Pottering about…

So, I finally got round to seeing the last Harry Potter movie yesterday and I think that a great disservice was done to the book by splitting it in half. The first part of Deathly Hallows seemed to take place largely in the dark and consisted of Harry, Hermione and Ron running around and being snarky to each other. Part 2 had them arrive at Hogwarts and, er, there was a battle which the good guys won. End of story. OK, the dragon-escape from the vault was pretty good, and I wanted to cheer at the end when Neville came to the rescue, but there was a lot of padding in between, not to mention a lot of unnecessary yakking by Voldemort. (One of my pet hates is chatty villains.) Plus, you know, he never was that scary. Skulls without their skin = creepy. Face without a nose, not so much.
It’s a pity, because some of the earlier movies in the series were pretty good. Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince managed to improve on their source. Mind you, by the time the books came out, editors seemed to be too scared to tell J.K. Rowling to cut them down by about a third, with Deathly Hallows being about the size of the Oxford English Dictionary. Maybe that’s why the powers that be decided to make it in two parts…


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