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SPOILERS AHOY!! (I didn't think anyone still lived who didn't know how the Harry Potter series ends, but on Facebook I was proven wrong. So. SPOILERS, YARR!)

1) Maggie Smith rocks. By stepping out between Snape and Harry early in the movie, and dueling Snape straight out of the castle, she once again proves her awesomeness without even saying a word. Is there insurance I can buy to make sure I, too, have the steel and charisma of Dame Maggie when I'm elderly?

2) I find it ridiculously entertaining when actors get to do disguise-potion identities, such as Helena Bonham Carter pretending to be Hermione pretending to be Bellatrix.

3) Young Snape in his Pensieve flashback (which all of a sudden resembled one of the more romantic Tim Burton movies) is pretty much designed to make us Gothy-hearted types fall in love with him. But I do think it annoying and unjust--or just stupid on Snape's part--not to let us, or practically anyone else, see that attractive side of him, like, ever. Okay, so he was a double agent and had to be noxious to the good guys. But I don't know; he seemed to actually hate them. And that irks me.

4) I'm so glad the Hermione/Ron kiss didn't involve a house-elf discussion. However, getting drenched by dead-basilisk-infused water doesn't seem like the tidiest time to mouth someone else's face, either. Oh well.

5) Why am I crying so much at this movie? Why is Rupert Grint making me cry most of all? I was not prepared for his reaction at finding Fred. Sidenote, however: if you didn't know about Fred, and you were watching the film on a computer screen (which I was), you might've had trouble figuring out who they were kneeling and sobbing over. It's a bit subtle. But since I did know, it was very very sad and effective.

6) LOL at That Awkward Moment When Lord Voldemort Hugs You. Jeez, I never felt sorrier for Draco. (But I was proud of him for clearly not wanting to step forward and join the Dark Side.)

7) Neville's speech was another weepy point. But I wanted to step in there with a wet washcloth and interrupt him to take care of his head wound. It's a mom thing, perhaps.

8) Signs I'm getting older: Daniel Radcliffe looked handsome to me all middle-aged up. More so than usual, even. He also resembled youngish Michael Douglas a little that way. Huh. Odd.

And finally, irrelevant to this particular movie but still funny...

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avari_maethor
Dec. 15th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
-giggles- This just makes me, even though it is almost completely unrelated, want to find an icon/avatar of the scene from HP5 where Umbridge giggles, the camera goes away from her but over Dumbledore's should you can see McGongall and Snape slowly turn their heads shooting a very "wtf" sort of look at her.

XD
mollyringle
Dec. 16th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC)
Heh! Yeah, one of the only times I really liked Snape *before* all this flashback revelation was when he assisted in the general loathing of Umbridge.
girlspell
Dec. 15th, 2011 11:06 pm (UTC)
You forgot to add how those writers and Yates destroyed any notion of Harry/Ginny. Ginny was a minor footnote in the movie. I finished the film shipping Dan/Emma (not H/Hr). That's how bad it was.
mollyringle
Dec. 16th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Indeed--Ginny was so nonexistent I forgot to mention her. You'd think the Love of Harry Potter's Life could be drawn a bit more charismatically, rather than being "his best friend's little sister, who we kind of know but not really."
avari_maethor
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
I was okay with the lack of Ginny since I never liked her. She looked to much like Lily and that was kinda... well, weird.

I always supported Harry/Luna :D
mollyringle
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
Ginny does look Lily, and that IS off-putting! I never consciously realized that, but you're right.

Luna would've been a much more delightful match for Harry. Hermione would've made sense too, at least. Oh well. I fail to ship much in this fandom, for some reason, but enjoy watching and critiquing the relationships. :)
naill_renfro
Dec. 16th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
1. Ye can, lassie. A' ye need is geud posture, an th'ability to fake a Scottish accent when ca'ed upon t'do sae.

3. Even as a child, Snape is an emotional basket case. He never forms an emotional connection to anyone but Lily. He doesn't like anyone else: Hermione, the brilliant Mudblood, reminds him painfully of Lily. Harry reminds him painfully of Lily and unpleasantly of James. Neville reminds him that his choice (or flawed reporting) killed Lily instead of, well, Neville. Dumbledore is just a bully. (He's nice to Draco - perhaps Draco reminds him of himself. No poverty, but the same abusive upbringing, perhaps. OTOH Snape doesn't much like himself either - perhaps he wants to protect Draco from turning into him someday.)

But I've said it before - the history of the Wizarding World would have been a lot better if Snape had put a bit of effort into personal hygiene.
mollyringle
Dec. 17th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm well chuffed to hear tha', laddie! As long as an Embra accent'll do, not just Heeland.

I would have to investigate more carefully, but I could swear that Snape's hair was noticeably less greasy in the most recent films than it was in the beginning. In the books it never ceased to be greasy, though. I tell you, bad hair is not only rampant in the wizarding world, but can occasionally lead to serious problems.

(It also wouldn't have hurt if James had been somewhat less of a jerk. Alas.)
naill_renfro
Dec. 18th, 2011 08:24 am (UTC)
Teenage Snape is pretty much a jerk, too... Alas, poor Lily.
mollyringle
Dec. 18th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Maybe she should've married...hmm...Remus. The only non-jerk-in-those-teen-years we know of. Well, that's high school for you.
kiralademaus
Dec. 22nd, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
This sounds remarkably like my dad's theory that Middle Earth could have been saved by the free distribution of cough drops.
gavinworld
Dec. 25th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
That awkward hug between Draco and Uncle Voldy was hilarious.
mollyringle
Dec. 26th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I know! I never thought of Tom Riddle as a "welcoming hug" kind of guy. Was that in the book? I can't remember. It actually set me thinking of whether other megavillains in other movies ever try to get hugs. All that immediately came to mind was Dr. Evil (in Austin Powers) trying to hug his son Scott. :)
gavinworld
Jan. 4th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that hug isn't in the book, but don't quote me on it.
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