In this instalment of the saga Harry ponders over who is the Half Blood Prince, how he can get into Professor Slugthorns good books and how he can get into Ginny Weasley's embrace. Meanwhile Ron tries out for Quidditch, gets a girlfriend and nearly dies while Hermione wants Ron, wants to help Harry and wants to read more books. On the bad side the usual suspects minus Voldermort and Draco Malfoy all line up to overthrow Hogwarts and Professor Dumbledore in the ongoing battle of good Vs evil.
It is always a difficult task the penultimate book (although now the last movie is going to be split into two we will have another penultimate film), it always seems like your waiting for the big finale which you know isn't going to happen in this film, but never before have I watched a movie in this genre that has so little action and is not a stand alone film. It needs the other films to bracket it and subsequently it seemed to me like an intermission.
I also found it very disjointed (and this has happened before in this film series), one line mentioned quickly is a pivotal point in the movie - if you blink you miss it. I have read the books and so I realised that my knowledge of the film also takes this into account whereas I wonder how much I would have been able to grasp if I had just watched the films alone.
It's a funny movie - more of a Harry Potter and the raging hormones than the entitled Half Blood Prince, which is a shame. Also it seemed terribly wasteful to have some of the best actors in the UK reduced to mere cardboard cameos. Having said that I liked it, I like the rest of the series but I also tend to think the story (and directing) needs a bit of a different angle to save the next film from the same "intermission" fate.
Watch it if you're a fan - if your not you are going to be terribly confused.
Directed by David Yates
Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
Michael Gambon - Professor Albus Dumbledore
Alan Rickman - Professor Severus Snape
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