The sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry kicks off with a bang for young Harry Potter when he inadvertently discovers a mysterious book that sheds light on the sordid life of the evil Lord Voldemort. Preparing for inevitable battle, Harry and Dumbledore turn to professor Horace Slughorn for help in pinpointing the weakness in Voldemort's forces.
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One of the really great things about the Harry Potter movies is how consistent they are in quality, despite the change in directors. Each one is no better or no worse than the previous,(Which is a good thing) yet they still manage to be different. You know what your going to expect when you enter the theater, yet you still come out pleased. The main reason for this is the wonderful chemistry between the three main actors, Daniel Radcliffe,Rupert Grint,and Emma Watson. It was nice to see Grint given a little more screen time in this one. He has some of the films funniest scenes. One small negative might be that the film is a bit overlong. Other than that, another winner for the wizards of Hogwarts.
very disappointed in the end result. was really mad i had spent the money to see it. read a day or so before they had "deviated"?? from the book. that was an understatement. this entry in the harry potter saga wasn't even close. i entered the hogwarts world late. my daughter got me hooked shortly after chamber of secrets. i became entranced by the writing and plotting in the series. jk rowlings is wonderful, i even bought tales of beedle the bard, so i could follow the references in half blood prince. there were several whoops in this movie, least of which was the exclusion of ron's older brothers, bill and fleur's romance, remus and nymphadora getting together, the prelude to the death of aragog and i could go on and on. for fans of the books, while there were deletions and additions in the previous movies, none were chopped up as badly as this one. my first thought after watching the whole thing was that yates should never be allowed to direct another hp film. yes, i know he is doing deathly hallows(both parts) and no, i am not looking forward to those anymore, either.
Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) enlists Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) to get close to Professor Slughorn, the new Potions teacher. He believes that he has an important memory of Tom Riddle/Lord Voldemort and wants Harry to get it. A used potions book of someone named the Half Blood Prince helps Harry to impress Slughorn and get closer to him. But who's the Half Blood Prince ?
While Hermione starts to show her true feelings for Ron when he starts dating someone. But he's too clueless to realize she's jealous. He also joins the Quiditch team, but he isn't as bad as he is in the book, but with some help from Harry and Hermione. Harry's last year of Quiditch isn't made into that much of a big deal in the movie as well. But what was done well in the movie is how Draco has a mission from the Dark Lord that Snape (Alan Rickman) has promised to help him with. Harry knows Draco is up to something which leads him into more than one confrontation with him.
I loved the first half of the movie but once it got towards the end, it felt a bit rushed. The Deatheater's battle with Hogwart students from the book was left out when I was looking forward to it. While Bill Weasley I think was totally cut out of the movies. The drama between Persey and his family was also left out. I think the movies would have been stronger if didn't leave out such things though.I liked how the Weaseley mom didn't like Bill's future wife in the book, which led to a good moment in the end. Here, all that was totally left out.
I liked a lot about the movie though. I originally said that the Harry and Ginny scenes could have been better. Now that I think about it, I loved the scene where Ginny runs to help Harry in a fight with Deatheaters. The flashbacks of Voldermort as a child were also good. While the director David Yates is good at handling the dark side of the story as well as the humor and magic. He's one of the better Potter directors even if he does cut out some things. A lot of people want Chris Columbus back for the last film but he's lucky if he's hired to do a made for dvd Home Alone sequel after doing (I Love You Beth Cooper). David Yates is fine, it's the scripts that just need a little bit more development, other than that he does a good job.
As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince." He also begins to learn more about the dark past of evil Lord Voldemort by viewing memories owned by Professor Dumbledore who is the headmaster at Hogwarts. But that's not the only thing that's going on within the gates of the school. There are many romances that intertwine with each other at Hogwarts as the three main characters are becoming adults.
Not only is this the best Potter yet, but it is also one of the best movies of the year. There is a very intriguing creepiness that lurks within the film and with that creepiness comes a compelling, deep, heart-wrenching story. The look and texture of the film is great. The camera work is fantastic and the special-effects are very good and have almost become a gimme for the series. This goes for the three charming lead actors as well. They've sunken deep into their roles give performances that make our jaw drop. Everyone in the film gives it their all, even the new stars. Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn makes his character funny and believable at the same time.
Besides the annoying kid that was sitting next to me, there wasn't much to dislike about the film. I did find myself a little confused during certain moments. The movie almost assumes that the entire audience has read the book and could have made things more clear. I wasn't confused at all with major plot points. It was more so the reasons for certain occurrences.
But you can't fit everything from a book into a movie. I actually haven't read all of the books and i don't plan on doing so because I don't want to be paranoid because of the fact that the writers of the movie didn't include certain things from the book, like my cousin Katie says. The film is two and a half hours and paces itself perfectly. It doesn't drag on at any point in time and doesn't rush itself either. The sets are great and could be a movie by themselves. J.K. Rowling has created a dramatic, intelligent story here. The third act especially had me pinned to my seat. You should definitely see "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." I love this movie!
