Blog #23: Movie Reviews: Captain America: The First Avenger, Deathly Hallows Part II – And Other Stuff.

Lots to get to this week.  I should say up front that I probably won’t completely proofread the whole thing because it’s going to be really, really, really, long, and I’m really, really, really, busy.  I’m still having LeakyCon withdrawal, but I don’t expect that to go away anytime soon.  Here’s a breakdown of this week’s blog.

1. Transformers ArtifactS of the Week
2. The Current State of the Boston Red Sox
3. The Lockout is Over!
4. New Transformers
5. Transformers Kre-O Crash and Burn
6. San Diego ComicCon Transformers Exclusives
7. Some Awesome Harry Potter Parodies
8. Some More Thoughts on Transformers Dark of the Moon with Lots of Spoilers
9. Captain America: The First Avenger No Spoilers Review
10. Captain America: The First Avenger Lots of Spoilers Review
11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II Lots of Spoilers Review
12. Harry Potter Ultimate Edition DVD/Blu-Rays

Wow, that’s a lot.  I best get right to it.

1. Transformers ArtifactS of the Week

I’ve picked up a number of new items of late.  None of these are up on TFMuseum.com yet, but I’m hoping to get an update done sometime next month.  I expect to add around 500 items.

Here is a 2008 Transformers Animated Storybook with Slide Puzzle and 4 Puzzles.  I keep finding Animated items that I never saw in stores.  This isn’t that unusual.  I often find items from lines that have been out for a while, but there just seems to be so many Animated items that are showing up years after they were manufactured, it’s just a bit odd.  Many of them are very unique, which is nice.

Here we have a Hasbro “Play On!” bottle of water.  I picked this up on ebay along with some Botcon Hall of Fame induction items.  I’m not sure if this was something they were given out to everyone that night, or if it was meant for the guests (you know how they always have water for the guests who are speaking).  With the slogan “Play On!” I don’t think it was specifically a Transformers item.  Am curious to know more about this.

You most likely have heard of Character Bandz, the licensed character versions of Silly Bandz.  They were all the rage for a while, though I see untouched racks full of these things and I think their popularity has taken a nosedive.  There were, in case you haven’t seen them, Transformers (2010 branded) Character Bandz.  I only saw them at Newbury Comics.  (If you’re interested, I’ve got photos of my complete Series 1 set at TFMuseum.com.)  There has not, and likely won’t be a series 2.  That’s because Hasbro decided to do their own version of these for their licenses rather than licensing them to Forever Collectibles (or at least that’s what it seems like).  So we have these, Transformers “Shaped Rubber Bands”.  Yeah, the name is dumb.


Unlike the Character Bandz that had five different designs in four different colors for a total of twenty in series 1, the series A 8 packs of Shaped Rubber Bands has 2 each of four designs in one color each.  Yeah, it’s kind of stupid.  I have not seen any series B, and I’m guessing we never will.  I’ve only seen these at K-Mart stores.

2. The Current State of the Boston Red Sox

In a word, sizzling and that’s without THREE of the starting pitchers we began the season with!  They are up three games on the New York and 9.5 on the now irrelevant Tamp Bay Rays.  The Yankees are 5.5 game sup on the Angels for the Wildcard, so it looks pretty clear the Sox and Yanks are both going to the playoffs.  It’s still close, but I don’t see the Yankees catching them.

As I write this, Tim Wakefield is on the mound looking for the 199th career win, as the Sox lead 5-2.  If he wins today, he will need just one win to reach 200 for his career, but will also be just seven wins away from tying Roger Clemens for first place on the Red Sox all-time win list.  Now, I stopped being a Clemens fan when he left the Red Sox under some really unfortunate circumstances and started despising him when he became a Yankee, so the idea of such a great Red Sox legend like Tim Wakefield passing him on that list is just awesome.  Today is the 99th game of the season for the Red Sox, so with 63 games remaining, Wakefield should have twelve more starts to win 8 games and take over first place.  That might be a tall order, even as well as he’s pitching, but it’s not impossible.  If he doesn’t get it, I hope he will be back next year, and I hope he’ll have the opportunity to reach that milestone.  (I also happen to think that as one of the greatest knuckleball pitchers to ever play the game he deserves Hall of Fame consideration, but I have a feeling that will never happen.)

3. The Lockout is Over!

Are you ready for some football!  I know I am.  What I find silly is that anyone thought there was the slightest chance we’d lose any real games that mattered.  (The HOF game is irrelevant.)  There is way too much money to be lost for each game to ever let them be canceled.  This is unlike the NBA where there are so many teams in financial turmoil that not playing might be less expensive than playing.  In any case, next week should be pretty crazy with free agency, and I’ll be keeping an eye on what my Patriots do next week.  Super Bowl here we come!

4. New Transformers

I’ve picked up quite a few new Transformers recently. 

Human Alliance K-Mart Exclusive Flash Freeze Assault with Sideswipe and Icepick
Cyberverse Play Set the Ark
Cyberverse Commander Battle Steel Optimus Prime and Hatchet
Deluxe Target Exclusive Bumblebee, Space Case, Arcee, and Jazz
Deluxe Wal-Mart Exclusive Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Optimus Prime
Human Alliance Roadbuster
Leader Ironhide
Voyager Sentinel Prime and Fireburst Optimus Prime

Leader Ironhide and Human Alliance Roadbuster are just awesome.  It is interesting that Wal-Mart got the Deluxe Optimus Prime mold which has never been released, but I believe a repaint was seen in the display case at SDCC, but there was no card shown with the toy name.  I’m not too impressed with the Ark play set, but Cyberverse Commander Hatchet is really nice in both modes.  The Dreads should have had more screen time in the movie, but with any luck they’ll be brought back for TF4.

