Yes, I know, it's been out for almost a week and I hadn't seen it already. Call myself a Potter-fan indeed.
Ah well. I still cried.
I think the movie did pretty well for what it was i.e. never going to be the "real" canon for me, which is always going to be the books. I was pleased that a lot of my favourite lines and key scenes were in there pretty much word for word, but then they cut things which I really missed (Percy's return before Fred's death) and messed around with other scenes. Oh Neville, your big moment was so much cooler in the books. (On the other hand, they didn't go badfic on you, and you remained adorkable, so it's alright).
I'm still wondering what happened to, oh, the entirety of Remus and Tonks' plot. That line about Remus's son came so out of the blue.
Though on the other hand, the made me cry with "The Forest Again" which is entirely well and proper. I think I would have killed someone if the screwed that up. I think there is some biological problem going on if you don't end up in tears over that scene.
I also teared up over Fred - oh Fred, oh George - and Snape's memories, which were very well done.
Though they reminded me of a comment I've seen elsewhere, that while Rickman does a great job as Snape - the Snape he plays is not the same one as the books. To paraphrase someone else, book!Snape is a bitter young man who has never been able to grow out of his teenage grudges and obsessions. Rickman!Snape is flawed, but not consumed by his flaws like the book version.
I think Ron/Hermione and Molly's line - you know the one - got a whole lot of enthusiasm from the audience, as well as a number of Neville's moments. And McGonnagal. And Kingsley. And Hermione as Bellatrix - kudos to Helena Bonham-Carter on that bit of acting.
(Another comment I've seen floating around is that it was interesting to note that for once, when Malfoy grabbed a black guy and a white guy for his sidekicks, it was the black guy who lived through it. Go go Blaise Zabini!)
As for the "19 years later" bit... well, I never had much of a problem with the epilogue in the books. My favourite Star Wars movie is Return of the Jedi, dancing Ewoks and all; I am fine with a bit of sap at the end of the Epic Series Climax.
But what I felt seemed fine by me in text... did not come off nearly as well with less than spectacular old age make-up. I honestly wish they'd have got different actors in instead.
Of course, the fact that we apparently had some rather.. enthused fans behind us made things interesting. And it's not as if the people I was with were all that secretive about their fannishness.
Theatre was also pretty packed, too. Glad we booked in advance, since I don't think we could have sat together otherwise.
...And now I feel like reading Potter fanfic again. Any recent things out there to recommend? I prefer gen or canon ships, mostly, and something with plot or world-building would be fun.
In other news, you can now see an official (non-camera phone) version of the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises.
And I have discovered that Utena caps and Texts From Last Night make a disturbingly fitting combination.