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Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince-Available on DVD and Blue Ray from 7th December 2009 Review (ethelsmith)

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The cast which includes:-Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Timothy Spall,Julie Walters

Great entertainment

Good CGI effects


You need to have read the books or at least seen the other films.

Not as enthralling as the book.

Some dark moments

Full Review

There can be few people around the Globe who have not heard the name, Harry Potter. Harry is the lead character in a series of magical books by female, British author J K Rowling. The books have been a runaway success and films of each of the books have followed.

However, the series of books was completed in 2007 and the final film is still underway. The final book was called the Deathly Hallows and it has been reported that the plot of this book will be split to make two films. I can see the sense in that as it is a lengthy book with lots of action and a twisting plot.

The penultimate, film of the sixth book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was released to cinema audiences in 2009. As ardent fans Hubby and I made sure that we saw this fiilm as soon as it was aired at our local cinema.

The Harry Potter saga is strange as primarily it was children's literature but many adults soon became fans also. The first films and books were more child orientated but over the years this has changed somewhat. The plot has darkened and the content is definitely not for very young children. Harry Potter is still aimed at a young audience, though.

Having watched the film at the cinema in the summer of 2009 I wanted to purchase the DVD once it was released. On the 7th December 2009 I bought a two disc DVD for £6.71 at our local Asda. Now £6.71 is a remarkable price and these DVDs were almost flying of the shelves, in a magical manner all of their own. The Blue ray version will no doubt cost more.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince DVD

The special effects in the Harry Potter films always look more sensational on cinema screens. Despite owning a large home plasma TV this is the case with this latest film.

For me, the films never quite live up to the books but perhaps that is just me. I have such a vivd imagination that my mind can conjure up much better special effects than CGI ever could.

A glimpse of the plot, without spoilers

On the whole Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is a dark tale. The film starts with Death-eaters, causing havoc to the ordinary day to day, non magical, muggle world. The destruction, though, is not only happening in the muggle world. The magical community is also seeing places destroyed and people disappearing without trace. Indeed times are very frightening.

Despite showing some anxiety, Harry and his friends return to Hogwart's school of magic and wizardry. Harry's school enemy Malfoy has grown even more horrible and Professor Severus Snape seems to be sucking up to Malfoy, at the least opportunity. It appears that Harry and his friends are in for a dismal time.

The dastardly Lord Voldemort and his death eaters, are gathering strength daily and it would seem that his full return is imminent. As Dumbledore fights to prevent Voldemort's return, the search for the missing Horcruxes continues. Each Horcrux is made up of a piece of Voldemort's soul, made possible by Voldemort committing a murder. Voldemort has split his soul seven times and committed seven murders for the purpose of creating Horcruxes.

All of this puts Dumbledore in danger and evil forces are at large attempting to secure Dumbledore's death. Will they succeed? Can the Horcruxes be found in time?

The film

This film is directed by David Yates. In the UK is rated as a PG, for parental guidance. This rating seems fair as there are many scenes which could be disturbing for a younger audience. After all the film includes the living dead, murder and more.

The film's running time is 153 minutes.

My Opinion

I have to agree that Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince is the best Harry Potter film to date. To my mind though, it could have been so much better.

As usual, if you compare this film to the book, it is a poor relation. This is not simply because books are usually better but due to what is omitted. As a long book some things would obviously have to be edited out but, unfortuantely, some edits removed important information, that is vital for the plot to flow smoothly. It may have been necessary to condense the plot somewhat, but it could have been dome more sympathetically. For instance, the funeral at the end of the book is not even shown in the film.

Such exciting scenes as the one which included the living dead are not shown successfully in the film. In the book this scene is tense and gripping. A final example is, when the jinxed necklace works its spell on Katie. For someone who has not read the Harry Potter books this scene would have simply been confusing.

In Closing


This film is exciting, full of dark magic and has great characters. Some of the performances by the children are still a little wooden but on the whole the cast play their parts well. The cast is also full of well known actors.

My quibble is that, with the exceptional draft that the scriptwriters had for this film, namely J K Rowling's, sixth, Harry Potter book, this film could, and should, have been so much better.

That said the DVD offers great family entertainment and will be a great stocking filler. The second disc is full of bonus features and the like. This is not my sort of thing but the children will love it.

With adventure, excitement, humour and more Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is sure to be a Christmas 2009 sucess.



Dec 9, 2009 9:50am
looks like you have doen your research on this film. I started reading one book but didnt get to the end . started writing again myself instead
Dec 9, 2009 2:25pm
Ah Eileen you don't know what you've missed. I loved the Potter books and films. To be able to write such a saga must be terrific and of course it is very lucrative :)
Dec 9, 2009 10:41pm
Yes I understand all that, but I wrote the wrong type of novels. No money or not good enough writing really I suppose.
Dec 10, 2009 6:05am
J K Rowling just seemed to have the right idea at the right time I suppose
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