Harry Potter And The Half

This may be the only Potter film that I hadn’t watched since its release in theaters. And that’s because I was distinctly unhappy about it. Having been over six years, I was trying to recall what bothered me so much that I avoided the film for so long—

—I only remembered that it was mostly about the portrayal of Ginny.

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This is the rub of trying to translate Half-Blood Prince to film; of all the Potter stories, it is the least cinematic by far. It’s a bunch of flashbacks with romantic subplots thrown in. As a coherent tale with a beginning, middle, and end, it doesn’t exactly work out, so the movie had to refocus a bit. This results in most of the background on Voldemort getting cut (screenwriter Steve Kloves wrote all the memories in at first, but most of them were removed), and a lot more attention to the romance bits… which results in the movie opening with some Death Eater attacks before switching to Harry at a random cafe, reading a wizarding newspaper in front of Muggles, and flirting with a waitress. What a scamp. (Wait, what? We are talking about Harry Potter, aren’t we?)

Outside of that, most of the teenage shenanigans are well written and properly realistic, particularly where Ron and Hermione are concerned. (The scene with the birds when Ron and Lavender first hook up. Oof. That one’s right up there with Hermione at the end of the Yule Ball.) And while it’s different from the books, I have always appreciated the extra exchanges between Harry and Hermione, with the two acting more as confidantes to each other, particularly regarding awkward emotional stuff. It doesn’t make up for still undercutting Ron (he’s primarily used for camp and comedy in this film, as per his usual, even though Rupert Grint has reached a point as an actor where he’s clearly ready for more than that), but I think it’s sometimes an improvement over the books; Rowling, for all that I adore her, often writes the trio in that ‘Harry and Ron adore Hermione, but she’s still a girl and therefore they can’t relate so well about certain things’ way, and it feels a bit dated, at least to me. The relationship between Harry and Hermione in the movies reminds me more of my own friendships with the guys I knew growing up, and I think it’s a great example of how boys and girls can be have deep, meaningful friendships without romance.

Tom Felton pulls out all the stops in this film, and Draco’s arc is heartbreaking. He manages to play the role even more sympathetically than its written, and since he spends the majority of his time on screen brooding and crying, it’s really hard not to feel for him. Having his fight with Harry stem from Katie Bell’s return to school sets their little battle in a completely different light—Harry comes upon Draco when he appears to be having an anxiety attack, and it makes Harry seem a slightly more guilty party in the rendering. I actually prefer the sequence of events where Snape doesn’t confront Harry at all about using Sectumsempra, but rather just gives him a piercing look, and lets Harry run off while he heals Draco. It’s different from the text, and makes the whole scenario more unsettling to watch.

Speaking aesthetically, this film is gorgeous. In fact, it’s the only Potter film that was nominated for an Oscar in Cinematography. Yates hired French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, who was known for his particular affinity for earthy color palettes, giving this film a remarkably unified hue. The sequence in the cave is perfectly rendered in every possible detail; the light, the animation for the Inferi, the ring of fire, it all seems to have jumped straight off the pages of the book, and it’s properly disturbing to watch from start to finish.

While we’re on the topic of things I love, here’s a list:

The look on all the teachers’ faces when Lavender and Hermione fight over Ron’s hospital bed (the fight is ridiculous, but the spectators are all that really matter). Especially Snape’s. And McGonagall’s. But really, it’s all about Snape, he looks SO UNCOMFORTABLE, like no, no no no no, why am I here, my teaching contract specifically states that I never have to witness emotional outbreaks like this, noooooooooooo.

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As Death Eaters wreak havoc in both Muggle and Wizard worlds, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for students. Though Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects there are new dangers lurking within the castle walls, Dumbledore is more intent than ever on preparing the young wizard for the final battle with Voldemort. Meanwhile, teenage hormones run rampant through Hogwarts, presenting a different sort of danger. Love may be in the air, but tragedy looms, and Hogwarts may never be the same again. Show More

Rating: PG (Mild Sensuality|Language|Scary Images|Some Violence)

Genre: Kids & family, Fantasy, Adventure

Original Language: English

Release Date (Theaters): Jul 15, 2009 wide

Release Date (Streaming): Jun 1, 2011

Box Office (Gross USA): $302.0M

Runtime: 2h 33m

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Production Co: Heyday Films, Warner Bros.

Cast & Crew

Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter

Rupert Grint

Ron Weasley

Emma Watson

Hermione Granger

Helena Bonham Carter

Bellatrix Lestrange

Jim Broadbent

Horace Slughorn

Robbie Coltrane

Rubeus Hagrid

Michael Gambon

Dumbledore

Alan Rickman

Severus Snape

Maggie Smith

Minerva McGonagall

Timothy Spall

Peter Pettigrew

David Thewlis

Remus Lupin

David Bradley

Argus Filch

Warwick Davis

Filius Flitwick

Tom Felton

Draco Malfoy

Julie Walters

Mrs. Weasley

Jessie Cave

Lavender Brown

Frank Dillane

Teenage Tom Riddle

Matthew Lewis

Neville Longbottom

Evanna Lynch

Luna Lovegood

Helen McCrory

Narcissa Malfoy

David Yates

Director

Sloane U”Ren Neely

Art Director

Steve Kloves

Screenwriter

David Heyman

Producer

David Barron

Producer

Lionel Wigram

Executive Producer

Nicholas Hooper

Original Music

Bruno Delbonnel

Cinematographer

Mark Day

Film Editing

Stuart Craig

Production Design

Jany Temime

Costume Design

Neil Lamont

Supervising Art Direction

Andrew Ackland-Snow

Art Director

Alastair Bullock

Art Director

Gary Tomkins

Art Director

Hattie Storey

Art Director

Martin Foley

Art Director

Molly Hughes

Art Director

Stephenie McMillan

Set Decoration

Rosie Goodwin

Set Decoration

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