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Review of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie

Warning: This article consists of spoilers.

Review By: Harsh Sadhvani


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a movie that shows you all the parts of life including love, hate, death, good and evil. The movie starts with a bang and seems to be the best opening till now in a Harry Potter movie. Even if  the movie is not totally loyal to the book with extra scenes and change in major sequences but it seems to fit very well with the movie. The movie is dark in many ways but the comedy helps you escape from the danger that is coming. The characters are busy being teenagers and don't realize the troubles coming forward for them. The movie also does not end abruptly like some of the earlier movies. I really liked this movie being a Harry Potter fan and sure that others will also love this movie. This movie has replaced  the position of my favourite Harry Potter movie which was first Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


The movie begins with the attack on the Brockdale Bridge and the devastation caused in the Muggle word by the Death Eaters. This brings about enthusiasm in the viewers and helps to explain what problems are being faced in the wizarding world. The movie continues remain loyal to the book and still does get the viewers confused. The comedy and romance in the movie gives the viewers a but of relief from the troubles that are taking place in the wizarding world. A few extra scenes like the attack on the Burrow have been added to the movie but they are appropriate to break the love and romance and make the viewers realize what the people in the wizarding world are facing. At the end of the movie after Dumbledore's death the tone of the movie is totally changed into sadness with anger. It shows how all the students and teachers of Hogwarts loved Dumbledore and how his death will change the course of the world. The movie thus ends with sorrow and hope for betterment of the future and the death of the evil wizard Voldemort. The actors including Daniel, Emma and Rupert plays their roles very well and I really loved the way Emma playing Hermoine gets jealous of Ron. Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy in the movie seems to be a perfect actor and plays  his role flawlessly, I would like to give the Oscar for his performance. I personally also loved it when he cried in the movie. All the other adults actors also played their roles very well with outstanding performances from Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) and Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn).


Being a fan I would like to complain about the major changes made from the book. Many of the scenes including many memories like the Gaunts, Voldemort return to Hogwarts and Hepsiba Smith have been deleted from the movie. The movie focuses more on the romance which soon seems to feel like a lot after sometime. In one scene we see Dumbledore talking to Snape where he tells him that he has to do it. This scene seems to reveal a bit of Deathly Hallows unlike the book where we don't come to know about this till the end of the last book. Also Dumbledore apparates inside Hogwarts which is not a possible even for the headmaster. Except for these scenes the other changes and extra scenes fit perfectly in the movie. The movie does not seems to have any more mistakes.


Even though the movie is not totally loyal to the book it still makes a great cinematographic experience and does not make you feel bored in the entire movie. Even if you go and see this movie again you may not find it boring but very much refreshing. The special effects combined with the romance and deaths make it a perfect movie in all aspects. Everyone should go and watch the movie and enjoy it. I give it a thumps up. Its the best Harry Potter movie till now.

Rating: 8.8/10

The IMAX Experience:

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  is the second Harry Potter movie to release in IMAX 3-D with the first 12 minutes in 3D. It is first movie to be released in IMAX 3-D in Mumbai, India. The movie starts in 3-D with even the WB symbol with 3D and followed by the collapsing bridge and death eater attacks in 3D. Also the scene of Horace Slughorn is in 3-D. Although the 3-D scene are mastered very well it ends very fast as Harry reaches to the Burrow. Unlike the previous movie where 25 minutes were in 3D, it would have been great if Inferi were shown in 3D too. But it would inconvenience  the viewers to wear and remove the 3D glasses again and again. The movie gives us a very good 3D feeling taking you inside the movie. I have taken some pictures from mobile of the new IMAX BIG Cinemas Wadala.

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