If you’re the nerdy, devoted type of Harry Potter fan who can take this quiz and score over a hundred, you’re probably the kind of person who was at a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on Thursday, November 18th. And if you’re anything like me, you were, possibly for the first time since you started seeing Harry Potter movies in 2001, really impressed.
Part 1 was really, really good. I’m glad they decided to split book into two movies, because that meant the movie could spend just a little more time with the characters, instead of rushing from plot point to plot point, trying to cram everything in. That’s not to say the movie won’t be confusing to a casual fan. A friend who’s read the books just once confessed that he spent most of the two and a half hours more than a little lost (he also said, â€œI want to see Part 2 now!â€). The seventh book is so dang confusing anyway, however, that (sorry, casual fans) I think that’s to be expected.
The real payoff of the two-movie scheme is that it gives director David Yates time to linger just a little longer in the non-action moments. The heart of the series’ charm has always been the friendship between Harry, Ron, and Hermione, and Yates spends his extra moments exploring the characters and the relationships between them. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint carry the movie. They’ve all grown immensely as actors, but Grint’s Ron steals the show (and my heart â€“ I love a redhead!) with his spot-on comedic timing and plenty of sweet, longing glances directed Hermione’s way. Yates plays up some Harry/Hermione romantic tension that was never in the booksâ€”let’s be honest, we all knew from Book 1 that Ron and Hermione would end up togetherâ€”but it’s pretty subtle and easily ignored if you’re not in to that kind of thing. Continue reading Book to Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows