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Another plus for the Harry Potter Series.

  • Aug 21, 2009
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Pros: Worth the money the first time.

Cons: Starts out very slow but not to worry it will pick up.

The Bottom Line: If you enjoy Harry Potter then you will not want to miss this movie.

If you are like me it sometimes takes a while to get me to read a book. My wife has gotten me to read all of the Harry Potter books and that is how I got interested in going to the show and paying the money to see it on the big screen. I did notice that the books are a lot better than the show. Even though the movies are still very good and popular the books still give more detail. This was the first time that we had taken our daughter to see one of the Harry Potter movies and we did not know whether she would like it or not.

This movie is rated PG, but do not worry the language might be a little strong but not more than what your children will hear on the school yard playground. There are quite a lot of scary scenes and images, so if your child gets scared or has nightmares then, be very careful when you take them to the show. The whole movie will last 2 hours and thirty three minutes, remember that does not include the preadmission show. All of the Harry Potter movies have just about the same cast. If you have seen the first movie you will have seen a very young Daniel Radcliffe (who plays Harry Potter in all of the movies), he is all grown up and has spent six years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When this movie starts Harry is at a pub and sees a girl that he would like to go on a date with. He is successful and tries to see her after her shift as a waitress, but his Professor, Albus Dumbledore appears out of no where and takes him to see an old acquaintance of his to help him to try and talk him into coming back to teach at Hogwarts. This is when the professor informs Harry that the death eaters are on the loose and reeking havoc with all of the normal population. The usual cast meet up with Harry at Hogwarts, these characters include; Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry Potter, Rupert Grint who plays Ron Weasley, Emma Watson who plays Hermione Granger, Jim Broadbent who plays Professor Horace Slughorn, Elarica Gallacher who plays the waitress that meets Harry in the beginning, Robbie Coltrane who plays Rubeus Hagrid, Micheal Gambin who plays Professor Albus Dumbledore, Maggie Smith who plays the head mistress at the school Professor Minerva McGonagall, Alan Rickman who plays the main villain Professor Severus Snape, Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley, James Phelps plays Fred Weasley, Oliver Phelps plays George Weasley, Julie Walters plays Molly Weasley, Mark Williams plays Aurthur Weasley, David Thewlis plays Remos Lupin, and Tom Riddle who is played by two different actors because of the different ages of him in the movie and they are Frank Dillane at age 16, and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin age 11.

When Harry is in class he finds a book that used to belong to the half blood prince which gave him all of the correct way to make all of the potions that the professor asks the students to make. This is when Harry wins a small vile of good luck potion and pretends to let Ron Weasley drink the potion so that he will play good to get on the Quiddich team. All the while Ron and Harry use the invisibility cloak to follow young Draco around to try and find out what he is up to. They soon find out that someone is out to ruin Hogwarts and kill Dumbledore. There are a lot of action scenes where killing becomes consistent with the story. The movie starts out so slowly that I just about walked out, but if you wait a little longer the suspense starts to build and so does the excitement.

Harry continues on his quest to help his professor to find the secret that lies inside of Slughorns mind. When he finally finds the answer they have to go on a trip to recover this special Horcrux that if they can destroy them all this will stop the reign of terror that Voldemort is planning. You will find that all of the computer graphics are excellent and the acting by all of the actors lives up to all of the hype. Even though love is in the air at Hogwarts and just like any kind of love story the right girls end up with the right boys in the end.

This is an excellent movie even though it starts out very slow it will pick up the action during the rest of the movie. Your kids will love it but I would not pay any extra to see it twice. It also will not hurt to wait for this to come out on DVD. I can give this 3.5 stars.


Movie Mood: Good for Kids
Viewing Method: Other
Film Completeness: Looked complete to me.
Worst Part of this Film: Pacing

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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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