I had two major observations while checking everyone's Facebook status messages.
1: Those who were already adults when the books and the movies came out generally did not like Deathly Hallows 1's pacing. They found it too slow and dragging and they'd always say that they're just going through this first part as a means to get to the second part.
2: Those who grew up with the books and the movies thoroughly enjoyed Deathly Hallows 1. They found nothing wrong with the pacing and in fact said that all the other HP installations should have done this kind of pacing a long time ago. My sister, who loved the books, said that this is the only HP movie she appreciated. Cris, on the other hand, said that Goblet of Fire should have been treated this way.
Not that I actually enjoyed them. In fact, I slept through three of them, which had my friends complaining that I kept wasting precious ticket money.
I was prepared to get bored with this latest installment but surprise surprise! Despite all the adults' complaints about it being too long and dragging, I found myself wide awake and disturbing Cris with exasperating questions. Many of the scenes were so much fun, like the screen shot above. Observe Harry in the blue dress-like getup. That was scene hilarious!
Despite my lack of screen shots for Hermione here, I think this is also where she shines the most. The film not only covers some great backgrounder for Harry, it also unearths the Nazi-like history of Hermione's heritage. Or maybe it had been discussed in detail in previous HPs but I just wasn't paying attention. In any case, Hermione is pivotal in Deathly Hallows. Without her brains, Harry and Ron would hardly have any hope of surviving.
Overall, I find Deathly Hallows 1 an engaging experience, even if I got unnerved by all the deaths (Rowling certainly learned to be more like the veteran fantasy writers, who love killing off adorable characters). I am definitely looking forward to the finale.
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