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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollywood


My fiance and I have finished listening the the wonderful Stephen Fry Harry Potter Audio books. It is the second time I’ve done so and they were all thoroughly enjoyable, especially  the final book, energetic and gripping to the very end. We watched and enjoyed the film part 1 of the Deathly Hallows which I thought was one of best adaptations of the books, flowing nicely and feeling natural instead of disjointed and random as many of the other films do.

So I was shocked to find a rather extensive list of differences between part 2 of the film and the book it’s based on. If you, like many others, thoroughly enjoyed the books and watch the films hoping to catch a glimpse of imagery to please the imagination further, you may wish to know  just how much the script writers of the film have taken artistic liberty this time. ‘The final battle between Harry and Voldemort is extended as Voldemort chases Harry through many different places in Hogwarts.’ WHAT? Isn’t the book exciting enough? Isn’t there enough in the book to squeeze into 2 hours without having to waste time on unnecessary additions which add nothing to character development or meaning of the story?

After seeing this list, I’d think twice about watching the film:

  • The opening scene is of Hogwarts with Snape making the students march through the Courtyard.
  • Mr. Ollivander appears to be familiar with the Deathly Hallows, while in the book, he doesn’t understand what the term means.
  • When Voldemort finds out that Harry stolen a Horcrux from Bellatrix’s vault in Gringotts he kills several goblins, including Griphook. Voldemort also then turns to his Death Eaters killing several of them then torturing the Malfoy’s.
  • When Griphook is killed by Voldemort, the Sword of Gryffindor disappears from his hands.
  • When arriving at Hogwarts, Harry burst into the Great Hall furious at Snape for standing in Dumbledore’s place, even demanding that Snape tell everyone how he killed Dumbledore.
  • Professor McGonagall duels Snape in the Great Hall in front of the entire school before he turns to black “smoke” and smashing through a window.
  • A featurette description also said that we will see the Quidditch pitch burn down.
  • Harry through his connection to Voldemort he sees a memory of the Grey Lady at Hogwarts, giving Harry that Ravenclaw is connected to Voldemort Horcrux.
  • Harry goes to Ravenclaw Tower alone and does not encounter the Carrow’s in the common room. Amycus does not spit in McGonagall’s face.
  • A scene is added when Ron and Hermione enter the Chamber of Secrets to acquire a Basilisk’s fang to destroy Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup.
  • The scene where Ron and Hermione kiss takes place in the Chamber of Secrets.
  • A scene where Ron and Hermione are chased by Nagini is added probably after the Chamber of Secrets scene.
  • Some changes made for the Half-Blood Prince film, such as the circumstances of Harry hiding the potions textbook, may also result in some additions.
  • Vincent Crabbe doesn’t appear in the film due to the drug charges against actor Jamie Waylett and Gregory Goyle will die in his place.[241]
  • Draco Malfoy, Blaise Zabini and Gregory Goyle trying to escape from the Fiendfyre.
  • Added by You-Know-Who
  • Blaise Zabini is present in the Room of Requirement with Draco and Goyle as a replacement for Crabbe. He will likely play the same role Goyle does in the book, as it has been stated Goyle will take Crabbe’s role.
  • Remus, Tonks and Fred’s deaths are not seen in the film, but are seen when the hour ceasfire is called Ron notices Fred then collaspes onto Fred crying.
  • The final battle between Harry and Voldemort will be extended, and while other parts of the second phase of the Battle of Hogwarts will be shown, the primary focus will be centred on Harry and Voldemort.
  • The final battle between Harry and Voldemort is extended as Voldemort chases Harry through many different places in Hogwarts.
  • On top of the Astromony Tower, Harry grabs Voldemort and throws them both off it, they nearly reach the bottom when Voldemort apparates them both away.
  • Snape’s death will not take place in the Shrieking Shack, but in “a Crystal House” that can see the boathouse and the castle burning. Art director Andrew Ackland-Snow explained why: “We wanted to change a bit where Snape dies. In the book, he dies in the Shrieking Shack, and we wanted to get him out from, not a conventional interior, but from that kind of box, to do it in a more dramatic atmosphere. We asked J.K. if she agreed for that to happen in there [...] and she loved it. Besides, it’s a very romantic place to die. Snape dies in a extremely good way, I gotta say”.[242]
  • A scene is added in Snape’s flashback where he comes to Godric’s Hollow, after Lily and James were killed in 1981, to see them dead even collasping when seeing Lily dead, he cradles her in his arms then sees Harry sitting in his crib watching on.
  • Instead of Harry being naked when arriving at King’s Cross he his instead fully clothed, he also sees Voldemort in the image of a red, slimy breathing thing.
  • Hagrid does not place Harry’s dead “corpse” on the ground, he instead leaps out of Hagrid’s arms ready to fight, while Narcissa Malfoy was looking for signs of life but finding none until Harry leaps out of Hagrid’s arms.
  • Neville kills Nagini, just before Nagini pounces on Ron and Hermione just after he defines Voldemort.
  • Bellatrix “disintegrates” after Molly Weasley kills her.
  • Harry and Voldemort have their final duel at the Entrance Courtyard instead of the Great Hall.
  • When Harry defeats Voldemort in the duel, when the Killing Curse hits Voldemort he slowly decays into the air, thus completely disappearing from existence.
  • Voldemort slashes Snape’s throat open with the Elder Wand, before ordering Nagini to “finish him”. Nagini’s attack is not seen, but Snape’s screams are heard and the windows of the Crystal House are splattered with his blood as Harry, Ron and Hermione watch on in horror.
  • Lavender Brown is killed during the Battle of Hogwarts by Fenrir Greyback.
  • Nigel Wespurt is killed during the Battle of Hogwarts, and Neville carries his body into the Great Hall.
  • Wormtail does not appear in the film.
  • After Voldemort tells Harry to come to him within an hour, or everyone will die, Harry sees Remus and Tonks body’s come into the Great Hall Harry decides to go to Voldemort Hermione attempts to stop but fails, as the Grand Staircase Harry sees Ginny she kisses him straight away.
  • After Voldemort and Nagini attack Snape, Voldemort throws Snape’s body into the Black Lake, Harry helps him out he then cradles Snape, he slowly dies in Harry arms.
  • Both Bellatrix and Snape create the largest Dark Mark over Hogwarts the Wizarding World has ever seen.
  • Ron and Hermione are nearly killed in the Chamber of Secrets when they attack by a tsumani created by Voldemort, as their “lives flashing before their eyes” they lean and kiss each other.
  • Voldemort attacks the Great Hall from the Boathouse, causing it to burn and collaspe.
  • Once Harry reveals himself, Voldemort locks Harry up asking how he escapes death, after Harry tells him Voldemort let him out this causes their chase around Hogwarts.
  1. Crying my eyes out.

