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I'm becoming a cliche of myself with all this "I'll post more often/*weeks of tumbleweeds*" stuff, but I've been both busy and run-down, which is always a sucky combination. In happier news, though, I've finally seen the last three Harry Potter movies. Yeah, I know, but better late than never. :P

I haven't read the books since Deathly Hallows was published, so I figure I'm not going to notice everything that changed/went missing, but there were certain character moments I was happy to see done justice (Dumbledore and Harry going after that Horcrux, for instance - one of the more disturbing moments in canon and very well played in the film), and others I was equally happy to see skipped (that business with the Dursleys at the start of HBP always struck me as mean; it's no loss). 

I did chafe (as I have since seeing OotP) at the lack of Snape flashbacks. It just doesn't work to have Snape go, "I'M the Half Blood Prince!" at the end, you know? Especially when it never gets explained what that means, and the reveal was a high point of the book. They just barely skimmed the thing with Lily and it would've been nice to see further into the origins of Snape's odd, resentful nature, and the connections between him and the Potters.

The other major omission, to my mind, was the backstory about Dumbledore. Maybe I missed something, but they seem to have barely mentioned Grindlewald/his life-defining relationship with Dumbledore, and the whole Dark Side of Dumbledore got reduced to a brief mention of his sister without really explaining how he could be said to have let her down. I did very much enjoy the argument between Snape and Dumbledore over the latter's "fattening Harry for slaughter"(?). Maybe the filmmakers felt this alone served the "Dumbledore should be seen to have flaws" need, but I felt this was more about his ruthlessness and less about the things from his past that were guilt-inducingly formative.

Anyway, I really want to re-watch the series again, and above all to re-read the books. I only had the full HP fandom experience in the run-up to/after the publication of OotP, and I feel a combination of that "OMG HARRY POTTER IS OVER AND I AM TEAR-STAINED" thing that swept fandom last year, and the desire to have HP discussions with more people. It seems like HP meta has pretty much died except for the odd thread on f-fa, but if there was a re-read going on, a la the vc_media Vampire Chronicles re-read, I'd love to be in on it.... 

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pointedulac
Mar. 18th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
I still haven't seen the last two movies. I was so irritated by Half-Blood Prince. The whole point of Snape is totally ignored and like you said, he just shouts it at the end and the audience is like "You're the what now?" Very poorly done.
cloudsinvenice
Mar. 18th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
And those books are SO much about the big reader-wrongfooting reveals... I'm not sure why they felt they couldn't do that. Also, they'd obviously decided from the OotP stage to save almost everything Snape-related until the last movie (I seem to remember that in OotP they didn't get into the bullying and that really pissed me off).

I've been reading cleolinda's old posts and recaps, and either she or a commenter mentioned the way they also cut out a lot of Voldemorte's backstory, and how this has the effect of also ripping out most of the Horcruxes plot, so at the end of HBP we have Harry making what feels like a completely daft vow to go... somewhere... and seek... well, he's not actually sure.

And that does mean that the DH wanderings (which many criticised in the book; I loved that part but YMMV) end up seeming to be purely about being on the run, and you don't get that cool forced-to-be-adults-before-their-time thing of their having to go on a quest themselves because they no longer have anyone telling them what to do.
cloudsinvenice
Mar. 18th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
And in answer to your icon, ME! I'm a Hufflepuff! :D
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