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PotterCast 229: Deathly Hallows Part 1 Review

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Posted by: Rosi
November 22, 2010, 08:51 PM

+A brand new episode of PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast is now available; Melissa, John and Frankie had a chance to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and they sat down together to talk about what they loved and what they loved to nit pick about here on episode 229! This episode was edited by Andrew Garner, Thanks Andrew!

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THANK GOD i missed pottercast what would i do without you guys

Posted by VampiresSuck on November 23, 2010, 10:16 PM report to moderator
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A great movie but im curious as to how they ended it. The post dobby death scene is highly dramatic, Harry knows Voldemort is close to finding the true resting place of the Elder wand, he has to choose Griphook or Olivander, he passes up the opportunity and makes a concise decision to go for the horcrux’s not power. But in the movie they show Voldemort getting the wand before harry questions them. I also think it would have been a better tribute to Dobby for the movie to end with his burial… here lies dobby a free elf… In sort its a minor complaint that will probably be rectified in the next movie. The only other complaint I have is the downplay of wandlore, we see in the beginning harrys wand act of its own accord and then when harry has the visions he realizes voldemort is looking for a wand to defeat him. The potterknowitall’s dont need that explained but everyone else does, and I would like to have seen it a bit clearer in the movie

Posted by potterknowitall8 on November 23, 2010, 11:32 PM report to moderator
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Something else that I was disappointed with was in the basement of Malfoy Manor, Ron was supposed to be going INSANE when he heard Hermione being tortured. Movie was just way to calm.

Posted by TheGreenSphinx on November 24, 2010, 09:44 AM report to moderator
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i think someone said that before, but i kind of agree with you. idk, i think ill have to see the movie again and really pay attention to what’s going on there. from what i rememember though, he didnt seem as freaked out as in the book…

Posted by hermy007 on November 24, 2010, 09:59 AM report to moderator
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I really liked the movie. However, I think us, Potter fans, will never be completely satisfied with how the Directors and Scriptwriters turn the book into movie. Many details were left out, whatsoever. Someone already mentioned it but I also noticed the part when a hair of Bellatrix lands on Hermione’s arm or shoulder… She’ll use that later for the Gringotts part where she transforms herself into Bellatrix. I also would’ve liked more explanation concerning how Harry’s wand reacted when Voldemort attaked him (although he was not using his own wand), we only got to see Ollivander’s explanation.

Posted by Halfblood Princess on November 24, 2010, 12:36 PM report to moderator
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If the scenes between Harry and Ginny (Dan and Bonnie) are awkward, it’s not their fault. I really like Bonnie and I think that not only is she beautiful but that she has great potential as an actress. With that being said it is hard for her to have great lines if she’s not given any. I mean she barely has enough screen time and if you haven’t read the books, you end up thinking that Harry and Hermione might end up together.I blame Kloves for this, he has really messed up not only the characterization of Ginny but the Harry/Ginny relationship as well. It seems they just stick Ginny in the movies as an afterthought. They have done this with Ron as well. It isn’t until DH that Ron’s character has finally got the recognition he deserves. I happen to think that Rupert is way better at acting than Emma is, and before anyone gets mad I’m not saying that Emma is terrible or that I don’t like her. It just seems to me that they have made Harry and Hermione the stars of the movies. I did love the movie but there were parts that I wish they could’ve done better, like the locket scene. Harry doesn’t even hug Ron and instead asks ‘why did you come back’ it’s almost like he didn’t want him there. Also the whole evil locket Harry/Hermione are naked!!!! I mean what the heck. I know they needed a strong reaction out of Ron but that scene was really uncomfortable and it looked like Hermione was trying to swallow
Harry’s face. Then there was the Harry/Hermione dance. I get he has trying to cheer her up but it felt like at any minute he was going to start making out with her. That scene made me cringe and it was so random and out of place in the film. Instead of that scene they could’ve had them talking to eachother. Also without that scene they could’ve had more Harry and Ginny moments. I saw the movie with my mom and she hasn’t read the books. She thought Harry was into Hermione. She also said that it didn’t even look like Harry was into Ginny at all while he was zipping up her dress. Come on this isn’t Twilight, Hermione isn’t Bella and it shouldn’t seem like Ron and Harry are fighting over her like Jacob and Edward. If anyone has a problem with my comment then don’t read it! These are my opinions!

