Monday, December 21, 2009

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince - Movie

I am a fan of the Harry Potter books, always have been, always will be. It's not my typical read, but it really grabbed my attention after the first movie, I read all fo the books shortly after. I do not believe, whatsoever, that anyone less than a teenager should watch or read the books as younger kids may have difficulty separating fantasy and reality. In addition, the books are quite, quite dark. So, while I will keep the books for years to come, Lallie will not be allowed to read them for many, many, many years!

Onto the movie, Husband and I rented itthis weekend on PPV. Husband has never read the books, so for him, the movie was wonderful and interesting, though I had to do quite a bit of explaining to him. I think without reading the books, it can be quite confusing if you don't have someone narrating alongside of you.
The other thing that confused him is I kept making statements likes "that's NOT how the movie goes, Nymphadora finds him, not Luna." "What about Fleur and Bill (and his battle with Fenir Greyback)?" "Wait, Lupin and Nymphadora aren't knowingly dating yet?" "Hello, Malfoy's mother did NOT go with him and all those other people to Bourgin and Bourkes". And yes, "I clearly do NOT remember Harry being in a diner flirting with a Muggle waitress!"

(I don't feel I'm spoiling anything as for those who've not seen movie or read book, have no clue what little details I'm speaking about!)
Now, I understand the movie skipping a few of the darker moments in the book as to keep the movie short and the darkness to a minimum (sort of) for the younger crowd. And I really wasn't happy with the ending for that reason.

However, considering the book is very long and extremely detailed, I can see why the movie took different routes. So, all in all, I think the movie was fantastic, it was full of action and I loved it. What about you other HP lovers out there, what did you think?


  1. I liked the movie but I wanted it to be longer! I am so excited DH is being made into 2 films!

  2. My 6 y/o son talked through the entire movie when we took him to see it. He knows his HP. ;) My husband was disappointed with this one, but I told him it was because he did not read the book and them movie only portrayed part of the book, IMHO. I heard that they will be splitting Deathly Hallows into two movies. I hope so...there's a lot to that book!!

    We own the DVD and I just watched this again yesterday with the kids. I'm going to be so sad when the series is over. :(

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  4. I agree with the stuff that was left out. I'm a big Harry Potter fan too and alwats will be. Just like Twilight now. But the first two books and movies were fine for kids I thought. Thanks for asking the question.