Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

I was thinking of alternate titles to my movie review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the formidable Harry Potter film franchise. Here are some of what I came up with:

  • "Harry Potter Grows Up"
  • "When Harry Met Ginny"
  • "It's Official: Harry Potter enters 'Twilight' Territory!"
If you notice from the alternate titles I cooked up, there is a common theme: the film reflects Harry's maturity. The upside is a tighter focus on relationships. The downside? Less wand-wielding.

As a teen drama, "Half-Blood Prince" ain't that bad-- it features hang-ups of early teen romance, jealousy, unrequited love, infatuation, and awkwardness. I think hardcore Harry Potter fans would be disappointed with how the film primarily focuses a good two-thirds of it on the love situations of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ginny (Bonnie Wright).

The movie clocks in at two and a half hours, but as someone who has read the book, the film really sheds a lot from the book's material. Case in point: gone is the unraveling of the mystery of who the Half-Blood Price is. I feel the film just managed to set the stage for the final two films of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Patrs 1 & 2.

If you come into the theater expecting Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince would be an all-out magic battle between good and evil, you will be disappointed (or find yourself sleeping one hour into the movie). Director David Yates puts the magic on the characters' growth and relationship this time around.

Rating: 3.5/5