I saw Potter. *dramatic pause*
And I want to see it again- for more than one reason. First, because I thought it was good. Very good, as a matter of fact. I don't think it was my favorite of all the Potter movies, but I would (and probably will) pay another $7.50 to see it again. To begin with, the special effects, as usual, were incredible. I loved all the liberties that were taken- the burning bit of newspaper, the hourglass, etc. I think all of those touches really made the difference in creating the wizarding world.
And I loved that we finally got to see Harry caring for Hermione as a friend. I think that in the other movies (and perhaps the books,) Harry was there to support Ron more often than Hermione. It was wonderful to see those little moments.
On the downside, I disliked the scene that was added in at the Weasley's house. It didn't really seem to add a lot to the movie, besides the fact that the Burrow has now been burned down. I guess no wedding for Fleur and Bill...although that bit seems to have been cut anyway. Speaking of cutting, there were some scenes that I really wish had made it's way into the film- Dumbledore's funeral, for instance. I understand that the books and the movies are two different things, but I would have loved to see how they would have interpreted that final chapter.
My last 'thumbs-down' would have to be the casting for Professor Slughorn. Jim Broadbent just didn't seem to fit the part. I always pictured Slughorn as an enormous jolly man with equally as large flaws. This would be the second reason I want to watch the movie again. I think that I'll grow to like Broadbent a little more as time goes on.
All in all, I enjoyed it, but was the teensiest tonsiest bit disappointed. That's a first for the Harry Potter movies. Had I never read the books I think my views would be nothing but positive. I think it's hard to have an idea in your mind of what something should be, and have such high expectations for it, that it's hard to accept something different.
Rating: 8.5/10 stars