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16 July 2011 @ 07:34 pm
harry potter and the sneaky hate spiral  
First up, as a general disclaimer, I've been feeling incredibly mood-swingy these last couple days for some reason -- like, I'll be fine one minute and one innocuous comment later I'll be ready to BURN UTICA TO THE GROUND -- so if I've been snippy with you lately that is probably part of it. It started yesterday with a Sneaky Hate Spiral kind of day and has just not really stopped.

Anyway, I saw Harry Potter yesterday, and the few hours surrounding that event were basically the few on Friday where I didn't feel like burning things.

Overall, I liked it. I almost always enjoy the Harry Potter movies to some degree, so that isn't a big surprise. Plus, while I found Part 1 underwhelming because I had just reread the book, this time I had more distance from it and for the most part didn't bother getting indignant over the surface-level aspect of the movie. Having said that, I mean, it IS surface-level the same way all the movies have been. They just don't have the time to get into the depth of world-building and themes and all that that the books can. Fuck human/goblin relations, Griphook is just a douchebag! etc.

Things I liked:
  • Helena Bonham-Carter as Hermione. I wish the movies didn't use the "their voice stays the same through Polyjuice" thing (though I see why they do) because I would've loved to hear HBC as Hermione as well. But even just watching her was pretty hilarious. I liked, for instance, that she couldn't walk comfortably in the heels.
  • The Gringotts chase scene was easy to follow on screen, whereas I found it confusing in the novel and I remember having to go back and reread it because I was busy being like "wait, what?"
  • McGonagall is the best ever, she is so fab and fierce. I loved her duelling Snape to ~defend Harry, and I loved basically everything she did. My audience clapped at the "I've always wanted to use that spell" line. HBIC.
  • I thought the scene with the Fiendfyre was also reasonably well done. Again, the characters are more surface-level than in the books, but it was visually very interesting and it was trimmed the way it needed to be, given everything. I liked Harry being like "why didn't you give us away?" to Draco and Draco being like UHHHHHHHH.
  • Actually, basically all the visuals. The battle at Hogwarts is my favourite part of DH as a book and while it didn't translate quite exactly, the visuals of the big shield and the shield cracking and all that were really neat, plus the animated gargoyles and the paintings running and all of that. Super cool.
  • I liked that we kind of got the movie-version of everyone piling in; we saw lots of characters only for a second or two and you knew they only had that 1 line so they had the one shot of screentime in the last movie, but I was okay with that tbh.
  • LOL VOLDEMORT LAUGHING WHEN HARRY IS "DEAD". IT WAS A HILARIOUS NOISE OMG. Apparently some of fandom didn't like this? IDK I thought it was hilarious.
  • Neville is awesome. I also didn't mind the hint of Neville/Luna.


Things I Did Not Like:
  • I don't like how they did the final battle between Harry and Voldemort. Where the fuck was everyone else? Why did Voldemort disintegrate? Did Harry just wander back into the Great Hall and say LOL NVM GUYS IT'S FINE I JUST KILLED HIM LOL? It was way more powerful having everyone watch in the book, and way more powerful having Harry's "signature spell" of Expelliarmus be the thing that defeats Voldemort, rather than Generic Red Light vs Generic Green Light.
  • THE PRINCE'S TALE LOLOL MOVIE, YOU KEEP ON PRETENDING SNAPE'S LOVE FOR LILY WASN'T CREEPY AS FUCK. I c u, trying to make him a tragic lost prince~ and less of a racist who can't drive. Movie Snape is just some dude who had unrequited love for his childhood friend and was basically a grade-A dude all the time (except for those times he inexplicably bullied innocent children)! Book Snape was way more fucked up than that and I disapprove of this encouragement of Snape/Lily as True and Beautiful and not fucked up and possessive like it actually was. James/Lily 5 lyfe, etc.
  • The non-reaction when Hagrid carried out Harry's corpse. I liked Ginny's anguished scream and run forward, but I missed McGonagall screaming, all that. Neville's big speech was alright but I liked it better as it happened in the book. I also didn't like that Harry told Ron and Hermione he was off to die, Hermione gives him a hug, RON DOES AND SAYS NOTHING UGH FFS and that is that. I guess I see why they included Harry talking to them but then like ugh have Ron say something at least! Have Ron give him a man hug! SOMETHING. GODDAMN. I'm glad they had Neville kill Nagini but as always I preferred it in the book, wiht Harry telling Neville beforehand to kill the snake, than with Neville just stumbling across Ron and Hermione and saving their lives while coincidentally killing a Horcrux. IDK.


