Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Dark Secrets Revealed

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As Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as 'Property of the Half-Blood Prince', and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Hormones over excitement as part six is merely an appetiser to the double billed closure to come.
Death Eaters are running amok as Dumbledore has an important task for Harry and Voldermort has one for Draco; all set to the backdrop of raging adolescent hormones. While Harry also acquires a rather helpful book written by the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.
Potter 6 is not as dark as the pre-release chattings suggested it would be. Yes there's the usual dark moments, including a shattering turn of events that sets it up nicely for the finale, but this instalment is mostly fun, gentle and even sexy. Harry, Ron & Hermione are more under threat from their own adolescent urges than they are from the swirl of a Death Eater or the appearance of one young & creepy Tom Riddle. This of course makes for good viewing to most of us who have grown with the characters, with the principal young actors having nicely grown into said characters. But can it sustain a two and half hour running time? No it can't is the ass numbingly honest answer. There's some quality set-pieces including Quiddich (for a change) and a swamp attack by the Death Eaters, but by and large it's talky and breezy in equal measure.
A filler Potter movie then, one that is far breezier than expected. Good but not great, but as a set up for the epic conclusion it hits all the right buttons. 6/10

Warner Bros. Pictures, Heyday Films by David Yates, Steve Kloves, J.K. Rowling.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Keywords: witch magic school of witchcraft apparition teenage crush school werewolf wizard based on young adult novel

07/15/2009

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