Originally Posted by mrblanche
I actually saw someone on another forum asking if they should read the books before seeing the movie.
Lots of background you'll never pick up in the movie. Just for example:
Bellatrix Lestrange ("Bella"), who appears to be quite batty and wickedly cruel, is Draco Malfoy's mother's sister. She is also Sirius Black's cousin. She also tortured Neville Longbottom's parents into insanity.
Fenrir Greyback, the man/werewolf who appears repeatedly in this movie, is the werewolf who bit and infected Remus Lupin.
Remus and Tonks came off as very bland; Tonks is actually a real tease and very fun.
There are lots more. What would you add?
I agree with this. I also dislike that they've cut Dobby out of all the movies. After he plays such a huge part in the second film (and book), it seems pretty lame to cut him out of all of the others, since he is important to the last book as well.
I was very disappointed at Tonks' "blandness." She is one of my favorite characters.
I didn't like the addition of the scene at the Burrow. I thought it was handled badly. Perhaps they could have left the scene (or a similar scene) in and done it better, but it basically made no sense. Why does Harry need his shoe tied when he is going up to bed? Why can only Harry and Genny jump through the fire, but not the Aurors and Order of the Phoenix members, much more advanced wizards? Why do the two Death Eaters burn down the Burrow, but don't attempt to kill anyone else? I realize that they may not have tried to kill Harry because Voldemort would not have wanted them to, but why not Ginny, Molly, Arthur, Ron, Remus, Tonks? It made no sense to me. And then after that scene, no one mentioned it again. Ron didn't seem upset when they got back to school that his home had been BURNT DOWN?!
I think if they were after making everyone believe that nothing was safe in the wizard world anymore, it really would have been BETTER to leave the Death Eater attack on the muggle bridge and put in the newspaper headlines then emphasize the attack on Hogwards, like in the book. I don't think that the movie needed another random action scene to keep it from being a romantic comedy (like I have read somewhere). Also, putting Harry under the floor instead of paralyzed under his invisibility cloak was a mistake, IMO. The scene would have been so much more dramatic if Harry was watching Dumbledore die while he was right next to him, just like in the book. I don't mind so much that they cut out the fight - Harry missed most of it anyway... But his fight with Snape was longer and a lot more dramatic, and backed by a lot of crazy action in the novel, and I'm sad that Dumbledore's death and the fight with Snape were so anti-climactic. Very lame.
I liked Ron with Lavender (Won-won, aww), I liked Slughorn, I liked Katie Bell with the necklace (very creepy!) and the poisoned mead. I liked Ron and the Quidditch match, and the dynamics with Ron and Hermione (with Harry as a buffer). I liked the kids who played young Voldemort, also very creepy. I was sad that we never saw anyone in Defense Against the Dark Arts class after they looked so shocked that Snape finally got that job. I liked Fred & George's joke shop and the burnt out buildings and attack on Diagon Alley (yet another BETTER way to show that the wizarding world is no longer safe...). I thought the butter beer looked delicious and I LOVED Luna.
The only thing I liked out of the whole Burrow scene was Molly's face while she watched her home burn down. Beautiful acting.
So there's my list of quibbles.