the_abcs_of_justice: (HP - stay)
So, I saw the final Harry Potter movie tonight with the family and it was pretty awesome! I thought they did a good job of keeping most of the important stuff from the book in. Although I was afraid for a moment there that they were going to change Neville's big moment in killing Nagini, since they moved it back a bit and he got knocked out at first. I was like, "NOOOO! Harry's not supposed to kill it!" and "NOOOO! Ron and Hermione aren't supposed to either!" And then Neville swooped in and whacked its head off and looked really awesome while doing it, so I was happy. :)

And thankfully they also kept in Mrs. Weasley's line to Bellatrix, and the whole scene with Harry realizing he had to die and the Resurrection Stone made me tear up again. The whole battle at Hogwarts was pretty awesome and definitely worth the wait, and so was the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort. I kinda wish they would have kept it with everyone gathered around watching them instead of them being alone out in the courtyard, but it was still very effective anyway.

So overall, yeah, great movie and a great way to end the series. :)


Edit: Just looked at my post about the first part of the movie from a year ago and realized that my first sentence in both posts is almost exactly the same, word for word. LOL!
the_abcs_of_justice: (Merlin's pants!)
So, I went to see Deathly Hallows tonight with the family and it was pretty awesome! They always do such a great job of capturing the feel of the setting in the movies and I think this time they left in pretty much every major plot point too. Of course since they are splitting it into two parts they obviously have more leeway to do that than the previous movies did. :)

But yeah, everything was very well done. All the fight scenes were great and the emotional scenes too. Dobby's death got me choked up and Hedwig's, and that scene at Godric's Hollow with the old lady was really friggin creepy. Yeah, I jumped when Nagini came out of her even though I knew it would happen. That's how creepy it was. o_O

I also loved how they handled the story about the three brothers and the Deathly Hallows. That was some pretty awesome looking stylized animation there.

The infiltration of the Ministry of Magic was fantastic, and even humorous too despite the seriousness of the situation. I'm glad they were still able to work in some funny moments throughout the movie, like Ron freaking out over his wife being questioned in the basement and Harry reminding him that he doesn't have a wife. xD

I'm kinda disappointed that they didn't keep the scene at the beginning where Harry and the Dursleys part and Dudley is actually nice to him and all. And that last moment between Harry and Petunia was rather touching in the book. But the way that the movie did do it was still pretty effective I think. They really kept the sense that this was the last time Harry, Ron, and Hermione might ever see their homes or families. And seeing Hermione cast Obliviate on her parents was rather painful and sad. :(

Now I really can't wait for part 2 to come out!
the_abcs_of_justice: (HP - stay)
Just watched the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows trailer again. I want to see this movie now like burning. LIKE BURNING I SAY. And I'm not even much of a movie goer, so that's saying something! I guess that's one reason to try and pry myself out of the house soon then.

Hard to believe that the franchise really is finally coming to an end though. And to think that I used to scoff at it's popularity and wonder what people saw in it. LOL, I'm kinda stupid sometimes. ^_^;
the_abcs_of_justice: (HP - stay)
Just got back from seeing Half Blood Prince today. I really liked it a lot. The transitions between scenes was a bit sudden sometimes, but I thought they did a pretty good job in trying to fit in all the important plot points while still keeping some humor as well. I especially liked the scene at the cave. It was just as creepy and disturbing as in the book. And even though I knew it was going to happen, I still jumped when the dead people came out of the water. ^^; Dumbledore using the fire spell was really cool looking too.

I do wish they could have included more of the Pensieve scenes about Voldemort's past, but I guess you can't have everything. I'm certainly looking forward to the last two movies. :)
the_abcs_of_justice: (HP - stay)
That whole chapter as Harry walked willing towards his death was sad, and yeah I got all teary eyed when his parents and Lupin and Sirius showed up. Especially when Harry asked if they'd stay with him and James replied "Until the very end." *sniffles*

But I'm so glad there turned out to be a loophole to it, too. :) And that final battle in the castle was awesome, and I cheered and had such a big smile on my face when Neville pulled the sword of Gryffindor out of the hat and killed the snake (whereas a few seconds before I was all "ZOMG, Voldemort set him on fire?!!?11) I love how much Neville has grown through the series. His bravery is every bit a match for Harry's now. And Molly Weasley killing Bellatrix was awesome, and then the very final showdown... wow. I loved it!

And, ummm, then I got all teary again when I saw Harry had named one of his kids after Snape too. I wasn't expecting that, but it was a nice touch. Although, I have to say that the one and only thing that really bothers me is Harry and Ginny's relationship. Since she turns out to be the love of Harry's life and all, it would have been nice if Rowling had given us some actual build-up to it instead of just having Harry realize it out of nowhere. Oh well.

And y'know, there's so much other great stuff I loved that I haven't already mentioned, like the scene with Dudley being concerned about Harry in the beginnning, and Harry and Hermione visiting his parents' graves, and all the exciting escapes and close calls from the Ministry and Gringotts and everything. There was just so much going on that now I'm wondering how on earth they'll ever be able to fit it all into a movie.

