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What Did You Think of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?

It's no big surprise that audiences flocked to theaters all weekend long to welcome Harry and the gang back to the big screen in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I thought Warner Bros. and David Yates did a fine job with the film, but there are always a few gripes, especially when you're a huge fan of the book series.

What did you think of the latest installment of the franchise? Was it a home run, or were there too many deviations from the original story? Are you still loving all the movies, or are you over the mania? Tell me what you loved, what you hated, and what you would have changed!

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edeNNem edeNNem 7 years
สวัสดี = Hi. I'm Thai HP fan.^^ I enjoyed the movie,and i just wanna know how you guys thing about it. The same like me. DH's gonna be surprising!! บาย = bye
inlovewithhim inlovewithhim 7 years
I was a bit disappointed. Having reread the book before going to see the movie, all I could do was point out what was different or left out.
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
Oh yea, I also CAN NOT believe they left out Dumbledore's funeral. Because they left it out, my Dad thought that Dumbledore hadn't actually died!
bvfashion bvfashion 7 years
I liked the movie, but it definitely didn't live up to my expectations. The Burrow scene irked me, because it seemed like it had no point. I think that if they hadn't put that scene in then maybe there would have been enough time for a proper battle within Hogwarts, like in the book. I was also disappointed that they didn't include all the memories, and that Dumbledore's hand wasn't focused on as much. The thing that bugged me the most was the way they portrayed Dumbledore's death. I felt like it was really anticlimactic. There wasn't enough build-up for me. Snape shushing Harry was a good part though. It shows that even though Harry didn't like Snape, when push came to shove he would trust him because he trusted Dumbledore. And Alan Rickman did a great job as Snape. Ginny's role in the film kind of annoyed me. Her interactions with Harry before they start dating were much more subtle. And she definitely didn't have such a large role in helping Harry.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
This was my absolute favorite book, and I loved the movie. I have to say though, I agree with just about everyone on here with the things they would change: -The burning of the Burrow. I am glad to see I'm not going crazy because I know I didn't read that in the book!! -Leaving out Dumbledore's funeral. I was really anticipating having a good cry at the end of the movie when they showed it, and then they didn't!!! -Not seeing more of Voldemort's memories. I think these movies should include more things for people who have never read the books - my husband was lost until I explained everything for him! -Not showing the big battle at the end. It would have been better to show that as the main action sequence rather than the burning of the Burrow.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
fieryelectra - I'd have to disagree. First of all DD didn't die in the "battle" per say, he died by a single curse on the Astronomy Tower. The battle ensued later. I guess the writer/filmmakers reasoned that since DD's death is really the most crucial element of this, that the battle with Order/DE wasn't necessary. The most important thing about the DE coming to Hogwarts in the end is Dumbledore's death, that they see Snape commit the deed, that they now are convinced he is on their side and so is the reader/audience. Also, the circumstances of the death happening exactly as it did (as kscincotta pointed out). The only other thing that resulted from the DE being there in the book was Bill being mauled by Fenrir. If they need to write that into the next film I'm sure they can, though even that isn't central to the ultimate outcome of the series. Ultimately, I think the movie leaves us with more than enough sense of the DE capabilities for terror and destruction. It even makes sense to me that the DE would want to be calculated in this instance (though I know they weren't in the book) and not risk effing things up like they did at the Ministry of Magic in Book 5! I would think with something this crucial, they'd want to do the deed and get the heck out. You don't want to eff things up with the Order getting there and then get on Voldy's bad side again! lol
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
I love the book, and really enjoyed the movie as well. I thought the combination of light comedy/dark drama was perfect. The acting from Tom Felton and Emma Watson was such a vast improvement, so surprised by them! And I loved seeing a more comic side from Dan in the Felix Felicis scene, he really has good timing and delivery. Jim Broadbent was phenomenal as well. Sure, there were lines I wish had made it into the script, and details I wish could have been included, but all in all I was more than pleased. I laughed and cried just as much as I did while reading the book. - Even without Dumbledore's funeral in this one, I think this part was done well. The raising of the wands, the empty silence of the Great Hall marking his absence, to me these were more powerful than an actual funeral scene might have been. I think it's a very good idea for them to include a flash to the funeral in DH Part One, esp. since the White Tomb is where the Elder Wand will be, right? - The burrow scene didn't bother me too much. I think it was a good scene for pacing and reminder of the real threat of the DE. I'm confused though whether or not the Burrow really burned down? They all just stood there doing nothing, which I found really odd. - There's most definitely going to be a wedding in DH Part One