The Target Deluxe exclusives are very cool.  They have a lot of translucent plastic with Cybertronian symbols all over them.

The Human Alliance Flash Freeze Assault shows Sidseip on the back holding Icepick in gun mode with a sticker beside it saying that Sideswipe can’t hold the gun.  Oops.

5. Transformers Kre-O Crash and Burn

I’ve talked about my feelings on the Kre-O toys.  Having now built all the robots and all the vehicle accept the large Bumblebee, my original thoughts still stand.  Nice, but could have been better.  However, my reason for bringing them up is this, they are going to choke shelves until they are severely clearanced so don’t run out to get them at full price.

No one is buying these things.  The shelves at every TRU I go to are chock full of all twelve toys.  It’s ridiculous.  If we were closer to Christmas, I would say that maybe they’ll start flying off the shelves then, but we aren’t.  I can’t see them still being full price by Christmas.  On consecutive (maybe there was one between them) weekends, TRU had them on sale for buy one get one 25% off and then buy one get one 50% off.  To me that says, that BOGO25% just wasn’t enough to make them sell.  It’s too bad, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing any more of these.

6. San Diego ComicCon Transformers Exclusives

As you may or may not know, Hasbro went apeshit this year with SDCC exclusives.  Instead of the one toy and one other item that they usually have (if that) they had FOUR exclusive items this year.

Available is the Ultimate MechTech Optimus Prime packaged in vehicle mode with an extra sticker sheet and well as the first available Transformers: Prime toy, a Deluxe Optimus Prime packaged in special Matrix of Leadership packaging (which does look completely awesome.  Not sure if this is just different packaging or if the toy is different from the coming mass release, I keep hearing different things about that.

Hasbro took a Nerf N-Strike foam dart gun and painted it in Optimus Prime colors with his picture on the side as an exclusive.

Last, but certainly not least, perhaps the most anticipated con exclusive toy ever that has two separate fandoms going out of their mind to find one, the GI Joe Skystriker painted up as Starscream with a Cobra Commander figure that comes with a Megatron gun accessory.  Every G Joe and Transformers fan wants one and it’s already sold out in all the online stores and is going for ridiculous money on ebay.  It would have been really cool if they included a trench coat and hat for Cobra Commander (See the Generation One Transformers episode “Only Human” if you don’t understand why), but I guess that would have been asking too much.  The toy certainly looks awesome though.

I would love to see more GI Joe / Transformers crossovers, but I don’t think it would have great success at retail.  As a collectors only series via the website, it could be great.  (I would settle for a series of 3 3/4 inch action figures of Transformers characters from the G1 cartoon.  Why Hasbro, or for that matter, Fun Publications, hasn’t done this, I don’t know.)  I’m not holding my breath.

7. Some Awesome Harry Potter Parodies

These were so funny that I had to post them.

Orange Potter and the Deathly Apple

Marvel/DC Harry Potter Parody

Marvel/DC Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parody

Harrey Podder Say the Magic Word

8. Some More Thoughts on Transformers Dark of the Moon with Lots of Spoilers

I was really busy right around when Transformers: Dark of the Moon came out, and I really don’t think I mentioned everything in my review that I meant to, so here are a few more thoughts on it.

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I absolutely love Optimus Prime’s voice over opening and closings to all three movies, though the first closing is still the best, this was the best opening of all three movies.  I hope whoever directs TF4 and beyond will continue to open and close the movies this way.

I loved the missiles spiraling up to the Ark.  Such an awesome scene, in fact, the entire opening part of the flashback that was all affects shots was incredible.  I wish we could have seen more of Cybertron during the war.

Carly’s opening scene walking up the stairs was completely unexpected, but I thought it was a great way to introduce her relationship with Sam and not leave anyone looking for Michaela.

The picture with the President was absolutely hysterical, and having him knock over the lap when he met Carly was priceless.

I still wish there was a little more about the circumstances of his split from Michaela.  If it was before he met the president they couldn’t have split that long after the events of Revenge of the Fallen.  Plus, they should have given some explanation as to why Sam has her dog.  That just plain doesn’t make any sense.  I still wish they had killed her off.

I’ve always found Sam’s parents hysterical, and the matching green jumpsuits were just…wow. 🙂

I really like that the Transformers were helping the US government deal with terrorism related issues.  It makes sense, since with the Decepticons were not active they wouldn’t have anything else to do.

I like how they showed Bumblebee and Sideswipe (I don’t think anyone else accept the Wreckers) in their armored vehicle modes.  It works in perfectly with the Speed Star Stealth Force toys.  I just wish we saw more of it.

Shockwave was amazing looking as was his pet.  He was underused obviously.  It would have been nice to have some back-story on him.  It might have been hard to work that in though, and just having him in their looking so awesome and having that great battle with Optimus Prime was well worth it.

I’m so glad they gave Optimus Prime his trailer!  I loved that it had a purpose, to store his various weapon systems in and wasn’t just there for show.

It was great to portray Laserbeak as an assassin.  It was the perfect job for him, and anytime he was talking was awesome.

Sam interviews illustrate a major reason why I have no desire to change jobs.  Well…that and free food in the cafeteria. 🙂

They did a really god job making Dylan a douche bag without making it obvious that he was a villain.  I never saw it coming that he was working with the Decepticons.  Very nicely done.

