Monday, July 20, 2009

Harry Potter & The Half–Blood Prince (2009)

Evanna Lynch reprises her role as the eccentric Luna Lovegood

Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena BonhamCarter) ready to make the Unbreakable Vow for Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and Narcissa Malfoy (Helen McCrory)

Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and her fellow classmates in Professor Horace Slughorn's (Jim Broadbent) Potions class

Lavender Brown (Jessie Cave) saying hello to Ronald Weasley (Rupert Grint) while the other Gryffindors look on

Professor Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) and Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) talking over the illuminated Pensieve

The greatest wizard of alltime and Hogwarts' Headmaster, Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, played by Sir Michael Gambon.

The young Tom Marvolo Riddle or Lord Voldemort (Hero FiennesTiffin)

Draco Malfoy (Thomas Felton)

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he discovers an old book marked mysteriously as 'This book is the property of the Half
Blood Prince', and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past. Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the muggle and wizarding world. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within Hogwarts, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching.

As a big Harry Potter fan (of the books, not films), this is a letdown. Those who didn't read the book would most likely get confused or probably lost. Some scenes are unnecessary, yet more crucial scenes were left out. Where's the funeral? Surely there should be a tribute as he's one of the major characters after all. The Inferi aren't frightening at all.

I look forward to watching the Battle of Hogwarts in the final instalment. If there's one scene that I'd like to see come to life, that'd be the legendary duel between Professor Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald. Now, that would be something. Wouldn't you say so, fellow Potterheads?

Rating: 2.5/5.

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