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Book to Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

This weekend my husband and I went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Now, to be honest, even though I was looking forward to seeing this movie, I hadn’t planned on making an opening weekend showing at all. I detest crowded theatres. I get claustrophobic and anxious and don’t like when strangers sit next to me. But, we were lucky enough to be in a mall we haven’t been too much since we moved and it had a cinema that isn’t overly crowded even on cheapy nights. So we thought about it and bought tickets for the 3:40 pm matinée and hoped for the best. There were maybe 20-30 people in the entire room. Huzzah!

Armed with drinks, popcorn and nachos, we sat and waited for the previews to begin. (Um.. the went from Disney G-Force to 2012!! What the heck? I was TERRIFIED by the 2012 preview! TERRIFIED (I don’t do well with end of the world movies.) and they showed this before Harry Potter? Good grief. Not quite the target audience if you ask me. *shudder*)

So, what did I think of the movie? (No spoilers! I promise!)

I’m not exactly sure to be honest. I know I didn’t hate it like I did the previous one (Order of the Phoenix), that one made me mad with all the important stuff it cut out. Maybe there was important stuff missing from this one too? But do I remember? No. Apparently I have no recollection of this book. I didn’t know who three characters were, no recollection of them even being characters and couldn’t really remember what was supposed to happen in HBP. Heck, I even forgot until the very last second WHO the Half-Blood Prince WAS.

I am too young to have a memory this bad. Heh.

What I did find, and I know it’s due to length of book, was that everything was so rushed. If you never read the book you’d probably feel that nothing happened. It felt like this:

Spoken Line
WHOOOOOSH OF SCENERY
Spoken Line (possibly months later?)
WHOOOOSH OF SCENERY
Spoken Line
WHOOOOSH OF SCENERY

Get the idea?

Also, even though I can’t recall most of the book, I felt like there was no one in the movie. It was more of a Harry Potter & Dumbledore Buddy Cop Movie (only without the Cop part). I was almost convinced that Neville wouldn’t even have a Spoken Line when he said like, 5 words. Mostly he was just wandering around in the shot. I missed Snape, boy do I like Snape more than I always think I do. I don’t like him in the books, but I love the Alan Rickman Snape. He’s awesome. (And… cute? Do I actually have a crush on SNAPE??) But he was so underplayed in this movie. As I found, was Draco Malfoy. He rarely sneered all movie. I missed his “I smell something  bad on you, Pottah!” face.

However, what I love about these movies (aside from the music and the scenery and the magic) is watching these actors grow up. I am constantly wowed by how tall or grown-up someone looks. Ron Weasley is one of them and Hermione was in this dress at one point and she was just stunningly beautiful.

The movie felt long though. I mean, it was long, being 2 hours and 31 minutes, but it sort of dragged in places, even though I see what they were trying to do. I just felt like they could have done it in a better way. And wasn’t there more action in the book than in the movie? (Again, no memory!)

And I know the big ended to the book was a shock to many and I am more sad about the Big Event in regards to the movie because I completely adore the Dumbledore as played by Michael Gambon. He’s wry and witty. He has this sarcastic air about him that I am drawn to. The first Dumbledore was… well, old seeming and fragile and sleepy. This one has sass and pizazz!

Oh, also? I think I might have a teeny crush on Fred and George Weasley as well. Or maybe not a crush, but they have grown into handsome men (Oh, good. They are over 18. I feel less creepy now…). Of course at one point during the scene in the shop I turned to Shawn and whispered “Oh, my god! They look like Clay Aiken!!” HAHAHAH! *ahem* This does not mean I have a crush on Clay Aiken.  Because, ew. No.

The movie made me want to get movies 4 (Harry Potter: Get That Cup!) and 5 (Harry Potter: Good Thing I Learned How to Duel!). I didn’t get them because I didn’t really like them. However now I feel like I should have them anyhow just so that one day when I want to have a Harry Potter Movie Marathon I can and I can watch these kids grow up on film. And I can wish that I went to school in a castle and could perform magic. However, I will not wish that I was someone’s bitch and the only one who can solve any of the problems going on. Because, really, that Harry Potter kid needs to learn how to stand up for himself and have someone else go get the quest item. (I have dubbed the earlier video games “Harry Potter: Everyone’s Bitch” hehehe because he’s the only one who can get the spells for everyone else to learn. Poor bastard.)

Go see it if you can. It’s fun and beautiful to watch during all those WHOOOOSH OF SCENERY scenes.  The acting has even gotten marginally better than the first movies. 😉

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the 6th movie in the HP series. One more to go – but it two parts (a YEAR apart, too! AHHHH!)

6 comments to Book to Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • I have loved Alan Rickman since he was in Sense & Sensibility, so I get the Snape love (and yeah, Fred, George & even Ron is kinda cute)! 😀

  • I think I liked it better than you. ^_^ And Emma Watson has grown so beautiful. Have you seen her Elle cover? As the cliche goes . . . fierce.

  • Cat

    I can’t recall if I saw Sense & Sensibility. Hmm.

    Liviania – I liked it! I just felt (as I have with the last 2) that it’s so rushed and you miss a lot.

  • I’m glad you enjoyed it – and thanks for no spoilers – which is actually a funny thing because of course I’ve read the book, but still! We have been doing our HP marathon this week, and we watched Goblet of Fire most recently. I’m hoping to finish up soon so we can go see #6!

  • Cat

    I really should have re-read the 6th book before going to refresh my memory. Of course then I would have been more irritated at stuff that was cut out. 😉

  • It’s totally not your imagination – they did leave a lot out of the film. And what they left in (the Big Event) was strangely…rushed. And they *always* slight Snape in the films! I don’t know why – he’s one of the top three most important characters!

    And I’m not ashamed. I have a total crush on Snape (even before he was played by Rickman), and the Weasley Twins. I love trouble-making redheads with a terrific sense of humor!