I loved Sam stomping on the engine.  I think he and I are on the same level of mechanical knowledge.

The first time we see Megatron, I was just blown away.  The truck looked so amazing.  Since it was only in two scenes, I kind of think it may have had all the detailing done with CGI, which would be too bad, as it would be awesome for it to have been really made.  Still, it looked great.  I wasn’t too sure how I felt about the whole cloak thing when I saw the toy, but when he transforms in the movie, he looks awesome.  I’m still not to clear on the bugs that are all over Megatron.  When I first saw them, I assumed they must be repairing him, and he kept squashing them because he was annoyed, but having seen the movie five times, it does look more likely they are pests.  Seems a bit odd that even injured he wouldn’t have the ability to get rid of an infestation like that, but it looked so cool, it doesn’t really bother me.

I am curious what will become of Megatron’s…litter…I guess that’s what you’d call them.  Could be a good place to go with the next movie.

I’ve heard some people complain about Optimus Prime having the Matrix “like he always had it”.  As Autobot leader, if the Matrix had not been lost, it would have been his.  Now that it was found, he has it.  Anyone who saw Revenge of the Fallen knows how he got it, so why would it be strange that he has it?  If you haven’t seen Revenge of the Fallen, it all makes perfect sense as well.  I’m not sure why people are having a problem with this.  It all makes perfect sense to me.

I have also heard a few people complaining about the plot of the movie being a Space Bridge when Jetfire opened a Space Bridge in Revenge of the Fallen.  I would argue they are two different things.  Jetfire (and likely some other Transformers) clearly have the ability to create an unstable Space Bridge (remember, it nearly killed them to go through it) while Sentinel Prime’s Space Bridge is far more powerful and stable.  Again, like the Matrix thing, I don’t see why this doesn’t make sense to some people.

I didn’t catch it the first four times I saw it, but when Bruce comes to Sam’s apartment to meet Bumblebee, Bumblebee plays a quote from the movie Tommy Boy, “Did you eat a lot of paint chips when you were a kid?”  So funny.

On the highway when Bumblebee flips through the air and transformers and Sam is flying along beside him and he scream like a little girl as Bumblebee pulls him back inside and transformers again is one of my favorite Transformers movie moments.  So cool.

I would have like to see a longer battle between Ironhide and Sideswipe and the Dreads.  They should have used the Dreads a lot more, maybe in the next movie.

The watch that Dylan put on Sam was very cool.  Too bad they didn’t hold off on the Real Gear Robots until now.  Would be cool if they made a toy for that watch.

I would love to have toys of the Decepticon battleships, fighters, and four legged walkers.  Maybe as part of the Cyberverse line?  I can hope.

Bumblebee blasting the penthouse with the Decepticon fighter was another favorite moment of mine, and Laserbeak getting his head blown off was perfect.  I really liked the damage that Sam did to several Decepticons in this movie.  He wasn’t just being dragged along or running for his life, he was attacking.  More on that later.

I am still stunned that the Wing Suits are real!  Even more than that, they apparently jumped in an urban environment for the first time to film scenes foe the movie.  Not sure how Bay got them to do that, it would seem ridiculously dangerous, but I’m glad they did it.  That was spectacular.

I’m wondering, was Optimus Prime’s jetpack still parts of Jetfire, or that having been so useful, did they build him the jetpack?  I’m curious about that.  The sequence when he attacked Shockwave’s pet was one of my favorites, and I really liked how he ended up tangled in the chains.  It was a perfect way to take Prime out of the fight for a little while.

How awesome was it that Sam got to take out Starscream?  Sam deserved to kick some ass in this movie, and who’s better to kick that old Screamer?

Queue’s execution was so brutal.  I suppose they had to have at least one more Autobot die for sake of reality.  I still wish he had been called Wheeljack, but I can’t complain about a James Bond reference.

Well, I think that, along with my previous comments are a bit more thorough.  Here are a few more awesome quotes that I missed the first time around.

“WTF to that.” – Bruce Brazos

“Spare me you gaseous sycophant.” – Megatron

“I feel safer when I sleep with a grenade.  Doesn’t mean I’m right.” – Seymour Simmons

“Class dismissed.” – Ironhide

“I hereby discharge you from duty.” – Sentinel Prime

“You’re lucky I didn’t kill you.  In time you’ll see.” – Sentinel Prime
“It’s not over.” – Optimus Prime

“Well…he’s dead.” – Sam Witwicky

“Any minute now, you’ll be nothing but Sentinel’s bitch.” – Carly Spencer

9. Captain America: The First Avenger No Spoilers Review

Before I get to the movie, during the previous, I saw one for a movie called Abduction starring Taylor Lautner and was shocked to see that he might actually be in a good movie.  Interesting career move, actually do a film that doesn’t suck.  Also saw the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man, which was so…well…amazing. 🙂 Anyway…

I wasn’t worried about Thor and I wasn’t worried about X-Men: First Class.  I was absolutely sure they would be great.  I was a little worried about Captain America.  Some of the stills that came out looked a bit cartoonish, but it’s always hard to tell from still how things will translate to the movie.

I need not have worried.  They did an amazing job with this movie and I was really surprised with some of the ways they went.  Now, admittedly, I don’t know as much about the early days of Captain America as I wish I did, so I may make some story assumptions that are wrong, but I loved the changes they made (or at least changes to what I perceive the original story was).

