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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Anyway, the basic story is that the Death Eaters are causing a lot of trouble, even in the muggle world, and Dumbledore seems to have a plan to fight back, although the nature of the fight takes some time to develop. Even for him.
He has asked Horace Slughorn to come out of retirement and be the Potions master, while Severus Snape finally gets the position he has wanted all along: Defense Against the Dark Arts. Why? It turns out Tom Riddle was a favorite of Slughorn's when he was at Hogwarts, and Dumbledore is convinced he has vital information about Riddle. You see, Slughorn is a sort of name-dropping groupie of famous witches and wizards and their children. As Dumbledore puts it, he likes to "collect" names for his Slug Club. Of course he wants to collect Harry, and Dumbledore asks Harry to get close to him in the hopes of getting the necessary information. Dumbledore has a bottled memory of Slughorn talking to Tom Riddle, but it has been altered. (You know about the bottled memories; they are put into the pensieve in order to be experienced.) It is Harry's mission to get the truth from Slughorn.
Harry succeeds. It turns out Slughorn told Riddle about horcruxes, very dark magic that allows a magician to divide part of his soul and hide it in an object. So if he is killed, it's just that body that dies; he can still recover the hidden part of his soul from the horcrux. Making just one is bad enough, but apparently Voldemort made seven of them. Potter destroyed one, Riddle's diary, in the Chamber of Secrets. Dumbledore found and destroyed a ring which had been in the family of Riddle's mother for some time, and it blackened his hand in the process.
Now he believes he knows where another is hidden: in a cave by the ocean where he takes Harry with him, first extracting a promise from Harry that he will do as Dumbledore asks, no matter what. Harry promises, but it turns out to be pretty horrible to live up to. And even more horrible is what they confront when they return to Hogwarts.
I've told you too much already, especially if you haven't read the books. But believe me, there's a great deal more. For example, just what is Draco Malfoy up to?