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01 July 2011 @ 05:58 pm
I lied: it has not been 'off and away' with me.

Do you ever have those moments that you just want - or need - to scream, not out of frustration or anything bad, but out of a build up of emotions that just want to let loose? For me that is 'primal scream'. Thankfully, I don't have to do it when my body and brain want to. (: (Though I'm tempted to find the nearest pillow and scream into it, I'll admit.)

The trigger to this 'primal scream' feeling: 'Harry Potter Deathly Hallows: Part 2' new videos unveiled (posted by minervas_eule. Watching that made me shake. Excited and nervous...nervous about how I'll feel once the credits start rolling.

It dawned on me, again, that today is the last day of summer term (and thus the last day I'm really enrolled in studenthood), I graduate next week and the week after is HP7(2). The final film in the world I've been a part of since I was eight. People mention 'the end of my childhood' about this film (much like the last book) and I know the feeling, especially when it comes so close to a huge transition in my life: my first time out of standardised education. Leaving Hogwarts, in my own way, as my own Granger. With the books and films combined, I have definitely done my growing up with Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron(ald) Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley and the lot.

(That and I've always been connected to the films, too, whereas some of my fan friends are really only interested in the books and seldom watch the films. For me the books and films are pretty much two separate worlds, with just this one connecting thread of being based on the same universe. And book!land does trump film!land, but that doesn't mean I don't love the films. I used to watch them over and over in high school. Knew every line to most of them.)

That is my primal scream. What are you all feeling about this film? Ideas and opinions about how you'll like it / what will be in it / what won't be in it / how good or bad it will be are accepted, of course (I try never to reject ideas and opinions), but what I'm really prompting is how you're feeling about this film and what it means to you. Have you grown up with Harry? Have you been a Minerva figure, watching the characters grow with an occasional shake of your head or chuckle? Are you Hogwarts, and you feel a bit beat up to see these characters leaving you? What does feelings does this film fire up in you?

(Now I'm off to a house party.)


"Welcome! Welcome to the new year at Hogwarts! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Thank you!"
[Albus Dumbledore; TPS Chap. 17]
Current Mood: nervousNervous.
kellychamblisskellychambliss on July 1st, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
I hate to see the franchise end; I want there to be another HP movie every two years for the rest of my life.

Still, as much as I've enjoyed the films, I'm disappointed in them overall; I think that on the whole, they diminished the female characters and their power (such power as they had in canon, which isn't all that much).

Then again (waffling in the way I do), I've loved certain film moments. I'm so genuinely of two minds: can't wait to see the movie, and yet don't want to see it, because once it's over, it's ALL over.

I am going to watch all the other DVDs (except DH 1, which I don't own) over again before seeing the new one.

I am not going to go to a midnight opening. As a full-fledged procrastinator, I like to put off my pleasures as well as my non-pleasures. So I will probably wait till I get to England to see it.

I was already an adult when the HP books started to appear, so I didn't grow up with the characters, although it's certainly been fun to watch the actors themselves grow up. 11 years or so really makes a difference, even in the people who were grown when filming started. Look how even Maggie Smith has changed, for instance -- from 66 to 76. Ten years go by fast, but they leave traces.
kellychamblisskellychambliss on July 1st, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
And PS -- I haven't watched any of the trailers/videos yet. I want to come to the movie as unspoiled as possible. Everything will still be there to watch afterward.
therealsnapetherealsnape on July 1st, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
On the one hand, I adore the films for making the universe come to life. That first look we got at Diacon Alley! And many actors (Rickman and Maggie Smith especially) more or less defined the character for me.

On the other hand, dedicated older-woman-fan that I am, I prefer the books, because so many of their best scenes were cut.

And I very much look forward to DH2, but a bit in the way Kelly does: after this, it's really over. I'd like a new one. Then again, am I thrilled about Pottermore? Nope. Not very easy to please, I guess.
lash_laruelash_larue on July 1st, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Initially, the movies pissed me off.

Hermione was too pretty, Ron was too short, Harry didn't have green eyes. Richard Harris seemed kind of wimpy for Dumbledore, but was better than Gambon. I eventually got over it, and like Kelly I enjoyed watching the kids grow and develop as actors.

I will never, ever forgive them for not having Hermione's little fires be blue, though. I get Daniel's eyes, his folks didn't want him to wear lenses, he was a little kid, okay. (bastards...) But the damn flame was CGI anyway. It should be blue. (assles...)

Voldemort is a runt and not remotely scary, and I don't buy the whole "red eyes wouldn't have expression" bit. His whole face is rubber. It has no expression. Fines is a competent actor, but the character just doesn't make it for me. Bella is too crazy, and therefore not scary either. Not to me. Overall I think HBC was good casting, but they overplayed it. Badly.

As for the whole Potter experience?

For me it was a Godsend. It got us to NYC, it introduced me to fanfiction, and gave me a desperately needed outlet. It also led me to some some new friends who have made a great difference in my life, and helped me maintain my tenuous hold on sanity.

So I'll go to the movie, and I'll buy the DVD, and I'll hope that JKR gets ever richer. I'll hope that the money and fame does not impinge on her happiness. The movies have to be regarded as a separate thing, or they stink in comparison. Not the best adaptation I've seen, but they're pretty good overall.

redbeargrlredbeargrl on July 1st, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
I hated the movies when they first started. It had nothing to do with the actors, they were just *not* what I saw in my mind when I read the books. I have since learned to love them as a small part of the greater universe that is Rowling's creation. Perhaps, in ten or twenty years or so, somebody (like the BBC) will remake them and make them closer to the books without all the left out bits that the current movies have done.

Of course, I had the same reaction to the LoTR movies when they appeared; too much missing and too many things added just for the sake of the visual medium. I'm going to say the same thing about The Hobbit currently being filmed because, let's face it, however good it is, it won't be THE Hobbit but only some directors impression of it.

Sigh...Do I sound like a book snob? Maybe so, but even I have my standards.

All that said, I'm going to miss the fandom which is already dying and has been so for years. Like Lash however, I must agree that this Harry Potter world has given me the chance to make some wonderful friends; people I would have never met in real life, but who mean more to me than you can imagine.

It's been an incredible journey. I'm sorry to see it go.