  2. I think really hate Yates. And I’m not too thrilled with Rowling right now, either. I already knew about a lot of this, but some of it’s new to me, and it really…makes me sick.

  3. I don’t think all of the Spoilers are correct. From where do they have the Spoilers? The Source? I don’t believe it until i can see the Proof with my own eyes (well watered eyes probably)

  4. Having now seen the film, I can confirm 90% of these details are accurate. All the same, the film is better than I thought it’d be!

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5 pleasant surprises of the 2010 MacBook Air

The 2010 Macbook Air. I’ve had my 13″ MBA for a few months now, but when I first got it there were a few unanticipated surprises that made it an even more worthwhile upgrade. I replaced my 2008 Macbook pro, which had a faster processor and a 7200rpm 500gb harddrive, but despite this I haven’t looked back. Its an upgrade which brings a much faster user experience, a smaller & lighter package, and 3x longer battery life, which by any standards is impressive for a next generation of computer.

Before I got the Air, I was using my Macbook 30% less because the iPad can do a lot of the same things in a much smaller package. With the 1cm Air, it’s the iPad which takes a back seat again, an indication of how mobile our computing lives have become. It’s all about portability. Anyway, without further ado, here are a few pleasant surprises of the new Air:

  • No Sleep light to prevent Sleep!

The air has no pulsating sleep light like the older Macbooks and powerbooks which I was used to, so no having to stick bits of paper over the ‘sleep’ light before you go to bed to make sure you can sleep.

  • Speaker punch

The speakers are significantly better quality and louder than my 3x bigger Macbook pro!

  • Silence is golden

Naturally one of the Macbook Air’s main advantages is it’s fast, quiet, and low energy SSD. But not until you sit in a completely silent room to get on with some creative work do you really appreciate how amazing real computing silence is. I should add, that is until you do something like some heavy photoshopping at which point you might be shocked by just how powerful and loud the fan is! Who said no moving parts…?

  • Squeeze on the plane

Finally, a computer with desktop power and high resolution (1440×900) that really fits comfortably between your economy seat and the one in front. Perfect.

  • Virtual Memory with SSD

I was trying to decide whether to fork out another $X00 for 4gb of memory in the apple store, when I decided to do a quick test. Why would you want more memory? When you run out of wired memory of course. And what happens then? Your computer starts using virtual swap memory located on the… oh god… hard drive. Hence all manner of slowness and doom. But wait a minute, if your hard drive is 3x faster, what effect does that really have on a memory swamped system? Turns out the Macbook Air  SSD has another hidden advantage. When you’re out of memory, your machine will perform much much faster than a computer with a traditional HD which is out of memory, because it is using your SSD instead of a slow and fragmented traditional HD. My quick tests proved conclusive, and although many would argue 2gb wired memory is not enough by todays standards, I am very satisfied with performance.

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