because there are pics of them filming the "fleeing the wedding" scene and the trio is all dressed up. (Hermione's in a fancy red dress so it's definitely not for DD's funeral!) Also, Clemence Posey is supposed to be back in DH film so all signs point to a Bill-Fleur wedding after all folks! And they've already filmed scenes at Shell Cottage ('s got all the pics) so the Trio will still go there for safety. - HBP leaves me a little concerned about how they will work in the other Horcruxes that are in the memories this film left out (Hepzebah or whatever her name is, the Hufflepuff cup etc.) But I'm sure it's doable. The thing is, Yates said that they were lucky enough to get to read DH as they were working on script for HBP so they were able to catch themselves when they were about to leave out something they didn't realize would be crucial in DH. So I think given that, I have to trust that they have solutions for this sticky story situations. - Allyace, readers speculated about a relationship b/w Snape and Lily or something to that effect, but until Book 7 the truth never came out, and even then it isn't truly revealed until the very very end when Harry sees Snape's memories. So I don't think this is a problem for the movies that the audience doesn't know this. You're not supposed to know until the end. - kscincotta, yes you're absolutely right about the reaction to the ring, the expelliarmus of DD's wand, all crucial and they got that perfect. That weird neck roll of Harry's when he touched the ring made me gasp aloud! I loved that! - About Harry not being petrified by DD on the tower - I didn't mind this change and I think I know why they did it this way. 1. visually, I think it would have appeared odd - petrified Harry would not be able to show any emotion, just like when he was petrified by Draco on the train earlier. For such a long scene, this would have been awkward, almost comical even. 2. I understand the argument that Harry would never have just stood there and done nothing, but this re-emphasizes the issue of trust that Harry must have for DD. When Snape puts that finger to his lips to silence Harry, harry must remember what DD told him, and to trust him, and thus Snape as well. At this moment in the film, if you had any lingering doubts about whether Snape can be trusted, it makes Snape's actions that much more shocking. Point is, I think it worked for the movie. The outcome was still this same. DD told Harry to trust him, and Harry did. The grief Harry will feel because of this will be all the more palpable, and will make Harry want to finish the work DD set out for him all the more.
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
I think the film's biggest problem is the fact that the battle at Hogwarts simply didn't happen, making the Death Eaters look too precise and calculated when, in actual HP world, they would never gloss over a chance to create chaos and kill. In fact, those chaotic, murderous Death Eaters were what I expected to see from the beginning when that gorgeous, chilling open showed them destroying Muggle London. It provided us with a sense of imminent doom that ultimately wasn't fulfilled without the climactic battle in which Dumbledore dies. I don't think Dumbledore's funeral is necessary, though, as its mostly just a bunch of weird histrionics with singing merfolk and the like. The wandlight vigil captured a modicum of the sense of dread this movie should have cultivated. That said, the movie did look totally gorgeous. I loved the penseive scenes, albeit I agree that there were too few of them, and I thought that one thing the movie did exceptionally well was highlight Malfoy's emotional struggle with actually having to do evil to a good person. Not enough about the Half-Blood Prince, though. That's for sure. The whole point is that Malfoy's turmoil somewhat mirrors what Snape went through as a teenager, being a half-blood, in love with Lilly Potter and being ridiculed by the popular kids, Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. There was a missed opportunity there.
kia kia 8 years
I had fun, but this is the only book I even partially read. I was on a field course when it came out and my course mates and I would read it to each other at night. Got half way through. So this is the movie I guess I could be disappointed over the most.
elladebella elladebella 8 years
I didn't actually read the book. But based on the movie itself, I thought it was really good. I enojyed watching it!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
One of the things I felt they did well was to hint at the ultimate "twist" at the end. The way the ring reacted to Harry, the subtle Voldemort neck roll, the shot of Dumbledore's wand... For all the things that got glossed over (and they will have a lot of back tracking to do to clue Harry in to where/what all the Horcruxes are), I loved that they included Draco "expelliarmus" - ing Dumbledore. That's crucial and they didn't miss it. I was a little bummed that the lack of the new Minister meant we didn't get Harry's line about being Dumbledore's man through and through. We also missed out on Dumbledore's line about being okay because he was with Harry. And I could have done without the Burrow scene, although I get why it happened. Where will they have the wedding now? Overall though, I loved the movie. I'm used to the types of changes they feel that they need to make (even if I don't always agree) so I had no problem just taking the movie for what it was.
ann418 ann418 8 years
I loved it. I've gotten over the fact that the movies just gloss over most of the details, so while I was upset that they didn't include the fight, Dumbledore's funeral, more Harry/Ginny, etc, I still loved it. I liked how they put a little emphasis on Dumbledore's elder wand - good set up for the book 7 movies! Oh, and it's totally dorky but I really want one of those Gryffindor shirts!
