Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – Movie Review
The penultimate of the seven novels from British author J. K. Rowling’s popular Harry Potter series. Set during Harry Potter’s sixth year at Hogwarts, the movie explores Lord Voldemort’s past, and Harry’s preparations for the final battle amidst emerging romantic relationships and the emotional confusions and conflict resolutions characteristic of mid-adolescence.
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“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” is probably the most mature of the series. The kids are getting older, Harry at one point even has to be admonished to shave. This is really two movies I think jammed into one. The first is about young love with Hermione pining for Ron, who is being pursued by Lavender, and Harry sort of noticing that the Weasley’s little sister is grown up and it’s all about hormones on the first half. (If you need the actor’s names, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe, you’ve probably been living in another galaxy or are significantly older than fifteen). The second half is really the movie that cooks as far as I’m concerned. In the first one we’ve seen before, the kids are getting a little older, but it’s kind of light weight and fun, but the second half is really the most adult of the movies. It’s about dealing with loss and change including Harry’s mentors and enemies, both young and old, and evil spirits and evil forces, and the last hour of this movie would impress anybody who likes good movies, as opposed to just Harry Potter fans or adolescent girls who think Daniel Radcliffe is adorable. I’ve enjoyed the books, I’ve enjoyed the movies, this is the most fully realized movie, my only complaint is that it really is two different movies with two different sensibilities jammed together, but then I guess not only Harry Potter books, but life is like that. Also this film is the set up for the last two in the series. So, four stars.