HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE Movie Review
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Price was released today in theaters and of course I was one of the first in line to check it out. This was one of my favorite books in the series and the movie had a lot to live up to. There’s never been a Potter movie that I’ve enjoyed more than the book, but most have been quality films that are fun to watch. The acting seems to get better as the films go on and as the kids get older. More than the other movies, I’ve been anticipating this release more heavily because of what a fantastic and pivotal book the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is. I won’t give anything away for those who have not read the books, but oh man. A LOT of stuff goes down in Book 6, and I have been so excited to see it come to life on the big screen.
I arrived at the theater plenty early, and even though the particular cinema I visited has assigned seating (You rock Arclight!), I was a little shocked to see how packed it was before the show. I also didn’t expect to see too many freaks dressed in wizard costumes (since this is the 6th movie after all), and was surprised to see quite a few. One guy in particular, a Snape, dressed in a long robe, black wig, wand, and fake tattoo of the dark mark. I have to admit I love it when these sorts to turn up the cinema as I totally think they add to the movie watching experience.
Now for the movie. I think I actually got goose bumps as the opening credits began, and after the crowd stopped cheering you could hear a pin drop…which was when some guy in the back yelled in his best Mrs. Weasly voice “Harry Potter!”, which made everyone laugh. As with the other movies, certain scenes are added that didn’t happen in the book, and some are changed around, and the true Potter fans might get a little annoyed. The movie did manage to get the important scenes right however, and probably more spot on than any other movie in the Potter series. I also thought this was the best directed movie in the whole Potter series and at some points, especially during the Tom Riddle flashbacks, I felt as though I stepped right into the book.
This was a dark movie, scary at times and immensely sad in others. For those out there that haven’t read the books, I would be surprised if you’d be able to watch Harry Potter Half Blood Prince and not want to read Book 7 to see how the series ends. I’m extremely interested to hear what other Potter fans thought of the movie, so please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of the film!
(You can also check out a review for the book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince here.)