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24th July 2009

Summary:

The mood grows darker for the wizards at Hogwarts in the sixth instalment of this blockbuster series.

As romance blossoms for Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) tries to keep her simmering jealousy in check, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) has rather more pressing things on his mind than teenaged crushes (although a certain young lady called Ginny is doing a very good job at distracting him). Voldemort is getting more powerful by the day, and life both inside and outside of Hogwarts' walls is growing increasingly perilous. Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) must prepare Harry for his inevitable final battle with Voldemort and calls upon the talents of his old friend Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), who may hold vital information to help them defeat their evil adversary. The fate of the world is now in Harry's hands as he tries to unlock the secrets of the past to protect Hogwarts' future.

Review:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth installment in the Harry Potter series, and it is the greatest one yet. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince mixes comedy, romance, drama, and adventure into one, and makes it so marvelous and fun to watch.

The acting in this film than in the earlier ones is more mature and better in quality, also in part because of the maturity of all the actors in the film. Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman, and Michael Gambon are brilliant and elegant to watch in this masterpiece. The trio, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe are also amazing in their roles and pull them off well.

The directing and visuals in this one are marvelous. David Yates gives his best directing in his career to date, and does an amazing job of telling the storyline of J.K Rowling's fantastic book. The visual effects are so well done and look so real. The cinematography sets the tone for the whole movie right from start to finish, and turns the series in a even darker direction. I also give praise to Hooper's score which is beautiful and sets the tone in certain dark scenes.

To cap it off, the last half hour of the film is just delicious. The effects, cinematography, and acting are stunning in the last half hour, and sets up for a shocking ending. The movie is not sort of rushed, but you feel that it is being pushed forward. It doesn't feel long at all because of everything going on, so it passes by normally. Quidditch is back and is certainly the funnest part of the movie and is action packed. The romance in this film is done well and is done humorously. Everyone in this film, whether it be Harry, Hermione, or Rom, all have love on their mind. Half-Blood Prince is also very funny, and Ron will have you laughing a lot.

A great film that most people will enjoy and especially fans of the books. It combines a lot of genres together and makes the film feel more real and more magnificent then the others. It's a pleasure to watch, and when your done, you just can't wait for the next two to come out. I hope you enjoy it!