I think those were my main beefs. There were lots of things that I thought were so-so -- like lol wtf why did the Chamber of Secrets randomly flood with water when the Horcrux was destroyed? etc -- but I'm forgetting most of them now. Anyway, overall I enjoyed the movie a lot, possibly my favourite of the franchise but then I say that after every new movie almost, so take that what you will. I didn't cry, and I'm not that sad because for me Harry Potter "ended" on July 21, 2007, but I will miss new movies coming out, ngl.
 
 
 
christycorr on July 16th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
Wtf was up with Harry and Voldemort's duel, uuuugh.

I'm not that sad because for me Harry Potter "ended" on July 21, 2007, but I will miss new movies coming out, ngl.

This. Very much this.
Kali: dw :: eleven :: SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT_thirty2flavors on July 16th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
LOL SERIOUSLY WHAT THE FUCK? THE BOOK VERSION WOULD BE SO EASY TO TRANSLATE AND MAKE EPIC and instead we got them flying around clawing at each other's faces idek

lol it's like that time Harry and a dragon had a random chase scene in GOF
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fauxkarenfauxkaren on July 16th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
Overall I liked it. There are some changes that I don't understand, but generally I understood the changes that they made.

I think the best bits was everything in Gringotts, the Ron/Hermione kiss (LOL HOPELESS SHIPPER), the Prince's Tale (I'm not a Snape stan, but I don't hate him as much as you do. Probably because I hate Jame and Sirius a lot too, so I guess I get where Snape is coming from on that point. LOL), and Neville's general existence.

I know that Percy's big moment was cut because that whole subplot was nixed from the mvies, but waaaah. Percy's return and then him being with Fred at his death is some of my favorite parts of DH.
Kali: sd :: always one foot on the ground_thirty2flavors on July 16th, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
I don't hate Snape, I find Snape a relatively interesting character (though I did think he became less interesting after the reveal that he was in love with Lily and not motivated by any more... altruistic reasons). But I haaaaate the way fandom responds to Snape as this poor misunderstood woobie who was damaged 4ever because that slut Lily chose the wrong man how dare she!! etc. SORRY SNAPE, MAYBE NEXT TIME YOU CAN TRY A) NOT CALLING HER A SLUR OR B) JOINING A CULT DEDICATED TO GENOCIDING PEOPLE LIKE HER. JUST A TIP. FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. So seeing it romanticized and all the problematic aspects removed in the movie was gross to me because it literally did just become "poor woobie Snape". Movie, you missed the part where she broke up with him for BEING A HUGE RACIST.

LOL I did notice Percy and lol a bit because Percy has been such a background player in the movies it was hilarious to see him yet again lurking moar in the final scenes.
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Jen: hp l old ordersnowfire on July 16th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
THE PRINCE'S TALE LOLOL MOVIE, YOU KEEP ON PRETENDING SNAPE'S LOVE FOR LILY WASN'T CREEPY AS FUCK. I c u, trying to make him a tragic lost prince~ and less of a racist who can't drive. Movie Snape is just some dude who had unrequited love for his childhood friend and was basically a grade-A dude all the time (except for those times he inexplicably bullied innocent children)! Book Snape was way more fucked up than that and I disapprove of this encouragement of Snape/Lily as True and Beautiful and not fucked up and possessive like it actually was. James/Lily 5 lyfe, etc.

NO SHIT. I find it gross and disturbing that they didn't include how fucked up Snape's love was, and how he was, you know, a racist asshole. The second time I saw the movie, a couple girls were talking about how romantic and tragic it was and poor poor Snape and how mean Lily just have been not to love him, and - no. No. Just. No. WHATEVER I WILL LOVE JAMES/LILY FOREVER.
Kali_thirty2flavors on July 16th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
IA IA IA IA

I have no problem with Princes' Tale as it exists in the books, but I have a problem with how so much of fandom perceives it is Sad and Tragic and True and so seeing that be the translation in the movies was not something I approve of.

ALSO LOL HARRY WAS SO DISINTERESTED IN GHOSTJAMES IN THE FOREST AGAIN. Maybe Harry didn't want to face his impending male pattern baldness.
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Liz: hyperbole.5: I have to go sit by myself.bazcat89 on July 17th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
I find it amusing that we've been sneaky hate spiraling simultaneously.

