Yes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 was all it could be and more. I think it stayed truer to the novel than any of the other movies. It was moving- both fast moving and emotionally moving. I walked out of there satisfied and anticipating when I could see it again!
There were differences between the movie and the book, to be sure. And I will pick at them, but I still LOVE it!
No idea why they put Snape and Voldemort in a boathouse instead of the shrieking shack for the death scene, but whatever. It worked. Though I think Snape needed more memory "tears." In the book one got the impression they were just oozing out of him- his ears and eyes.
I do know why they "shipped" (to use a fan fiction term) Luna and Neville. You know that wasn't in the books, don't you? And the nineteen years later epilogue clearly shows they don't end up together. However, it is a common pairing among fans. A wizarding band, The Remus Lupins, even sing a song on the theme.
I got mixed reactions about the Luna/Neville pairing when I spoke to various friends who saw the movie and are great fans of the books. Some were happy and thought they always were meant to be together. One said there were hints in the books that Neville and Luna like each other. Others thought it was wrong to go against canon whether you thought they should be a couple or not. That sort of thing should be left to fan fiction. One woman I talked to, (and agreed with) said it was clear from the books that Neville didn't really like Luna at all and that they are all wrong for each other.
What do you think?
I know, I'm rambling on about a tiny detail.
They left out a bunch of background on Helena Ravenclaw. It was an interesting backstory, but it didn't matter much that it was cut. "The Prince's Tale" chapter was beautifully done. I'd have liked to see it longer and more of the details from the book, but again, not all of that was needed to move the main story forward.
I cried when Sirius, Remus, and Harry's parents appeared. Profoundly moving. The scene where Harry's walking through the great hall past the hurt and dead friends- amazingly sad.
Why did the Malfoys leave? I mean, I know their motive, but that wasn't in the book. They're supposed to be sitting in the great hall at the end. Oh well. No biggie.
Hey, Harry's supposed to repair his old wand with the Elder Wand. They forgot to do that! And he's supposed to put the Elder Wand back into Dumbledore's tomb. We don't see that in the book, but he says he's going to. He doesn't break it! Oh well, it's more final that way. But he should have repaired his old wand.
Okay, other details I won't go into. I'll live with them.
And of course everyone cheered when Neville killed the snake. Everybody loves Neville. He's like the unsung hero. My niece told me J.K. Rowling should rewrite the Harry Potter series from Neville's perspective. Ha! I'd totally read it. :)
Hey, I loved how everyone cheered for Molly when she yelled at and then killed Bellatrix. Cool how Molly's the only one allowed to use naughty words. :)
Speaking of knitting- Lion Brand Yarn has some magical Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows inspired patters for the Molly Weasley in you.