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Assuming a bit much?

June 7, 2011 - Pam Rodgers
The only reason I watch or read anything about the MTV Movie Awards is for the exclusive trailers and sneak peeks for the upcoming “big name” movies that will be released later in the year — namely, Harry Potter and Twilight.

While I’m looking forward to Breaking Dawn, I am much more excited for the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. The eighth and final movie hits the screen on July 15. So when it was teased that there would be an exclusive clip played during the MTV Movie Awards, I was sold. And then I watched it.

I’ll start by saying that it was a good clip. I know the part it’s at in the book, and it made me excited for the movie. However, my only quibble with it is that they are assuming that viewers have read the books and know what’s happening. If you haven’t read the books and have chosen to enjoy the journey through cinema only, the clip is quite spoilery. It’s a pinnacle moment in Harry’s fight against the evil Lord Voldemort and I question why they picked this clip to show. It could take away some of the tension of the plot.

I don’t like when people assume, especially in the movie medium. The first six movies have been pretty good at explaining things to the viewer who hasn’t jumped on the Harry Potter book bandwagon. But in Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part One, it started to not explain everything so well, in my opinion. I kept up with the movie because I’ve read all the books, but my parents, who haven’t, were slightly confused at some points and my brother, sister and I were left to fill in the gaps.

I guess you could look at it as a way to get more people to read the books and find out what they are missing, but if they haven’t read them by the seventh movie, there’s not a great chance they will start now. It should be the movie makers job to tell the story and not the audience.

So with this clip, it made me worry that they would continue with that theme in the final movie. While there is bound to be more content in the eighth film (the seventh one had its lull moments but then again so did the book), I hope that they provide more explanation to keep everyone up to speed with Harry’s world.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a fantastic conclusion to an epic tale, so I hope the Part Two movie does it justice. The movie franchise hasn’t ever let down (only minor complaints) so I hope they don’t start now.


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