Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Release Date: July 15, 2009
Runtime: 153 min.
Rating: PG13
Cast: Daniel Raddcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Jim Broadbent
Director: David Yates
Stars: 4 1/2

Summer wouldn’t be summertime without special effects and the latest Harry Potter movie. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is every bit as good or better than the battle scenes in Transformers or the 3-D effects in Ice Age. From the moment Harry opens the forbidden potions book belonging to the Half-Blood Prince to the floating candles lit in Dumbledore’s honor, the movie is liberally sprinkled with the most delightful and elegant effects imaginable. Creative camera movement and lighting adds to the power of the effects with director of photography, Bruno Delbonnel (Amelie), at the helm. The next two episodes promise to be just as powerful.

But Half-Blood is much more than a Hufflepuff of magic as Harry, Hermione and Ron continue their quest to destroy Voldemort. Dumbledore explains to Harry the mystery of the horcurx, an object that contains a piece of his soul. When you kill someone you rip your soul in two and a piece of your soul goes into the object. Voldemort achieved this seven times, dividing his soul into seven different objects. Destroying these, explains Dumbledore, will destroy Voldemort.

Trying his best to help Dumbledore, Harry becomes friends with the new potions teacher, Horace Slughorn who reveals in a hidden memory the hiding place of a horcrux. Harry and Dumbledore must leave Hogwarts, while Ron, Hermione and Ginny keep a close watch on Malfoy and Snape, who has already taken a vow to defend and protect Malfoy at all costs. When Malfoy attempts to destroy Dumbledore, but can’t bring himself to do it, Snape steps in and a battle commences between two great wizards.

In a way, Malfoy is the most interesting character in the film. His is the character that is conflicted, caught between good and evil, while Harry, Ron and Hermione are already set on their paths, straight and true. J. K. Rowling worried that she had created such an attractive dark character that she had caused young girls to go astray.

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