Preface 1: I know some of my readers hate it when I talk about Harry Potter, either (A) at all, or (B) without damning it and everyone who reads it to, if not Hell, at least Heck.
But — oh well! Sorry. It's my blog. Can't please everyone, shouldn't really try. And it does say, right there, "Eclectic."
Preface 2: this post should be without significant spoilers. The article to which I link is not, however. And the comments may not be. Commenters, please mark spoilery comments with SPOILERS AHEAD.
Having said all that:
It's being reported that the seventh and final Harry Potter book (Deathly Hallows) will be filmed as two movies. Now, that's the Lost Angeles Times, so you might want to verify with a credible news agency.
I'm glad of the decision. I wish book 5 (Order of the Phoenix) had been done as two movies, or one 3.5 hour movie. I'm afraid for what they'll do to books 6 and 7. In my comments on movie 5, I agreed with Janet Batchler's on-target observation that it was like a really terrific trailer for the book. The fact that they have cut the Gaunts out of HBP worries me, as does the way cast and crew keep saying how funny the sixth movie is. Yikes, I never would have called the book funny. That worries me.
But here's been one of my biggest worries about the adaptation of the seventh book, Deathly Hallows: Molly Weasley.
Molly is one of my favorite Tier 2 characters. So is Minerva McGonagall. Hermione and Hagrid are probably my favorite Tier 1 characters. Both of the H's have done... okay, in the movies. But both M's have really gotten short shrift, which is a real shame.
Molly's big scene in book 7 is one of my favorites in the entire series: very moving. If you've read it, you'll know exactly what I mean. I think that, if they do it right, we'll see staid, jaded, above-it-all audiences on their feet cheering, laughing with delight, wiping tears.
But given how the screenwriters have shoved Molly 0ff to the side thus far, I've feared they'd just gloss over it or (worse) cut it out entirely. With two movies, I hope not.
(PS — if your thoughts are, "I haven't read them, and I think they're dumb"... I think that's been said. Spare us comments like that.)