a teenaged Harry Potter 90210 I would be ticked. And it’s okay, Ron and Hermione worked out better, they are THE couple of HP anyways. That’s why Rowling saved their kiss for last. That ws the one that matter, not h/g.

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Speak for yourself Tammy… As much as I like Ron and Hermione, they are not THE couple of the series to me. I am much more a harry/ginny shipper than Hr/R. They seem to get some kind of moment in every movie, so I’m much more interested in seeing the romance between Ginny and Harry. Have to be careful what you write anyways, Kloves could screw up the Ron and Hermione kiss in Deathly Hallows too for all you know?

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this is soo wrong if they take out bill/fleur how r they going to explain it in DH when they go to shell cottage and if kreacher missing then how r they gonna explain the locket. im so disappointing im hoping they take this time to change it so it will fit in with DH. n no lupin/tonk im gonna cry one of my fav part of HBP.

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“Please don’t breed or vote. If you breed don’t homeschool. Good luck and marry for money.” LOL. Wow dude, you gotta breathe a little, calm down. No offense but WOW, you kind of voided your opinion right there with that little spazz. PMS?

Anyways, Harry Loony, you’re totally right, when people are unwilling to spend 10$ for a movie it totally flips me out. I HATE it when people bootleg movies. And guys, movies are movies, books are books. This movie has got to appeal to nearly every demographic. And while I’m in favor of a near-perfect translation, I UNDERSTAND that Warner bros. needs to make money, and to do this, the movie will most definitely differ from the books in some ways. (It would have been awesome if they could have started the two-part business with Goblet of Fire; but I guess then a lot of you would be saying its a ploy to grab money)

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So. This is a Disaster movie. A good reason to no see it with it comes.

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My favorite couple is Bellatrix and Voldemort. I think many of you need to grow up and ask yourselves are you a true fan. If you are you will see the movie no matter what and you will like it no matter what. You will respect the difference that are made between the book and movie. The adaptations are not there to be word for word and detail to detail. Alot of cool Bellatrix scenes I liked were removed from OOTP but I got over it. Snape and Sirius didnt fight in front of the camera like I wanted but I got over it. We have the books for that. This is another type of fun. And I know we all will see it. Dont say you wont, you know you will.

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Wow… thanks for the update. This sounds like an absolute piece of shiz, so I now know, with certainty not to waste my money.

So unfortunate, but since OotP bombed all of my hope that the series would EVER be redeemed, I can’t say I’m surprised.

And the line Snape says to Harry? Yeah… I’m absolutely sick.

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I’m use to the movies not being like the books, but at what point does the Burrows get attacked in Half Blood Prince? Maybe I’m having a brain fart but I don’t remember it being attacked in this book. I know it does in Book 7. What makes it worse is I just got finished reading Book 6 again. I can understand when they have to change scenes to help move the film along but that as far as I can remember that’s a total rewrite of the story. Can someone refresh my memory?

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Rachezee, thank you so much for the reviews and the insight into the movie, I am soo glad that I know about hbp because for the next 10months I will be satisfied. I have a question for you if you ever read these comments.

What did you think about emma watson’s performance in this movie? Was she better in her acting than before? Did you dislike her acting? Did she over act?

I would be extremely happy if you could give your biew of Emma’s acting.

Thanks

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WTF!

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WTF! Why do they keep making the movies worst and worst? We understand that they cant follow the books, but at least make sure the movie makes sense. From the sound of it when they make DH there is going to be a lot that they have to explain and it wont be pretty.

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I agree with LoonyLuna on the whole Harry/Ginny kiss thing. They just spoiled it! And if they’re gonna make them about-to-kiss on the stairs i think that would ruin it too. The bit where Harry just out-of-the-blue grabs Ginny and kisses her in the common room is one of my fave parts of book 6 and if they’re not going to have that in there…. grrrrr! I also love the scene where Harry, Ron, Ginny and Hermione are sitting there talking to each other and the whole conversation about the tattoos but I don’t think that will make the final cut.

