Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

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Rating: 3/4 (Harry Potter fans will not be disappointed)

Love and danger lurk large in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. The movie is based on the 6th book in the Harry Potter series. It is the antepenultimate movie, now that the studio has decided to split the last book into 2 movies! This movie is the darkest in the series yet and rightly so since the evil forces of Voldemort are gathering strength for a final showdown. Draco Malfoy is enrolled by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, who also recruits Severus Snape to protect Draco and help him in this mission. Meanwhile, Dumbledore cajoles his old friend Horace Slughorn to come back and teach his potions class at Hogwarts. This move is not without a plan, as Dumbledore reveals to Harry that Voldemort was Slughorn’s favorite student, known back then as Tom Riddle.

But, even Voldemort cannot stop the harmones, which are raging like fire this year at Hogwarts. Every one is tripping, falling and sinking deep in love, Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, all of them! Sparks fly as smitten students fight to gain the hearts of their lovers. Charms aside, Harry cleverly manipulates Slughorn and learns how Tom (Voldemort) had split his soul and hidden it in several places. Dumbledore and Harry travel to one of these places to grab it, where after much effort they are duped. On their return, the dark forces finally converge on Hogwarts, as Snape and Draco move in for their final assault.

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

Though extremely long at ~2.5 hours, I walked out quite satisfied with this movie. The first half is full of teen romance. There is an overload of infatuations and kissing (or snogging as it is termed in British English in the movie). Thankfully, most of the romance is peppered with sarcasm and pun. The relationships that the principal characters finally fall into feel very comfortable and that is a compliment to Rowling. While the characters in the initial Harry Potter movies were too young, I finally felt that I could connect with them here in their teen years. The movie is also loaded with some great acting. While Alan Rickman (as Snape) is always a delight to watch, Jim Broadbent (as Slughorn) is pure fun. His facial antics and slippery words make every one of his scenes enthralling. The darker half of the movie is engaging and intense, though similarities to Lord Of The Rings cannot be missed. The graphics are lovingly done, I especially liked all the non-action scenes composed in and around Hogwarts. Maybe the romantic fluff should have been tightly edited, but other than that this is a great package of a Harry Potter movie. I cannot wait for the final installments now! πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

  1. deepti 2009-07-23 / 21:39

    Have your read the book? I always felt the movies were a let-down compared to the book and I can understand why. I also keep wondering if those who dont read the book are able to keep pace with what’s happening in the movie. The book is quite action packed and to compress the action into 2.5 hours might actually end up confusing the viewer.

    • Ashwin Nanjappa 2009-07-24 / 07:47

      I have read the first 4 books in the Harry Potter series, not this one. I wish I had read it though, since the movie seemed so mysterious in many aspects. IAC this movie has convinced me to read the entire Harry Potter series now, before the Deathly Hallows releases next year. πŸ™‚

      • deepti 2009-07-24 / 21:00

        **comment may contain spoilers ***
        I find this book ( half blood prince ) to be the darkest of all hp books. The concept of breaking souls to gain immortality and then the betrayal that happens in the end – I just felt it was way too dark for a children’s novel

        • Ashwin Nanjappa 2009-07-24 / 21:59

          Deepti, I have to agree that the tragedy at the end was shocking and very moving! IMHO this is the best Harry Potter movie (yet) due to those darker aspects. This changed my perception of the series from a children-teen level to a mature adult level. That renewed my interest to go back and read the books. I am hoping for a very dark final installment! πŸ˜‰

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