Last Friday, Salty Ham Sam and I went to see the final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise…eh. I mean, it was good. It couldn’t not be. But it was different from the book in a few major plot points and I just couldn’t go with it. Every time X would abracadabra Z when in fact, Y was the person who abracadraba’d Z and it was in the library with Professor Plum, not in the kitchen with Mrs. White, my attention would be drawn out of the film. I understand that certain adjustments had to be made to tell the story in less than 2.5 hours, but the changes seemed really substantial.
Sam, who has never stuck his nose into one of the books, had no such feelings about the movie. As he didn’t know the original storyline, the film lived up to all of his non-existing expectations. And yes, it’s true, the definitive moments were all hit…just not quite the way that J.K. Rowling wrote them. The rumor mill has it by the way, that there was a very different ending originally filmed and that they went back and re-did it. This newer, alternative ending is the one we were given. I wonder if the original cut will be included at some later release and if it more closely echoes the novel.
So, in closing…if you’re a purest, check on Jim Dale’s version. which is absolutely one of the most amazing creations I’ve ever listened to. (Harry Potter Audio) I could Forrest Gump myself from Maine to Chicago and on to Santa Fe listening to these things.