“Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”

July 16, 2009

Editor Melissa saw the biggest flick of the year on the biggest screen in the world and here’s her review.

On Tuesday night I was lucky enough to be invited to a preview screening of the new Harry Potter flick at the Imax Theatre in Sydney. I have never been there before and when they say it’s a big screen, they mean it!

The first 15 minutes of the film was in 3D so we all sat there in our dorky glasses as wizard’s zoomed in and out of the screen and objects flew at our heads. It is so life-like and the characters really peer out of the screen at you. If you can afford to catch it at the Imax then I would definitely recommend it.

So as for the film itself, I thought I would start by refreshing you of the plot because, if you’re like me, you read this book about two years ago so things may be a little hazy.

The Plot

This is the sixth book in the HP series and Lord Voldemort has returned to power. The plot centres around Draco Malfoy who has been given the task of killing Albus Dumbledore. Snape, in turn, makes an Unbreakable Vow with his mum to protect her son and to carry out the deed should he fail.

The students return to school and Harry finds a used Potions textbook that once belonged to someone named “The Half-Blood Prince.” Spells and amendments are written in the margins of the book, and Harry uses the Prince’s notes to excel at Potions.

Dumbledore schedules regular meetings with Harry in which they use Dumbledore’s pensieve to look at memories of those who have had direct contact with Voldemort to get an understanding of him as a boy.

Through this they find out that Voldemort has split his soul into seven pieces which have been hidden in random objects. All of these objects must be destroyed in order to kill Voldemort.

Ron acquires a new girlfriend, Lavender, of whom Hermione is extremely jealous. While Harry and Jenny (Ron’s sister) grow closer.

There is a dramatic ending involving Dumbledore, Harry, Snape and Draco which rocks the wizard world.

The Review

So now that the plot is out of the way, what did I think of the movie? I loved it! I must preface this by saying that I’m a huge Harry fan so my view is going to be biased but I think it’s one of my favourite movies in the series so far.

The gang has certainly grown up in this film and teenage hormones run high. The acting can be a bit cringe-worthy and awkward at times but there are some hilarious scenes between Ron and his new obsessive girlfriend, Lavender, as well as some really cute scenes between Harry and Jenny.

At times you can tell they have squashed a lot of information into two and a half hour because it can feel a bit jumpy and some elements are underdeveloped but it’s forgivable because you are enjoying being back in the world of Harry so much (it’s been way too long between films!)

This film certainly is not as action-packed as the last ones and it does lack some of the fun and lightness but there are some clever ones liners and a game of Quidditch to appease the die-hard fans. Hagrid is virtually non-existent in this flick which is a shame, but Ron really shines thanks to some great scenes and comedic timing.

Overall I liked “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” because I thought it was a more grown-up version with incredible scenery, music and warmth. The characters seem more like real people perhaps thanks to the healthy dose of sexual tension (look for the hidden sexual innuendo in this film!) My only issue is that we have to wait another 18 months for the next instalment.

Watch the trailer here

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