4.5 A disappointing adaption of this classic book series! joydivision | 27/07/2011 | See all joydivision's reviews (5) I adore the Harry Potter books, a must read companion on holiday, bedtime, or on a train. So can the films live up to the books, well yes & no, I can say that the adaptions of books 1, 2 & 3 were excellently done films, even No'4 was cool, but slighty disappointing due to the maze scenes being cut down completely towards the end of the movie.However I was so annoyed & let down by the 5th movie, before I begin, let me say I know that all the book is way too much to be all included in this film, but why on earth did we wait so long and build up to the final climax battle scenes with the death eaters, to be given a mismatch of fight scenes with no flair or intensity of that in the book. The film was denied a major amount of air time & get a cut down version of the confrontation was at least a major disappointment, especially as the film took so long to get there. It amounted to nothing much more.Other problems too with the adaption, why was Luna's importance never explained to us, she was just there and no reason to where's she's come from, there's also relationship with Kreacher (Sirius's house elf) whom hates Harry, but why isn't stated & Sirius not given enough time to feel the bond in his and Harry's relationship, especially to the importance of the film ending and the whole potter past cleared up in book number 7......& most importantly the characters death scene & Dumbledore's office scene with Harry in the aftermath of his death were so cut so short, it felt badly handled and even went back to the book to relive the hurt and grief felt by Harry.Not much was adapted or explained in this adaption, the film is poorly handled in some ways and doesn't have the magical feel of the previous 4 films, there wasn't even an indepth look into Snape's hatred of the Potter's,which was cut way too short again, with just a quick glimpse.What this film lack's is, it could've been improved upon if the film was given at least another 20/30 minutes added onto it, some things explained better & battles scenes given more climatic build up and the aftermath of the death of an important characters death.My only praise for this movie is the regulars are getting better at playing their parts & the movie's 2 new character's Luna Lovegood & Professor Umbridge are protrayed brilliantly by the actors portraying them and are the only saving grace in this film.In the meantime 3/5 for this, for my beloved Harry Potter is bad, but in the future I advise that they do not to cut too much out for the final 2 movies on character background, otherwise I'll be sticking to the books & leaving the films on the shelf!.