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04 December 2010 @ 02:37 pm
"I have seen your heart, and it is mine."  
In a way of distracting myself as fandom is turning into a complete trainwreck right now, I had went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for a second time in two weeks last night, as I plan on going multiple times again. Naturally, of course. It's Harry freaking Potter.

Overall, let me just say that Deathly Hallows is like the Battlestar Galactica version of the Harry Potter series. Anyone who has read the books knows precisely what I mean, and part one really translates well in giving us that perfect atmosphere that is completely different from any other HP film people have seen. Nowhere is safe, always on the move, the constant feel of being watching, looking over one's shoulder; tensions are high in this film and it's precisely the same feeling one would get watching a BSG episode. So it's kind of amusing to me hearing some adults gasping going, "it's so much darker!" because it's always gotten darker with each book in the series, this is no exception because the stakes are higher, more things are at risk and absolutely terrifyingly real, which what makes the story epic in the first place.

The Trio: Harry, Ron and Hermione

I was thoroughly impressed by this entire lot the whole time. It's unbelievable to go back ten years ago and see these kids as the wee ones they were back in Sorcerer's Stone to everything they've gone through and where they are now. Daniel, Emma and Rupert might not be everyone's vision of what the main characters should be like, but they've done a hell of a good job portraying the characters from the books onto the screen. Deathly Hallows really shows their friendships at their strongest, whether working together or confronting each other.

My favorite part is witnessing the changes of each other not just emotionally but physically as they are on the run. Harry and Ron both growing some stubble, Harry's hair had gotten longer (liked that they had Hermione attempting to cut it), there were definite shadows and bags underneath Ron's eyes, they looked haggard and exhausted and fed up thus the entire confrontation between Ron and Harry was fantastically done. I might not be the biggest fan of Ron Weasley myself, but I felt it was understandable given the circumstances and how they showed him being a mixture of frustratedly anxious, tired, jealous and irrationally angry all at once and just not wanting to sit around any longer. As much as Ron always seems to act like that, which at times I find incredibly annoying, after everything it's kind of understandable and given that this is war and they haven't had any luck with the found Horcrux, his reactions are somewhat justified.

However I want to mention the absolutely amazing scenes between Harry and Hermione because I really adored them. I've always loved them and they really did their growing friendship justice in how much Harry and Hermione trust one another and are always there for each other regardless. Their scenes I found were the best because it's like they really clicked, which is what I always found between Daniel and Emma in the movies. There's a natural chemistry between them that's undeniable and seeing them in this film really solidified that chemistry even more.

THE DANCING SCENE. I absolutely fucking adored every second of it.

I know fandom will be divided by this, some thinking it's unnecessary and pointless and how it's just a justification for Harry/Hermione shippers or whatever else. I, on the other hand, thought it was the sweetest moment between them because it's about Harry trying to comfort and cheer Hermione up. In the most dorkiest way possible. Which is so completely Harry in certain ways, particularly when he started hilariously trying to dance to the music and Hermione was smiling. I found it something that friends do to cheer each other up, and it was a touching moment between the two in the midst of all this tension happening throughout the film, and after everything I felt like they both needed some kind of downtime just for a moment, you know?

So, haters are gonna hate, but I loved it. ♥

Malfoy Manor Scenes

I already discussed at length my absolute love for what was show of the Malfoy family, Draco and Lucius respectively and how well they were portrayed. I cannot stress enough the genius that Jason Isaacs did in his performance, it's the subtly of it and it makes you appreciate his acting as well as the character even more. Same with Draco in the minimal scenes he was in too, his facial expressions to what is happening are pure gold.

I adored the Death Eater meeting in the beginning from when Snape enters the Malfoy Manor to when Voldemort kills the Hogwarts professor, it was disturbing on so many levels since it really shows you the kind of horrendous deeds Voldemort is will to do without warning and without mercy, even to their own kind. And the confrontation later in the film was also fantastically done as well. Everything about the Malfoy Manor was so perfect and nearly flawless that I am just giddy with how it was all done. When Bellatrix tortured Hermione that was nearly brutal, just the screams alone will haunt you. And seeing the fact that Bellatrix carved "MUDBLOOD" into her arm was just horrific as well, my God. Emma Watson deserves an award for that moment alone because that was simply well done, disturbing and heart-wrenching, but well done nonetheless. Then there was Dobby, which was the thing that really got me tearing up because the words of DOBBY IS A FREE ELF! and I started getting nostalgic because poor Dobby. ;___; I did like the ending with Dobby saying that he was happy to be with friends in a beautiful place, despite the tears and sadness it was a bittersweet moment. God, and when Harry was begging for Hermione to help, for something, and we know that there's nothing that could be done. It was like, where is the hope, where is the safety anymore? Characters are dying left and right. Hence why I say this is similar in Battlestar Galactica fashion because people you know and knew for the longest time are dying, so you know shit has gotten real whether you like it to or not.