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oh god! a lot of changes, and Michael is the best of the others movies, he has the essence of the young dumbledore that describes Rowling.

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So. This is a Disaster movie. A good reason to no see it with it comes. Posted by Coralys on September 07, 2008 @ 10:16 PM

Agreed. The movies have been coming undone since the puke inducing ending to COS. I’ll go watch Transformers 2 instead.

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something i dont understand here, if ginny was the one to hide the potions book in the room of requirement and harry doesnt see where its hidden then what was the point of this scene? the harry and ginny kiss i assume. but what bothers me a great deal is the fact (in the book) harry is the one who hides the book and places the statue on top of it, WITH THE TIARA on top of the statue. and this is what he remembers in book 7

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I knew it. Stupid Newell focused way too much on the Harry/Cho kiss and not enough on the Harry/Ginny kiss. Figures.

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this review is fake, you guys are so dim witted. believe anything why don’t you.

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Hang on a minute… .So Spectrespecs can see through Harry’s invisibility cloak? SPECTRESPECS are more powerful than a DEATHLY frigging HALLOW?? This is the kind of alteration that annoys the living ** out of me. I can make my peace with changes in the movies, but when they invalidate important plot points, it drives me insane. Like being able to “bombardia” your way into the Room of Requirement. Wrong. SO wrong.

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They took out Harry throwing the S.P.E.W. button at Ron’s forehead in GoF and now they’ve cut the second funniest moment ever, The Rotfang Consipiracy? Effing eff!

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Thanks for that review! Good news about things like the Weasley’s store, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy, or the scenes about Hermione, Ron and Lavander! I’m a bit disappointed about the first kiss between harry and ginny! they are my favorite couple in the books and I enjoyed a lot the kissing scene after the quidditch match! Sorry, i’m a bit sad… I trust David Yates, it will be an amazing movie!

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I simply loved all the books and was upset after seeing all the movies. Everytime I said I wasn’t going to go and see the next movie. But I went to see every one of them. I am pissed they keep changing essential parts of the movies, but I guess that’s just the way it goes. I hope they will enter the part of Dumbledore’s funeral as this was the most beautiful part of the book and of course the H – G kiss but that has been mentioned about a 1000 times before ;-)

I’ll keep my dreams up with the books!!

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so far im in between. some scenes are ok. some are not. im kinna disappointed with the kiss. i like canon and so do some hp fans. i wish they would change it back to the post quidditch match kiss again. and please as a tonks/remus fan…more relationship in their side. i just wish the producers can read our comments!

thanks for the blog

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Some people are just plain silly, exaggerating and utterly ridiculous to still think that every little single detail fro Jo’s work will be put on screen…Just get over yourself and think like an adult not like an 8 year old who when he doesn’t get what he wants he bitches and whines and curses and all that…The movies are excellent and WB is still going to be the company that brought us the novels on screen and Yates is still going to direct the final twos and YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT’S NOT THE FANSMOVIES!!!! WHEN YOU OWN WB OR BECOME A PRODUCER FOR THE MOVIES, THEN YOU CAN CHANGE THE MOVIES TO YOUR LIKING!! For now just SHUT UP!!!

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Wow,thanks for the report! Now that tottaly convinced me that it doesn’t worth the 8 month wait. what are they playing at with cutting out so much stuff.i mean ginny hides the book in RoR?WTF?O_O how is harry supposed to see the diadem hiddden ther,then? and no kreacher,bill and flreaur,no mention of grimmauld place 12? i thoughthe 2 part DH movie will be great X_X

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gentle folks, its one thing to us caps for one or two words, to indicate emphasis…but extensive use of capital letters is considered shouting. please just take a break from the computer a while, and then come back?

Only BellaSnape would think of that romantic pairing! But, Bella, what happened to Rodolphus?

A couple of weeks ago we were told the movie was complete, leading some here to bleat on and insist films were unalterable…has anyone noticed the references to incomplete special effects and scenes in the reviews? In addition to the public statements from WB, claiming the motive behind postponing the HBP release was profit only, I wonder again if some other problems have surfaced with the production?

