{Harry Potter: a History} Early Half-Blood Prince Reviews Are In

By: Cydia Matos, guest blogger

Monday July 13 I was privileged enough to get an early viewing of the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. My biggest complaint? I wish the damn movie was PG-13 (like the last two films.) Had this been the case, the action sequences would have been twice as good.

Speaking of action, where was it? The only call to action was the scene where Harry and Dumbledore  are out in search of R.A.B.’s locket (the Horcrux.) But then again, this entire scene is wrong too. The film changed so much from the book that it disappoints me.

Millions of people read these book, so is it so hard to stick to the original story? I’m having flashbacks of the Whompnig Willow miraculously changing locations in the film of the Prisoner of Azkaban. *shudders*

Horcruxes.

Where do I begin? The film only speaks about the two fragmented soul pieces that have been already destroyed and the one piece the characters are on the hunt for. This is a vital part of the story and explains at least half of The Dealthy Hallows where Harry, Hermione and Ron venture into the forest.

The film does not elaborate on how the other Horcruxes are to be gathered or where they are. There is not even talk about where Voldemort might have hidden them.

Nothing.

Another issue with the film, that really irks me, is that there was absolutely no investigation into who the Half-Blood Prince is (or was.) This is such a big deal in the books, as the revelation sets up a good chunk of the premise for the seventh part of the Harry Potter series, the Deathly Hallows. All that was done was some discussion, the trio got rid of the Prince’s book and forgot about it.

What gives?

The film IS called The Half-Blood Prince, after all.

There should have been some talk about who this Prince is (or was.)

After viewing the film, it seems like the entire theme of the movie was teenage love. The filmmakers paid more attention to that than anything else. I completely understand that the Half-Blood Prince is a long book with a lot of story lines intertwined, but seriously, the filmmakers cut out important details that are absolutely essential to part seven!

For example, the Order of the Phoenix was nowhere to be found. Granted, Remus Lupin and the Weasley’s parents had one appearance in the film, but that isn’t nearly enough. At the end of the Half-Blood Prince the book, there is a small battle involving the Death Eaters and the Order of the Phoenix – it was nowhere to be seen. What happened?

I will mention, however, that several Death Eaters did make an appearance, but not enough to call them the ‘bad guys.’

But what bothered me the most? Dumbledore’s death.

It wasn’t just that I cried my eyes out when I read the book and read that he died, it’s that the movie didn’t make me shed a tear… at all.

Where was the epic fleeing of the Prince? Pre and post?

The book version was perfect: everything that Harry experienced in the last six years was relived in that moment and Harry realizes he has to do something; he has to do something about the people he has lost in his life and he needs to save those who are in danger. A very important moment indeed that this was in the novel. A moment so deep and so profound, it was lost on the silver screen and given all of three minutes.

I had such HIGH hopes for this film, especially given that the Order of the Phoenix was very good. But as a Harry Potter fan, I was disappointed.

If I never read any of the books and went to watch the films, perhaps, then I would have thought it was fantastic.

The movie was visually flawless. But, I truly wish that more attention was given to the storyline.

Cydia’s Half-Blood Prince rating: Little Pink Book Star RatingLittle Pink Book Star RatingLittle Pink Book Star Rating (3.75) stars of 5

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Cydia Matos has a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Media Production from Florida State University. She is an editor and producer of Clear Screen Media, INC. and an employee of WFSU-TV. She is currently in pre-production for a high school reality show.

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Comments

  1. Uh oh. Sasha, I'm a HUGE HP fan, too, and this is by far my favorite book. I'm going to see the movie on Saturday and now I'm a bit worried that I'm going to be disappointed. I almost walked out of the fourth movie because of how badly Dumbledore was portrayed. Maybe if my expectations are set low, I'll be pleasantly surprised this time?

  2. Perhaps.

    I set my expectations low when I had read previously last year (2008) that
    a) The Funeral was out and b) there was going to be a minimal battle.

    I just saw it, not a bad film. If you are unfamiliar with Potter, it's
    brilliant! If you are familiar with Potter — I have a feeling it will fall
    low on expectations and fulfillment.

  3. Perhaps.

    I set my expectations low when I had read previously last year (2008) that
    a) The Funeral was out and b) there was going to be a minimal battle.

    I just saw it, not a bad film. If you are unfamiliar with Potter, it's
    brilliant! If you are familiar with Potter — I have a feeling it will fall
    low on expectations and fulfillment.

  4. Uh oh. Sasha, I'm a HUGE HP fan, too, and this is by far my favorite book. I'm going to see the movie on Saturday and now I'm a bit worried that I'm going to be disappointed. I almost walked out of the fourth movie because of how badly Dumbledore was portrayed. Maybe if my expectations are set low, I'll be pleasantly surprised this time?

  5. Perhaps.

    I set my expectations low when I had read previously last year (2008) that

    a) The Funeral was out and b) there was going to be a minimal battle.

    I just saw it, not a bad film. If you are unfamiliar with Potter, it's

    brilliant! If you are familiar with Potter — I have a feeling it will fall

    low on expectations and fulfillment.