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    The ones with the half naked pics on the front are the best!

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    Anybody seen the new Harry Potter movie yet? I saw it today and would love to read other fans' opinions.

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    Heck yes I have! I saw it kind of yesterday and today. The showing started at 10:30 and ended near 1:30.

    I loved it. I'm going to see it again on Monday (for free!) I can't wait for that second taste to see a little more.

    I thought the plot was really quick moving, although it dragged occassionally, like the First task sceen where Harry was hanging on...

    As a warning to Parents, I thought it merited the PG-13 rating. Be sure to apply the Parental Guidence part of that. Very dark, frightening, and emotional. I started to tear up at the end. (Any one who's read the books will know when) and my friend was outright crying.

    That maze was freaky-deaky, but pretty awesome...

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    awesome movie! I had to pick up my daughter, Zoe, after work and head 50 miles to get to city with theatre ( we live int he boonies!) and had already gotten my daughter in town to pick up tickets early for the 5:15 show yesterday - I loved every minute
    Zoe loved it to - though on the way home she was - oh I can't believe they left out x and y and z and on and on about all the details missing - she is a real afficianado - I read it so far back and did not re-read - so I loved it for what they had! She loved it too of course! and like I told her - if they had put in ALL thedetail we'd still have been at the theatre today!

    I have heard that new Walk the Line is worth seeing - but can't imagine it being on par with HP!
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    Saw the movie...good, but a little lacking in some parts...and too much "OH hug me for no reason!" "OH hug me I'm scared" "Oh hug me I'm sad!" I think we get it with the special effects what they're afraid of!


    Overall pretty good, I liked the tasks the best!


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    I went to a 10:35 showing on Saturday night (dragging my hiney on Sunday, let me tell you) but thought it was great. For those critics who thought the movie was really dark, I hate to think what they'll think of the movie for book 6. I too, felt a little rushed in some parts...and that they kind of glossed over Mad-eye Moody at the end (I had forgotten all about that twist). But I can't really complain...I love the books and the movies, and I just use what I know from the books to "fill in" where the movies were lacking. I just hope those who haven't read it still were able to follow it well enough. I thought the kids did a great job, and I liked that Hermione was a little "over-emotional" because most 14 year old girls are. Voldemort was not how I pictured him, but it's been years since I read book 4.

    Dang it I want more...I would've sat for another hour. As late as it was, it didn't feel like 2 1/2 hours.

    When's movie 5 coming out?

    Anyone else stoked for "The Chronicles of Narnia?"

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    First, I was a bit disappointed with the movie as any true Potter fan should be. Like many of you mentioned, this movie was lacking so much detail. I feel it was the best book of the current 6. There isn't enough film time to put all the details of the book in. They did an ok job, but I wanted so much more and left a bit disappointed.

    Cabunk-- next movie, I thought Dan R. told Today Show fall/winter of 2007. Sounds like around the same time the next book should be released.

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    I saw the movie at the midnight showing on the Thursday before it came out. Good moovie, but I too was disappointed at all the things they left out. But I do understand they had time constraints, but hope they come out with an extended version on dvd that adds more details. It makes me nervous for the movies to come because the books get bigger from the 4th book on. I wonder what they will leave out of the next movie???????
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    After seeing the new movie... um ok, not great, and certainly not the same.... magical feeling as the Chris Columbus movies... I decided to read some summaries for the next two books.

    I understand that they're both very long, but after reading what happens in them... I'm kind of unimpressed. After reading the Order of the Phoenix synopsis, I kind of assumed that it must be the crappiest book in the series. It seems to me after all the happenings in Goblet of Fire, NOTHING HAPPENS in Phoenix. I think they should get David Lynch to direct the Phoenix because he's really good at boldly meaningless and painful to watch movies.

    I've always thought that Rowling was mostly a hack, and each book just seems to reinforce my theory. Not that originality is everything, it is when the author claims to not have drawn inspiration from the sources she's obviously copped. I've read about the lawsuits and claims of plagiarism... but I haven't read anything about Worst Witch. IAMB, HP started off as a knock off in sao many ways of Worst Witch. I guess it's grown in it's own direction, but really, the parts of HP that aren't stolen.... aren't that good. There's nothing wrong with doing a tried and true genre over and over again, hell romance novels are big sellers and I don't think anyone has done anything original in a romance novel in 100 years.

    Roiling does really stupid things with villains.... I can't wait until Voldemort turns out to be an ok guy, just misunderstood. Or even better, he wasn't the real bad guy the entire time... it was Ron. All Ron. POA was quackquackquackquackquackquacked because there was no villain and no real danger. GOF ends with all this excitement, then the OOP does nothing with it? I'm sorry, JKR, but no one finds stupid bureaucracies entertaining. We all know that big organizations are as inane as they are inefficient.

    Another problem with JKR is that she doesn't think through the consequences of a world with easy magic. There are so many times when the dramatic problems could have been easily avoided or nullified with even the most simple of spells. Note to JKR - you can't steal suspensful moments from non-magic worlds and expect them to work in a world with magic.

    Think of it this way.... if you could bring ONE machine gun and enough ammo back in time, you could single handedly win almost any battle in history before 1800. Well, you can't bring magic into a psuedo modern world (even more reasons to show how JKR stole a lot of this stuff, it's "modern" but Hogwarts and the kids are totally pre-1980, like most of the material she stole from) and expect the good old suspense tricks to work!

    Not to mention that when people are "evil" there's always some excuse for them to still be good... like they HAD to or someone else MADE them do it... or they were enchanted. There's no personal accountability in these books. Certainly not empowering for kids... and I'd say damaging to their sense of consequence and right and wrong.

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