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Half-Blood Prince Review


Stuff in the film that I loved
- The Unbreakeable Vow scene. This was one of my favourite chapters in HBP. Helen McCrory was a good fit for Narcissa. And check it out, for nearly the whole time Snape had a wineglass in his hand (don't worry about me, I'm just a tragic who thinks that Snape really enjoys wine and brandy in his spare time).
- Draco. It feels a bit weird, because Draco has always lurked in the background of the films and is trotted out to annoy Harry occasionally. Finally though, Tom Felton gets to show a bit more talent than just snarking and sneering. He did fantastically well here.
- Alan Rickman. AR always does a top job with Snape. Favourite scene might have been the one with him and Draco in the bathroom, but I also liked his final meeting with Dumbledore before he and Harry went to find the horcrux. Snape's flight from Hogwarts was well-played too, especially when Harry was all like 'RAAAAR, FIGHT BACK!' and Snape was just countering all his spells and trying to get the hell out of there. I know it was different from the book, but this version worked for me too.
- Snape's frock coat in the unbreakable vow scene. I still love that the costume designers based Snape's robes on what Jesuit priests wore in the 19th century.
- Slughorn and his lilac silk pyjamas. Epically awesome acting from Jim Broadbent.
- Aragog's funeral. And Slughorn's off-the-cuff eulogy, followed by him and Hagrid drinking together while Harry's still high on Felix Felicis.
- Blaise Zabini. Not meaning to sound like everyone else in the fandom, but whoa.
- The whole cast in general. I don't think I see these movies for the scripts, I see them because of the individual performances and just because nearly the entire British acting establishment is in them. I mean, Ralph 'Finchy' Ineson was playing Amycus! Everybody gets a part in these films!*

Stuff in the film I didn't like
- Seamus getting blown up is getting pretty tired.
- The ending. Maybe the filmmakers didn't want to cap the film off with Dumbledore's funeral, but I found what they did instead really weak.
- Greyback was nowhere near as frightening or as feral looking as he could've been. Did they even mention that he was a werewolf? The only thing the audience has to go on is maybe Lupin's reaction when he and Tonks were leaving The Burrow, when he could obviously smell him in the air.

Stuff they left out that I really hate the filmmakers for
- The complete lack of explanation behind the Half-Blood Prince nickname, besides Snape admitting that it was him.
- No backstory for Tom Riddle with Merope Gaunt and her family- are they going to squeeze all this missing stuff into DH? And while I'm on it, no Hepzibah Smith flashback either- these things are important!
- Dumbledore's funeral and the part where Harry and Ginny decide to break up because of the ~dangers~ he's going to face in the future. I really wanted to see Dumbledore's awesome marble tomb!
- Bill Weasley and Fleur- what the hell, Bill's only going to make his first proper appearance in the last film? Is he even going to be a half-werewolf? I always liked this bit of the plot, because it showed that Fleur wasn't the vapid twit that Molly and Ginny thought she was.
- Very little Lupin/Tonks Alright, I don't hate the filmmakers for it, but I hate that Remus had about two collective minutes of screentime. But don't mind as much that they cut out all of the Tonks emo and just put her and Lupin in a relationship. It was one of the weaker parts of HBP.

Overall, though? Liked it much more than the OotP adaptation. I'm also optimistic about DH being divided into two films, which should hopefully allow for a more faithful adaptation than the previous films have been. Though the filmmakers have the onus on them of putting in all this vital information that they completely bypassed in the past six films. Good luck with that!

* Unless you're Ian McKellen or Patrick Stewart, in which case you really don't need to be part of another massive sci-fi/fantasy franchise.



Also? Holy shit, I LOVE WHAT ELEVEN IS WEARING! It is high time there was some tweed in the TARDIS again!

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vikingcarrot From: vikingcarrot Date: July 20th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Blaise Zabini was... whoa. *_*

I really didn't like that the battle at Hogwarts just failed to happen. It made the whole movie so anti-climactic. Though I did like Greyback's look, even if he did absolutely nothing. He was just sort of... there. Being creepy and enormous.

I approve of the tweed, despite not being a Who fan, but holy crap, I'm way more interested in the gorgeous girl next to him.
dives From: dives Date: July 20th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, they really should've explained what "Half-Blood Prince" meant, it's only the title of the sixth book! It also would've been a nice tie-in with Tom Riddle's heritage too. I too would've liked to see the battle at the end, but I suspect they're saving it all up for pt 2 of Deathly Hallows, to make it EPIC and like 30 minutes long.

I suspect they just won't mention Bill/Fleur, or it'll be in passing. I mean they completely cut out Percy being a traitor, for instance. I do wish they'd have kept in Tom Riddle's backstory for this one, too, but that's also something I could see them putting into the last movie-- something for Harry/Hermione/Ron to discover on their road trip.

I might be biased because OOtP was my least favorite of the books but I really liked the film! The only thing I missed was "Weasley is Our King" but it wasn't that important.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 21st, 2009 07:09 am (UTC) (Link)
It's been confirmed that Bill and Fleur's wedding is going to be in DH, despite there being no indication in the films that Bill and Fleur were together before. I'm annoyed that Percy's basically been shunted out too- his return into the family fold during DH was one of my favourite parts in between all the tragedy of Snape/Lupin/Tonks/Fred dying. I hope they don't cut that out. :/

I didn't miss the battle at the end of HBP too much, though I found it strange that Harry was left on his own to chase after Snape, Draco and the other Death Eaters- couldn't they at least have put Ginny or Hagrid in there? The lack of a final battle weakened the ending too, in a way.

I missed 'Weasley is Our King' too, but was happy to hear Lavender use 'Won Won' at least once.
dragonflysakura From: dragonflysakura Date: July 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
My thoughts exactly. But I have something else to add. The music NOT being done by John Williams and not a TRACE of the Harry Potter "theme" anywhere. What the hell was going on there?
dragonflysakura From: dragonflysakura Date: July 20th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Okay and I realise John Williams hasn't scored the last two either - but from what I remember they at least TOUCHED on the Harry Potter "theme" in these ones, right? Surely. *tries to remember* It's like Star Wars without the Star Wars theme. It's not right without it. Gah.
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