All in all, I think it was an excellent end to the series. I'm kinda sad that it's all over now, though, but I'm glad I managed to remain unspoiled because there's no way I would have wanted to ruin the experience ahead of time. :)
the_abcs_of_justice: (Merlin's pants!)
Nooooo, not Lupin too..! ;_;

*sighs* But at least I finally know the whole truth about Snape now, and I'm glad he really was on the side of good after all. Not because I like him, he's still a bully and a jerk after all, but because I didn't want to believe that Dumbledore could have made such a big mistake in trusting him. Although I do feel a bit sorry for Snape now. The whole thing with him and Lily is kind of tragic and bittersweet, what with the way he never stopped loving her and all. And at last the silver doe Patronus makes sense. If James was a stag, then of course Lily would be a doe. :)

But now my worst fears for Harry are confirmed... Ever since the first mention of Horcruxes, I had been wondering (probably the same as everyone else who's ever read the books) if Harry's scar could be one. Dumbledore mentioned way back in the second book that Voldemort had inadvertently passed on some of his power to Harry, and I always though it odd that the backfired curse would have left a mark, especially since we've been told several times in the books that the Killing Curse normally never leaves a mark on its victims. And also the wording of the end of the prophecy always kind of bothered me... "Neither can live while the other survives." That sounds kind of ominous to me.

And now the whole truth comes out... Harry really is an accidental Horcrux. ...But I wonder if there might still be some hope for him. I'm sure that he's right about Dumbledore having put Marvolo's ring in the Snitch, and there must be a reason why. I'll have to hope that my guess is right... *crosses fingers*
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I... I just can't believe it... She killed Fred! ;_; Although for a moment there, I was so terrified it would turn out to be Ron instead... but this is just as bad...

Five Horcruxes down now, only the snake left to go. I have no idea how on earth they're going to manage that, though, since Voldemort is determined to not let it out of his sight now. Geez, I don't know how many more deaths I can take... And she killed poor Dobby, too... *sniffles*
the_abcs_of_justice: (brain break)
Haven't finished the chapter yet, but holy cow was that intense! That whole scene inside Bathilda's house was giving me a bad feeling from almost the moment they walked in. It makes sense that Harry would just shrug off the bad smell and Bathilda's odd silence and chalk it up to her eccintricity, but it was really the reaction of the Horcrux that bothered me the most. And then I started to wonder if perhaps it would react like that if it was near Voldemort or another Horcrux. It would make sense for the pieces of his soul to be drawn to each other. And then I knew it was a trap and I wanted to start screaming "Get out of there, Harry!" Thanks goodness they made it out safely, but geez, I was a nervous wreck the entire time!

Chapters 4 and 5 had the same effect on me, too. Wow, this book has been quite a ride so far, and given that she's killed four characters off within the first eight chapters I can't even trust that all the good guys are going to make it to the end in one piece. But I'm really enjoying it so far anyway, and I'll be sad when it's all finally over.
the_abcs_of_justice: (twilight howl)
So, it's nearly 4 in the morning and I'm still up because of this stupid 167 page article I was unlucky enough to assign to myself to work on tonight. It's been like, 10 hours since I first started on it, but fortunately I'm almost at the end now so hopefully it won't be too much longer before I finish and I can finally go to sleep. Sooooo tired.... :(

And yes, at the moment I am procrastinating by making this post. I need a break from this stupid job for at least a few minutes.

So, what else..... I haven't been around much recently because I've been obsessed with the Wii version of the newest Zelda game. It's awesome and tons of fun to play. :) I've beaten it now, though, so I guess I ought to move on to the enormous backlog of games that I still haven't beaten yet now.

I also started reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix not too long ago. I'm not even halfway through yet and I loathe Umbridge already. I hope she dies horribly in a fire by the end of it and takes Draco Malfoy with her. I just cannot for the life of me understand why on earth he has such a fan following when he's nothing but a scumbag and a two-dimensional bully. I hate him more and more with every book I read. He had no redeeming qualities at all that I can see. At least with Snape, there's a bit of depth, even though he's as much of a bully as Draco is. I don't like Snape at all, but I do find him interesting and I'm curious to see if he really is one of the good guys or if he turns out to be a double agent.

I hope I'll be able to finish the 5th and 6th books before the last one comes out. I've still got like 600 freakin' pages to go in OotP, and I have no idea how long HBP is. The way the book sizes keep increasing, it wouldn't surprise me if Book 7 ended up being 2000 pages long and came packaged with a miniture wagon to cart it around in. :p

Anyway, enough procrastinating, I guess. Time to get back to the grindstone.
the_abcs_of_justice: (we are beltless - miss_jaffacake)
Seeing [livejournal.com profile] molly_may's recent 2005 book roundup post reminded me that I started making a list of books I had read, too. I haven't updated it since sometime in 2004, though, and had only gotten up to 8 at that point. So let's see how much progress I've made since then. Here's the list continuation, with links to the first two posts:

Books 1 through 4
Books 5 through 8

9. The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman
10. The Amber Spyglass by Phillip Pullman
11. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
12. Tales of the Slayers comic
13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

Hunh. Six books in a little over a year. Okay, five and a half really, since one of them is a comic book. If I were any slower I'd be going backwards. :p

And speaking of Harry Potter )

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