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    Quote Originally Posted by jeriddian View Post
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    I suppose I'll go and see the new "Harry Potter" movie when it comes out. I've seen several of the previous films, and I like them. Even though I mostly read science fiction and nautical fiction, I also enjoy the occasional fantasy film. And the HP films "fill the bill" quite nicely.
    Me, too. I have not read the books. I do understand that the movies do differ a fair bit from them, but keep the general plot on track.
    Yeah, it's fun to lose yourself in a fantasy film like the "Potters" or the "Lord of the Rings" series every now and then....

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    Well, I saw the Harry Potter film today. This one is number six in the series, and I have to say it is by far the best one yet. And it was a bit of a shock at the end for me. DON'T READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU HAVEN"T SEEN THE MOVIE (OR READ THE BOOKS)........SPOILERS: I knew that Dumbledore dies in teh end, but I did not expect that the half-blood prince was Snape himself. Absolutely floored me. You can see from the beginning that he is clearly in the Dark Lord's camp, but I have a very sneaky suspicion that there's more to his story than is known. I am absolutely convinced that during the meeting between Dumbledore and Snape shortly before the end, Dumbledore had ordered Snape to do something, which Snape did not want to do, but he was compelled by Dumbledore to do it. He then went off. It was later when he came back after the Deatheaters and young Malfoy had cornered Dumbledore, that Snape killed the Headmaster. I think Dumbledore knew what was going to happen and he ordered Snape to carry out the assassination as planned by the Bellatrix and the Deatheaters as ordered by Valedemort. If so, Snape may not be the fully evil wizard we think he is.

    Of course, I haven't read the books, and those of you who have read the books already know what happen. If I'm wrong, don't tell me. I'll wait until the final two movies come out..........
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    Gaahhhhh, you just gotta read the books! The movies have to leave out so much stuff.

    Still, I think HBP was one of the best so far. As for the meeting between Snape and Dumbledore, it was much subtler and easier to miss/overlook/ignore in the book, so the ending was far more of a shock. For someone who has not read the books, you're very astute. (But that's why you're a doctor. :P)

    The presentation of the identity of the HBP was different too. After the Tower incident in the book, the identity reveal seems more like a footnote after so much trauma. There's also a lot more physical real-world time between the events in the movie and the book, depending on your reading speed.

    The movie's ending seemed a bit flat. Ron just sitting there seemed odd, when there appeared to be room at the railing for him if Hermione just scooted over, and there was a lot more UST (here and throughout the movie) between Harry and Hermione than I sensed in the book. And the camera should have 'snagged' backward on Faux's feet, so the POV looked backward on the trio and the tower as the phoenix flew away, smoothly revealing a wide landscape shot of Hogwarts before snapping to black and the credits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireand'chutes77 View Post
    Gaahhhhh, you just gotta read the books! The movies have to leave out so much stuff.

    Still, I think HBP was one of the best so far. As for the meeting between Snape and Dumbledore, it was much subtler and easier to miss/overlook/ignore in the book, so the ending was far more of a shock. For someone who has not read the books, you're very astute. (But that's why you're a doctor. :P)

    The presentation of the identity of the HBP was different too. After the Tower incident in the book, the identity reveal seems more like a footnote after so much trauma. There's also a lot more physical real-world time between the events in the movie and the book, depending on your reading speed.

    The movie's ending seemed a bit flat. Ron just sitting there seemed odd, when there appeared to be room at the railing for him if Hermione just scooted over, and there was a lot more UST (here and throughout the movie) between Harry and Hermione than I sensed in the book. And the camera should have 'snagged' backward on Faux's feet, so the POV looked backward on the trio and the tower as the phoenix flew away, smoothly revealing a wide landscape shot of Hogwarts before snapping to black and the credits.
    Oh, I'm sure the books were more thorough and much more detailed. They always are. Also reviews of the film commented exactly on what you just said. The surprise ending of book 6 was far less climactic in the movie which was the only thing they didn't like about the movie. After the trauma just beforehand, the revealing of the HBP was just like a footnote, instead of the climactic scene they say it was in the book. But there was no question the film was very, very well done, and I think superior to the previous five, although granted not by that much. As to the three heores at the end looking out of that tower. They did catch all three together from the back, so Ron did finally come up and join them. SPOILER: About time too that Ron and Hermione started snogging! Hmmmph!:P Well, I'll be anticipating the last films eagerly. Maybe one of these days I will sit down and read the books after all.
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    I've seen all the previous Potter movies in the theater, but for some reason I no longer have the urge. I'm going to wait to rent it, I guess.

    Potter must be one of the longest running movie sequels. It will surpass the two Star Wars trilogies, and the only franchise I can think of that's longer is James Bond.
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    Right now, they've got a "Harry Potter" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry from now until Sep. 27. They're also showing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in IMAX at the museum's Omnimax theater, located in the Henry Crown Space Center. The film also runs until Sep. 27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireand'chutes77 View Post

    The movie's ending seemed a bit flat. Ron just sitting there seemed odd, when there appeared to be room at the railing for him if Hermione just scooted over, and there was a lot more UST (here and throughout the movie) between Harry and Hermione than I sensed in the book. And the camera should have 'snagged' backward on Faux's feet, so the POV looked backward on the trio and the tower as the phoenix flew away, smoothly revealing a wide landscape shot of Hogwarts before snapping to black and the credits.
    I agree. Compared to the rest of the movie, the ending was uninteresting. It reminds me of the ending of Goblet of Fire (the movie). I wish they would have done it differently. I can't remember how it ended in the book, though. Must re-read.
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    I've never read a HP book or seen a movie, but I'm gravedigging this thread just to highlight an absolutely amazing Lego Hogwarts.

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