Harry L, Joe and some others, I’m sticking with my assesment, which overlaps with your differing ones, I think? We’ll all go to the films, we’ll all buy the dvds, regardless…

and here is the shame of it: yes, in theory, if sales go down because we reject the quality of a WB product, then, according to some economic theories, WB will work hard to produce a better film. Do you really think that theory still works in the 21st century?????

It would be interesting to look at the original and subsequent legal documents involved, to see how many years WB has exclusive rights to all things Harry….someday, there will be a remake, perhaps thirty years from now (if we’re lucky, maybe 25). I’ll be long gone, but, hey, some of you will get to take your kids and grandkids

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What the…? No Tonks and Lupin relationship? I hate wb…

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Hhmmmmmm I want more Luna!!!!!!!!!!

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OMG!! this is amaazing !! can’t wait to see it !!

one thing : the harry and ginny kiss really pisses me off! that was the best scene in the book,it was just perfect ! and now they blew it… i do like the ron:hermione part,with the toothpaste,that’s awesome ! and the scene when lavender steams up the window seems really funny to !

ps: i’m from belgium,so i’m sorry if there are any mistakes in the text…

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I didn’t have time to read all the comments, but I have to say this: maybe some day someone like Peter Jackson will remake all these movies and get them right! I can see cutting some scenes from the books, but they cut too much for it to make sense to those who haven’t read them (I’m still wondering how Lupin knew it was a map in the end of PoA film!). We are left with a bunch of scenes strung together with not much emotion left in them, especially for the supporting characters like the professors, the Weaslelys, etc. Imagine how cold we will feel in the last DH movie when so many supporting characters show up in the RoR to help fight the Battle of Hogwarts? In the book, I cried during that scene. In the movie, it will probably be cut. My true Harry Potter director/ producer/ actor, etc is Jim Dale on the audiobooks—no one can do it like him! (Haven’t heard Stephen Fry, so can’t comment on him). Yes, I will still see this movie, but am prepared to be disappointed, as usual. sigh

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i think it sounds great. i like when they change stuff up a little; who would want to see a verbatim adaptation—you could just read the book. it’s good to have new stuff/changed stuff in there. keeps you awake.

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well,maybe years from now the BBC/Masterpiece theater folks will tackle HP…in 1 or 2 hour installments, for 7 years? Dan Radcliffe as Snape? Emma Watson as Trelawney?

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Does anybody know JK’s email? I would like to know her say on the movies.

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I am also another disappointed fan, after reading the part of the Harry/Ginny kiss. Man that was the best part of the book.

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You mean they completely took out the common room kiss between Harry and Ginngy!!??!! That was my only reason to go to see it!

I used to enjoy the movies, but after the 3rd one the liberties being taken were grating on the nerves. The books are – of course! – so much better.

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You mean they completely took out the common room kiss between Harry and Ginny!!??!! That was my only reason to go to see it!

I used to enjoy the movies, but after the 3rd one the liberties being taken were grating on the nerves. The books are – of course! – so much better.

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theres supposed to be the part with Hermione/Ron, where there in the class with transfiguration, where they are supposed to change the color of their eyebrows, and ron messes up – hermione laughs – ron mocks hers – then, getting to the biggest attraction of that part which is my favorite part of the whole book, is where right after that, harry finds hermione to give her, her stuff, and learns from luna that, she wascrying in the bathroom, all of THAT! kind of tension between them – oh oh, and also the part where hermione sends ron the canaries, when he bursts in with lavender, and how right there, hermione is “starring” at ron, and he isnt, and then she does it….......those parts were great!

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You mean they completely took out the common room kiss between Harry and Ginny!!??!! That was my only reason to go to see it!

I used to enjoy the movies, but after the 3rd one the liberties being taken were grating on the nerves. The books are – of course! – so much better.

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Once again a Harry Potter movie shows how NOT to make a book adaption. What is with Kloves and getting rid of major plot points, Grimmauld place, Bill and Fluer, when you combine those with no two way mirrors and no life debt movie seven wont make an ounce of sense. Congratulations on once again completely ruining one of the greatest book of modern times.

