Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) Review

The 6th year at Hogwarts and everything is becoming darker as we begin to find out about Lord Voldemort’s past. Harry finds a potions book with ‘the half-blood prince’ written in. A favorite character is killed . . .

Snape eventually gets his wish and becomes defence against the dark arts teacher with Horace Slughorn returning to Hogwarts out of retirement after being persuaded by Dumbledore. However, Dumbledore has an alternative motive in bringing Slughorn back, he holds the key to what Tom Riddle aka Voldemort found out when he was still at school. The questions he had been asking and what he could have planned to do.

Harry also has suspicions that Draco Malfoy is up to something and believes he has become a death eater. We do see some suspicious behaviour and know Snape made the unbreakable vow to protect Draco. It is not until the end we find out what his task for Voldemort was, he does not however see it out. There was no way he could bring himself to do it, someone else saved him from having to go through with it.

Hermione has a very jealous phases when Ron briefly has a girlfriend and they do not really speak for a while. Harry and Ginny also get a little closer. Our characters really do not have any easy times at Hogwarts, watching we can understand how difficult it was growing up and all the emotions you end up having with them all over the place, all of the time.

One of my favorite scenes in this film has to be when Harry takes the liquid luck potion, I really do think it was just fantastic acting from Radcliffe so over the top and funny due to the affect of the potion. Just brilliant really! I was also very pleased to see Broadbent joining the Potter cast he is such a terrific character actor and is his usual fantastic self in the role of Slughorn.

When we eventually find out what Dumbledore suspected he takes Harry on a mission with him, explaining what must be done before Voldemort can be destroyed. This is very key as the knowledge is a must! We have a heartbreaking moment in this film too, with the end of one of the most well loved characters . . . Dumbledore. With the heartbreaking line “Severus, Please”. Which then allows Harry to really lose it with Snape and start fighting a losing battle against him. We then have one of the best scenes in the whole series with everyone raising their wands for Dumbledore. Just incredibly moving.

I find this a brilliant film from start to finish, the pace is so fast and you really don’t have time to take a breath at times as so much is going on. Non-stop would be the best way to describe it, we learn so much more about different characters we thought we already knew. The adventure takes a few different twists and turns but we are left knowing one thing that Harry will not be alone, Hermione and Ron will be with him until the very end.

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