Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Even as the decisive showdown looms, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron, Hermione and their classmates. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same.]]>
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There is a saying,"It's always darkest before the dawn." In this case the darkness is about to fall. Harry Potter in the last film has incurred a great triumph but at the same time a terrible loss. The wizarding world is no longer living in denial that Lord Voldemort has returned. Voldemort has been denied the knowledge of his prophesied demise and many of his loyal subjects are imprisoned. Harry however has lost family, incurred great pain and now faces the future with more uncertainty.
But life goes on and Harry is reunited with friends and with his cherished life at Hogwarts as Professor Dumbledore begins to teach Harry in something far more vital that schoolwork - the demise of Voldemort. Memories into Dumbledore and Voldemort's past are leading to a secret truth that Harry must find from a brand new professor. All the while various occurrences caused by Voldemort's Death Eaters as well as a mysterious plot that Harry suspects from old rivalries may actually be more than he thinks.
The movie ends with truths revealed as well as terrible tragedies. Still, its a great story, leading up to the final chapters in the Harry Potter saga. I also particularly enjoy stories that reveal more about the villain. I definitely enjoy the Voldemort flashbacks. Though much was missing from the books that could have made it even better.
This movie was great on Blu-Ray and I'm glad I purchased it in time before Warner Bros. stopped giving away its free iTunes Digital Copy. B+
The acting in this movie was great. I feel that Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, and even Tom Felton (though he is a bit of a cry baby at times in this one) shine in this movie especially.
Harry Potter is growing up rapidly as he is now 16 and set to start another year at Hogwarts. Dumbledore meets Harry outside of the wizarding world and then asks a favor of Harry. From there, we meet a new professor, Horace Slughorn. Not long after these series of events while Harry is on his way to Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione, suspicions arise after seeing Draco and Narcissa talking to what appears to be Death Eaters. And that is only the beginning of the mystery.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince deals with issues such as: love, loyalty, and sacrifice. The tone of the movie overall can be described as engagingly humorous, eagerly romantic, but as serious as the book is; some even argue that this is one of the darker stories in the series, I can be inclined to agree tremendously. It is an enjoyable 153 minute movie.
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However, there is one thing I do like better in the movie than in the book--there are more scenes with Bellatrix Lestrange! For someone who was the Dark Lord's most faithful servant, who went to Azkaban for 14 years because she refused to renounce him, I felt J.K. failed to give her enough scenes and character development. The movie gave this character more screen time, and Helena Bonham Carter is always the person you should go to to play a lunatic. She is so good at it, I really question her mental stability in real life.
This movie allows you to see the good side to some characters you thought were bad, and it begins to make you uncertain about characters you thought were good. It also prepares you for the many deaths of well-loved characters that are to come.