Posted by ginlu on November 24, 2010, 12:44 PM report to moderator
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I too think the producers could have chosen a better way to show us that Bonnie and Harry care for each otrher. The one time it came through well was in the last movie, where Ginny raced the flames to be with Harry and fight alongside him.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on November 24, 2010, 12:58 PM report to moderator
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I agree 100% with the Podcast people who said that the Harry/Ginny kissing scenes have had all the passion of C Span documentary on Senate voting procedures. There seems to be absolutely no “zing” between them whatsoever and I don’t care whose fault it is but surely it must have been noticed by someone in production who watched the daily rushes. And it has now happened in two films !
For Goodness sake- Jo- a good earthy woman if ever there was one, has described the respective passions of the pair in the books adequately enough for someone in the crew to have said- “Hang on- they would be all over each other !”

But this !

Posted by Beazle on November 24, 2010, 02:12 PM report to moderator
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I really enjoyed your critique of DH1. I disagreed with some of your thoughts however, particularly Neville’s scene. I didn’t find it some random way of presenting the danger to Harry but the foreshadowing of the incidents of Hogwarts and the development of Neville as the leader of the DA.

As far as the Harry and Ginny relationship, well I have mixed feelings. The first screen kiss was just plain awkward. period. This movie’s HG moment felt more natural. It was as if they were that comfortable with each other Ginny could ask Harry to zip her up, almost like they were already married.

Posted by Erin Lovegood on November 24, 2010, 03:09 PM report to moderator
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I’ve been on tenterhooks all week reading everyone’s reviews. Tomorrow is the first day I can make to see the film and I can’t wait! I’m going with my sister who is a HP film fan only, having given up on book 4. She has never had any difficulty understanding the films and as an editor herself she is very aware of structure and that a film has to stand on its own, independent of the book. I’m a little nervous of the fact that some things seem to be unexplained and the filmmakers have assumed that everyone is a book reader. I’m hoping she’ll like and be able to follow this one, especially as she’s my HP cinema partner!

I can’t wait to see the three brothers animation. That’s how I visualized them telling this story. I wonder if WB will do a series of Tales of Beedle the Bard as similar animations… maybe as extras on a supermegaultimate box set of HP in the future…?

Posted by anne1 on November 24, 2010, 06:49 PM report to moderator
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I don’t see it mentioned anywhere that Wormtail did NOT choke himself in the castle scene in the movie. This was a disappointment since this action had a big buildup throughout all the books and the fact that he hesitated when Harry appealed to him was a crucial detail which helped them flee.

Posted by Dual45 on November 25, 2010, 12:43 AM report to moderator
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I actually thought that the “akwardness” of the kiss was perfect for Harry and Ginny. As others have said, their relationship wasn’t set up in the movies like it was in the books and so it’s pretty hard to say “be natural with each other.” I think the akwardness was linked to the stress and feeling of unknowing that they both were feeling because of the darkness and danger that is going on around them. The kiss was a release from this and a confirmation of love surpassing all, but it’s also dangerous. Does Harry not have a huge internal battle surrounding Ginny? Is he not scared to admit he loves her because he doesn’t want her to get hurt? To me the akwardness of the scene reflected this internal struggle for both.

Posted by glow_freak on November 25, 2010, 08:45 AM report to moderator
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yes!! was waiting for this, love hearing leaky’s first review :) just hope we dont have to wait til part 2 for the next pottercast :P thanks guys!!

Posted by iLoveDolores [FTC!] on November 25, 2010, 10:19 AM report to moderator
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I also love the part where they show Bellatrix’s hair flying on to Hermione, because that would be essential to Part 2….but something that made me sad they didn’t include was the fight between Harry and Lupin, and the letter from Lily to Sirius Harry finds in Sirius’s room! I mean, I know they do have to keep the films under 3 hours, but I really enjoyed those parts in the book and including one of those might have added another wonderful emotional element to the movie..not that it didnt have enough :), I cried quite a few times. I thought the movie was AMAZING and deffinetly the best yet. I also agree that they make Ginny too shy when in the books she comes across as a very social, vivacious, likable girl. Not that she is a bad actress at all.

Posted by dumbledoresman844578723 on November 25, 2010, 12:11 PM report to moderator
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I also love the part where they show Bellatrix’s hair flying on to Hermione, because that would be essential to Part 2….but something that made me sad they didn’t include was the fight between Harry and Lupin, and the letter from Lily to Sirius Harry finds in Sirius’s room! I mean, I know they do have to keep the films under 3 hours, but I really enjoyed those parts in the book and including one of those might have added another wonderful emotional element to the movie..not that it didnt have enough :), I cried quite a few times. I thought the movie was AMAZING and deffinetly the best yet. I also agree that they make Ginny too shy when in the books she comes across as a very social, vivacious, likable girl. Not that she is a bad actress at all.

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