I can’t say much more without huge spoilers, but I loved it, go see it.  I don’t usually see the Marvel movie a second time in theaters, unless I go see them in IMAX, which I only have done with Iron Man and Iron Man 2, but I might need to see this one again.

10. Captain America: The First Avenger Lots of Spoilers Review

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The opening in the future with them finding the ship was unexpected.  I sort of thought that might be the end of the movie, but I really liked it.

“Don’t do anything stupid till I get back” – Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes
“How can I?  You’re taking all the stupid with you.” – Steve Rogers

I thought it was brilliant to make Bucky Steve’s best friend even before he becomes Captain America.  It works much better than the classic sidekick story.

I loved it when he got the flag off the flagpole by taking down the pole, which nobody had been able to do before.  That was great.

“People forget the first country the Nazis invaded was their own.” – Dr. Abraham Erskine

That was a great line!  There was another great line about asking a woman to dance being terrifying, but I didn’t get it written down.  So many great quotes in this movie.

The scene where Steve receives the formula was so well done.  I love that it was more than just an injection, and that they were going to stop until Steve told them not to.  Also loved the use of Howard Stark.

I thought it was a rather brilliant idea to initially make him a tool of US propaganda rather than a soldier, complete with his own comic book.  Then the contrast to the cheering masses when he actually was in front of troops who had actually seen the war on the front line.  His frustration was well portrayed.

“If you have something to say, keep it to yourself.” – Colonel Chester Phillips

How great was Tommy Lee Jones in this movie?  Not that he’s ever not great, but he was perfect in every scene he was in.

“I thought you were dead.” – Captain America
“I thought you were smaller.” – Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes

I loved the Stan Lee cameo.  He always has such great cameos.

I had to think about Bucky’s death for a while.  I wasn’t sure I liked it initially, but upon reflection, it was better to kill him off earlier than have him die at the end.  You want to make Captain America’s “sacrifice” be the big one at the end.  Besides, who knows?  Maybe they could have some way he survived and make him the Winter Soldier?  I happen to think Winter Soldier is one of the best characters from recent years in the comics.  I could get behind the idea of having him in the movies.

The motorcycle chase was one of the scenes that I had seen stills of and wasn’t too sure about, but it was really good.  All of the advanced Nazi technology was made to look advanced, but not so advanced that it looked futuristic.  It didn’t feel so out of place for a movie happening in 1943.

“I’m not going to kiss you.” – Colonel Chester Phillips

I really enjoyed the way they ended it with Steve having to crash the ship to save New York.  In the comics he just blows it up to stop the missile (or plane, I can’t recall), but to actually have to crash it seems to mean more, and then we get to have his final transmissions before the crash.

Howard Stark finding the cube explains the end of Thor.

Then came what I didn’t expect.  When Steve wakes up, I wasn’t sure what was happening, but I never thought he was in the present and they were trying to ease the shock.  I loved that Nick fury showed up at the end.  I really hope he is going to play a huge role in Avengers.

That brings us of course to after the credits.  Now, I guess this had been online, but I hadn’t seen it yet.  I was not expecting to essentially get the teaser trailer for Avengers!  I can’t wait.  It looks so good.  The way the characters will relate to each other should be fantastic.  So psyched!

Well, that about does it for Captain America.  If they plan a Captain America sequel, I don’t know if they will do something present day or, as someone had said in interviews a while back, go back to World War II and tell some stories that were “skipped,” but either way, I think we will see sequels for Captain America.

11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II Lots of Spoilers Review

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Okay, so here’s what none of you have been waiting for. 🙂 Here is my detailed thoughts on Deathly Hallows, Part II, having now seen it three times.

Alan Rickman should absolutely be nominated and win for best supporting actor at the Oscars.  I was curious and looked up his profile on IMDB.  I am shocked and outraged to learn he has NEVER been even nominated for an Academy Award.  He has won a Golden Globe, a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, an Emmy and won and been nominated for numerous British awards and lesser awards that I’ve never heard of, but never an Oscar.  It is time.  If he is not nominated, the entire awards system is a joke.  (It probably is anyway, but we can hope.)

The reason I say that right off the top is that the first scene in the movie is the only one I think Rickman should have played a little differently.  We first see him looking out over the Hogwarts courtyard at the marching students.  The look on his face seems too regretful.  You can tell just looking at him that this is not something he is enjoying, yet we should believe at this point that he murdered Dumbledore and supports Voldemort.  To me, in this scene, his true motives are a bit too clear.  I think he needed to look more satisfied.  They could have had one of the Death Eaters look up at him to later explain why he would look satisfied.  He was just playing his part as Voldemort’s loyal follower.

However, here is the problem.  After I saw Order of the Phoenix, I finished reading (listening to) Goblet of Fire, then read Order of the Phoenix, and the went back on what I said I would do all along and read Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows.  I still wonder if my reactions to HBP, DH1, and DH2 would have been different if I had not read the books first.  As much as I love the books, I always feel like the movie come first for me, as I am so much more of a visual person.  Order of the Phoenix is my least favorite movie because of the things that didn’t make sense until I read the books.  I loved the last three movies, but I wish I knew how I would have felt seeing them without reading the books first, and this is what causes a problem for me with this opening scene.  If I hadn’t read the books, if I didn’t know that Snape was a good guy, maybe this scene wouldn’t bother me.  Maybe it wasn’t his expression that seems to give away his motives, but my having read the book.  I don’t know.  In any event, after that scene, Alan Rickman nails every scene perfectly.

“HERE LIES DOBBY, A FREE ELF”

Oh, Dobby…you are missed.  I kind of knew they would start with the grave as soon as I saw Part I.

