Friday, July 24, 2009

Can't Get Enough of Harry Potter

I finally got to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last weekend. I'm not reviewing it, though, because I need to see it again first. I had just read the book--for the third time--and had all those details embedded in my brain when I saw it Saturday. The movie deviated quite a bit. I was disappointed that the movie lacked certain details and scenes from the book. And there seemed to be scenes that were added just for flair, but had nothing to do with the story in the book.

Fine, I get that movies don't "read" like books--some things on the written page just don't translate well to a movie. But I can't help comparing the book and the movie the whole time I see it at first. The second, third...fourteenth...time I see the movie, I can appreciate it as a movie in its own right, though. At least that is what has happened with all the other HP movies. So, I'm very looking forward to seeing it again.

And, of course, I'm reading Deathly Hallows now (third time). I read the whole thing in about a day and a half the first time--when it came out--and followed it by immediately reading it again. Now, I'm reading it at a leasurely pace, savoring all the details. So nice...


KM Wilsher said...

I am a JK/HP fan too. How can one not be? You saw the movie? I was suppose to go Tues. but couldn't. Can't wait to see it.

Most of the HP movies seem lacking. Do they just not have enough time?

Lots of book to movies seem to do a good job -

I got to pull the books out again1

Kat Heckenbach said...

I think the "lack" comes from the fact that her books are so complex. If they put everything in, the movie would be ten hours long :). I love the movies--I've come to appreciate them as separate entities from the books.

Speaking of...Sorcerer's Stone is playing in my living room right now...

Travis said...

You have a great blog site!

I would like to recommend listening to the Harry Potter series on audio books. They are beautifully narrated, and it really brings the stories to life. It is so much better than the movies, which I really enjoy.

Kat Heckenbach said...

I've heard they are wonderfully narrated. I love the movies, though, and even moreso reading the books. I'm a visual person. But I have thought of getting some books on CD for my son, who loves stories, but not so much reading.

Thanks for the compliment on my blog, too!