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  1. Yes. There are many subplots that they cut out for time but you would be able to know what is going on from what they have shown in the movies.

  2. I have not read any of the books, but I’ve taken my kids to all of the movies. I was completely lost during Deathly Hallows. Following the plot requires that you recognize several dozen characters and recall what their role is/was. These movies definitely don;t stand on their own (ie, apart from each other), and I’m not sure how well they work for folks who don;t already know the plots and the characters.

    1. You can’t walk into Deathly Hallows without having seen most, if not all, of the other movies. But what seventh film in a series can you say that about? You can understand them just fine if you haven’t read the books.

      That said, enjoying them if you haven’t read all the books…well, that’s another matter.

  3. Sure you can. They’re about this girl named Bella, who falls in love with a vampire and a werewolf, right?

    In all seriousness, though, I don’t think it’s that difficult. As cluttered and convoluted as they can sometimes get, the plots are not exactly complicated.

  4. I watched the first 2 movies before I decided to read the books, and had no problem keeping up with them. I have been re-reading the books or at the very least re-watching the movies before each new installment comes out- it helps me remember everything.

  5. The real question might be if you can’t follow the movies without reading the books. and if the people who read the books tend to be pissed at all the stuff cut out of them then who are these movies for?

    This most recent movie was wonderful in how slow it was. Being only half of the book it had a more time to focus on character building that they have avoided for most of the movies.

    Makes me wish every book was two movies.

  6. I’ve read them all, but I’d read Deathly Hallows when it first came out (3? years ago?), and I’d forgotten most of it. I spent a lot of time in the movie wracking my brain trying to remember what was happening. My 12 y/o hadn’t read the book yet, and she said that she was definitely lost during most of it.
    However, we still enjoyed the show, even if we had to do the movie equivalent of skimming over the parts we couldn’t follow.

  7. I think the latest one is somewhat more pellucid than the previous two. I honestly don’t know how anybody could follow the plot of either 5 or 6 without having a fairly good knowledge of the books. Since they’ve broken 7 into two parts, they had slightly more room to flesh out details instead of just hitting the (very) high points.

    But yeah, in general, the movies have gotten less easy to follow as the books have gotten more complex.

  8. I went and saw the film on Friday, but had to ask my boyfriend what happened in all of the previous films. Though I’ve seen them, so much is going on that none of it sticks with me.

    Also, the plot was better when it was in The Legend of Zelda.

    1. They’re 3 magical artifacts, one of which Harry already has (and has used in every book/movie)

      The only thing I was lost on was that shard Harry was carrying around most of the movie. I didn’t read the last book, and I don’t remember the mirror of desires thingy getting shattered so I wasn’t sure what it was. Also, the dancing. I didn’t know if they were just trying to break the doom and gloom or if it was romantically driven. I’m sure it’s better explained in the book.

      1. The shard is actually from the 5th book but was let out of the movies. Sirius gave it to Harry for Christmas. It’s a 2 way mirror so that they could communicate when Harry needed him.

  9. Ha Ha

    I think the Harry Potter films started the glut of book-movies that are made to completely pander to the book readers (in context you can’t deny that those books created child and adult readers in their millions, who without the Harry Potter Books simply would not read as a hobby).

    With a massively popular book franchise of protective readers, the MO of the film makers, in more than for other adaptations, is to ensure that iconic ‘bits’ are included which adds a further challenge to an already difficult task of turning a 500 page novel into a 2 hour movie.

    With the result the films seem to jump from bit to bit with the complicated plot (500 pages to 120/240 minutes) information tucked in wherever it can fit so that to varying degrees the films can become clunky and hard work, hard work which is made far easier if you go in already knowing what is going on.

    I always thought that all of the films should have a DVD commentary with five ten year old fans in a room talking about what they did and didn’t like about the films.

  10. i havent read the books and i never plan to. i saw the first two movies and in the third one i was pretty lost. by now i just don’t care anymore.

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