I finally reached the end. After the book was devoured I binge-watched the two films it was turned into. Read on to find out what I think about Harry’s final adventure!
This is it. Harry, Ron and Hermine are almost at the end of their journey. They try to fulfill Dumbledore’s last mission: find and destroy the Horcruxes in order to defeat the dark Lord. Well, easier said than done…
Book vs. Movie:
As I mentioned before, I devoured the book. It’s so thrilling and capturing, you just can’t put it down. The characters are more relatable than ever, you wish you could crawl into the book and help them. I love how intricate and cleverly woven the story is. Just when you think it’s over, J. K. Rowling comes around the corner with something new. With every book I have to admire her more for imagining all this.
She’s the master of plot-twists. But I’m not sure I can ever forgive her for killing one of my favourite characters…
Now to the movie: Actually, there’s not only one film. The final novel was turned into two films, what I really appreciate. While analysing the other books and movies in the Harry Potter series, I was often disappointed that a book with over 1000 pages was squeezed into a two-hour movie. I am certain that the only way to do the final novel justice was to make two films. Watching it you can clearly see that the story simply needs the time to unfold. These films are not as hectic and crammed as some of the other adaptations. The plot (and also the people watching) have time to breathe.
But due to the other films being relatively short (compared to the books they are based on) certain events in this movie are lacking context. Bill and Fleur’s wedding for example: as their relationship was never mentioned in any of the other films, the wedding seemed to come out of nowhere.
However, I need to shower the actors with some praise. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange gives me the creeps – every single time. Although both Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliff did an amazing job, I think it was Rupert Grint who delivered the best performance of the movie. They definitely all blended in very well with the dark atmosphere of the film.
You could tell from the opening sequence on that it wouldn’t be a nice ride. I have to say, the first scenes gave me goosebumps, it set you into the perfect mood for the film!
Summing up, I have to say I loved both the book and the two films. Everything was very well implemented. Might be the best adaptation of the entire Harry Potter series!
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
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