Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Movie Review

We can feel for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" - what would you feel if you were put off an extra six months because someone else just became more popular? Yeah, we know, it would really hurt a lot. Now more than ever, the Harry Potter franchise needs to prove itself worthy against the emerging big gun, the Twilight series. But with the Harry Potter fan base older and more mature (six years is already a long time), it seems that "Harry Potter and the Half -Blood Prince" would need to summon some kind of powerful magic to actually make a significant dent. Can Harry Potter bring it on under pressure?

Harry Potter’s (Daniel Radcliffe) sixth year at Hogwarts starts off gloomily with news of the Death Eaters causing havoc all around London and the imminent return of the Dark Lord, Voldemort. Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) instructs Harry to get to know the new potions teacher, Professor Slughorn (Jim Broadbent)in order to get clues on how he will be able to defeat Voldemort. Harry starts to keep a close eye on Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) as well, feeling that he might have actually joined the dark side and might be the person behind some chaotic events happening inside Hogwarts.

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was quite disappointing. We saw less action and more talk which is probably the character of the whole sixth book so we might not blame them for that. But in essence, do not expect to see magic wands swinging a plenty this time. Younger kids will definitely be put off by the very slow pace and somber nature of the movie. The film holds value because of a well-written novel but there are just a lot of things lacking that we cannot pinpoint. However, we give props to the actors as they continue to show better acting every iteration of the series. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" gave us some laughs and wooed us on some scenes but we longed for the wizardry and magic of Harry Potter that was a staple of the series. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will leave you disappointed if you expect this to be the same as the previous films so don’t.

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Rating: 4 reels

Why you should watch it:
- thanks to a well-written novel, the plot and twists are pretty good
- the cast and crew of Harry Potter have fully bloomed to become really great actors

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- Harry Potter might alienate younger viewers
- we have a feeling this could have been a lot better than what was shown

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  1. Hmm. Internationally, it has a PG rating so its not really for kids. Its only here that it's still GP

    And I guess it transcends more than a children's movie or a children's book. And well, thats why i love it.It gets more adult as the films go by. Plus bookwise, the essentials were there :)

  2. Hi Anonymous,

    When did "PG" become not suitable for kids? "PG" is still made for kids in our opinion. If it becomes "R13" then that is a different story.

    We guess you have a point there about the books evolving themselves. It comes with the characters aging themselves! Some might disagree though with the essentials being complete.

    Anyway, you cannot win them all and thanks for the comment! We hope to hear from you again! :)

  3. hi jed and vit,

    i heard na sabi ng mga producers, sa movies 7 and 8 na lang daw ilalagay yung malupet na action scenes, so as not to be redundant. :p

    siguro hbp is more of setting the tone para sa deathly hallows. :)

  4. Hi Brayl!

    Yeah, so we heard too and hopefully movies 7 and 8 would be worth the seriousness of 6!

    Thanks for the comment!