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Ben and I spent part of our afternoon doing this:

Harry Potter 7 ticket

My (brief) thoughts below. Spoilers will (probably) abound, so if you don't want to risk it then don't read on...

I think this is probably the Harry Potter film that dragged the least for me, largely due to the fact that there was very little exposition and where there was some it was punctuated with frequent and lengthily action/battle scenes. It's certainly superior to Deathly Hallows Part I, though I think overall, as with the rest of the films, the book still wins.

The epilogue wasn't nearly as dreadful as I thought it might be. I still groaned over Albus Severus' name. Actually, I think I preferred the movie to the book as far as the epilogue went. They kept dialogue to a minimum and it helped to prevent it from sounding too forced and twee. I did however, roll my eyes rather a lot when in the middle of the battle multiple people (I'm looking at you Ron/Herminone and Harry/Ginny) took time out of fighting for their lives to snog. A good use of acknowledging relationships was when Tonks and Lupin reached for each other just before the battle started. I found it believable and was called back to beautifully in the great hall when the dead are shown.

It was an interesting choice that they decided to kill Lavender dead rather than just maiming her. I'm not necessarily sorry about it. I'm not really sure what to think about it except "interesting". Also interesting was showing Griphook as dead, rather than leaving his fate ambiguous.

I wish there was a little bit more about the Room of Requirement and showing those people actually living in it rather than apparently moving between the Room and the rest of the school for classes and assemblies and stuff.

My favourite scenes were the Snape flashbacks in the pensieve, which I thought was really beautifully done (especially the Patronus bit) and made me feel complete sympathy for Snape (Alan Rickman is an acting god), and the resurrection stone scene, where Lupin, Lily, James and Sirius appear to Harry as he's about to sacrifice himself. They were both perfectly pitched in tone for me - not too sappy, just the right level of emotion. The combination of the two caused tears.

Neville Longbottom and Minerva McGonagall are complete and utter BAMFs.

I loved the inclusion of a line for all Luna/Neville shippers. I love Luna/Neville as a couple (I think it's suggested in canon, even if JKR decided it wasn't a pairing in interviews). As Neville telling Luna he had a thing for her wasn't contradicted in the epilogue I'm inserting that in to my own personal canon.

ETA (much later): I also wish they'd included Harry fixing his Phoenix feather wand before breaking up the Elder wand and throwing it away.

Finally, Ben is a great husband because he noticed when I started crying and gave me a tissue :) It was even clean! ;)

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