“Muggles think these keep evil away, but they’re wrong.” – Luna Lovegood

It was pointed out at LeakyCon (I really didn’t notice) that they gave Luna the first line of the last movie, and it was such a good line to start on.  Foreshadowing?

“You are a very unusual wizard.” – Griphook

I really liked the Griphook scene.  His back and forth with Harry showed the goblin’s distrust.  From a story point of view, Harry really should have just told him that he could have it after Voldemort was destroyed and ensure that he would help them get out, but if Harry thought that far ahead Voldemort would not have been resurrected in GoF.

“He’s after you, Mr. Potter. You really don’t stand a chance.” – Mr. Ollivander
“I suppose I’ll have to kill him before he finds me.” – Harry Potter

Way to be a bad ass, Harry!  John Hurt was so good in this scene, especially his expression when Harry said that he was lying.  So good.

I was a little disappointed that Harry never figured out that his cloak was the third Deathly Hallow.  I mean, come on, it would have been so easy.  When he and Griphook are under the cloak, all they had to do is have him notice the Deathly Hallows symbol and a ten second flashback to Luna’s father talking about the cloak and Hermione mentioning the Peverell family being buried in Godric’s Hollow.  That’s all the connection that would have been necessary.  It’s a small thing and doesn’t affect the plot.  Of course, if I hadn’t read the books first I wouldn’t care at all.

Helena Bonham Carter was fantastic playing Emma playing Bellatrix (or should I playing Hermione playing Bellatrix).  She did a wonderful job of mimicking Emma’s facial expressions (of course Emma’s voice helped).  My only complaint is about her not being able to walk well of the heels.  It was funny, don’t get me wrong, but Hermione wore heels to the Yule Ball in GoF.  (No, I didn’t know that off the top of my head, I had to check.)  If she was dancing in dressy heeled shoes, I don’t see how she would have any trouble walking on heeled boots.  It didn’t look like the heels were tiny.  Having said that, I don’t know a thing about walking on heels, so maybe I’m just wrong.

The dragon looked amazing, but I agree with Hermione.  Training it to be afraid is barbaric.  The expanding treasure in the vault was so well done.  I’m kind of glad they left out the part (at least I think they did) where the treasure was burning them.  I think it was great in the book, but would have been kind of unnecessary in the movies.

“I said I’d get you in.  I never said anything about getting you out.” – Griphook

That little snake.  Harry should have just used the imperious curse on him to get them into Gringotts.  At least he would get his later.

The dragon escape was fantastic.  Too bad they had to use the poor thing to make their get away, but they weren’t left with much choice.

In the book, it was made very clear that Voldemort could not feel the destruction of the Horcruxes.  When Harry and company go dragon diving, while in the water, Voldemort sees into his mind and realizes that that diary, ring, and locket, have been destroyed.  He knows Harry has the cup, and Harry is able to see that he last one is at Hogwarts.  This all makes perfect sense to me given their connection to each other.  However, after that, Harry and Voldemort both feel when the cup is destroyed.  Harry never felt the destruction of the Horcruxes before and of course neither did Voldemort.  So, how do we explain them both being able to feel it?  I think it might be as simple as this (and I know it’s not book canon, I’m only going for logic).  Once Voldemort knew that his Horcruxes were being destroyed, is it possible that having that knowledge he made a conscious attempt to “touch” those pieces of his soul the way he “touches” the piece of his soul within Harry?  Perhaps in movie canon he was always able to sense them, he just never did because he thought they were all safe.  Once he saw the truth in Harry’s mind, he made a conscious effort to “touch” them, and when they were destroyed he felt it, and by extension, so did the other Horcruxes including Harry.

Of course, it’s also possible I’m just over thinking it.  It’s been known to happen. 🙂

“Hermione, when have any of our plans ever actually worked?  We plan, we get there, all hell breaks loose.” – Harry Potter

This might be the greatest quote from the entire movie series.

I really liked the scene of Voldemort walking thought the dead bodies with his feet covered in blood while talking to Nagini.  It has to be one of the most chilling moments from the movie.

Griphook deserved what he got.  Too bad the sword didn’t desert him before he died just to add insult to injury.

“Sorry to hear it.  I liked that elf.” – Aberforth Dumbledore

Yeah…me too. 😦 Anyway…so the trio gets to Hogsmeade and Aberforth rescues them.  This was a scene that I would have liked to see go on a little longer than it did.  It would have been nice to get more detail on what happened to Ariana and how it connected with Grindelwald and Dumbledore’s “quest for power”.  Just a few lines of explanation would have made that all clear, but even without it, it was a great scene.

There was however, one gaping hole in this scene.  How did Harry get the shard of Sirius’s mirror?  I don’t like loose ends.  If they had Harry find the mirror shard in Sirius’s room in DH1, then that would have been fine, but for him to have it at the beginning they should have told us how he got it.  Clearly he had to get it after Mundungus Fletcher cleaned the place out, but as far as we know, Harry never went to Grimauld Place after Sirius died.  It would have been so easy to fix this, just let him find it when they are there at DH1, and it would have plugged a gaping hole in the story.  Not the end of the world, it wasn’t really critical to know, but it would have been easy to explain.

“…lightning has struck, I repeat, lighting has struck.” – Nigel

Well, it’s nice that they finally gave Nigel something to do that was cool.  He’s always just sort of been there.

I had goose bumps when Neville led Harry into the Room of Requirement and they all started to cheer.  It felt like we had finally reached the end.

