Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
“Something Wicked This Way Comes”
Right from the dark, monochrome first scenes of death eater’s apparating into our world you know you are in for a treat, Harry Potter style. Gone are the days of child actors and PG ratings, the world of wizards has become much darker now Voldemort is back in business. For many waiting for the release of the 6th instalment of our favourite series has been a little like watching paint dry, but it was well worth the wait. I can watch the film over and over again and still feel the same emotions as I did on my first viewing.
The film is once again propelled to greatness with its grand array of British actors. From the mysterious and powerful Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore, the evil, twisted mind of Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, the severe but soft Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall to the genius of Alan Rickman shifting from malice to pure malevolence as Professor Snape. The film also benefits from the talents of veteran actor Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn. Everyone works together to create a believable Hogwarts.
The main three characters are growing up as the films develop, especially in this film, where Hermione (Emma Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Harry (Daniel Radcliff) see the dangers of love first hand. The actors have gained mew maturity and this really shows in their acting and how the film comes together.
Although this film too many is just setting the scene for the Deathly Hallows, I believe that it works well on its own and would bring even more fans to the series. I really enjoyed the sense of despair, loss and darkness that this film created. Showing how the rise of Voldemort has affected the wizarding world and the Muggle world. I feel it could have put more of an emphasis on the half blood prince’s book and Snape’s apparent betrayal, but nothing is lost in the story for people who have read the book and people who haven’t. I for one am looking forward to Part one of the Deathly Hallows with bated breath.