Except you haven't felt the need to post like, sixteen consecutive bitchy entries.
Kali: p&r :: fuuuuuuuuuuu_thirty2flavors on July 17th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
I HAVE REALLY WANTED TO THOUGH

I'VE WRITTEN LIKE SIXTEEN OF THEM IN MY HEAD
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Kali: sd :: 'cos my mum got shot_thirty2flavors on July 17th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
Re: James/Lily 5 lyfe LOL
Yeah, I've enjoyed the movies, but they're just not as emotional or nostalgic for me as the books, so while I'm sad to see them go I'm not THAT sad. I was very very sad when DH came out though, I remember getting misty-eyed over the dedication alone.

LOL RIGHT? It was so bizarre to have Harry and Voldemort finish up outside, wtff.

I liked this one too, despite some things being not as good as they could have ben The movies will never be my favourites and they never came close to the books, but they were still fun for me.
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sherrilina: Arthur/Chicken (Merlin)sherrilina on July 17th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
The best moment of the movie was clearly when Blaise Zabini randomly appeared for 2 seconds just to DIAF! :p. I seriously LOL'd at that and all the other characters who came out of nowhere, like Hagrid, etc.

Re: Snape--yeah well on the other hand they also didn't show James being a grade-A dickbag and mini-Malfoy (minus the racial slurs) either, so it evens out a bit. :/ IDK I could never get behind J/L when 99% of James we see in the books is him being a douche or fatally stupid ("hmm, someone just BLEW UP MY FRONT DOOR when I'm in hiding, I think I'll go investigate WITHOUT GRABBING MY WAND!")....I just can't accept "oh he became a better person...offscreen...take our word for it!", I need to see it in person to believe it, personally, or for it to make an impact on me. Hell, we have no idea what his relationship was like in comparison to hers with Snape, we never see it. Whereas I do love Sirius despite him being even worse as a kid b/c we got to see him grown up and a bit more mature (slash cray cray in a wonderful angsty way).

I do agree that Snape has been majorly romanticized in the movies, but I think it's mostly just b/c it's Alan Rickman, who is quite the DILF for many, even though Snape isn't supposed to be sexy. And b/c we never saw him be as cruel and bullying in the movies either. He's just awesomely snarky and cool and funny in the movies for the most part--Alan Rickmanish.

I agree about Neville, it was more BAMF when he killed it in front of everyone, and here I spent so much time going, "just kill the goddamn snake already!". As for Ron, yeah, that was weird, though they seemed to be sharing a ~look~, maybe it was the bro code.
fauxkarenfauxkaren on July 17th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
The best moment of the movie was clearly when Blaise Zabini randomly appeared for 2 seconds just to DIAF!
LOLLLL Yeah. People who were not aware of the ~legal trouble~ of the actor who plays Crabbe or Goyle (lol I can't tell them apart) were probably super confused.

IDK I could never get behind J/L when 99% of James we see in the books is him being a douche or fatally stupid ("hmm, someone just BLEW UP MY FRONT DOOR when I'm in hiding, I think I'll go investigate WITHOUT GRABBING MY WAND!")....I just can't accept "oh he became a better person...offscreen...take our word for it!", I need to see it in person to believe it, personally, or for it to make an impact on me. Hell, we have no idea what his relationship was like in comparison to hers with Snape, we never see it.

Yeah, this is pretty much how I feel about James too.
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only arceus can have a perfect blog: can i have an apple?spud14 on July 17th, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
I FEEL LIKE I YELLED A LOT OF FEELINGS AT YOU YESTERDAY SO TO SUM IT UP: FUCK SNAPE, HARRY IS THE BOMB.
renee: Ten upside downrattus_aerius on July 17th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)
Sneaky Hate Spiral

You should add OF DOOOOOOOM! to that.

Then it would be awesome.
Kali: misc :: internet -- FOREVER_thirty2flavors on July 18th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Jeanne "dancing in the" d'Arcrose_dawson on July 17th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
killed @ this post turning into like James v Snape Round 129035082417 is it 2003 again, this ~*~discussion is boring
lol but I always love how like, determined people are to hate James, he is barely in the books. idek

what do I know tho I would shoot Ernie Macmillion in the face if I could

Liz: You like thisbazcat89 on July 18th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
this comment is awesome
js
Kellysweetcherrytree on July 17th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
James/Lily OTP for life, go write fluff
Austin: in a cupboard under some stairsjohnmayergirl23 on July 17th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
I kept it together during the movie as best as I could, but goddamn McGonagall just broke me. Idk what my issue was, but I was filled with so much love and pride and rage when she was like DEFEND YOUR SCHOOL that I wanted to jump out of my seat and start kicking death eater ass. It was v. emotional for me.