Snape’s speech in great hall was just so good.  How can I say enough about Alan Rickman?  He delivered each line in that scene perfectly, and then I didn’t expect Harry to just step out of the crowd like that.  It all worked so well.

“How dare you stand where he stood.  Tell them what happened that night!  Tell them how you looked him in the eye, a man who trusted you, and killed him!  Tell them!” – Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe has never delivered a better line.  So great.

Then the order comes into the Great Hall and you just know the shit is about to hit the fan.

Then we get McGonagall versus Snape, or to be more precise, McGonagall bitch slapping Snape like a first year!  How awesome is Maggie Smith?

I love it when Voldemort is speaking into their minds.  Some of the first years screaming was so intense.

Then Pansy has her one line in the movie and Ginny immediately steps in front of Harry.  Now, I didn’t mention before the first time we saw Ginny in DH2 when Harry is in the Room of Requirement and they stand there staring across the room at each other.  I know a lot of people have called Dan and Bonnie’s scenes together awkward, and to some extent I agree with that, though I thought their kiss in HBP was perfect.  I think all there scenes, the few that they are, in DH2 are perfect.  More on that later.

It was so heartwarming to see everyone come to Harry’s defense like that, and it made it all the more poignant later when Voldemort accuses Harry of letting his friends die for him.

“Students out of bed!  Students out of bed!  Students out of bed!” – Argus Flich
“They’re supposed to be out of bed you blithering idiot.” – Minerva McGonagall
“Right, I’m sorry Ma’am.” – Argus Filch
“Actually, Mr. Filch, your timing is impeccable. Could you please escort Miss Parkinson, and the rest of Syltherin house out.” – Minerva McGonagall
“Where exactly will I be leading them to, ma’am?” – Argus Filch
“The dungeons should do.” – Minerva McGonagall

The first time I saw DH2 at LeakyCon, this got one of the biggest cheers of the entire movie.  Not much to say about a McGonagall quote, you just have to sit back and enjoy it.

“Are you really giving us permission to do this?” – Neville Longbottom
“Yes, Longbottom.” – Minerva McGonagall
“Blow it up? Boom?” – Neville Longbottom
“BOOM!” – Minerva McGonagall

I sort of thought they were talking about the bridge when I heard this.  So awesome, how about another McGonagall quote?

“Piertotum Locomotor!  Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries. Protect us!  I’ve always wanted to use that spell.” – Minerva McGonagall

I loved the armor effects.  They looked so cool.  One more McGonagall quote, last one, I promise.  (Easy since I think it’s her last line in the movie.)

“You do realize we can’t keep out You-Know-Who indefinitely.” – Filius Flitwick
“That doesn’t mean we can’t delay him. And his name is Voldemort, so you might as well use it, he’s going to try and kill you either way.” – Minerva McGonagall

Then Molly, Flitwick, and Slughorn “raising the shields”.  It felt so Star Trek. 🙂 Awesome effect and kind of what I would expect the defenses to be.

“Harry, wait, I need to talk to you.” – Luna Lovegood
“I’m a bit preoccupied at the moment, Luna.” – Harry Potter
“You won’t find it where you’re going, you’re wasting your time.” – Luna Lovegood
“We’ll talk later, ok?” – Harry Potter
“Harry!” – Luna Lovegood
“Later!” – Harry Potter
“Harry Potter!  You listen to me right now!  Don’t you remember what Cho said about Rowena Ravenclaw’s diadem?  There’s not a person alive who’s seen it.  It’s obvious isn’t it?  You have to talk to someone who’s dead.” – Luna Lovegood

Kudos to the David Yates and Steve Kloves.  They really gave the fans what they wanted.  Letting Luna have such an important moment in this film helping Harry find the diadem was perfect and Evanna Lynch played it so well.  She raised her voice more than we’ve ever heard Luna before, but not so much that she was screaming, something I can’t imagine Luna ever doing.

The Harry and Helena Ravenclaw scene was great, though I thought it was a bit longer than it had to be.  Not a big deal.

Then we get the great moments, Kingsley and Lupin, Fred and George.  Again, they gave the fans what they wanted, a moment to say goodbye.

I don’t have the quote, but Ron telling Hermione she could do it before she destroyed the Horcrux was a great moment.  For once, he’s the one encouraging her.  It can never be said that it wasn’t worth the seven movie build up to Ron and Hermione’s kiss and Rupert and Emma did it perfectly including the laugh at the end.

The effects when Voldemort was trying to bring down the shield and the wand was cracking were awesome.

“That went well.” – Neville Longbottom

The whole sequence on the bridge, Neville taunting them, then being chased and lighting off the explosives, was so great.  They really gave Neville some great moments even before his epic snake slaying.

“Ginny!  Neville!  Are you all right?” – Harry Potter
“Never better!  I feel like I could spit fire!  You haven’t seen Luna have you?” – Neville Longbottom
“Luna?” – Harry Potter
“I’m mad for her.  I think it’s about time I told her, since we’ll probably both be dead by dawn!” – Neville Longbottom
[Neville runs up the staircase; Harry and Ginny look at each other for a moment, then kiss.  Ginny whispers to Harry.]
“I know.” – Ginny Weasley

This is one of my favorite moments.  Of the movie.  I thought the kiss was perfect and there was zero awkward, and let’s be honest, are there any fans who DIDN’T want Luna and Neville to get together?  After Order of the Phoenix where she takes him by the hand everyone was talking about that.

