I can’t help myself posting this…
Last night I saw the much anticipated “Harry Potter” at Warner Village and would recommend it.
The sets were spot on. I loved Hogwarts and Privet Drive.
The kids were pretty good, especially the kids who play Ron Weasley, (Rupert Grint), and Malfoy and Dudley. I believe Harry and Hermione will grow into their roles more as the series progresses. Sir Richard Harris (Dumbledore), Maggie Smith (Prof McGonnagall), and Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid)were excellent.
But, I wish they’d shown more of Snape (Alan Rickman)He just didn’t seem that awful. I also wish they’d shown more of the Weasley Twins (Fred and George), more about their lessons, and more Quidditch, because it was cool to see it come to life, although makes you a bit dizzy to watch.
The movie didn’t make me feel the same as the books, though. Even with the brilliant casting and sets, Harry Potter loses a little of its ‘magic’ on the screen, but is likely to win several Oscars this year anyway. Costumes, special effects, sets…
It sticks to the book, except in a few spots, where only us diehard “HarryPotter” freaks would be able to catch the inconsistencies. But when translating to film, I gather a continuity flow is more important and some details are glossed or changed to smooth it out for viewers.
Perhaps the subsequent films will be more interesting and detail the characters more, a bit like how the books progress themselves. I hope to see more Weasleys (especially Julie Walters as the mom)and baddies (Snape, Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle)next time.
All in all, it’s a film for kids, so don’t go expecting to find the ironic undertones that are so prevalent in the books.
I suspect “Lord of the Rings” will be better…
and not nearly the hype.
Harry Potter fans, what did you think?