Friday, 15 December 2017
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 20:43
harrypotterprinceposterThere are the fictional wizards of the cape and magic variety, and then there are real life wizards of the silver screen who create movie magic like Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Director David Yates should earn top-marks in “Potions” for hitting just the right combination of ingredients to cast a powerful spell across the big-screen.

The Harry Potter films have been a bit of a wonder of filmmaking – after all, there have been six films to date, spanning almost a decade, yet still featuring the original cast of actors. We’ve gotten to watch these kids grow up on film. It’s an ambitious accomplishment that looks like it will reach fruition with the seventh and final film already in production since the entire cast is returning to finish the job! The talent is top-rate and only improves with each installment now that Daniel Radcliff and his cronies have had time to pursue other acting opportunities. Half-Blood Prince features some truly remarkable performances by the young stars.

harrypotterprincepic1No doubt the actors have grown up and so have their characters. Sparks of all sorts fly when Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) head back to Hogwarts for their sixth year of wizardry school. Though the movie contains plenty of action packed duels and spell-casting, it has an even healthier dose of romance and racing hormones. The relationship between Harry and Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright) blossoms, much to Ron’s chagrin. Meanwhile Ron’s got his own love triangle going on, enjoying the attentions of Lavender Brown while Hermione looks on with a broken heart. Though they may not constantly be battling Voldemort, these teenage dramas don’t detract from the story at all. In fact they are so sweetly and hilariously performed by the cast that they provide most of the films best moments.

harrypotterprincepic2The story is mostly intended to further the plot and set the scene for the final act but, all the same, Half-Blood Prince was one of my favorite books (and now movies) in the series. The complexity of characters and plot in the series really becomes evident. Harry gets to work closely with Dumbledore and explore the origins of Voldemort, delving into memories of the Dark Lord before he was quite so infamous. Once a student at Hogwarts himself, Tom Riddle could have chosen a different path but his hatred and greed turned him into a monster. Harry has to keep his friends close to realize what it is that separates him from Voldemort although they are linked.

The tone of these films gets darker with every installment and at times this feels like a gothic horror, yet there are enough funny moments to lighten the mood and make it a pleasure to watch. Every frame is a feast for the eyes with absolutely stunning set pieces, costumes and so much detail I’m sure it could never be fully appreciated. I didn’t want to miss a second of it! In fact, I’m very tempted to go see it again.