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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Is About Family

Updated on January 9, 2018
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I've written, contributed to several books on film. I like to share the insights of the business as best I can for those who appreciate it.


If you are a Harry Potter fan, most likely you have read all J.K. Rowling's books. If not, then you must love the Warner Bros. movies. The love of the Harry Potter stories is worldwide whether it is the book, movie or both. It is something that a whole family can experience together and is highly suggested. When your family decides to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, snuggle up because it’s time to experience a much darker and deeper Harry Potter movie than the earlier ones.

In Half-Blood Prince, most moviegoers’ first reaction is "how much those kids have grown." Clearly, the actors have surpassed their adolescence and the characters have mastered their wizard training. If you have read the book, then you are aware of the overall plot and outcome of the movie. Sure it is darker and Harry Potter learns more about the dark secrets of Voldemort and how to vanquish the evil wizard once and for all. But, one main character in the story will perish, which is a pivotal point in Rowling’s series, and may be hard to bear.

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Yates Directs

David Yates directs the movie, and he is by far the best of all directors of the franchise, which is evident by his return to finish the last three installments after directing Order of the Phoenix. Yates experience as a British television director keeps the story above the special effects. Yates told IMDb, "I like to create an atmosphere where actors feel safe enough to take risks. I certainly don't believe in being a macho bully; I'm not interested in frightening good work out of people. It's bollocks," he goes on to say, "In an ideal world, I'd bounce between big projects and no-budget TV dramas with fantastic scripts. A lot of Hollywood films tend to be bloated, bombastic, loud. At the same time, I do like the infrastructure of making a blockbuster; it's like having a big train set."

Young Tom Riddle

In Half-Blood Prince, we discover more about the young Tom Riddle, the boy who eventually grows up to be Lord Voldemort, which is played brilliantly by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the nephew of Ralph Fiennes. Ralph Fiennes plays Voldemort, which makes the casting quite the family affair.

Another new cast member to the franchise is Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn the new potions teacher, a very important character in the story of Harry Potter. Broadbent has quite a resume and is probably one of the most favorite character actors in the U.K. as well as the U.S.

Harry Reflects

So, sit down with your family and enjoy the sixth installment of the Harry Potter films. At the end of the movie, Harry reflects with Ron and Hermione on the difference between him and Voldemort. It’s a meaningful line and poignant to the reason why we read Rowling’s series and flock Harry Potter movies.

© 2018 Kenna McHugh


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      Kenna McHugh 6 weeks ago from Northern California

      I totally agree.

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      Kenna McHugh 7 weeks ago from Northern California

      Kari, thank you for your comment. Yes, it's good to watch Harry Potter, again. I catch things I didn't notice the first time.

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      Kari Poulsen 7 weeks ago from Ohio

      I haven't seen the Harry Potter movies in quite a while. I think I can re-watch them. I did enjoy them very much. Thanks for reminding me!

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      Kenna McHugh 7 weeks ago from Northern California

      Thanks for visiting Linda. We share something in common, enjoying Harry Potter movies and books. I wish you the best new year!

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      Linda Crampton 7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I enjoyed the Harry Potter movies and the books. Thanks for sharing the interesting information about the Half-Blood Prince movie.