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Apparently everybody liked HP5 except me?

GERMANY | Friday, 13 July 2007 | Views [297]

I added a post script to my last blog on MySpace (same as the entries I post on here) about my disappointment with HP5 and I got two comments on how I was sooo wrong. So I responded with the following blog, which I am now going to share with my readers here as well:

I thought as a movie, HP5 was actually quite good. The cinematography was beautiful and the kids are getting older and it was funny and told a great story. The problem is that the story it told was so much just skimmed off of the top of the book that the heart of this saga has been forgotten. All of the mythology, the personal fight within Harry in addition to the fight between him and Voldemort, the essence of the prophecy (that it could have been Neville as easily as Harry but the choice was made in that Voldemort attacked Harry)... it was not there. And those things are what makes Book 6 (and I'm assuming Book 7) worth the emotional investment. Right now it seems so much like a simple little story between good and bad where these kids keep finding themselves the target of this powerful wizard. And to only tell that story is to tell a half-truth.

So that is why I was disappointed with HP5. It was just as good as HP3 (4 was okay but 3 was definitely the best so far) but I was hoping it would go *beyond* those movies, which were so focused on plot, and unveil the deeper truths in the epic. But it didn't. :-(

And with that (and other jolt this morning from my personal life...) I am off to Berlin. I have three (almost 4) days there so any suggestions are welcome.

Tags: germany, hamburg, harry potter

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