Still waiting on my letter from Hogwartz...

*Warning: Don't read if you haven't seen HP6 yet!*

So today I went to see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." It was my second time, my friend's first. Next week it will debut on the great big IMAX screen with the first 12 minutes of the film shown in 3-D. I keep hearing from different people that the IMAX version of this film will contain previously unseen footage, but it doesn't say that on the IMAX page. Hm... Or as one of my best bloggy friends would say, hum...

After seeing this film a second time, I can honestly say I think it's the best film in the series. Sure, I know they left a lot of things out from the book -- Voldemort, aka Tom Riddle's past, especially concerning his parentage and early childhood, could have been better fleshed out. Dumbledore's funeral was sadly lacking from the film. We didn't get the scene where Harry dumps Ginny (Are they even officially dating by the film's end? Does it even matter?!). And I barely saw any of the secondary characters. But it was still fantastic, as films go, and I recognize that film adaptations that religiously transfer the book to the screen don't always get it right.

I am happy to hear that the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be filmed in two parts. There's simply too much going on in that last book to make it onscreen in a cohesive manner -- unless they want to shoot a 6-hour film!!! And they can always resolve any hanging threads from HP6 by cutting it in half.

I hope I can convince the boyf to see HP6 again in IMAX. He saw with me on opening day, so he might not be as chipper as me about seeing it a second (for me third, hehe) time, but we shall see. In the meantime, I'm re-reading the last book in the series. There's a lot I don't remember from the books and I think I was reading it too fast the first time to fully appreciate it.

Below I've posted some neat things I found on the wondrous YouTube. The first is a behind-the-scenes video on the filming of HP6. The three links that follow are for some really interesting B-Roll footage from the film, showing the same scenes only shot from different perspectives. Check 'em out and let me know what you think!

Behind the Scenes

B-Roll 1

B-Roll 2

B-Roll 3

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3 comment(s):

Angela Lynn said...

I will for sure be checking these linkie lous out when the little cuties are fast asleep. I think I am one strange bird when it comes to book to film adaptions. If the film is faithful to the tone or feel of the book I am a happy girl.

Oh and who says silly things like hum??! Truly who are these bloggy friends? And when will they learn how to spell? *wink*

Kate said...

Thanks so much for the links! Oh, my Harry Potter obsession could never ever die out.

I love watching Behind the scenes stuff. It's just too much fun. I love how awkard it feels without all the music and such in scenes like the last with the wands..they all just have to stand there in silence pointing sticks at the sky. Brilliant.

Malia said...

I liked HP a lot. I did, however, find the ending to be a little abrupt. I know that's because I'm comparing it to the book so whatever but I still really really enjoyed it. I felt every emotion watching it, excited, pumped up, scared, was fantastic.