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I want to know what everyone thought of it! For now, I'm going to keep my spoiler-y thoughts in tags.<br><br>
I went to a midnight showing, and it was absolute pandemonium! We waited in line for4 hours! Unfortunately, we had the most annoying 14-year-old fan sitting next to us in line who insisted on singing songs from A Very Potter Musical for a couple of hours and then reading from The Tales of Beetle the Bard in an atrociously done 'British' accent. Ah, well, it's all a part of the experience! On our other side was an adorable family of five who brought books, and sat quietly reading the whole time. They were lovely!<br><br>
I've never been too terribly critical of the films, though there are things that get under my skin. I am not sure how they could have made a better adaptation of this one, though. It is thrilling, emotionally raw, and beautifully acted.<br><br>
My thoughts will not be in order, as I'm still really wound up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
The most satisfying part for me was
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Warning: Spoiler!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">everything with Neville. I wasn't sure that the actor could handle the role, but it seemed to me he really stepped up. It was especially moving when he stepped forward, to stand up to Voldemort. Also, it is strongly implied that he hooked up with Luna! Yay! Neville is probably my favourite character, along with Ron and Lupin</div>
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The Prince's Tale was absolutely gorgeous. I cried like a baby. So was everyone else in the theatre.
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Warning: Spoiler!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">For some reason, seeing the Tale, gave me a different perspective on Snape. I've always understood that he was a complicated and nuanced character, but hadn't quite forgiven him for his treatment of people like Neville and Hermione. I feel like the next time I read the books, I will gain a new and fresh appreciation for Severus.</div>
Things like that are part of the reason that I cannot hate the movies and continue to be somewhat of an apologist for them, and will always consider them as a bonus to the books.<br><br>
In terms of criticism, I can only say that I feel like some of the deaths might have been rushed over - but then I think about it - This is essentially a war film, and the sense of hurry when passing over the dead and wounded (boy! There are a lot of those!) only added to the tone of urgency throughout.<br><br>
I loved the Gringott's scene, it felt like their old crazy childish antics.<br><br>
The epilogue
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Warning: Spoiler!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">brought absolutely everything full circle. I can't say that I loved this part in the book, though I didn't hate it, either, but I can say that I think it works much better on film than on the page.</div>
I found it really satisfying, more than I thought I would, and it helped ease the pain of it all ending.<br><br>
I hope everyone else enjoys the film! I'm curious to hear your thoughts, experiences, and feelings! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'm going to see it in an hour or two! I was going to see the premiere but duh never thought to pre buy tickets and around 10:00 heard they were all sold out except the 3AM showing!<br>
I just came back from Universal Studios last week where I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and bought Bertie Botts every flavor beans <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> So I'll definitely be sneaking those in to go with my popcorn<br><br>
Still bummed I missed the big rush and the people in costumes though haha
 

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it was absolutely beautiful, i honestly don't think they could have done a better job. went to the midnight showing they did a double feature with the first part and the energy there was just wonderful.<br>
nerded out a little and wore the glasses and gryffindor scarf, but there were definately some people that went ALL out.<br>
there was one particularly irritating man,like there is in every crowd, sitting behind us but he was easy to block out once the movie actually started.<br>
i started reading the harry potter books when i was 11 years old, the seventh one came out right after i graduated high school so i always felt as tho i grew up with harry. this film marked the end of something very special to me.<br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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The most satisfying part for me was
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Warning: Spoiler!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">everything with Neville. I wasn't sure that the actor could handle the role, but it seemed to me he really stepped up. It was especially moving when he stepped forward, to stand up to Voldemort. Also, it is strongly implied that he hooked up with Luna! Yay! Neville is probably my favourite character, along with Ron and Lupin</div>
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yes!
<a class="spoiler-link H-spoiler-toggle" href="#"><strong>Warning: Spoiler!</strong> <span class="spoiler-help">(Click to show)</span></a><div class="spoiler-hidden">and when neville kills nagini it was almost as satisfying as when harry defeats voldermort. neville is such a great character</div>
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my only complaint was that i wish they gone deeper into lupin and tonk's characters. they only got a handful of scenes in the last two movies and i found that somehwat disappointing.<br>
but overall it was wonderful everything i could have asked for.
 

