“The Boy Who Lived” and The Key Scenes That Didn’t

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” was dark, bloody and explosive. I was impressed with some of the acting. You know when you’ve read a book so many times that you can visualize the facial expressions of the characters, and then you chuckle and congratulate yourself while watching the movie because the characters winced, glared, smirk... in the exact way you thought they should? Well, that is how I felt.

But not everything was satisfaction and glory; there were too many great scenes that didn’t make it into the movie. Their absence left some of those who haven’t read the books a bit confused, and those of us who have read them too many times a tad annoyed. This is a bathroom conversation (very classy of me, I know):

Viewer 1 – “If they could aparate (magically teleport) why didn’t they escape the bad guys?”

Viewer 2 – “That’s how it works in movies. Sometimes things make no sense.”

Viewer 1 – “That’s not fair.”

I washed my hands and walked out of the bathroom leaving the two girls to their debate. My Piano Man and I walked to the car and he said, “I don’t understand why they didn’t transport themselves out of danger.” My Piano Man has not read the last 3 books.

I won’t tell you why they couldn’t just aparate because I hate spoilers. Besides, if you’ve read “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” you already know why. And that wasn’t the only bit of book goodness left out. You have no idea how difficult it is for me not to tell you right now, but spoilers are evil. I’ll just say that one of the things I love most about the Harry Potter books has to do with how much Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest of the gang love freedom, equality and what it means to be family.

I understand the books are long and some things had to be left out, but they should have replaced the mildly worthless dance scene between Hermione and Harry, in Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1, with something more elfish, more about Molly, more about weddings, more about giants… yes, there were a lot of mores that were left out.

Now I’m jealous of those of you who get to go to the books, and read them for the first time. You lucky, lucky, lucky luvs! 

25 comments:

  1. I've only ever read the first book and seen the first movie. I have a lot of catching up to do!

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  2. I'm going to see the movie today and am glad you didn't spoil it. I've read all of the books and have the movies on DVD and I enjoy both but get a bit annoyed when they leave out some of my favorite book scenes. What I can't understand is if it takes two movies to tell the story of the last book why isn't there enough time to tell the whole story?

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  3. I love the books, have them all in hardcover and am counting down until I can start reading them to the boys. I've tried...CW is still just too young for that much book. Dang! lol Yes to read them again for the first time would be special.

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  4. Oh you sweet girl you. Spoilers are evil.
    GK decided after much chiding from me to start to read the Potter this summer. It's a bit late in the scheme of things but she reads like most folks drink water so I guess I shouldn't complain when what she reads hasn't been Harry until now. Her reason???? But I've already seen the movies....oh no, you didn't just say that. Not my grandchild. So she finished the first and then I kinda did some Practical Magick on her butt and suggested we watch the movie and see "what might be missing". She was flabbergasted. And I said, "Really?"
    She's onto the next book with a keener eye. Ain't being an old pushy broad a cool thing?
    She has not seen the last 3 counting the split. I would like to keep it that way until she has all the "info" but we'll see.
    Sweet Man and I will go next Thursday on his day off when there are very few in the theater...cuz that's how old folks roll. tee hee
    XOXO Oma Linda

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  5. Admittedly, I haven't read anything after Order of the Phoenix, and haven't seen any of the movies after that one, either.

    I have heard how this last book ends though. As long as they keep the "family aspect" scene in here, I'll be happy.

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  6. Debra - I'm jealous of the experience that awaits you.

    MaddyRose - My thoughts indeed.

    Lilac - We can't wait to share them with the Princess!

    Linda - "Old pushy" lol. We went to watch it at 10am, away from the city, and the theater was nearly empty; just the way we like it. Can't wait to see what you think of it!

    LJ - It is a different take...

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  7. Just saw it! There was much to love. Alan Rickman is amazing. I do wish that they would have included Percy re-joining the family to kick some death-eater ass. They showed him, but a few lines would have been nice. Think I'm going to have to read Deathly Hallows again!

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  8. I know how you feel. I won't say a thing--remember I'm a spoiler hater--but there were too many characters that were left silence or completely out.