So many people have said that this is the best of the Potter films, fans and actors alike. I disagree whole-heartedly. No it's not because they didn't follow the book word for word. To be honest most of the parts that they did take from the book acurately was fairly well done, such as the romance between Ron and Lavender and Dumbledore's death scene.
Now let's start at the begining when i first had problems with the movie. It starts with the front cover of The Daily Prophet showing a picture of Harry and Dumbledore walking out of the Department of Mysteries. That's all fine and good. It reminds those that haven't read the book (or seen the movie since the 2 years it came out) that there was a big battle and Sirius Black died and yatta yatta.
Then they show that Ollivander get's taken away by Death Eaters, but to me it was hard to tell that was even Ollivander. You only saw him once in Sorcerer's Stone briefly, and after that he's kind of like dust in the wind. You couldn't even see the shop's name so people that forgot about Ollivander had to wait until Hermione mentioned it a bit later to realize who it was.
For those that recall the very first chapter of the book when the ex-Minister of Magic (Fudge) visits the muggle Prime Minister, well that's not in the movie. I thought it was quite important because you meet the new Minister of Magic (Scrimgeour), and i thought it was important to see that the Ministry tries to recruit Harry (i think that's important because it show's Harry's decline, and loyalty to Dumbledore).
Now we are getting to Bella (Bellatrix) and Cissy (Narcissa). They did this scene kinda acurately as well, but i thought it would have been good for people that haven't read the books to see how good Snape is at playing both sides. His explainations to Bella's inquiries were very well thought out, and i enjoyed that. Of course they left that out. That scene was probably a grand total of 15 minutes. Cissy sobbing to Snape about Voldemort's plan being too difficult for Draco alone, Bella taunting Snape, and Snape accepting the Unbreakable Vow.
Introducing Harry Potter now, since he is the main character and all. He's in a train station. No not at the Dursely's. He's in a cafe/dinner place and a waitress flirts with him (yes he flirts back). What?!?!?!? Let's not forget he's in love with Ginny. Yes Dumbledore does still retrieve him. He apparates in the subway, and they head off.
Slughorn's retrieval is up next, if you can call it that. They walk into the house he had momentarily taken over, review the damage, Dumbledore finds him, goes to the bathroom for maybe 3 minutes, Harry looks at Slughorn's pictures briefly (with Slughorn making slight comments), Harry does interject that Hermione is a muggle-born and the brightest witch of their year, then Harry and Dumbledore leave. No there was no convincing. They walk in, Dumbledore uses the bathroom as planned so Harry and Slughorn can chat, they do chat (but not about Dementors or Voldemort), then they leave and Slughorn just decides to come back.
Now we're at the burrow. That scene was okay. Quite humorous in fact. Although i did wish to see Bill and Fleur. During their trip to Diagon Alley Hermione notes Ollivander's ownerless shop. One thing i was kind of excited about was you get to see Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. They did have Fred and George pick in Ron (of course) which was a comforting scene. Then the trio follow Draco and his mom to Borgin and Burkes. Yes i said his mom. And no they don't use the invisibility cloak, and no they don't use extendable ears, oh and they can see everything that's going on. They climb on the roof of a nearby shop and decide to take a peek and they see exactly what Draco is looking at (vanishing cabinet). The best part (insert sarcasm) is they see a bunch of Death Eater's walk in too. So they pretty much already know that Draco is planning something.
The train scene was dull. They didn't even show the Slug Club's first get together so you don't know why anybody is invited to parties except Harry (kind of obvious). Harry does slip into the Slytherin car, and Draco does see a suitcase move so Harry does get Paralyzed. No Tonks doesn't ifind him though. Luna does.
There is no Kretcher in this movie. Oh well. Didn't like him anyways.
Harry does have meetings with Dumbledore, but instead of showing him a lot of memories they only have 2 (technically 3 if you count the tampered and fixed Slughorn memories seperately). So when the question of a Horcux comes up Harry doesn't know what the ring Dumbledore has or the locket that they find have to do with Voldemort.
Yes they have Quidditch as well. In the book Ron is supposed to be a fairly good Keeper. Nervous yes, but good nonetheless. Not so in the movie. He apparently sucks, and miraculously saves all of his goals.
Yes Harry finds the Prince's book, and wins the Felix Felicis potion. Yes he uses it to trick Ron. Yes he uses it to get the memory from Slughorn. Yes Ron and Lavender hook up, but i never imagined Lavender being that obsessive and creepy. I just thought she was a bit more clingy than most girls. Yes Hermione gets jealous. Yes Katie Bell gets cursed in Hogsmede. Yes Ron acidentally eats Harry's love potion filled chocolates from Romilda. Yes Ron soon after gets poisoned. Yes you find out Snape is the Half-Blood Prince. No Harry doesn't obsess over Draco as much as i would have hoped. That's just basic stuff they did.
