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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009)
Hormones, Magic, Betrayal, Murder, and Mystery......Just another day at Hogwartz School of Wizardry
The "Harry Potter" movie series just keeps getting better and better. In this latest chapter of the series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is forced to aid Professor Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), in his investigation of Voldemort's dark past by getting to know and interrogating Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent), whom was very close to him when he attended Hogwartz. Along the way, Harry stumbles upon an ancient book that is said to belong to the Half Blood Prince. It's from there, that Harry starts to learn more about Voldemort's dark past, as it shows how he became immortal and how his mind grew so corrupted over time. Indeed, this is probably the darkest film of the series thus far, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Each scene building up to the final climax of the film as the viewer can't help but be intrigued, as the plot is shrouded in mystery. Constantly keeping the audience guessing about what will happen next as one bizarre plot twist leads to the next. However, director, David Yates, does add a nice touch to the story as he implements scenes with humor and teen angst, to lighten up the movie at key moments to make the movie not so morbidly depressing. The cast once again were great in their roles, as it seems that these kids are starting to grow up into fine actors. "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" is by far the best "Harry Potter" film to date.
Featuring strong performances by the young actors, as it seems they're acting abilities like their characters, are starting to grow up pretty powerful. I don't know what lies ahead for them, but one things for sure. If they continue to act this well, there's no doubt bigger and better things will await them.
The special effects are pretty good to be expected, so there's not much shock there. Although I was kind of intrigued that the film franchise expanded into the Moogle world this time. That's our world with non magical beings, for those that don't know.
The storyline was the most intriguing part of this movie. As it not only helped the audience to understand more about Voldemort's past, but it also showed a lot of similarities between him and Harry Potter. Showing how they were both promising young students with many talents. Both eager to learn more but unlike Harry, Voldemort craved for more. Eventually leading up to his madness, to become the dark lord he is. Having taken over the Hogwartz School and the Ministry of Magic, Voldemort's powers and influence grow ever so stronger. Forcing Harry to fend for his life and save his friends, as the audience sees Harry fully embracing his destiny as the chosen one to defeat the dark lord. Sure, viewers saw glimpses of Harry embracing his destiny, in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", but in this new film, he embraces it head on. With no fear or uncertainty, the audience is able to see Harry Potter grow into the powerful wizard, that he was born to be.
Although this film tends to be a bit too dark at times, it doesn't disappoint. In fact, David Yates does add touches of humor and teen angst to lighten up the story. Keeping the viewer laughing at exploits like when Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) lover's quarrel spirals out of control, when Ron joins the Quiditch team as its' new star player. Having all the girls swoon over him, as this causes Hermione to become very jealous. Leading to a lot of comical situations that will tickle the funny bone of anyone who watches it.
Like a bottle of fine wine, "Harry Potter" just keeps getting better with age. Featuring solid performances and plot twists that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats, with just a dash of humor to lighten up the story at key moments. "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" is definitely the best "Harry Potter" film to date.