Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - The Story Continues

Distributed by Warner Brothers Entertainment Company, the 6th Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, opens July 15, 2009 in regular theatres and July 29, 2009 on the stupendous IMAX screen.  Those seeing it at IMAX will be surprised at the new 3D effect to totally immerse the viewer in the film.  

With the return of Lord Voldermort, Bellatrix Lestrange  ( Helena Bonham Carter) a death eater decides to wreck their vengeance on the Muggle world as well as the magical one. 

Harry Potter: Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and Professor Minerva Mcgonagall (Maggie Smith)

Harry learns that the choices we make ultimately define us.  He realizes that the wizzarding world can be a dangerous place, having more challenges than he thought it capable of having. 

Harry Potter: Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

In order to safe guard Hogwarts, Harry ( Daniel Radcliff) and Dumbledore ( Michael Gambon ) must unlock old memories of potions professor, Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent .)  Little do they know that the danger they face lies within the castle walls.  Professor Severus Snape ( Alan Rickman) has made a pact with the dark lord through Mrs. Malfoy ( Helen McCrory) and her son and Harry’s adversary, Draco Malfoy ( Tom Felton) has agreed to kill Dumbledorf.  

Harry Potter: Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Tom Riddle, the future Lord Voldermort at age 10

Dumbledorf dredges up his memory of first meeting with 10 year old Tom Riddle
( Hero Fiennes Tiffin), the boy who becomes Lord Voldemort, at the orphanage and of Slughorn’s encounter with the 16 year old Tom ( Frank Dillane)  that is the secret to unlocking what they need for Voldemort’s downfall.  

It is Harry’s duty to get to know Slughorn and get the true memory out of him.  

Harry Potter: Harry and Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent)

The relationship between Dumbledore and Harry become more of friends than of student and head master.  Here, Harry is definitely the chosen one.  

Meanwhile, the Death Eaters are setting fire to the Weasly home forcing out poor Molly ( Julie Walters) and the rest of the Weasly’s on Christmas Eve.  

In this story Harry shows how he has grown.  In fact, all the characters are much more mature in this new story than previous ones.  Besides fighting the dark forces, Harry, Ron and Hermione fall in love.  Romantic entanglements are never easy and neither are these especially when one lover doesn’t realize that the other is there. A bit of a love potion put in Ron’s chocolates nearly kills him when they realize that the drink Slughorn gives them to cure him is poisoned. 

Harry Potter: Ron Weasly (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) before the big game

The now grown up Ginny Weasly ( Bonnie Wright ) is Harry’s love but she is dating Dean Thomas ( Alfred Enoch) and Harry must bide his time to announce his feelings.   Ron Weasly ( Rupert Grint)and Heromione Granger ( Emma Watson ) decide, despite the interference of Lavender Brown ( Jessie Cave ) who also has her eyes set on Ron, that they are made for each other.  Comic relief is provided by Luna Lovegood ( Evanna Lynch) who comes at opportune moments.  

Rom’s perpetual low self esteem also comes into play when he gets chosen for the Quidditch team against Cormac ( Freddie Stroma) who also has eyes for Hermione.   He fears that he will goof up and loose the ball, but he successfully defends his team when he thinks that he’s taken a luck potion.  Visual effect, stunts and special effects, as well as costumes and camera angles make for one of the most exciting games in the series.

Also returning to the cast is Professor Minerva McGonagal ( Maggie Smith.)

None of the stories would be complete without Rubeus Hagrid ( Robbie Coltrane.)

David Yates, who directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix returns to direct this one. He made all the narrative lines gel into one good story. The films are produced by David Heyman and David Barron, executive produced by Lionel Wigram with John Trehy co-producing and written by Steve Kloves who adapted the books of J K Rowling.   Production designer for the show was Stuart Craig and director of photography Bruno Delbonnel with Mark Day editing and music composed by Nicholas Hooper.  Visual effects were provided by Tim Burke.  Costumes, designed by Jany Temime, made cast, especially Slughorn and Lavender, stand out.  

The script is fairly true to the book although not as exciting as the first two in the series.  However, if you are a true Harry Potter fan, you will love this new movie.  

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