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Ginny has as much screen time as Ron. You see her in practically every fricking bit of the movie. Um, wtf? and the room of requirement bit…seriously, what the hell??? i hate h/g anyway, but the kiss in the book was good, i have to admit.

at least all the parts with Draco sound great :D Love him. x

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What bugs me the most is that JK has written the story so well that it should be easy to interpret it to the screen (I really cannot see the difficulty) with minimal cuts necessary (obviously everything couldn’t be on screen but there is no need to drastically alter the main plot/subplots and characters as a result. What’s wrong with if you need to cut something just leave it to the audience’s imagination and let them presume it happened offscreen instead of replacing it with piffle?!), yet Kloves seems detirmined to alter so much to pander to some unknown Potter market that doesn’t seem connected in any way to the true fans who care for the characters and how the plot develops and helps them evolve further. I look forward to seeing Alan, Julie, Rupert, Matthew and Michael (the strongest cast members in my view) as usual but otherwise my hope in the franchise satisfying my affection for the books/story was lost long ago.

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you know tell me how Narcissa in the film?

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WOW!! I know by now that the movies are just going to differ from the book more than I would like them too. But after OOTP! WB had a lot to make up for. I will miss the scene with H/G kissing in the common room. I read that part like three times before it hit me as really happing, but I am excited to see the attack on the Burrow.

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omg this is so exciting!! the ron/hermione toothpaste thing is so sweet! and lavender! ugghh! i really do think they should have more of lupin and tonks though. roll on july 17th!!!

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No Lupin and Tonks… :-( aw, man! But i still can’t wait to see it.

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How can Harry find the Diadem if his EYES ARE CLOSED IN THE ROOM OF REQUIREMENT???? MORONS! FOOLS! Grrrh!

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Is there no funeral at the end??? cause if they cut that i’m gonna murder the film makers, especially WB cause i hate them. to me, that is the most important scene of the book, other than the dumbledore death scene of course. i’m so glad the sectumsempra scene is in it! i hate that moaning myrtle isnt in it though. why the hell would they make luna find harry on the train, was it like the biggest task in the world to make tonks find him? like wtf. they always change all these little details and that’s what bothers me. it’s not hard to just keep it how it is in the books. i’m kinda pissed that they left out scimgeour cause i wanted to see what he’d look like. and he’s in the seventh book so how do they expect to introduce him when he should have already been introduced…wait they’ll probably just cut him out again like usual. kay the thing that bothered me the most about all the movies is that they left out peeves!!!!!!!!!! but yeah, the 6th movie better be all that’s it’s cracked up to be.

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They make a huge deal that this is the first film made after book 7 is published, then cut out critical elements?! They put in that wretched Nigel, but cut the Minister for Magic?

Sadly Gambon was never going to make this film like the book but I am worried at how much has been tossed aside to make room for a Hermione-Ron/ Harry-Ginny rom com. It’s not just harry’s story – the series is about a whole wizarding world. Do they not care about that??

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As a huge Harry/Ginny shipper, I am quite disappointed with the nonexistent common room kiss!

That kiss sums the emotions up. How can you be so mean at Ginny and let her kiss Harry without him kissing her back? That was just so mean! Ginny told him that it can stay a secret in RoR too if he wants, and the heck, Harry did as suggested? That was so mean!!! No common room kiss, no sunlit days, you ruined the HBP romance no matter how you put it!

A kiss in RoR cannot compensate for the common room kiss!!! And don’t you remember that the Harry/Cho kiss also happened there? And mind you, Ginny is supposed to inititate the kiss in DH! That is just so mean, you were being mean to Ginny by having her throw herself to Harry, and to Harry by making him look like he’s a coward slug!

WB, THE BEST WAY TO SPEND THE REST OF THE 11MONTHS YOU HAVE IS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!

DON’T RUIN THE HARRY”S TRUE LOVE!!!

