Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rating: 82/100

Probably one of my favorite of the Harry Potter movies so far, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was quite a movie! You might be wondering, if it was such a good movie, why the low rating? Well, because plotline and and some other quirks. After watching Harry Potter movies for so many years if you still expect the movie to stick word for word on to the book and never stray away, I suggest that you never see a Harry Potter. It’s impossible to do so without making it a 4 hour movie and it’s just too much. I was surprised with the humor that was incorporated into the movie, mostly about girls and such, but it did make me laugh quit a bit. In the midst of all the horcruxes and dying, it was refreshing to have some laughter. In addition, if you like watching chick flicks this might a more enjoyable Harry Potter than the rest, as the director and producer emphasis a lot on the romance that is going on at Hogwarts. Love potions, relationships, lucky potions and much more happen. Two main relationships of course are Hermoine and Ron and Harry and Ginny. Hermoine and Ron’s relationship is one more formed out of jealousy and chance and much more obvious with Hermoine crying and anger. However, Harry and Ginny’s relationship struck me as much more subtle in the sense that it was a little choppy but it was actions more than words that showed their feelings. The graphics and scenery were great as usual, although not as much scenery as seen in the other movies. Minor characters played their part well, that it for their two-mintues on screen. Bellatrix LeStragne was quite the character and at the end I was convinced that she was deranged.

The lack of minor characters brings around the flaw of this movie, not just because it seems to be a trend in all Harry Potter movies, but because it poses a problem in the end. I’m not going to list all the things that were changed and left out because that’s all posted on wikipedia. But for example, the meeting between the Muggle Prime Minister and Cornelius Fudge at the beginning of the book was left out, posing a problem for the seventh book. Luna Lovegood was also on the screen for about 5 minutes when it seemed that she was a much more important character and shared much more dialogue in the book as she becomes an important character in the book. Lupin and Tonks and the Weasley parents also shared their two minutes on screen, but without much dialogue if any at all. It seemed that the director wanted us to dip our toes into the pool of minor characters just so we knew that the didn’t all die.

But for you Harry Potter fantics who are waiting for the final installment of the movie, it seems decided that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be split into two movies the first of which will be released in November of 2010 , which will be released about 8-9 months apart. Not a really smart move and I’m sure that fans will be petitioning for months as they did for this movie… but it’s all about the marketing. Hopefully splitting the movie will give for more accurary in the movie!

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~ by zaizai00 on July 16, 2009.

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