“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” thrills the audience with the usual fantastic action sequences, but this latest installment gives us something that many of the others lacked – real emotion from the characters. In this film, the sixth to come our way, we get a much better sense of what the characters are feeling, and the story is more grounded in the real world.
Harry Potter 6 brings Harry and the crew back to Hogwarts for their sixth year. However, both the wizarding and Muggle (non-magical) worlds are crumbling with Voldemort back in power. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and thereby bring down the dark lord.
In this movie, the audience focuses less on the magic and more on the struggles of Harry, Ron, and Hermione – whether they’re discussing the worlds’ problems around them or just moping about their love interests. Now I’m not saying that this film is particularly well-acted, but we certainly see a greater emotional depth to these familiar characters. Harry Potter and his friends have matured, and so have the movies. This film, although somehow rated PG, is the darkest and most imaginative film yet.
The visuals in “The Half-Blood Prince” are as dazzling as any other Harry Potter movie, and there are enough thrills and laughs to entertain any audience. I don’t really understand the PG rating, actually, given the amount of innuendo, “snogging”, and one rather scary scene with zombies.
Fans of the movie franchise will love this latest entry, but as a huge fan of the books, I question some of the changes they made to the plot of the novel. I understand that not everything can be accomplished with two and a half hours of time, but I disagree with some of their creative choices. I won’t give anything away, but fans of the book will notice some big changes.
“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” is an entertaining summer blockbuster that is definitely worth seeing by fans of the series.