It was more than satisfying for the most enthusiastic of Potter fans. Moaning Myrtle lit up the screen, she was a comedic highlight! Although a lot was left out from the book, the screen writers captured the essence and detail of J.K. Rowling’s original masterpiece. Professor Moody was exactly as I had envisioned him while reading the books, and Alan Rickman was excellent once again as the slimy yet intriguing Professor Snape. The details and intensity of the graveyard scene were amazing. Ralph Fiennes is very good as You-Know-Who. I think this film stands alone, even without the books, as a magnificent piece of film making. Experienced Potter fans, as well as newcomers to the series, will enjoy the film and leave the theater exhilarated.
This film will be visually fantastic. It’s going back to the traditional feel of the first two, instead of the weirdness of the 3rd. They have taken liberty with the storyline, changing things that might cause problems in future storylines, and it makes me wonder if J.K. Rowling approved the changes. Also, Madame Maxine does not look like I thought she would, she’s a lot taller and thinner than Hagrid and I thought they were supposed to be about the same size. It’s ok that they left out SPEW, Winky, and Dobby because the story was fine without that stuff. Miranda Richardson is really good as Rita Skeeter, I really liked seeing the Quick Quills. Barty Crouch was perfect, and Mad Eye Moody was great. The kids are ageing very well, but I thought Fleur looked too young since she is supposed to be 17. The graveyard scene will be awesome when it is finished, and seeing Lord Voldemort’s transformation process is very, very cool. The dragon scene will be great too. Overall I think it was faithful to the book to a point, but they took a lot of liberties. My favorite scene was watching Malfoy get beat around as a ferret! It’s not a violent movie, but the part with Wormtail cutting off his hand was pretty bad! If kids have read the books, which are scarier anyway, they should be ok to watch the movie. Any parents that are concerned about the violence should read the books before taking their kids to the theater!
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