Originally Posted by Dan L Beattie
I just can't imagine what it would be like to watch the movies and not have read the books. Cheers
I can! When LOTR came out, and Harry Potter started up at the
same time, I was a big long-time LOTR fan (back to 1960'). I
thought the first two LOTR moves were mostly well done but with seriously
botched areas, and the last one just plain seriously botched.
So I decided not to do any Harry Potter until the last movie came out.
So I watched all the movies, in succession, one every other day
for 15 days. Once and only once.
Then I read all the books. After the first read of all the books
I thought the movies had given a good overview of the books ...
no obvious botches. But remember I had seen the movies only once.
Then I carefully studied the books, and finally watched all the
moves again, twice.
At this point the changes made in the movies became obvious.
Overall I was quite pleased at how the movies were done. The "point"
of the whole story was was faithfully carried to the movies.
Sure, they were highly simplified, and some of the major characters
were given parts played in the books by lesser characters, but
this was well done. I thought the final scenes, Snape's death and
later, were well done despite the obvious changes. The idea
of having Neville kill Nagini actually during a period when Harry
and Voldy had "connected wands" was a nice touch. The Harry/Voldy
flight scene was silly, but of course no big budget action movie can be
made without some egregiously stupid action scene at the end.
The Epilog was necessary in the movie, as in the book, to
prevent Harry/Voldy sequels. Of course there is no reason that
Harry himself can't return as a magical Sherlock Holmes or James Bond.
There are plenty of Death Eaters left.