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So as not to disturb the other HP thread, for those who haven't seen the film yet....no spoiler tags needed.<br><br>
Has anyone else seen this yet? What did you think?<br><br>
I was generally pleased, in that "it can never be as good as the book" way. The only part that quickly comes to mind that I disliked was the reworking of the tale of Griphook and the history of the sword of Gryffindor, etc. Knowing that the goblins were wronged back in the day is a much different story than him just being a greedy weasel (which is what the movie portrays).<br><br>
So much was left out, but I think that's just the way film translations are. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I liked that they left in Molly calling Bellatrix a *****, I thought it might be "PGed out" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I'm not sure why they chose to have Snape's memories appear in the form of tears. Haven't the wispy strand things appeared in other films?
 

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I suppose I could have done this and saved myself the time of using all those spoiler tags... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
I was a bit confused about the tears, too. I can't remember how it was in book. Were his memories transferred through tears in the book? I suppose that visually speaking, seeing Severus cry was a set-up for all that came in The Prince's Tale. I've heard that among non-book reading fans, there's been a little confusion, and some are speculating that Snape was Harry's dad.<br><br>
I was taken aback by Lavender dying. I don't why. In the book it seems she might live. I was hyper-emotional about the whole thing, but her death was the thing that set me off crying. I don't even like her, so I was surprised by my own reaction.
 

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Heh, sorry...I didn't see the other thread. Merging them now.
 

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I loved the film. Saw it last week at the premier. The only thing I really didn't like was the lack of Tonks and Lupin and obviously the lack of Teddy at the end.<br><br>
Molly saying 'Not my daughter, you *****,' was the one line that I desperately wanted in the film. I was crying through the whole thing, but tried to keep it in as much as possible so I could see what was going on. Going to see it again next week >.<<br><br>
Boyfriend never read the books so he has no idea what's happening so I've had to be tight lipped about it, but I really want to spill. Snape made me cry the hardest and I was pretty much crying for about 2 days.
 

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It was awesome. The entire theater cried from "You have your mother's eyes." until after the pensieve. We were just one big bawling mass. In hindsight, that must have been hilarious to see for the people working at the theater.
 

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I am trying to pluck up courage to see this. Once it's over, that's it, over. Since I definitely won't be able to persuade anyone to come with me, I'm gonna feel pretty dumb just sitting there crying on my bill...<br><br>
Do I see it in 2D or 3D? I am worried it will be weird in 3D but at least the glasses will hide my bawling.
 

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I saw it today. It was a great movie! I loved it, but now I feel really sad. Seeing the movies end seems so final and makes me sad. I was a bit sad when I finished reading the books, but at least then I had the movies to look forward to. I loved the parts with Snape, much more powerful than in the book, even though they did cut some parts of it out. He was my favorite character, and I can't cry during movies, but I did cry when they showed him crying. It was so odd to see Snape look so broken and defeated, and I kept waiting for him to go hold Lilly, then they showed him and I lost it. I cried again when Hermione hugged him in the next scene and her and Ron were crying before Harry left to the forest. I wish Hagrid would have been crying instead of just in shock. Also, it does appear that either Dobby's magic against Pettigrew in the last movie killed him, or Voldemort later did for letting the prisoners escape, because he wasn't in this movie. He was shown, but only in the Pensieve memories and it was stock footage from Prisoner of Azkaban. The 19 years later scene was very nice, the ending would've been a lot sadder if it did just leave with the three characters on the bridge. Still, I wish they would've fit in Harry going to the Headmaster's office. It would've made it less depressing to see it end, I think. Leaving them on the bridge and then closing with the 19 years later was more emotional. It feels really sad to not seeing anymore of the magical world.
 

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I am trying to pluck up courage to see this. Once it's over, that's it, over. Since I definitely won't be able to persuade anyone to come with me, I'm gonna feel pretty dumb just sitting there crying on my bill...<br><br>
Do I see it in 2D or 3D? I am worried it will be weird in 3D but at least the glasses will hide my bawling.</div>
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I saw in in 3D and in 2D. I enjoyed the 2D more, but I am not a fan of 3D films. The 3D is v. v. subtle. I bawled my face off both times I saw it, (once by myself) and am still having random bouts of tears....<br><br>
I am experiencing a major Harry Potter buzz, but I remember every once in a while I remember it's pretty much all over. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:"><br><br>
At least Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">
 