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As a huge Harry/Ginny shipper, I am quite disappointed with the nonexistent common room kiss!

That kiss sums the emotions up. How can you be so mean at Ginny and let her kiss Harry without him kissing her back? That was just so mean! Ginny told him that it can stay a secret in RoR too if he wants, and the heck, Harry did as suggested? That was so mean!!! No common room kiss, no sunlit days, you ruined the HBP romance no matter how you put it!

A kiss in RoR cannot compensate for the common room kiss!!! And don’t you remember that the Harry/Cho kiss also happened there? And mind you, Ginny is supposed to inititate the kiss in DH! That is just so mean, you were being mean to Ginny by having her throw herself to Harry, and to Harry by making him look like he’s a coward slug!

WB, THE BEST WAY TO SPEND THE REST OF THE 11MONTHS YOU HAVE IS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!

DON’T RUIN HARRY”S TRUE LOVE!!!

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(Ahhhhhhhhhh!)

No! NO! NO!

Does anyone know wheather or not Harry and Ginny get o kiss after the quidich match?

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That’s so cool!

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Hi all-

This review seemed too nice after some others I read yesterday.

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/38251

Based upon these reviews, WB has messed up the potter world for worse. i wonder if this is truly why the film has been pushed back. Since they changed the ending of the book SO much. No Dumbledore Funeral?! Come on! Plus, no big battle at the end?! There needs to be a tremendous build-up until Snape does his move…but no, they screw it up. I pray they use the time to re-shoot and fix things.

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The films are based on the books and people love the books because of the tiny little details which where told in the storyline. Even a 200 minute film could not include every detail from the book. But they have not even left things out of the film, they changed the storyline and happenings. Why is this film called Harry Potter? Maybe Harry Potter is too complex to be filmed… Nevertheless thanks for the report.

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i just wanted to tell you you ” fans” that a fan is not someone who just bitches and whines at every mistake made, but a fan is someone who is enjoying every single event or happening in his fan base… The Harry Potter phenom. is about to end so i believe you should try to enjoy the last moments of it… Bitching and whining won’t change anything except perhaps getting the press’ attention and getting our bad side out… Whining will not change the movies so get over yourself and enjoy it while you can and if you truly don’t care about HP then be my guest and don’t go to the last three movies…that will spare us the negativity!!

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Guys if you could kindly revisit the special features of the 2nd and 3rd movie, you will find out that JK is present in the writing of the script and that she is aware of every little detail change and that she is also aware of the cuts in the movie…SHE IS IN ON IT!!!!

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Hey Harry-

During the 2nd and 3rd films, she was still developing the final chapters of the overall story. So her involvement back then was much more needed so she could control what was and wasn’t done to her universe. Who’s to say now what involvement she has now. The main books are done. Does the funeral get pushed to the beginning of the 7th prt 1 film?

I understand what can and cannot be included in a film. No book is translated 100%. Even in theory. But to have some major plot point be changed from the original book does raise some red flags. And unless you’re her personal secretary, I doubt to can say 100% that she is aware of everything going on.

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Harry Loony: “Guys if you could kindly revisit the special features of the 2nd and 3rd movie, you will find out that JK is present in the writing of the script and that she is aware of every little detail change and that she is also aware of the cuts in the movie…SHE IS IN ON IT!!!!”

I don’t think JKR has remotely as much to say in the script or in the making of the movies as some of you seem to think. I severely doubt they’ll let her proof-read the scripts. They’ll ask her before cutting out certain characters (i.e. Kreacher, which she denied) or maybe certain scenes. They won’t ask her (obviously) to give certain lines to other characters or to change the setting of H/G’s first kiss. And why should they ask her. As long as a kiss is in.

I was looking forward to the fantastic Common Room H/G kiss (as I was looking forward to – and still do – to all the romance LOL). I wanted to see it onscreen as it played out in my head and I’m sure in many other fans’ heads due to JKR’s wonderful description. I will never understand why WB feels the need to change around with things like that. But I think it’s not impossible the H/G scenes generally and the RoR kiss specifically can work out fine. I think the WB will show Harry’s growing affection for Ginny, so it won’t really be a rejection. Maybe they just decided to shift the actual H/G relationship to DH part 1. While our disappointment is understandable, we should maybe not yet give up hope. :)

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Excellent report!