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Oh -- and the scene in the cave: Made of awesome. I knew what was in that water and still jumped when they appeared. And Dumbledore's fire trick was sweet. The visuals was fabulous all around -- huge kudos to that team & the effort that goes into those.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
Not as dark as the book but decent as far as the movies have gone. 1. The burning of the Burrow? No reason for that. There was plenty in the book to pull from, why add a scene? 2. Need more Snape background. His "big reveal" as the HBP fell way flat. Then again, the movies never properly explained the Maurader's Map either. 3. Less WonWon and Lav, more Harry and Ginny. And less of that overall. 4. The change at the start with the bridge: Brilliant. 5. The change at the end: Not so much. More fight, more spelled Harry under his cloak. But I can deal with the funeral being in the next movie. 7A needs more than endless "camping in the woods" scenes. 6. Hagrid and Aragog felt like an afterthought. But I haven't read the book in a while, so this could be true enough to the book. Unfortunately this was not the only scene like that -- the Quidditch scenes for another. Not that they were bad scenes, they just needed more smoothed over into the "movie" plot better.
kmckay kmckay 8 years
i loved it but missed these 3 things: 1. the whole bill/fluer engagement: i mean when bill gets attacked by greyback & she loves him anyway and molly gushes? so cute :) but i guess without the battle, bill doesn't get attacked 2. half blood prince should have more about the HBP in it!!! 3. SO annoyed that dumbledore didn't put a spell on harry at the end that would render him unable to fight to save his life. theres NO way harry would stand there & watch malfoy walk up the steps and threaten dumbledore and then snape! grrr
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
Pretty much @Deidre-- that was everything I was going to mention! lol! I really liked the movie, save for the ending. Can't wait for the last two now!! :0)
Allyace Allyace 8 years
I really enjoyed the movie, but I would have liked to see some of the things that others have talked about. It is just so hard to condense those books into 2 and a half hours (and really, who would have minded if they made it 3??). The person I went to see the movie with has only seen the movies and we were talking about it afterwords and he had no idea that Snape was in love with Lily (Harry's mom). I hadn't realized that they didn't really bring that out in the films.
Deidre Deidre 8 years
I'm in agreement with a lot of posters here. I really enjoyed the first 2 hours and 15 minutes. I got that there are things they need to omit or streamline for the sake of it being a movie. Of course there's not going to be a lot of nuance that is in the book. I'm hoping that some of the horcrux stuff that's left out will be better explained in the next movie. The last 15 minutes left me pretty indignant. The battle scene was really needed to give more closure to the movie (and would NOT have been repetitive with the battle coming in the next movies). It sets the stakes that much higher when Snape flees. And I also was a let down over the Half Blood Prince reveal. What about all the stuff with Snape's mother? I'm ok with holding off on the funeral until the next movie. Other than that, I loved the student stories; I enjoyed seeing Radclife's humorous side with the felix felicis.
Helen-Sparkles Helen-Sparkles 8 years
I loved the film! I think it was very good. Altough i was expecting too other many scenes they cut off or changed a little, like the public kiss with harry and ginny, the final fight... I think was good the bit of comedy to balance the film. In the end, how i could not like the film?
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
I think CG is right about the Dumbledore's funeral being in the next movie. Anyway, I loved HBP even with the liberties that were taken. I'm sorry, but there is such a thing as being too faithful to a book (Watchmen, anyone?). I do wish they went into Snape being the half-blood prince more, but overall I thought this movie really set up everything nicely for the next installment.
demarco11 demarco11 8 years
I enjoyed the movie for the most part. Something I would have loved to see was the big culmination of Ginny and Harry getting together after the Quidditch match I was waiting for the BIG PUBLIC kiss, but it didnt happen. I'm not surprised they left out the funeral, I'm guessing they'll start the next one with it? Oh and I agree with the big "half-blood prince reveal", very lackluster. They kinda get across how much Harry starts to be obsessed with the book, but he kinda worships the half-blood prince and him realizing it was Snape needed to be a bigger hit in the gut IMO. While I wasn't overly excited about it, I cant help but love the fact that these movies are being made in the first place. Its something to get excited about :P
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