Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

20 07 2009

Half-Blood Prince Poster

Release: Wednesday 15 July 2009
Running Time:
153 minutes
Age Restriction:
10 (Violence)
Website: IMDB, Official

I must say, before I start this review, that I didn’t have particularly high hopes for this movie. I’ve seen all the previous ones, and honestly they disappointed me. Maybe it was just that they didn’t capture every single thing that happened in the books, or maybe the director’s (David Yates in this case) vision of Hogwarts differed from mine. Whatever it was, it blunted my view of the movies, as in the back of my mind I was constantly nit-picking the movie: “That wasn’t in the book.”, “What was that? Where did that come from?”, “Oh they totally ignored that whole sub-plot.”

Half-Blood Prince was no exception to the above, and I felt myself constantly thinking back to the book and comparing it to the movie I was watching. In comparison, it is no contest: the book wins hands down. As a movie by itself, however, I think that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a decent movie.

For the two people in the world who haven’t read the book OR seen the movie, here is a brief plot synopsis: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is in his sixth year of school at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Attending school with him are his best friends Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint). This year, however, is marked by dark undertones, as the evil Lord Voldemort has openly declared war on the wizarding world. It is against this backdrop that Albus Dumbldedore (Michael Gambon) sets out to learn more about Voldemort, and find his weaknesses to ultimately destroy him.

There isn’t much more to be said about Half-Blood Prince. If you’ve seen the other movies, you will be familiar with the various faces and characters, and will ultimately enjoy the movie’s high-budget special effects and quality script. If you’ve read the book, the same things will impress you, but perhaps your enjoyment, like mine, will be dampened by having read the books. Either way, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is my favourite of the Harry Potter movies so far.

Final verdict: 7/10. Now go read the book.

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2 responses

20 07 2009
the poster

You aren’t alone my friend. I thought a better title would be Hurried Potter and the Half-Baked Film.

29 07 2009
Judge Pow3rs

I’m not a great Potter fan, but I enjoyed the film nonetheless also just to enlighten you a little. Your ‘nit-picking’ was doomed from the beginning, the film is an adaptation and thus will not be an exact duplicate of its source material. Not only that, of course certain sub plots will be left out (it’s like that with any film, just look at the recent Watchmen film, even the director’s cut omitted several sub-plots and it had a running time of over 3 hours. A book cannot be translated to film effectively without leaving out certain things as there are time constraints to consider, but yes generally the source material is superior.

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