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Harry Loony, Whinning may not CHANGE the movies, but being a fan is by no means smiling at every stupid idea cranked out in the fandom. I was a Dark Angel TV series fan all through season one for example and ADORED certain elements of the show, my favorite of which were reduced or dismissed in season 2. And while I acknowledged the little good things in season 2 it doesn’t mean I think it was brilliant. Will I always LOVE my core love of Dark Angel, yes, did I love the turn of season 2, NO!! same with Potter, I absolutly adore damn near EVERYTHING about the books and am dying to crack open my copy of Beedle the Bard’s tales in December, but I DISPISE the direction the movies took around number 4 - were there elements I liked/enjoyed, changes I could accept - yes. But on the whole, I can honestly say the movies have been bad eggs since GoF’s release.

And you know what, at the end of the day JKR wrote her books and told her story. She knows it, we know it, we love it, and some of us just wanted to see at least 75% of that in a live action inactment. Instead we’ve gotten 75% of someone else trying to re-write Potter. I mean Harry watching Dumbledore die through a crack in the door just doesn’t making as much sense as him actually being magically unable to move. It’s not a tough effect people, all Dan has to do is stand still after Dumbledore does a quick flick of the wrist.

And NO FUNERAL! Come on! Plus it would be nice if HBP, actually focused on, I don’t know, the INTRIGUE OF THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. The reason we discussed for months upon months if Snape was good or bad.

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Aww…no Remus/Tonks relationship? :( I was looking forward to that…

But the rest sounds awesome as usual! Can’t wait for it to come out!!! :D

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After being really impressed with David Heymans direction of OotP, especially with how true he remained to the book, I must declare after reading this report; HE’S RUINED THE FRIGGINMOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What attack on the burrow, there was no attack friggin’ burrow! Where is Bill and Fleur, one of the only light parts of book 6 , and what about the wedding in Movie 7? And where, oh where, is the Lupin/ Tonks angst, written so beautifully by Jo???? Oh Mr Heyman, how I wish WB had carried on the tradition and had a new director, one who wouldn’t have destroyed a wonderfull book.

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I would love it if one day like 30 years from now a true fan of the books would become producer and director of the remake of these movies.HP1-3 were great nearly perfect as the books,then 4&5 were a big dissappointment when it comes to comparing them to the books. I hope I become that person and really do this awesome of a saga the justice it so badly deserves.

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Wait, let me get this straight. They cut THE KISS. THE ROMANTIC CLIMAX OF THE ENTIRE FREAKING SERIES, AND THEY CUT IT. Wow. Wow. I don’t think it’s possible for me to like this movie. I’ve accepted every other change that has ever been made, brushed it away. But this really, really annoys me as someone who has been shipping H/G since I read Chamber of Secrets eight years ago. Wow. Can we bring back the OOTP screenwriter? Goldberg or whatever his name was. He managed to do a whole makeout session out of a kiss that wasn’t even actually written, I’m sure he could have done a decent H/G scene.

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Oh, and now Harry looks like a pansy, because it’s always the girls kissing him instead of the other way around.

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THEY DONT SHOW THE TONKS/LUPIN RELATIONSHIP? :O

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  • I have a question* what happens with hermione and cormac mclaggen(sp?) Are they at the party? does she have to leave him under the misletoe? does she rub going to the party with him in parvarti’s face? is ron jealous if all of this does happen?

thanks to whoever answers, it’s greatly appreciated:)

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Whoaa…It seems very interesting.. I juzt can’t wait anymore to see the movie!!

Umm, how bout the scene when harry and DD went to the cave and pick the RAB locket? Would you explain further?

and, what scene do you like most?

