Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince: The Magic Continues

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince released after much delay in India on 17 July 2009. The 6th part of the series has been directed, once again, by David Yates who, I must commend, has done a much better job this time around. The cast remains the same as the previous movies and I must say that the speed with which the movies are being produced (6 movies in 8 years) is commendable. Kudos to Warner Bros for that!

Coming to the main plot, anyone who has read the book knows what the movie will be about, but for the uninitiated, let me tell you this one is more grim than the previous movies where there’s more darkness, more fights, a major death, and Harry inching ever closer to a face off with Voldemort again.

Before I went to watch this movie, I was wondering whether David Kloves (screenplay) and Yates will be successful or not in compressing a 650 page book into a 2 and a half hour movie. At the end, I was a bit disappointed (like every other book lover) because some parts have been edited and new parts have been added, but we’ll talk about that later.

Coming to the star cast for the latest edition of the Harry Potter movie, it must be said that it has remained the same since the beginning (which is a good thing) and each character has performed quite well. Daniel Radcliffe does justice to Harry’s role while Emma Watson will surely win even more hearts. Apart from looking absolutely stunning, she has played her part well. Rupert plays Ron Weasley’s part well, so does Donnie Wright playing the part of Harry’s love interest, Ginny Weasley. All other characters including Albus Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon), Lord Voldemort, Snape, and others play their parts equally well.

What caught my attention the most was the brilliant special effects and cinematography. The opening sequence is magnificent, and so are all the other fighting sequence. Another thing that’s good about this part is that it doesn’t lose much focus from the main story- i.e., Harry vs Voldemort. There is a good mix of Humor, Romance (why didn’t Harry get Hermione ), and action, though it would have been wonderful if there was more action (especially towards the end) as the book had oodles of it! There are many gaps when you compare the movie with the book, but that can be forgiven to some extent considering the time limit the makers had, but I still wish they should have extended the movie by another half hour and packed in more action. I’m sure no one would have complained.

When I came out of the hall (which was house full even when this was a special screening), I couldn’t help overhearing the excitement in some of the voices, and the giggle of girls (love was in the air), but I couldn’t stop the slightly disappointed tones from getting into my ears. The movie was good, the effects were awesome, but still, it was no match for the book. But then, I guess very few movies inspired from books end up satisfying us book lovers. I’ll give it 3 out of 5 stars and a must watch for Harry Potter fans because watching Hogwarts, Harry, Hermione and the gang in a movie is a dream come true. And all the book worms like me who still like the book more, well, I’ll say that there’s still hope because the 7th part is being made in 2 parts, so hopefully we’ll have our dose of action then!

Zain Inhovi

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