I will forever be butthurt that all of my personal favorite moments in the series are the ones that get cut/changed in the films. (HE SPAT ON YOU. I am in love with that moment and it was gone. But instead we had some lovely moments, so I suppose I don't care. Much.)

SNAPE LILY NO. NO. NEVER. Also WHY SO DISINTERESTED IN YOUR FATHER? Maybe it's my undying James Potter stanning kicking in, but I was like wtf just look at him, Harry.
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🌹la_petite_singe on July 17th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
I loved positively everything you loved--although, yeah, I was not thrilled with Voldemot's weird laugh when Harry's "dead," because nothing about that moment should be funny, IMO. We know he's not dead, of course, but the fact is that all his friends do, and that's just horrifically sad and putting a weird comic button on that scene felt wrong to me. IDK. :P

There were things I liked about the final battle, but it definitely should've been in front of everyone and it definitely should've been more clear that Voldemort actually killed himself by casting the Avada Kedavra out of sheer hubris and cluelessness and everything. I've always loved that detail. I did kinda love The Prince's Tale stuff, but that's because I didn't get the impression it was saying "they would have been an amazing couple, tho!!", I thought it was just portraying his horrible anguish and guilt and showing his humanity for the first time. Like, you feel horrible when he's sobbing over her, but at the same time you're aware that it's kinda his fault and that he just fuckin' stepped over James. So, I mean, I liked it in that respect.

And yeah, why do Harry's friends always underreact when horrific shit happens to him?! I've always had an issue with the possession scene in OotP--I like the way Dan plays it and I love the music, but all of his friends are just standing there like ":\ this is a battle he must fight on HIS OWN~", whereas I would've been, like, hysterically freaking the shit out and terrified of what was happening or whatever. So when they think he's DEAD and they're just going D: ...yeah, not enough. Gawd.

I...think we're supposed to think the Chamber flooded because Voldemort's the Heir of Slytherin and, like, controls the place or whatever, so when they destroyed the Horcrux it sort of 'reacted,' but that might be reaching. Really they just needed some peril for Ron & Hermione so that it'd be a good moment for them to kiss--WELL, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO DO THAT IF THEY'D KEPT IN SPEW, NOW WOULD THEY?! AAARGH.
Kali: sd :: 'cos my mum got shot_thirty2flavors on July 18th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
We know he's not dead, of course, but the fact is that all his friends do, and that's just horrifically sad and putting a weird comic button on that scene felt wrong to me. IDK.

lol, well I don't get the impression it was meant to be laugh-out-loud funny, more that it was meant to be creepy/disturbing and they overshot the mark and it entered ridiculous-and-therefore-laugh-out-loud-funny territory.

Yeah, the final battle between Harry and Voldemort was just... wtf. Why did they fly around clawing at each other's faces? And removing the whole aspect of "Harry wins with a disarming spell rather than a Killing Curse" and all that was completely gone, which is stupid because I thought that was one of the biggest themes in the series. And basically like wtf.

Like, you feel horrible when he's sobbing over her, but at the same time you're aware that it's kinda his fault and that he just fuckin' stepped over James. So, I mean, I liked it in that respect.

I don't think you are though, in the movies. The movies don't get into him being the one to pass on the prophecy to Voldemort and movieSnape is the first one to be like SAVE THEM ALL whereas bookSnape is a-okay just saving Lily until Dumbledore smacks him down, and the movies have James was such an irrelevant character that I doubt anyone in the audience was thinking "he just walked over James, how rude!" instead of "OMG POOR SNAPE CUDDLING HER CORPSE". I guess you can argue that this all makes sense for movieSnape, and maybe it does, but in that case I still think movieSnape is significantly less complex and interesting than bookSnape (lol though this applies to everything in the movies soooooo). Like, we don't even know the reason Snape and Lily stopped speaking. That is HUGE and it isn't in the movies at all.

proudly hosted on photobucket: [hp] the original OTPcloudydaise on July 17th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
Their final battle was so lame. The flying thing was just stupid. The book version was perfect and like you said SO EASY to translate, but no, we had to go and make it extra cinematic. But sorry, Voldemort disintegrating is not satisfying for me. I wanted to see the dead body and see people's reactions to that. Instead now there's Voldemort ash all over Hogwarts and that is gross.

And basically anything they left out I was annoyed about because seriously that's why you made it into two movies you douchebags! So you could put everything in!

It sounds like I didn't like it, but I totally did, and I think I will like it more the second time around, whenever that may be.

