« on: July 21, 2011, 07:14 AM »
Finally got to see this last night.
For the Gambon/Harris debate, I think one of the biggest gripes about Gambon is that he never read (and from what I can gather, refused to read) the books. To me, I think that is essential to being a major character in the series. I would say he got better as he went through the movies. He was way to manic in the beginning; a prime example is when Harry's name comes out of the Goblet of Fire. Book Dumbledore would not have grabbed Harry and shook him like Gambon did.
Anyone feel that the pacing in this movie was rushed? I think they could have benefited from making this installment 2.5 to 2.75 hours long instead of closer to 2 hours long. I felt that the Hogsmead bit was rushed as well as "the sacking of Snape" (or however that chapter was titled) scene. I feel that Part 1 came a lot closer to the book than Part 2.
As for character deaths, I think they were pretty consistent. I guess they got lucky that the actor who played Crabbe was the one busted for pot and not the actor who played Goyle. I do have one character death question, did Wormtail die in Part 1? I don't recall seeing him in this movie, but he certainly didn't get his book death. Towards the end of Part 1 when Harry and company escape the basement, did Dobby kill Wormtail, or just knock him out...it wasn't too clear.