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"Goodbye, childhood."<br><br>
I've been taking my 17 year-old sister to see each premiere since she was 8 years-old. It's been a tradition she and I have grown up with and it's really sad to see both this special tradition we've had end as well as the story of our favorite characters.<br><br>
I am very pleased with the movie and am only lightly-critical as I realize that they couldn't fit everything into two movies nor would everything translate as well. However, there were two things I was deeply disappointed with:<br><br>
1. The scene in the Great Hall where Violet suggests they turn Harry in. In the book, it much more epic and satisfying: Gryffindor stands in defense of Harry, wands raised, soon followed by the entire Houses of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. This was such an amazing scene in the books for me because it solidified, for one final time, the atmosphere between the four houses that we've seen throughout the book.<br><br>
2. Dumbledore's backstory! While, I'm not too miffed about this as the movie did well explaining things without it, I just really wish it was in there.<br><br>
I totally geeked out at 26 years-old when McGonnigal stepped out to duel Snape. I literally squeed, "Get him, McGonnigal!"<br><br>
The first death I think we saw was Colin's. That made me go, "Awww, no!" even though I knew it beforehand.<br><br>
The soundtrack to this movie was not only wholly appropriate but I think the best of them all, too. Never have I ever noticed how well the a soundtrack played into and complemented the emotions of a scene.<br><br>
I think the rest of this week, I'll be re-watching all 7 movies on DVD. I can't wait until this one comes out on DVD (just in time for Xmas, right? lol).
 

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I'm so surprised to read you liked the music, for me it was the worst part. Painfully intrusive, especially at the end when Harry finally gets him. I was too busy thinking 'WHAT? This is entirely Inappropriate for this moment!!?' to really enjoy the scene.<br><br>
I didn't cry! Surprised, bit anticlimactic. It was good, but not as good as the last. I was closest to tears when the dragon sniffed the fresh air.<br><br>
Harry's parents look well old for 21.<br><br>
I love how Hermione is always standing slightly in front of Ron so she can always look back at him when Harry says something nuts. It's like Ron can only be so close to Harry. I like Ron an awful lot more now he's grown up though.<br><br>
I could never buy Harry and Ginny in the books, it's even less convincing in the film.<br><br>
Poor Snape <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I can see why people would think he was Harry's father.<br><br>
I am so angry about the injustice of the sorting hat. It was one of the reasons I would have nothing to do with Harry Potter for a good few years. Way to destroy childrens' confidence by putting them in a 'bad' group to be shunned by all others. No wonder they turn out bastards. **** the sorting hat.<br><br>
I did like it, I wish it had been as good as the first half, thank goodness it was better than the sixth.<br><br>
I am sad now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I am so angry about the injustice of the sorting hat. It was one of the reasons I would have nothing to do with Harry Potter for a good few years. Way to destroy childrens' confidence by putting them in a 'bad' group to be shunned by all others. No wonder they turn out bastards. **** the sorting hat.</div>
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Hm. I took from the books that the sorting hat is a bit of a farce. The students choose their own houses.
 

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Hm. I took from the books that the sorting hat is a bit of a farce. The students choose their own houses.</div>
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This. I think they end up in the house that they end up in regardless of the hat. Notice how everyone in the "bad" house, loves it.<br><br>
Anyways, I saw this in 3D, and the fact I was trying to juggle 2 pairs of glasses at once was kind of distracting but man, was that a good movie. I cried more than once, during the Snape backstory scene I got teary, but when Harry used the resurrection stone I couldn't take it. There was something eerily satisfying about seeing Bellatrix explode, and even moreso seeing Voldemort finally die. Anyone else love the ash effect? Looked like it was floating around in the theater. Also, Neville standing up to Voldemort was amazing, pretty crazy and very awesome. The Gringotts scene was a bit crazy, and I felt horrible for the dragon, but it ended well. Overall, I think they did a pretty good job translating it over from the books and though it's sad to see it end, I was not disappointed.
 

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You know you're a veg*n when you feel bad for a mythical creature in a fictional story.<br><br>
I felt bad, too, and couldn't help but think of the injustice of it... and then I remembered it was a movie... and a dragon. lol
 

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Hm. I took from the books that the sorting hat is a bit of a farce. The students choose their own houses.</div>
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Oh yeah, that may be how I forgave the books. Then forgot about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
But even Dumbledore said that they might sort too young...
 

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You know you're a veg*n when you feel bad for a mythical creature in a fictional story.</div>
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Mmhmm, very true. Still, happens to me all the time.
 

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Yeah I think Hermione could have been, or at least ended up being later in her life, a vegetarian or vegan, because I loved the part when she said "How barbaric!" when Ron and Griphook were shaking those things that make the dragon feel pain, and she's always the one caring about the oddest mythical creatures like dragons and elves and things.
 
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