Friday, July 17, 2009

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince

*Was supposed to finish and publish it YESTERDAY but due to my laziness, it was delayed till now XP*

I went to watch the much-anticipated movie -at least for me-, Harry Potter & the 1/2-Blood Prince (HPHBP) this afternoon with Xin Hao and Mei Ling. Frankly speaking, I do not really remember much of the story, I just remembered the rough gist of it and the death of Dumbledore, but during watching the movie, flashes of memories came back, as if I was viewing the memories through a Pensieve. Those memories mostly revolved around those scenes in the book that were cut off or different in the movie. Before I proceed to that part of review, I must say this, Mr Harry Potter had Stupefied me! I really like the movie.


The movie began with scenes from the last movie, where the magical world knew of the truth that the Dark Lord indeeds came back from the dead. The resurrection of the Dark Lord not only affected the magical world but also the Muggles where the Death Eaters terrorised London. We then focused on Harry and Dumbledore heading to a village to recruit Professor Horace Slughorn which held a vital information in his memory regarding the Dark Lord.

When the gang went back Hogwart, hormones are clearly in the air with Hermione and Lavender both falling for Ron and Harry having his eyes set on Ginny, which was dating Dean. During these romantic moments, the tone was lighter but the director never stray far from the darkness of the book by planting Draco in these scenes, hinting of something sinister yet to come. I really like how he did it, putting Draco on these happy moments as if telling us not to get too carried away. For those who had read the book would know of the plan the Dark Lord had on Draco.


While all the hormones were kicking in, Dumbledore was telling Harry essential details about the Dark Lord, informations needed to win the battle against the Dark Lord. These sessions were cut to only two scenes in the movie. Personally, I like the time when Dumbledore and Harry were watching the collected memories on Pensieve as I felt closer and understand more about Tom Riddle aka Dark Lord but I understood that all those moments can't be included into the movie due to many factors.


The movie is clearly darker in tone. I really like the movie's cinematography 'cause it was very beautiful. The sceneries from the movie were so breath-taking that it makes me feel like going to UK to look at it. The pace was ok. The effects and actions were great and believable.

The bad thing about the movie is the omitting and the changes made from the book. I remembered that when Griffindor won the Quidditch match, Harry and Ginny snogged but in the movie, it was Ron and Lavender instead. Then, at the supposed climax, there was a battle between Dumbledore's Army with Death Eaters but it was omitted from the movie.

All in all, it was a rather entertaining movie which promised spectacular ending for the franchise with the last two movies. The ending of this movie promised so.

What I had during lunch/tea yesterday
What I had for dinner tonight...2 nights of unagi...

10 comments:

Kris said...

Ahaha are foreign movies that popular in Malay? This is the 3rd post I've read about Arry Potter. You guys make me really want to see it and confused why I haven't! Thanks for the details and screenshots, can't wait to plan to see it now!

Kenji said...

Harry Potter is hawesome (hawt + awesome)!!! I liek the changes though I have to say i hate the beginning a bit! xD

fuzpeiz said...

wtf....2 nights of unagi..hate u mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

成亿 said...

kris: honestly, i dont watch Malay shows simply because i'm not Malay but all the Hollywood movies are very popular all around the world, i thought...

kenji: d ending leaves me wanting more...

peipei: hehe...leave a hole in my wallet, u noe...

kpy said...

Hmm...they left out that bit too...the chapter's called The House of Gaunt I think?

Was curious to see Gaunt, Morfin and Merope...and the filthy house

I thought Luna was excellent though ^_^ oh, and they left out the bit where Bill got bitten by Fenrir Greyback. No 'Phlegm' either...'kay I should stop here...and yea I know they can't fit everything in... XD

成亿 said...

who d heck r Gaunt, Morfin n Merope? luna always good 1...same goes 2 helena borham carter aka bellatrix...find her so disturbingly evil...

kpy said...

You need to reread the book lol it's one of those memories Dumbledore collected from a Ministry of Magic officer.

Merope is Voldemort's mother and as you know Tom Riddle Sr. is his father. Tom Riddle Sr. left Merope after she stopped giving him love potion. Morfin is Merope's brother and Marvolo Gaunt is their father...they're the remaining descendants of Salazar Slytherin if I'm not mistaken. Merope had that locket of Slytherin's which she sold off when she needed money to Borgin & Burke's I think..

成亿 said...

i don rmb d...dat's y im plannin 2 buy d whole set lo...waitin 4 d cash onli...XD

Raymond said...

Nice post about the movie, I've read all the books too...but maybe the death of Dumbledore should not be revealed for the sake of the non-HP peeps that still wants to watch the movie? lol...

成亿 said...

haha...if that is to happen, all the potterheads gonna cry fouls...that's like a far deviation from the book!!!