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A few notes on Deathly Hallows part 1

Finally got around to seeing this on DVD. I thought it quite good, one of the best so far, though my heart may always give the true "favorite" label to Goblet of Fire with its bubbly rom-com feel. Anyway, notes follow, with spoilers for part 1 if you care.

Yes, that was a totally random Ginny/Harry make-out scene (the "zip me up" bit). But it was worth it for George sneaking around the kitchen in the background in order to position himself at the sink, leering, sipping from his mug, and drawling, "Morning."

Harry/Hermione awkward dancing in the tent was awkward. Subtext conversation as they stared at each other afterward:
Harry: So, you know, do you wanna...(eyebrow lift of innuendo)
Hermione: Eh...maybe?
Harry: Just to pass the time, as it were? You think? No?
Hermione: Nah. Headache. Plus you're scruffy-looking lately.
Harry: 'Kay. Go mope about Ron some more.
Hermione: 'Kay.

Never expected to say, "That guy in the bit part as the snatcher Scabior was strangely hot," but he was. In a 1980s-Adam-Ant kind of way.

I never liked Dobby much until he was within minutes of getting killed. Only intending "to maim or seriously injure"--hee! So after that, his death scene was quite sad.

I still wish Rowling had done more with Draco rather than reducing him to quivering uncertainty for the entire 7th (and much of the 6th) installment. Oh well. Nothing to be done about it now.

Comments

mariole
Jul. 3rd, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am expecting a long gee-whiz battle. I'm glad they're doing it that way; it would have been way too crowded, otherwise. Get the back story out of the way in #7 and pull out the blasters in #8! It will be a grand romp.

I'm also expecting (a certainty beyond hope) that we'll see some of the deaths played the way I wish they'd been in the book. No spoilers, just to say I was particularly unhappy that some beloved characters were killed offscreen and their loss mentioned as a footnote. I expect the movie to do justice to these unseen deaths, particularly as the writers can go wild and imagine what they like!

I don't think we'll ever get more Rowling-produced Draco fic. It will be up to the fans to make his story arc what it ought to be. Have at it, ficwriters! I swear, the fandom can really kick ass in this regard. My friends and I worked out the solution to Matrix 3 that blew the doors off the thing the official guys produced. Go, fandom!
kiralademaus
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
I know that at least one of the characters I was most upset about being footnoted is featured in the trailers for the movie in a way that gives them a bit more dignity. I have high hopes that I will not miss over their contribution in the confusion the way I did when I read the book the first time and was racing to find out what happens, what happens?!?!
mariole
Jul. 6th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think we won't be disappointed. As I said, I'm _expecting_ the movie to do justice to all our HP friends.
mollyringle
Jul. 5th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am almost certain we'll get heartbreaking, slow-mo, in-person looks at certain deaths. And perhaps a hint of funerals/memorials afterward, rather than the complete lack of them as in the book. (Except in epilogue baby names, if that counts.)

Thank goodness for fandom! It's kind of sad, but mostly awesome, how some fanfic, in all fandoms, transcends the quality of the canon material by an order of magnitude. And sometimes it allows for the expansion of a plot thread that couldn't be expanded in the canon without messing up the pacing, so that's always a cool feature. I actually find myself thinking when facing some lost possibility in my own writing lately, "Eh, I'll just let the fanfic tackle that." I'm mostly being facetious, since I'd have to get fabulously famous before anyone will write fanfic for me, but if I do get that famous, I hope the fans take the material and run with it.

If Hollywood had one-tenth the brains they ought to, they'd hire a handful of fanfic writers to make all their movies a hundred times better. The Matrix series--oy. Good example. The second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies, too. (Haven't seen the latest, so can't remark.)
mariole
Jul. 6th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Some of the best stuff is fanfic. Think of Emma Thompson's "Sense and Sensibility" -- a "Best Adapted Screenplay" award-winning adaptation of Austen's novel, plus other noms and awards. Or "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" by Nicholas Meyer, that spawned a movie and got a Golden Dagger award. (Meyer also did the best Star Trek movies.)

When people like us write it, unpaid, the establishment tends to snear. It's completely ridiculous; fanfic has a long and successful history, starting with Shakespeare ripping off other people's plots. You can get "inspired by" fiction that is not only fabulous, but award winning, and by the Establishment as well. It's a funny business.
mollyringle
Jul. 7th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Indeed indeed! Or when people get hired to write episodes for TV shows, they're pretty much turning out fanfic, and that makes them eligible for awards too. (See the many writers for Doctor Who episodes and such.) Truly, a fine line out there.