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If you are a true fan of the books and the stories, how could you possibly have enjoyed the movie without the funeral scene and a death eater fight scene in the end? I just don’t get it :(

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Thanks.

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I am really dissapointed with the movie The only thing that i like is the Ron-Hermione-Lavender thing And i am pretty angry Ginny has more screen time that Hermione HERMIONE IS PART OF THE TRIO FOR GOD’S SHAKE!!! And because i really hate Ginny (books and movies) at least i am happy that she won’t appear a lot on the DH movies Maybe they are doing this for that…. I am really dissapointed….

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I cannot agree with LoonyLuna more. Coz I sincerely hope that Harry and Ginny could make chemistry work from the very beginning of the Book 5. It was really nice to read the part when they finally kissed each other after the match. I have pictured the scene in my mind a thousand times! I just could’t wait to see it in movie…... But on the other hand, we can see many more details between them to be added to the movie, that’s sweet! This movie is really fantastic coz it contains many new elements that even we super fans of the original books don’t know. Though I don’t see the movie myself. Thanks to the writer for sharing the movie with us!

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And this is why I it’s only annoying that the film is being postponed because they are written and directed by people who don’t know the series. Chris C made the bast film because he loved HP and it;s been downhill since then.

I love Alan Rickman in film, theater and his political views. Jason Isaacs is perfection. Richard Harris , who I always loved, was Dumbledore but after his sad passing Peter O’Toole should have taken over the role, in spite of their eternal rivalry, he would have been brilliant. A good cast is being diminished again by the writers misinterpreting Slugjorn.

So Twilight will be probably be a better film for Nov 21 since it can’t disappoint me since I don’t love the Twilight series. I haven’t finished the first one yet. I stopped to read the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris that True Blood on HBO is based on. So good but not for preteens. “Dead Until Dark,” Dead in Dallas,” Club Dead etc.

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I think the Burrow attack’s is going to be awesome ,jesus, I can’t wait to see too!

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this makes me mad! they cut out way too much

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It’s one thing when they cut integral parts of the story out, but then they add scenes that are to be found nowhere in the books? Keep the canon, WB. and ditch Kloves’ need to fabricate new material.

Attack on the Burrow? H/G kissing in the ROR? Nigel, again? Luna finding Harry while wearing Spectrespecs? Snape calling Harry “dim”

WTF? Why not throw in a shrunken head while you are at it WB?

Positively pathetic.

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NO BIRD ATACK???? There we go again!!! no giving Hermione any attention! Hate it!

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“We do get to hear Hagrid and Slughorn singing about Odo the Hero, and Harry is funny and a few lines where true to the book while under the influence of Felix Felicis. There is no Professor Trelawney, or the Dursleys. No Kreacher (no mention of inheriting Grimmauld Place whatsoever) or Dobby, or Bill and Fleur.”

Even though this points are not crucial for The Half Blood Prince story, it could really screw up The Deathly Hallows…. how can they leave Kreacher and Grimmauld Place out… ? C’mon this sucks!

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I like Harry Potter very much.And I hope the sixth film can be seen soon in China.

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Love it !!!! I love R+H with the toothpasta!!

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matko to jest SUPER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! dlaczego musieli przełożyć premire???? ;(;(;(

