Earlier today I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One for the second time. I was just thinking about how much Kreacher and Dobby remind me of Gollum/Smeagol in The Lord of the Rings when I read this review:
Apparently this reviewer sees the same thing that I do. I was upset that the theatrical version of Deathly Hallows Part One did not include the story of Kreacher and Regulus in the cave of the inferi, which would have made a great flashback sequence. I was also disappointed that Harry did not give Kreacher Master Regulus’s locket as he did in the novel. Harry’s kindness to the pathetic little elf is what led to his reform and the eventual transformation of his character. It reminded me of how Frodo brought out Gollum’s “Smeagol” personality in The Lord of the Rings simply by showing him kindness and mercy.
The important elements of the novel’s plot that were missing from the film bothered this next reviewer. The fact that the mirror fragment is never explained in this or any of the other Harry Potter films really bothered us both. The films never explained that Harry now owns Number 12 Grimmauld Place and that Kreacher is his servant.
This reviewer compares Rowling’s Horcruxes to Tolkien’s Ring! (I presented a paper on that particular topic at Mythcon 41 in Dallas, TX this past summer.)
Here’s a quote from the review.
“The trio of friends flee to the remotest locations they can find. They are also trying to figure out how to destroy the “Horcruxes” (I needed to have this explained to me; they are enchanted objects containing fragments of Voldemort’s soul or something like that). To a non-Potter aficionado, the Horcrux (can they be singular?) that Harry ends up with seems to function a bit like the Ring in “Lord of the Rings” – it casts a somber cloud over those who possess it and makes them behave in ways unlike themselves. At one point it even tries to create a rift among the friends by planting seeds of doubt and suspicion.”
Here’s another positive review of the new Harry Potter film, which describes it as “Tolkienesque.” I think that is a good way to describe it. 😉
If you want to read an in-depth comparison of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, you might want to read this book: www.outskirtspress.com/thelordofthehallows. It would make a great Christmas gift for that Harry Potter fan that you know who has everything. Hint-hint. 😉