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  9. It's been forever since I've read the books. I have no one to borrow them from and no money to buy them at the moment to refresh myself. I know what happens basically though I haven't even seen part one (I'm downloading it right now though SHHH I will buy it when it's out, I actually need to catch up a couple DVDs LOL) but that's the only thing I hate going from book to movie. I have yet to have a move be better than the book....There's just so much MORE you can do with a book it seems...and sometimes it's not even just what they couldn't fit in, it's what they think will sell better, which sucks as an avid book lover of any series.

    Thanks so much for the advice. I've had my roommate read over a couple of the re-writes but she's not too much help other than saying she likes it sadly...LOL I know one or two things I can expand further on hopefully...I think that might make it to 1500 words max though....Would you mind me e-mailing what I have right now and my ideas for some idea tossing? I'd be forever grateful <3

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  10. Hi Magaly ;o) I haven't read the books, maybe I should. And, I haven't seen the movie yet either. Now, I want to know about the transporting!! You can tell me ;o) I don't mind spoilers ;o)

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  11. I'll email you, my beautiful crow goddess ;-)

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  12. LOVED it, my babe Memphis told me how the books are more enriching (I only read the first DOH) but I have seen now ALL the films (yes most more than once) and I can't tell you how visually exciting the latest is... it was a treat to watch, a big yummy sensual treat, & Snape ahhh, my Snape ;)

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  13. Snape fulfilled all my expectations, and then some! What a character ;-)

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  14. I've read all of the books. I'm going to see the last movie this week. So far the movies haven't disappointed me. Hopefully this one won't either.

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  15. I don't think I was disappointed, I just wished they had kept a few of the scenes that supported then ending. Pay attention to what happens with Percy, the elves, aparating... and a few other things and let me know what you think after the movie. Maybe I'm been too book-to-movie greedy ;-D

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  16. I've read some of the books, but not the last couple...could only take so much of that game they play...too much detail for me...anyway...haven't see the few movies either...you make me think I need to pull the books out again and then watch the movies...Snape is my favorite character and I'm not sure if he's a good guy or a bad guy...

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  17. Judy - You need to read it! And then watch the movie because Snape (who is my favorite character too!) delivers an unforgettable performance. A bad guy, never looked sooo freaking good!

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  18. I thought the movie was fantastic, however I can completely understand the confusion of some people (especially those who haven't read the books) and the frustration of others (especially those who have read the books). Thing is, as a movie version of the book, it was a bit disappointing. As a final installment of the Harry Potter movies, I thought it was fantastic!

    Thing is, I think the movies were all pretty good, but that they did a lousy job of recreating the books on screen, and that they left out some parts which would have really helped to make things less confusing for those who haven't read the books.

    Also, they didn't help with the confusion issue with apperating by what they allowed to happen in the 6th movie when Harry and Dumbledore left the school.

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  19. Toriz - I think the movie without the existence of the books would have been perfect; I just can't separate the two *sigh* but I have to say it: mean, mean, mean Snape was beyond awesome!

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  20. I thought the movie was fantastic, however I can completely understand the confusion of some people (especially those who haven't read the books) and the frustration of others (especially those who have read the books). Thing is, as a movie version of the book, it was a bit disappointing. As a final installment of the Harry Potter movies, I thought it was fantastic!

    Thing is, I think the movies were all pretty good, but that they did a lousy job of recreating the books on screen, and that they left out some parts which would have really helped to make things less confusing for those who haven't read the books.

    Also, they didn't help with the confusion issue with apperating by what they allowed to happen in the 6th movie when Harry and Dumbledore left the school.

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  21. Judy - You need to read it! And then watch the movie because Snape (who is my favorite character too!) delivers an unforgettable performance. A bad guy, never looked sooo freaking good!

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  22. I don't think I was disappointed, I just wished they had kept a few of the scenes that supported then ending. Pay attention to what happens with Percy, the elves, aparating... and a few other things and let me know what you think after the movie. Maybe I'm been too book-to-movie greedy ;-D

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  23. I've read all of the books. I'm going to see the last movie this week. So far the movies haven't disappointed me. Hopefully this one won't either.

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  24. I'll email you, my beautiful crow goddess ;-)

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  25. LOVED it, my babe Memphis told me how the books are more enriching (I only read the first DOH) but I have seen now ALL the films (yes most more than once) and I can't tell you how visually exciting the latest is... it was a treat to watch, a big yummy sensual treat, & Snape ahhh, my Snape ;)

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