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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie review

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Movie Review

Genre: Adventure
Rated: PG
Directed by:
David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Jim Broadbent, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton, Robbie Coltrane
Released by: Warner Bros Pictures

In Short: The boy wizard has grown into almost a man in this dark and compelling sixth chapter in the Harry Potter film series.
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Harry, Hermione, and Ron Face the Darkness

It’s a bit mind-boggling to consider that the first Harry Potter novel arrived on the world stage twelve years ago in 1997, with the first movie arriving in 2001. Both in print and on screen, we’ve watched Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley grow up and learn the magical arts while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. So going into Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price, the sixth film of the series based on the 2007 novel, there’s no need for a recap of the past.

At least, that’s what director David Yates thinks, and he’s right. If you’ve made it to this movie, you’re onboard for the whole ride, and we jump right in, as the summer leading into the trio’s sixth year at Hogwarts is waning. While the evil Lord Voldemort’s Death Eaters are terrorizing London, the teenage Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has begun feeling his oats, spending the summer checking out the opposite sex. But when Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore comes to fetch Harry early, the dark side of this installment descends, and remains throughout the 2.5-hour film, as their battle to thwart Voldemort escalates.

Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Daniel Radcliffe and Michael Gambon in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As in the previous films, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price follows the book closely, but as before just cannot match the denseness of J. K. Rowling’s prose. But it is still an exciting film, deftly blending exciting action with some comic moments as the burgeoning hormones of all the teens (especially Ron and Hermione) in Harry’s class feel the tug of sexual tension.

Still rated PG so that most of the younger set that have read the books can see the film, parents should be warned that this is a dark and scary segment of the series, despite the fact that we never see Lord Voldemort. He’ll return in the final chapters, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is going to be split into two films, scheduled for release in 2010 and 2011. We’ll be waiting!

Reviewed by Jenny Peters


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