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Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince

harrypotter6Rated PG – 2h33 -

It’s a darker version of the wiz kid, but Harry Potter 6 still casts a spell.

Based on the novel Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, this chapter is about the origins of the evil Lord Voldemort. (I’m not afraid to say his name.) Harry (Daniel Radcliff) sets off with mentor and Hogwart’s school headmaster Albus Dumbledore to try and find a way to defeat the big V. At the same time, his goon squad of Death Eaters are causing havoc. Add in some hormones to the mix for these teen wizards and there’s a pleasant dramatic-romantic subplot.

I’m at a loss with the Potter films, because I haven’t read the books (go ahead a berate me now.) I feel that even if you’re going to make a movie out of a book, the movie still has to be able to stand on its own. I also feel that if this was the first Potter endeavour you’ve ever seen, it should make sense standing alone. This is the film’s fault. There’s a lot going on which you need some backstory to understand.

That being said, the Half Blood Prince, looks great, feels great and is played out by a group of actors who know their characters. Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are the standard fare. I especially love to see Alan Rickman’s work as Professor Serverus Snape. He is the rogue agent is this one who kept me guessing.

As the book lovers will know this is a big setup for the finale. I think this film can be admired for many reasons. I liked it best because I’m now severely craving seeing the next one.

Second Opinion: I went with one dedicated Harry Potter fan and another movie lover. The fan said anyone who has read the book will be pleased. The movie lover seemed to like this too.

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