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The final chapter

The Deathly HallowsIt’s okay, no spoilers here. Today I finished reading ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. No, it’s not just for kids, why should it be? I was slightly concerned that after all the build-up, the intricate detail of the preceding books, it would be a disappointment – that some detail that seemed so important and left us all hanging would be glossed over, be poorly explained, or just turn out to be plain rubbish. Nope, not in the least. Everything was pieced together, everything worked, and the conclusion was very satisfying. Quite a few surprises, although my guess about Snape was right (that’s not a spoiler, I was just right about Snape, that’s all).

Now the big problem for Warner Brothers… turn it into a decent movie. The Harry Potter movies to date have been pretty good and entertaining, and you couldn’t expect them to go into the minute details that the books do. So they have skipped some large portions of action and sub-plots, and there’s a general feeling of the approach being “well, we have to make this into a movie so let’s get it done” and hey presto, another Harry Potter movie rolls off the conveyor belt.

In ‘The Deathly Hallows’ there’s a lot of skipping to different locations (unlike the mainly Hogwarts-based ‘Order of the Phoenix’) and there’s a lot of flashbacks, a lot of action, and a lot of detailed explanatory dialogue. Miss out that stuff and the movie will be a confusing turkey. But it’ll still be better than ‘The Matrix’.

…works for Microsoft as a Global Account Technology Strategist. In a former life he worked for the Lotus brand within IBM for many years. Married with one daughter and two dogs, lives in Camberley (Surrey, England), plays the guitar to a mediocre standard, and runs 10 kms and half marathons at an average speed. That’s it really.

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Darren Adams • 12 August 2007


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  1. Steve 12 August 2007 - 3:17 am Reply

    Hi Daz,
    Hope you had a nice holiday… apart from the punch up in the bar!!!!
    I couldn’t agree more. I just finished as well and my first thought was how are they going to squeeze that into 3 hours?
    Maybe it needs a 2 parter released a couple of months apart?
    Whichever way they do it, JK will be a very rich, very happy retired lady sitting on some beach getting text alerts every 3 or 4 minutes saying that she just made another millon.

    I thought it was a great end to the series… which I won’t spoil for anyone still on the Goblet of Fire. All I will say was that ends were neatly tied and fans will not be left thinking what happened to ???

  2. Ports 14 August 2007 - 3:59 pm Reply

    Ahem! The Matrix was an excellent film. The sequals may have been pony – but the first one was fantastic. Philistine.

  3. Darren 14 August 2007 - 5:54 pm Reply

    I think the problem with The Matrix is that by the time I got to see it, it had been hyped out of all proportion. It was okay, it wasn’t great. Keanu’s acting…? He was that wooden he should have been sanded and varnished.

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