|Xeno Lovegood and his Deathly Hallows Pendant|
Thinking on it though, I LOVE how Jo managed to surprise me. I was so sure after all that debate, theorizing and speculating with some of the smartest peeps I know that SOMEBODY would have gotten the main story... and some of us got some incredible details right... But not a single person got this...
So let's review them in the order we would encounter them in the Tale of Three Brothers. (didn't you LOVE that animation in the first Deathly Hallows? I adored it—perfect for a fairy tale) (all quotes from Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling)
This may or may not include spoilers if you haven't read the book. I don't know how deeply the movie will get into it. If you HAVEN'T read the book and don't want a spoiler, maybe skip to the next section.
How clever is it that there is an unbeatable wand... that Voldemort GETS but doesn't OWN because it wasn't actually Dumbledore's anymore... Draco disarmed him in Half Blood Prince (so it's Draco's), and then Harry tackles Draco and takes HIS wand, so HARRY then is master of the unbeatable wand...
What I love about this is the unlikely event of Draco 'taking' the wand from Dumbledore... nobody knows it was THE wand... nobody gets it's significance... I think that is a bit of brilliance.
I love the chance here to explore Dumbledore's personal demons... the tragic family past, the tragedy... and how Dumbledore wanted nothing more than to bring the dead back... was OBSESSED... so obsessed he cursed his own hand... I love the way Harry gets this right, too... he uses the resurrection stone, but not for the unnatural use the second brother tried to use it for, but just for the strength to do what he needed...
We see the invisibility cloak for the first time in Sorcerer's Stone... we have NO IDEA how special they are... just that they are expensive and rare. But here we learn that in fact MOST wear out quickly and do not protect in the same way. Harry has the real deal. The ONLY real deal... I love how this detail introduces the way the ONLY family line extends from the Peverells
Side note: Colene's blog yesterday prompted me to watch the Deathly Hallows 2 premier on YouTube.
Here are a couple high points:
* Rupert Grint appears to be wearing Dragon Hide... I mean not literally, but the fabric of his suit. I think this rocks. (and I ADORE that when he does his speech he thanks Jo for what her books have done fore Gingers *snort * *cough*makethemsexobjects*cough*) man, he's a charmer.
And this just in... Jason Isaacs just patted his bum for the audience. I'm pretty sure that was for me personally. MAN, I love him... I particularly love that he gets such joy from 'we're practically drag queens'... constuming... “Lucius is gorgeous... oh wait, people can hear us?” *snort*
Molly and Bellatrix (Julie and Helena) both had to be treated by a physical therapist for wand arm after filming their final battle...