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"Oh, to be young and to feel love's keen sting."

  • Aug 18, 2009
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Professor Minerva McGonagall: [to Harry, Ron, & Hermione] Why is it, that whenever anything happens, it's always you three?
Ron Weasley: Believe me, Professor. I've been asking myself that same question for the past six years.


Short attention span summary (SASS):

1. Dark times are at hand for both wizards and muggles, as the Death Eaters wreak a destructive path across both worlds.
2. Draco has a special assignment from you-know-who, which has his mum distressed enough to seek a bodyguard for him.
3. Hogwarts turns into hormone central as teenagers start getting googly-eyed, and sometimes enlist magical assistance in matters of the heart.
4. Quidditch is always good entertainment, and so is a little walk down memory lane, a hunt for a dark treasure and a dramatic ending.
5. Still not enough Bellatrix Lestrange (the always amazing Helena Bonham Carter) - MORE MORE!!!


This is a rather good interpretation of a book that was largely about young love at Hogwarts (except of course for the ending), and although it was long, it held the interest painlessly. I never expected much from this one, seeing as it isn't much more than a scene setter for the two grand finales, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.

The young actors have settled down well in their roles, and the rest of the cast fit as comfortably as always. Jim Broadbent makes a perfect Horace Slughorn, and Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter and Dame Maggie Smith (albeit in a small role this time) continue to excel. Kudos also to Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley, a character that has finally come into her own on screen.

Highly recommended for all Potter fans, even if only to get your fix before the next movie.

Albus Dumbledore: You must be wondering why I brought you here.
Harry Potter: Actually Sir, after all these years I just sort of go with it.



Amanda Richards, August 17, 2009

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August 18, 2009
Great to see you up and reviewing again. I'm a little surprised that you only gave this a 4 though. I'm also surprised that you talk about the book as being about young love at Hogwarts when that book in particular of the series had a great emphasis on the corruption and the power-lust of young Tom Riddle and how he became Voldemort, not to mention the tragic elements regarding Prof. Snape, Draco, and Dumbledore. As far as Potter movies go, this one was my favorite so far. In comparison what were yours?
August 19, 2009
Nah - this was the most boring book of all, except of course for the ending and history as you mentioned. Goblet of Fire was the best for me so far. Looking forward to the battle for Hogwarts
August 26, 2009
Really? I found it to be the most riveting and character driven. For me it was "Order of the Phoenix" that was the weakest since it focused so much on the kids' love lives (or lack thereof). In this one, I liked the slow pacing and the way the tension wound up like a rubber band that doesn't snap until near the very end on the top of that tower with Dumbledore and Snape.
 
August 18, 2009
You've been busy at the movies! Great review, A.
 
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy-adventure film directed by David Yates and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the sixth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, and is written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman and David Barron.[5] The film stars Daniel Radcliffeas Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley andHermione Granger. The supporting cast features Michael GambonJim BroadbentAlan RickmanTom Feltonand Helena Bonham Carter.

Filming began on 24 September 2007, with the film being released in cinemas worldwide on 15 July 2009, one day short of the fourth anniversary of the corresponding novel's release. In everywhere but the United States, the sixth film was simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3-D in all countries. Due to North American theaters having a several week commitment by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,[6] the IMAX 3D release of the film occurred on 29 July, two weeks after its original release.[7]

Half-Blood Prince opened to critical acclaim along with instant commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest single-day worldwide gross of all time. In five days the film made $394 million, breaking the record for biggest five-day worldwide gross in ...

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Director: David Yates
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: July 15, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 153 Minutes
Studio: HeyDay, Warner Bros Pictures
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