“That’s my girlfriend you numpties!” – Ron Weasley

The Room of Requirement scene was great, but I am disappointed that Crabbe was not there.  For those of you who are not aware, Jamie Waylett, who played Vincent Crabbe was convicted of position of cannabis in 2009 and it was later announced that he would not return for Deathly Hallows, Part II.  I think this is stupid.  Come on, how many big stars have done things at least that stupid?  I am sure the argument will be that England wants higher standards.  I think if that’s the reason, they should get off their high horses.  It really didn’t affect the movie, I just thought it was dumb.  I don’t exactly have sympathy for him (especially since he is wearing a Yankees cap in his profile picture on Wikipedia…maybe I am okay with him not coming back). 🙂

Anyway, the scene in the Room of Requirement unfolds pretty much the way I remember it from the book accept that it is Goyle who gets himself deep fried by the Fiendfyre.

“If we die for them Harry, I’m going to kill you.” – Ron Weasley

While we’ve have a lot of changes from books to movie, the core elements have remained essentially unchanged…until now.  They stab with diadem with a basilisk fang and then Ron kicks it into the Fiendfyre.  Admittedly it doesn’t really change anything to the story, but I thought it was interesting that Harry and not Crabbe/Golye essentially destroyed the Horcrux.  It was Harry.  Not hugely important, but in the book each Horcrux was destroyed by a different person.

I loved seeing the Acromantulas again, even if for only a minute.  Hermione killing (or at least attacking) Greyback was great.  Poor Lavender.

The Aberforth Patronus scene was nice.  It was like he was saying to Harry, “Yeah, right…I’ve given up.”  Even Harry needs to eat a little crow now and then.

Then we get to Snape’s death.  It was so perfect, Snape trying to convince Voldemort that he is the master of the Elder Wand, and Voldemort seeming to *almost* actually regret having to kill him.  I love the wand slash as the frist blow.

“Nagini, kill.” – Lord Voldemort

When I first heard about the Nagini attack not being shown I wasn’t really sure about it, but it was so perfect.  Not seeing it was probably way more dramatic than seeing it would have been.

“Take them.  Take them.” – Severus Snape

I liked the use of the tears as the memories.  I know there were just a couple of tears and it seem to be a lot more when Harry poured it in the Pensieve later.  I don’t think that really matters.  Memories were always shown larger than tears.  They were compressed and expanded in the vial.  That makes sense to me.

“You have your mother’s eyes.” – Severus Snape

I must say I prefer Snape’s last words from the movie to the book.  Maybe that has a lot to do with Alan Rickman’s epic delivery, maybe it’s just a better line than “Look…at…me.”

Then in the Great Hall we learn of the deaths of Fred, Tonks, and Remus and you know that Harry is thinking about what Voldemort said about letting his friends died for him.  I was a bit disappointed in one thing here.  McGonagall is looking at Harry across the Great Hall before Harry heads to the Headmaster’s office.  I would have like a conversation between the two of them.

Then we have “The Prince’s Tale”.  It was absolutely perfect.  Ellie Darcey-Alden and Benedict Clarke were fantastic as young Lily Evans and young Severus Snape.  Then they get older and Alan Rickman takes over.  I already said that needs an Academy Award for this.  His begging Dumbledore to protect Lily, the devastated look on his face in Dumbledore’s office after she’s dead, the look of horror when he sees her body and holds her.  I already talked about the sobbing in the theater in my last blog.  They couldn’t have done it any better, though I kind of wish we had gotten less bits and pieces and more full scenes, but would probably have gone on too long and killed the drama of the big reveal.

“We both know Lord Voldemort has ordered the Malfoy boy to murder me.  But should he fail, I should presume the Dark Lord will turn to you.  You must be the one to kill me, Severus.  It is the only way.  Only then will the Dark Lord trust you completely.” – Severus Snape
“There will come a time when Harry Potter must be told something.  But you must wait until Voldemort is at his most vulnerable.” – Albus Dumbledore
“Must be told what?” – Severus Snape
“On the night Lord Voldemort went to Godric’s Hollow to kill Harry, and Lily Potter cast herself between them, the curse rebounded.  When that happened, a part of Voldemort’s soul latched itself onto the only living thing it could find. Harry himself.  There’s a reason Harry can speak with snakes.  There’s a reason he can look into Lord Voldemort’s mind.  A part of Voldemort lives inside him.” – Albus Dumbledore
“So when the time comes…the boy must die?” – Severus Snape
“Yes.  Yes…he must die.” – Albus Dumbledore
“You’ve kept him alive so that he can die at the proper moment. You’ve been raising him like a pig for slaughter!” – Severus Snape
“Don’t tell me now that you’ve grown to care for the boy.” – Albus Dumbledore
“Lily…after all this time?” – Albus Dumbledore
“Always.” – Severus Snape

“I’ll go with you.” – Hermione Granger

She would have, too.  I understand why in the book he didn’t say goodbye, but I loved this scene.  Then came the forest.  I think a few quotes will suffice, as I don’t have the words for it.

“I am ready to die.” – Harry Potter

“Does it hurt…dying.” – Harry Potter
“Quicker than falling asleep.” – Sirius Black

“I’m sorry, I never wanted any of you to die for me.” – Harry Potter

“Stay close to me.” – Harry Potter
“Always.” – Lily Potter

“Harry Potter…the boy who lived…come to die…Avada Kedavra!” – Lord Voldemort

Then came King’s Cross, and again, I don’t have the words, but some quotes will do.