Throughout the movie you see exactly how Draco gets the Death Eaters into Hogwarts as you follow him into the Room of Requirement, and see the match to the Vanishing Cabinet in Borgin and Burkes. There is also an added (and unnecessary) scene at the Burrow during a holiday. Bella and Fenrir come and encircle the house in flames. They also taunt Harry to running out into a field alone. He is later joined by everyone except Ron and Molly. As they all attempt to fight Bella and Fenrir they hear an explosion. They run back to the Burrow to see it in flames. That pissed me off because the Weasleys are people that already have nothing so they took away the one thing they did have. That made me very upset.
Harry goes with Dumbledore to the cave as planned and the cave scene is fairly accurate. The biggest problem i have with that is i think the animator's got really lazy and just tried to imprint Gollem into this movie. When the inferi came out of the water they looked a lot like Gollem. They get back to the school. My only problem with the Draco vs Dumbledore confrontation is that Draco (in the movie) cries. I didn't think Draco cried in the book. He seemed desperate, but not pathetic. Harry doesn't get paralyzed in the movie either. He just stands there and watches below. Dumbledore dies of course, and then there is the epic battle scene. Wait. No there isn't. 5 or 6 Death Eater's plus Snape and Draco kill Dumbledore and walk out of Hogwarts without a struggle. Afterwards everyone else wakes up and realizes what happened, and there is a slightly emotional scene afterwards. Then the last scene is Harry telling Hermione and Ron that he might not be going back to school next year. Instead he'll be searching for Horcruxes. Hermione tells Harry he's thick. And Fawkes sang for Dumbledore and flew away.
There was no funeral scene for Dumbledore. I'm guessing (and hoping) that it will start off the next film. There was also already a romance between Tonks and Lupin. You could see that when (during the Burrow scene) she called Lupin "sweetie". It's late and i'm tired, but I just wanted to rant about that.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the sixth movie in Harry Potter film series. Too dependent on previous films or expecting the audience to have read the books, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince fails to develop into a complete movie.
Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is whisked away by his professor and fellow wizard Dumbledore (Michael Gambon )to meet with Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) to encourage him to return to his professorship at Hogwarts School. Harry and Dumbledore continue to attempt to find a way to defeat Lord Voldemort and prevent him from returning to the living world. Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) dance around their feelings for each other and engage in typical teenage romance melodrama. Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) sneaks around, waving his wand at bookcases in dark storage rooms, spiraling down an emotional whirlpool.
As an added bonus for the audience, the director and writers have left bonus loose ends for the audience to enjoy. The extraneous footage includes destroying mystical stuff, a girl who has a crush on Harry, some broom related sporting events, potions, and curses. The cinematic loose ends fray long enough to braid and be sold as rope to climbers heading off for K2.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince reminds me of leftover casserole. Leftover casserole is made by taking the remnants of a weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth of food, layering it in a casserole dish and hoping it tastes good enough that your family wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t run out on you. If you sprinkle it with parmesan cheese, it can look delicious, but it almost always tastes like week old, reheated donkey-butt stew. Director David Yates and writer Steve Kloves take a bit of left over the SorcererÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Stone, covers it in Order of the Phoenix, slathers on Chamber of Secrets, dumps in Goblet of Fire and sprinkles Prisoner of Azkaban, bakes it with parmesan on top (the special effects) and thinks we will eat it.
It shows a total lack of cinematic integrity to assign the audience required reading or mandatory viewing in order to understand anything that is taking place on screen. It is perfectly rational to expect a first time Harry Potter viewer wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get every mention but they shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be completely lost. It is not too much to ask for a bit of recap, artfully worked into the story so new viewers can understand what is going on. It irritates me to no end that David Yates, and the production staff think we should pay full price for a half a movie. In one of the more Ã¢â‚¬Å“intenseÃ¢â‚¬Â scenes in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Dumbledore says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Once again I must ask too much of you, HarryÃ¢â‚¬Â but I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the writer and director who have asked too much of the audience by hiding the casserole behind a smoke screen - literally.
Smoke comes out of the water, goes into the water, is outdoors, is indoors, and seems to follow Harry and his compadres, regardless of their travels. Harry would be the alpha caveman of any cave based solely on his ability to attract fire to himself. Based solely on the beauty of the smoke, Harry Potter is a stunning movie.
All of the effects in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince shimmer almost brightly enough to make one blind to the disparities in the plot. Well lit sets are set against green-screen created backgrounds that seem to flow naturally into each other. While some of the scenes donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work as well as others, they all work well enough to suspend disbelief and make wizardry riveting.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has no beginning, nor an end; it is only a middle. With nothing to tell the audience what has happened up until now and an unraveling carpet for an ending, it fails to offer the audience a reason to sit through the film. It should be renamed to Harry Potter and a Half.