Other favorite parts that need mentioning:

++ Was it just me or did Xenophilius Lovegood look kinda attractive to any of you? Because I kept thinking he was quite good-looking.

++ The story of the Three Brothers and revealing the Deathly Hallows was done absolutely perfectly. The animation was beyond gorgeous and just simply breathtaking, they did fantastically with that and even going back for a second time I am still in wonderment and awe of it.

++ Bellatrix continues to be fabulously craycray.

++ The Ministry of Magic scenes were also wonderfully done, and kind of scary even because it really shows just how fucked up their entire society really truly is. Even for people who haven't read the books it's absolutely clear the abhorrence some of the wizards there have for anything Muggle-related. I find that aspect of the books to be intriguing and I am morbidly fascinated by it in general.

++ As I mentioned I loved the trio scenes together, with the walking and them camping out while on the run, but I also have to mention the beautiful scenery they used while filming. The locations were phenomenal, from isolated landscape places to when they were wandering around abandoned trailer parks and other places. Really giving us a good look at how their world has changed and the threat levels on both the Wizarding and Muggle worlds. Loved the radio talks too throughout that entire montage, giving us a chance to hear the desperation of these dark times.

++ At Fleur and Bill's wedding, Fleur was wearing an Alexander McQueen dress. GET IT GURL. ♥

++ I cried when Harry was at his parents grave. I'm sorry, but dammit seeing their grave in the place that they'd died must have been such a weight on his heart all this time. My own heart ached for Harry in that moment. And I'm happy that Hermione was there too, giving him comfort the same as he'd done for her just previously.


++ Everyone is mentioning Scabior and I have to say, I absolutely agree. The actor who played him was absolutely fucking fantastic and also kinda attractive as well. THE MENS IN THIS FILM WERE ROCKING IT, I AM SORRY BUT IT IS TRUE. LUCIUS MALFOY WITH HIS SCRUFF AND RAGGED LOOK (which works for you, Lucius bb, don't let that go m'kay?) AND THEN XENOPHILIUS NOW SCABIOR. UNFUNFUNF ALL AROUND.


There are other things I probably am forgetting the mention. But it's a fantastic film so if I am it's because I'm still on a high from how amazingly perfect it really is, which yes, I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't already seen it. You won't be disappointed.

Out of everything though, my entire wish for Part 2 is that they clearly show the humanizing of the Malfoys. I've never been one for being incredibly nitpicky over the film adaptations like others have been, since I have loved both the books and the films for what they are, however this is the one thing I hope they do perfectly and with justice to how it's all described in the book. Same with everything involving Snape, too. Those are the things I want done absolutely perfectly, without question.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: Deathly Hallows OST - Obliviate
Revyallodole on December 4th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
Xenophilius Lovegood was hot. Seriously. I always imagined him as this older, ugly guy, but he was just.. unf.

The dance-scene between Hermione and Harry was rather adorable. Also, the song which played as the background song is gorgeous.

Dobby :'(
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on December 4th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I was surprised, but in a pleasant way. All these hot mens in my HP, gonna get me even more distracted. ;)

I've kind of grown attached to that song because of the film, not gonna lie. The fact that they used a song like that in a Harry Potter film was surprising at least to me. But it doesn't lessen the cute factor of that scene. I mean, people will bitch about it due to shipping wars (which ah HP fandom, how predictable of you) however it's a perfect kind of scene to show that Harry does care for Hermione and will do something to help cheer her up, even just for a brief moment. Besides, with the dark and depressing moments they've had, they needed something like that.

Also, how can you resist a dorky!dancing Harry? ;p
nerdy2nerdy2 on December 4th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
I JUST got home from the movies. Like, 10 min ago. It was my first time seeing it and I freaking LOVED IT!!
My absolute favorite? The dancing scene. Emma was so wonderful, her expression throughout the film, her being torn between everything absolutely haunts me.
I am not a big fan of the HP movies, I don't like adaptions in general, I mostly think that what your own fantasy produces can never be topped by a movie. And with most HP movies, I felt the same way. Not with this one, though. It was the absolut best one and I am suprised that I actually love the scenes more that weren't a part of the book: The dance, Hermoine leaving her parents *cry*, the animation about the three brothers, Dobby saying he wouldn't like to kill, but to hurt Bellatrix. LOVE! Such a great movie!!! Will have to watch again, but not in the movies, because I hate being forced to stop a movie in the middle.
Renée: Cylons. Happy endings are love.rogueslayer452 on December 5th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)