Avatar Image says: thanks for the information... can't wait to see the movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Image says: omggg is that wot really happend but i hope its long as the goblet of fire Avatar Image says: wow...what happened to the people who actually cared about the books enough that if sorcerors stone and chamber of secrets were screwed up enough they would not even have this franchise.......Avatar Image says: so good,i can't belive my eyes!Avatar Image says: thank gawd they didn remove the moaning in the sleep..i'm surprised they kept it. maybe Gambon is acting (for once in his life) like the dumbledore J Rowling described to us readers nnd he ain't flipping his lid every second. Spearmint toothpaste xx *sigh*..xx Avatar Image says: I am sorry Rachezee but i think they might have changed it just a little bit. Well 1:The Burrow does go up all together(Look at the 2nd trailer and you'll see what i mean) 2:The guy who plays Remus (Carn't think of his name) said tht by the end of the sixth movie they are holding hands and Tonks calls him 'sweetheart' So i think they might have changed it a little bit. Buuuuut it still sounds really good!!!!! p.s I'm not being mean i'm just saying ^.^ love nymphadoratonksrox XXAvatar Image says: okay, so i know you posted this report 4 months ago, but i just found it now, and i am so beyond disappointed! how could they cut out kreacher and dobby when they are both so important in the 7th book?!?! how could harry not see the diadem? and no tonk+lupin,... :'( i guess the most i could say is that i feel really sorry for the people who don't read the books, only watch the movie, because they are missing out on SOOO much. the worst part is that the movies COULD have been good! they have a LOT of money to spend on it and it wouldn't be that hard to have just gotten it right! ah it makes me mad. still excited to see it though, as bad as it might be. Avatar Image says: I am Lily, from China .I want to find a friend who is from the UK .My adress is the class 4 grade 3 GaoChen school Lu AnHui ChinaAvatar Image says: what.. wait?! harry and ginny kiss in the room of requirement? and he closes his eyes when she hides the book?! THAT CAUSES PROBLEMS! cause in the seventh book he's supposed to remember that ravenclaws tiara is next to where he hid the book.. but if he didn't hide it.. then how is he going to know where that is?Avatar Image says: um were does everyone see the stuff from the half blood prince? Avatar Image says: My baby is due on the release date of this movie, this is the first one i won't see the midnight showing...that sucks.Avatar ImageJaliVC says: Wow!!! I AM SOOOOO behind reading this. I blame not having a life and studying all the time. Well, you know. Since this screening was first in September and we've had to wait almost a year for them to decide to show it, it might be possible that they might have changed it a little bit or at least added some more scenes that needed to be added. I just hope that they don't cut out scenes that are of relevant importance for the two movies that come after this one. All that being said. I agree with most of you in the kissing scene. How in the world are they going to shut Harry's eyes if he NEEDS, literally he NEEDS, to see where he puts the book??!! That's the whole purpose of him finding the tiara in the last book. And let's face it, they can't change that scene. It's one of the most important scenes in the last book. Second: There may not be a need for Dobby and Kreacher in this movie. They can adapt their stories in the 7th and 8th movies. However, they should not omit them in those two movies because they play amazing parts in the last book. Third: Since it's now July 1rst, we've all been able to see that at the start of the movie there are some pictures with Harry, Ron, and Hermione dressed in party, elegant clothes. Which one could infer they did wear to a wedding. However, I agree with most of you that then why would they put an attack on the Burrow in this movie? That's the question, isn't it? All in all I've been expecting great things from this movie! I hope that it meets all our standards since I know that every person who has read the book does not expect any less from the movie than do the book justice. Avatar ImageJaliVC says: Wow!!! I AM SOOOOO behind reading this. I blame not having a life and studying all the time. Well, you know. Since this screening was first in September and we've had to wait almost a year for them to decide to show it, it might be possible that they might have changed it a little bit or at least added some more scenes that needed to be added. I just hope that they don't cut out scenes that are of relevant importance for the two movies that come after this one. All that being said. I agree with most of you in the kissing scene. How in the world are they going to shut Harry's eyes if he NEEDS, literally he NEEDS, to see where he puts the book??!! That's the whole purpose of him finding the tiara in the last book. And let's face it, they can't change that scene. It's one of the most important scenes in the last book. Second: There may not be a need for Dobby and Kreacher in this movie. They can adapt their stories in the 7th and 8th movies. However, they should not omit them in those two movies because they play amazing parts in the last book. Third: Since it's now July 1rst, we've all been able to see that at the start of the movie there are some pictures with Harry, Ron, and Hermione dressed in party, elegant clothes. Which one could infer they did wear to a wedding. However, I agree with most of you that then why would they put an attack on the Burrow in this movie? That's the question, isn't it? All in all, I've been expecting great things from this movie! I hope that it meets all our standards since I know that every person who has read the book does not expect any less from the movie than do the book justice.

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