(NEVILLE THOUGH. NEVILLEEEEEEE) (ALSO I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE WHEN VOLDEMORT HUGGED DRACO, OMG LOLOLOL)
Kali: to :: hooked up with her on february 13_thirty2flavors on July 18th, 2011 02:10 pm (UTC)
LOL IT IS GROSS. And yeah, the battle and the Monologuing and everything and the reality of Voldemort's body was more powerful than a wordless claw-at-each-other's-face lightsaber battle ugh whatever movies.

And basically anything they left out I was annoyed about because seriously that's why you made it into two movies you douchebags! So you could put everything in!

LOL That is how I felt in Part 1!

I liked it too, but as always I am more passive about the parts I did like and more passionate about the parts I didn't. The movies are fun, but I don't love them.
Churleekageek on July 17th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC)
As the first thing I really geeked out about, I have a lot of feelings and opinions about Harry Potter.

HBC is totally amusing, and while I do see why they keep their voices for the movies, and I was fine with it in DH part 1 because it was amusing (lol forever, Ron), I do wish HBC had got to be Hermione. It would have been even greater than it already was. And my theater also clapped for "I've always wanted to use that spell!" They also applauded for her dueling Snape and for Molly owning Bellatrix. Though there was something kind of weird and awkward about her death? Idk, I felt like it was missing some of the epic that the book had.

Yeah, I wasn't particularly bothered that Harry talked to Ron and Hermione first, other than the fact I feel like if he had told him they would have fought harder to stop him and be all, "THERE HAS TO BE ANOTHER WAY" But I can see why they did it. I even expected Ron and Harry not to have an emotional hug, and Ron not to have a long speech, but I AT LEAST expected a meaningful, manly nod of encouragement. Something.

And yeah, not even getting into the weird battle before hand, Voldemort's death also seemed weird and way less epic than it did in the book. He dissolved and floated through the air, like in War of the Worlds. I didn't like that Harry did it alone either (I liked in the book that, while most of Harry's victorious moments had been while he was alone, that the final victory was in front of EVERYONE). Also, I could be wrong because I haven't read DH since the day it came out, but wasn't the Christian allegory a lot more obvious in the book? Like, because Harry died for the whole school, Voldemort couldn't harm them the same say he couldn't harm Harry before because of Lily? I could be wrong. I also thought it made it sort of ambiguous how exactly he died -- if you weren't paying attention, it could totally look like Harry just owned him with some killing spell, which wouldn't really fit the theme of the series.

Lol, The Prince's Tale. When I read the book, I totally cried at that part, but it was for Harry, really. It was the fact that Dumbledore had essentially been raising him as a sheep for the slaughter and waiting for the right time to kill him the whole time, and yet Harry still finds it in him to go. I may or may not have bawled. ._. In the movie, the sadness was much more focused on Snape. Like, I could be wrong, but wasn't there basically a part in the memory where Dumbledore is like, "Well, we could let Voldemort kill Harry and just save Lily?" and Snape is like "EXACTLY! YES!" And Dumbledore is like, "FAIL. WRONG ANSWER!"? They conveniently left any notion of that out. XD When the book came out, I was like, OKAY FINE SNAPE'S GOOD AND I DON'T HATE HIM (I spent most of the series in the "Snape is a Villain" camp), BUT HE WAS STILL A DOUCHE AND KIND OF CREEPY. But the movie totally takes all that out and makes him SO TRAGIC AND ROMANTIC.

And yeah, there is a lot of emo around the internet about HP "ending" and I'm like... it was over four years ago? You already know how it ends. This is not that big of a deal. It just made me feel old that the movies are over. Also that in the epilogue, the cast (who are approximately my age) can rather convincingly play people in their mid thirties. XD
Churleekageek on July 17th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
Also, I realized only after posting that just how LONG it was when I could have just said, "I AGREE COMPLETELY." But I had a lot of ~feelings~ plus, as an English major, I am used to over analyzing things to death. XD
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Sara: harry potter: hufflepuff fuck yeahflowrs4ophelia on July 17th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
HBC was so good at acting like Hermione just with her facial expressions and mannerisms. That was great.

I liked the Prince's Tale sequence, mostly because Alan Rickman was so good, but it really is dumb how the whole movie pretty much left out all the complexity of Snape as well as Dumbledore. It generally makes Dumbledore look like a total dick and Snape like such a good guy after all by not giving the whole story of either of them, when their regrets from their past was actually something that made them not quite as different as you'd think.