Harry Potter and the half blood prince

Well, I’m going in for surgery tomorrow, and decided that a movie would be the right way to keep me from completely freaking out.

So Harry potter it was.

Well my first reaction was excitement. I’ve got to be honest with you, the potter books have really grown on me over the years. One thing I have to say, is kudos to the team who’ve kept the movies consistantly with the same theme, feel, and *quality*. This wasn’t about sequals and how it gets worse and worse the more you add to it. The movies all hold to the same standard. I like that.

Okay sorry I lost my train of thought. Well Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a movie that’s considerably less about plot and more about character development then the other movies have been. In many ways I think that’s VERY good, as the harry from the order of the phoenix I kind of wanted to throw off the nearest balcony. In this movie, we follow the trio as they grow and learn a little about being teenagers, having crushes, stupidity of relationships and general good times. There was a great deal of humor in the movie, and it was *wonderfully* expressed through little gestures, faces, and tiny reactions. I have to say, I really think these kids have come to their own as actors with this film. They did a wonderful job, I found myself really *liking* the characters and enjoying each time they did ANYTHING.

Another thing I noticed, was that they paced the ’scary’ moments much better. And the scary moments were truly horrifying in their own way. Okay I’m trying very hard not to give spoilers, and this shouldn’t spoil anything. But at one point a girl gets cursed… It.. it was incredible. Her face was truly terrified, and gave me eerie memories of the first time i saw the original grudge movie. That same sort of bone deep fear of what was happening right in front of you. The lady next to me was massively wide eyed by the end of that scene, and i was right there with her.

As expected, and as a friend explained, this movie inched the plot of the books forward incrementally. But that’s okay, because you really genuinely enjoyed every minute. If i was to watch the movies back to back, this would be like the pause, the breath of fresh air where you relaxed and remembered that these ARE children, they do have lives beyond this horrific struggle that they’re constantly being put into.

One thing I will say, it’s much easier to understand the events if you’ve read the book, then just watching the movie. I spent a great deal of time AFTER the movie explaining the things that had been cut out of the movie to the person who went wtih me (he’d never read the books). It also gave me a better appreciation for the shear wealth of information that jk rowling was able to give her writers.

There were a few things they cut that i think should  have been added *somewhere*. Things that would have made it much easier for the non readers to understand what happened. Not large things, but a few small details would have smoothed things over. But overall the things that were cut didn’t bother me as much as I thought they would. More… I know more about what’s happening because of what wasn’t shown.

On thing I will say. They gave the major, major event in the movie the proper respect it deserved. For those that hadn’t read the book, it had the same shock and the same surprise for them in the theater, as it had for us readers when it happened in the book. For those of us who read the books, it still held the intense emotional impact and was.. just really well done.

All in all this was a very VERY enjoyable movie. Now if you haven’t seen the others before this, you *will* need to watch them in order to understand everything. The person sitting by me hadn’t and I got to hear a lot of ‘what was that? Who’s that? Why is that important?” through the movie. So to get full enjoyment, see the others.

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One Response to “Harry Potter and the half blood prince”

  1. Kmye says:

    Oh my, I can’t wait to see that movie.
    We went to see it on Wednesday evening as well with friends of mine, but when we arrived at the cinema almost *an hour* before the movie, tickets were already sold out. O_o;;

    I hope your surgery went well! *hugs*