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Saw it this afternoon (again). Good movie. It's definitely the best so far.

If you've read the book(s), it definitely helps, but this one is pretty faithful to the book. Certainly much more than HP3. Keep in mind we're talking about 800+ pages. Obviously a lot of the smaller details are going to be left out. There are no Diagon Alley scenes, no mention of house points, no Hogwarts Quidditch matches, no Durseleys or Christmas break. It's just assumed that you've seen all of this in the last three movies so they get on with the important stuff. At 2 1/2 hours, it's plenty long enough.

The special effects are excellent, and the overall tone of the movie is darker and much more serious. I know a few folks griped about the PG13 rating, but it's well deserved.

A few high points... Alan Rickman is simply magnificent as Snape. He has significantly fewer lines in this movie, but his best scene (and one of the best in the movie) has no lines at all. Also, hope this isn't spoily, but this movie has the best CGI dragon ever. period. That sucker was nasty.

I'm not sure how they plan to keep the same actors for Harry and Ron for the next 3 movies. They're supposed to be 14, but they both look at least 17 already, and at a rate of 1 movie every two years, they'll never pass for 17 in six years. Emma Watson (Hermione), on the other hand, looks pretty much perfect for the age she is playing.

I didn't like the new guy playing Dumbledore in HP3, but he does a good job in this one. Richard Harris was just perfect in the first two movies, even though he did look like he was about to drop dead in half of the scenes.

Hmm... what else? The portrayal of Mad Eye Moody was terrific, and while not at all how I pictured him, it was absolutely perfect. Also, it was nice to see a lot of the secondary characters mentioned in the books actually get a little face time in the movie. Most of them looked pretty much how I imagined them. Posted on Sunday, November 27, 2005 12:14 AM General Interest , Reviews | Back to top

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If I had not read the book, I would have *loved* it. I dont mind them leaving stuff out but for heaven's sake dont *add* things or change them outright!! Best one so far; how the heck are they going to do OOTP which is even bigger?
Left by Chris Haaker on Nov 30, 2005 9:23 AM

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