Okay, my lovelies, I’m back from vacation, and so over-exhausted I can’t sleep. We had a great time, and I’ll post about the highlights of our trip when the pictures are on the computer. It seems that even after a 10-hour drive (we stretched it out), my land legs haven’t come back yet; I’m afflicted with vertigo so severe it feels like I’m still on the ship during a storm, and it’s only getting worse. No wonder sailors stay out to sea for so long: Who can blame them if solid land rocks more than the boat does?
So while I’m waiting for my sleeping pill to kick in, I think I’ll just rant about something I had a total butt-fit (my new favorite word) over on the way home from L.A. We’d bought Deathly Hallows to watch on the drive home. Well, I was driving, so I just listened in. Once the movie was over, we watched the deleted scenes. Not me, of course! But I caught enough of the dialogue, and a couple of sneaked peeks, to know enough of what was going on. I watched the scenes properly upon getting home.
What had me so upset was the fact that the following scene wasn’t included in the final cut. If you haven’t seen Deathly Hallows yet (Why not? What’s wrong with you?) or if you haven’t seen the deleted scenes and don’t want anything spoiled, then read no further. Go watch those scenes, then come back and give me your opinion.
I LOVE this scene. In just one line, Dudley shows tremendous and inspiring character development. He finally redeems himself. He’s just such an awful little pig throughout the entire series, but as a reader who loves seeing a character’s personality grow and change, and who had pretty much given up on the Dursleys, this would have been a major squee moment to see in the theater.
Throughout the entire book series I was waiting for one of the Dursleys to show even the tiniest shred of decency. Harry did save Dudley’s life in Order of the Phoenix, after all, but after the unsurprising yet still totally unfair way that they treated him afterward, I didn’t expect much more out of the bastards for the final two books. So I was quite delighted when Dudley finally stood up for Harry in his final scene in book 7, but disappointed and sad when they only showed the Dursleys in a brief couple of shots during the movie’s opening scenes. It seemed like such a flimsy send-off to end their parts in the movie franchise without even a couple of lines.
There’s another deleted scene here involving Aunt Petunia, which explains why the Dursleys had to move, and which I think was also essential to keep in the movie.
Okay, rant over. Now I just have to say this: Could Bellatrix have been more perfectly cast? Helena Bonham Carter is Bellatrix Lestrange. She almost loves the role a little too much, with the energy and insane glee she puts into it! I can’t wait for the final scene between her and Molly Weasley…y’all know what I mean. It’s going to be totally awesome!