Monday, July 20, 2009

Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Grade: C and B+

I am giving it two grades because I feel that it merits a C in how it was adapted from the book and a B+ if you haven't read the book and are watching it for how it fits in with the other movies and for sheer entertainment.

Number six is a very long book and so I know they needed to cut certain things out, etc., but I feel they left out some crucial information that is basic to the whole Harry Potter storyline.

But as a movie it was fun and entertaining; it felt a little rushed, but I think that's because I read the book and knew all that was cut out and spliced and such. My hubby hasn't read it and he felt it was spliced just fine! So overall I enjoyed the movie (it'll be added to our collection of DVDs), but I was a bit disappointed with how they changed so many things I felt were important.

SPOILER ALERT

1. They changed the focus of the lessons with Dumbledore and Harry. In the book Dumbledore shows Harry Voldemort's history ie. his family tree, he shows him the importance of the objects that V used as his horcruxes. The movie does not show the importance...Dumbledore says the horcruxes could be anything...no, not really. In the book we learn by the end that the four horcruxes left are Hufflepuffs cup, Slytherin's locket, Nagini the snake, and possibly something from Ravenclaw.

2. The relationship between Hermione and Ron was a little more subtle in the book. We (as the readers) and Harry know that they're in love, but they don't really realize it! But Hermione, in the movie, is mooning over him the whole time. Not a big deal, just a difference I thought was a bit annoying.

3. The ending was changed!!! The ending in the book is sooo awesome. All the old D.A. are fighting the Death Eaters with Felix Felicis! It's great! And Snape was a bit too nice there in the end. In the book I was still wondering if he was evil or not, but the movie I felt it was pretty obvious that he was doing it cuz Dumbledore told him to. Plus in the movie if you haven't read the book you have no clue why Snape called him the Half Blood Prince in the first place.

These are just a few of the changes that bugged me. I wonder how they are going to address the rest of the horcruxes in the next movie??? Only time will tell...

3 comments:

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  2. I haven't read this one in years, so I wonder if I should skip re-reading it before I see the movie.

    I'm a little annoyed that this whole thing is getting dragged out so long. I can't even remember the last movie let alone reading the books.

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  3. #1. Oh my gosh you are right!!! I haven't read this book in awhile and I didn't pick up on the change when I seen the movie.... (maybe it is because I went tot he midnight showing.... LOL)

    I so have to read all these books again!

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