Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Review

Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore - The Half-Blood Prince

The 6th instalment of the Harry Potter story is much darker, brooding, better directed, better shot, more emotional, and draws you in more than all those before it. Malfoy looks like a young man instead of a child, Luna is still wacky, and Snape is as brooding and drawling as ever (delightfully, he’s my fave!).

I had heard that this movie was darker than the others but I didn’t realise it would be so beautiful. Everything is superbly shot, and the story is played out as well as can be expected in a short time span. I found myself laughing and crying and getting pissed at the girls all around me jacked up on sugar and excitement who wouldn’t stop giggling for seemingly no reason.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a movie I could watch again just for the artistry. A small screen won’t do it justice, you’ll need to see this one at the movies.

[potential spoiler]

And make sure you’ve read the book first because a lot of it is left out of the movie, I don’t know how the last two movies have been written but things left out of this movie will affect the next two. And once you’ve read the book you might have a better understanding of what some of the giggling and awing is about.

If you’ve seen the movie Wikipedia has a great section on the differences between the movie and the book.

4.5/5

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8 comments

  1. It was a 3 for me. I agree that it was absolutely gorgeous visually. And also a lot funnier than I expected – the laughs were very natural and didn’t feel at all forced.

    The ending is where it lost me. I was expecting more of a buildup, and without that it didn’t have the same emotional impact (for me). I wondering the same about how the changes will affect the next movie. Which I’m already looking forward to.

  2. I can’t wait to see it! Need to nail down a time with S….work, work, work, blah, blah, blah. Yes, the movies never quite live up to the books…even ones like P.S. I love you – hated the movie, loved the book. Though I must admit I never read Lord of the Rings.

    BTW, I added a close-up pic to my post just for you! You can click on any to enlarge. S is always telling me to make pics bigger…I still feel a little awkward…maybe one day.

  3. you’re rite…i didn’t think the narration in the film is great as in the book…so weird how people could be so fanatic!!!

  4. You’re right about adaptations. My friend remembered almost nothing about the book, and was able to enjoy the movie totally on it’s own merits. She LOVED it.

    For me, it can go both ways. I saw LoTR first, and then read the book. I know I’m about to speak blasphemy, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the movie. I skipped over the Tom Bombaddil part and then eventually just put the book down.

  5. That movie was the best fricken movie i’ve seen in years and yes i am also obsessed with Alan Rickman in the Half Blood Prince! i have all six movies and all seven books in hardback! i enjoyed everyone of them and i hope the 7th movie will be even more AWESOME! LOVE YOU ALAN RICKMAN/ all acters and actresses of the fabulous movie!

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  7. It was so hard to review this one being a fan of the books. I sometimes wish I didn’t read the books till after the movie came out and wonder whether that would make the movies better or worse (not just Harry Potter, other book adaptations too)
    If the ending hadn’t been so abrupt and different to the book it would have been a 5/5. The rest of it was so visually stunning that it needed a high score. :]

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