“You wonderful boy. You brave, brave man.” – Albus Dumbledore

“What is that, Professor?” – Harry Potter
“Something that is beyond either of our help.” – Albus Dumbledore

“I have to go back, haven’t I? “ – Harry Potter
“Oh, that’s up to you.” – Albus Dumbledore
“I have a choice?” – Harry Potter
“Oh, yes. We’re in King’s Cross, you say?  I think, if you so desired, you’d be able to board a train.” – Albus Dumbledore
“And where would it take me?” – Harry Potter
“On.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Voldemort has the Elder Wand.” – Harry Potter
“True.” – Albus Dumbledore
“And the snake’s still alive.” – Harry Potter
“Yes.” – Albus Dumbledore
“And I have nothing to kill it with.” – Harry Potter

“Do not pity the dead, Harry.  Pity the living and above all, those who live without love.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Of course, it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it’s not real?” – Albus Dumbledore

That was intense.  The forest and King’s Cross might be my favorite movie scenes.

When we get back to the castle, I like that Ginny tried to get to Harry, even though her father stopped her.  Voldemort prancing around in celebration was a bit odd, but I liked it.  I loved Draco ignoring his father and heeding his mother.  I know that JKR said that the Malfoys weaseled their way out of trouble because they had helped Harry, but this end makes me wonder if Narcissa and Draco will be having anything to do with Lucius in the future.  It almost felt like they blamed him (which would be understanding).

Then we have Neville.

“I’d like to say something.  It doesn’t matter that Harry’s gone.  People die every day.  Friends, family.  Yeah, we lost Harry tonight.  But he’s still with us… in here.  So’s Fred and Remus, Tonks… all of them.  They didn’t die in vain!  But you will!  Cause you’re wrong!  Harry’s heart did beat for us!  For all of us!  It’s not over!” – Neville Longbottom

Wow.  I just loved the timing when he pulls the sword and then Harry reveals that he is alive and some of the Death Eaters begin to desert Voldemort.  So perfect.

Harry’s fight with Voldemort was very well done.  I do have one complaint.  There was an awesome moment when Voldemort had Harry restrained by strips of his cloak that were grabbing his arms legs and neck.  Then when next we see them, they are gone.  Last night a friend of mine and I were watching some YouTube videos and saw a scene in the trailer that was cut.  It shows Voldemort holding Harry by the face, but if you look closely, Harry has those black strips of fabric wrapped around him.  I am so hoping we get this scene added into the Ultimate Edition (a little more on HP Ultimate Edition DVD/Blu-Rays later).

“Come on, Tom…lets finish this the way we started…TOGETHER!” – Harry Potter

The effects on the apparition scene with Harry and Voldemort were great.  I have heard a lot of people say they didn’t like that scene, but I did.

I love Ron and Hermione’s attempt to kill Nagini, and then the touching moment when there is nothing more they can do and Ron wraps his arms around Hermione in a futile attempt to protect her from Nagini, so romantic.  Then of course, Neville saves the day.  After eight movies, Matt Lewis finally got his big moment and it was awesome.  I really like that it wasn’t just a matter of we have to kill the snake, but he was saving Ron and Hermione.

Then it happens.  After so long, we have Voldemort dead.  I know there has been a lot of talk about the symbolism of him falling over dead, but that just wouldn’t have worked in a movie.  Have him disintegrate to ashes and blow away on the wind was awesome.

I would have liked to have a longer scene between Harry and hagrid, but I guess it wasn’t really necessary.

Filch trying to sweep up was priceless!  I loved Ron and Hermione holding hands.

I’m not so sure how I feel about Harry breaking the Elder Wand.  Much like having a moment where he realizes that his cloak was one of the Deathly Hallows, all he had to do was retrieve his broken wand from Hermione’s bag and repair it.  It would have taken just a moment, with one special effect.  It just seems to have been omitted needlessly as so may other things were.  I don’t get all upset about most cuts, but this one was just unnecessary.  It doesn’t take away from the movie in a big way (like it did in Order of the Phoenix) but it was just disappointing.

After that though, the end was perfect with them standing on the bridge.

“Albus Severus Potter, you were named after two headmasters of Hogwarts.  One of them was a Slytherin and he was the bravest man I ever knew.” – Harry Potter

Then came the epilogue.  I really liked it and thought the casting of the kids and the aging of Dan, Rupert, Emma, Bonnie, and Tom was amazingly well done.  I was a little worried about that, but it came out great.  It will be interesting to see if they really look like that someday.  Even with everything that was cut out of the epilogue, it still felt like it was more than enough.

However, as everyone knows, this was the second version of the epilogue they shot.  They apparently weren’t happy with the first one that was actually shot at King’s Cross.  I really hope Warner Brothers puts that alternate epilogue on the Blu-Ray, or at least later in the Ultimate DVD/Blu-Ray.  Speaking of Ultimate Editions…

12. Harry Potter Ultimate Edition DVD/Blu-Rays

This is really old news, but I don’t think I’ve ever complained about it.  I was very happy with the Ultimate Edition Blu-Rays of Sorcerers Stone and Chamber of Secrets.  I liked the extended editions.  I was pissed when I got the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire Ultimate Editions and they did not have an extended cut of the movie.  I mean, come on, we know they must have lots of scenes they filmed and didn’t use.  How could they not and an extended version?  Does this mean that in a couple of years we’ll get an Even More Ultimate Edition of the entire series including all the stuff that was shot and cut?  We have seen bits of cut scenes from every movie, some in the trailers.  I want editions of the movies that have all of those.

Anyway, as I say, old news, but I wanted to mention it.

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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