I agree with some of what you are saying. But why the 7th. It isn't the biggest book and they missed out so much with the other films. I know alot of people who are movie only fans that understand it without the tedious waiting and suspense or 'understanding' they tried to infuse into 7.1. I just think with the other 6 films managed perfectly well taking a rather large elaborate story and condensing it into a 2 and a half hour masterpiece, it's a dent in the cycle to suddenly have this break where right before the end of everything there are several minutes of film spent on Harry and Hermione fighting, and Ron getting sassy. Yeah with the amount of deaths and twists in The Deathly Hallows maybe 2 and a half hours wasnt enough, but I would've much perferred a 3 hour movie honouring the order and sequence of the origional Harry Potter existence. The Lord of the Rings are also large elaborate books, they managed to keep to the sequence. I think if they randomly decided to split the last book into two movies it would create alot of disgruntled fans too. You can't take a legend and split it up. Just sayin'.
I have a friend who has only watched the movies. Unfortunately, she gets confused with a lot of what’s going on in the film, and needs someone to explain some of the details to her. And from what I remember of the last movie’s experience, I was constantly repeating that some things were explained in the book that were left out of the movie, which bothered me that as a standalone film, certain things were not made clear as far as the plot of the film goes. She’s who I consider, and I’m sure she’s not the only one.
I also really don’t like the idea of having to wait as well, and it wouldn’t have bothered me at all if the movie was 4 hours long hahaha, but that’s not the case, for say, the average moviegoer, who just wants to see a movie that everybody is talking about and that looks cool in the trailers. As much as I would have liked for them to want to please only me as a fan of not only the books, but all of the films as well, I’m not the only one paying for it. Not everyone follows the Harry Potter story or cares enough to consider themselves a fan, so I’m pretty sure that 2 hrs. was pushing the line.
Now before I dive headfirst into a flurry of fake HP fans hatin’ let me clarify I have an always will be an obsessive, eccentric Harry Potter lover. Not because it’s ‘hipster’.
I used to be incredibly involved with Harry Potter, I still have the packed out scrap book of things I collected online…
I didn’t see anything wrong with the book being split into two movies, especially when you consider it from the point of view of someone who has not read the book (I have). It’s confusing enough with all the information that is being jumbled together for the sake of time (the movie was over 2 hrs.), but to have cut out any more scenes then were already cut out would have made it just that more difficult for someone who doesn’t have the reference of the book to fill in the gaps. To have made HP7 into one “action packed film” would have meant to ignore scenes that would explain the motivation of why it was all happening in the first place, and what led to it.
I liked the movie a lot, and appreciated what they did with so much, and I honestly don’t see how they could have made a coherent movie if they hadn’t split them into two. As boring as those scenes were, I believe they were essential to the plot and storyline of the series as a whole.