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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!)

In My Mailbox #15

The Story Siren hosts this feature and I end up adding a ton of books to my wishlist every week.

All my IMM posts can be found here!

This week it’s sort of an Out of My Pocket meets In My Mailbox post. The three books I got in the mail were bought on Amazon.com a month ago. Gotta love pre-orders! The reason I did the pre-order thing was because I had to get my US version of the final Harry Potter book to complete my collection! I dislike the Canadian covers, so I have been getting the US ones since the first book came out.

Is it sad that I use my piano more for photos of my books than practice?

Is it sad that I use my piano more often for book photography than I do for practise? O_o

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
by J.K. Rowling

Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him…

Hurrah for my completed collection!

Shadowed Summer
by Saundra Mitchell

Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?

I bought this from amazon.com as well since no one here seemed to have it in stock. And I have wanted it since I read reviews on blogs MONTHS ago. Sure, I could order it online but it was a 2-3 week wait AND it was still cheaper to buy the hardcover in US funds (even with conversion!!) and just wait to have it shipped with my two pre-orders. Book prices in Canada SUCK ROCKS.

Just sayin’.

My most prized purchase from amazon:

Eyes Like Stars
by Lisa Mantchev

All her world’s a stage. Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater. She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents. She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own. That is, until now. Enter Stage Right NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie. COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks. ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom. BERTIE. Our heroine. Welcome to the Thtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Thtre by The Book-an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family-and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

I am going to start reading this right away! Only the cover is even more beautiful in real life that I am too nervous to open the book lest I break the spine! What to do? What to do!?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

harry potter and the half-blood prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by j. k. rowling

this is book six in the series. i’m about 200 pages in so i am not sure how i feel about it so far. shawn has already read it and said it’s pretty dark. so let’s see what i think.

so far my faves are book three and..well… book three. book one comes in a close second. i didn’t like four or five and book two… well it had SPIDERS. so you know…

[UPDATE:: finished the book last night. sad to say i was a little bored throughout the entire thing. it was still impecabbly written and the chararcters were all right on target but i just didn’t care about the story. i even found it a little predictable and i haven’t felt that way about the others… well the first three anyhow..]