The dancing scene was just amazingly adorable and it fits. I had a face of absolute delight because it was a happy scene, or a feel-good-when-things-are-bad kind of scene and it really makes you realize there can be something good in the middle of all this darkness. Plus, Harry is just a dork. ;p

I definitely think that this final film is gonna be going out the way it should be, and judging from comments about it fans alike are gonna be thrilled. I'm happy that it was split into two movies.
nerdy2: summer by eyesthatslaynerdy2 on December 5th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
That is why I didn't love the HP movies as much until now: they just never got it right imho. But especially the way Draco was portrayed here was awesome! How he didn't really want to help but didn't see another way... Amazing how very little facial expression some people need to convey so much meaning!

I CANNOT WAIT!!!! NEED DH2 RIGHT NOW!!!! (Hee, maybe I could read the books again for the gazillionth time?)
Renée: Kahlan. Smile.rogueslayer452 on December 5th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I completely agree. I think Tom Felton has been doing wonderfully with his portrayal of Draco and the kind of emotional and inner conflict with himself and what he should do. Ever since HBP he doesn't really need to say anything, his facial expressions speak thousands of words and your heart just aches for him. That scene when he kneels in front of Harry, you see how wrecked and conflicted he is (and I loved him visibly kind of shaking when Lucius had talked to him prior to that, like he doesn't want to do anything bad but knows that there are consequences if he doesn't). It's just so beautifully done and I think, of everything, that's my favorite aspect.

I plan on rereading the books again as well. I just have this knack for things HP right now because of this film, ngl. ;)
Nicole Anell: harry potternicole_anell on December 5th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Overall, let me just say that Deathly Hallows is like the Battlestar Galactica version of the Harry Potter series.
A pile of awesome with an epilogue people won't stop hating on?

Oh no, what you said too. :D

I adored the dance! I know a lot of people will question why it was added, but it really worked for me. I love Harry and Hermione's relationship -- it goes beyond friends (the whole trio does) but isn't really romantic. And when Ron goes away it's just them all alone on this hopeless world-saving mission, and that was such a lovely moment of comfort and a reminder they're still sort of 'kids' and they care about each other. Also, Daniel Radcliffe is ADORKABLE.

I also liked how worn out Ron (and all of them) looked with the bags under his eyes and all leading up to the fight. Both because the locket was affecting him and the general exhaustion of hiking around with no plan was the war rages on. The atmosphere of the movie was so goooood.

And you're not alone, re: Xenophilius Lovegood. I would hit that. :D Weird because the actor isn't very hot IRL. Seriously, all the scruffy weird guys were SEXAY in this movie.

Renée: Six/Gaius. Your destiny awaits.rogueslayer452 on December 5th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
lmao, well that is kinda true. XD

It really is adorable, isn't it? ♥

I agree with everything you said. I thought it was perfect because it says so much about their friendship and relationship with each other, the trust and faith they have with their companionship is too cute and heartwarming. And yes, Daniel was just adorkable with that scene.

The atmosphere this film gives off is so amazing, immediately you know shit has gotten real and what I really appreciated were the scenes with minimal to no dialogue. Because you really don't need dialogue to understand the heavy weight of what they're all going through. It made the scenes more powerful in that way, imo.

Scruffy is kinda how I love 'em, not gonna lie. It's always amazing how they tend to make them dirty/scruffy yet they always come off far more attractive than before. I mean, Lucius Malfoy? Rawr right there. ;)
I need more fandoms like CKR needs more sexylove_jackianto on December 5th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
'In a way of distracting myself as fandom is turning into a complete trainwreck right now, I had went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for a second time in two weeks last night, as I plan on going multiple times again.'
That's the spirit! Me, I've pretty much gone back to Due South (no chance of the writers screwing that up, with the canon closed and all) and been watching reruns of Southland (please let them have a good third season).
Renée: Firefly. Big Damn Heroes.rogueslayer452 on December 5th, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of thankful that some of my other new fandoms are returning soon, which makes me all the more reason to be excited and distracted. I have tons of others to rewatch and be all nostalgic over.
I need more fandoms like CKR needs more sexylove_jackianto on December 5th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
That's how I feel. I'm actually glad the show is getting a hiatus soon, because then I won't have to worry about how badly they'll ruin the show THIS week for a while. Sad state of affairs.