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16th July
2009
written by Adam

In this 6th installment in the Harry Potter Book and Film Series, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is entering his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Much like the book, this installment is chalk full of drama and dialogue as Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron (Rupert Grint) continue their studies all the while teenage hormones are raging and romance is in the air. But, behind the air of romance, a sinister plot is being put together by the evil Lord Voldemort. A plot that threatens the magical world, and the muggle world alike. As Voldemort’s power grows, lines are drawn and the stage is set for the final battle between good and evil. A battle that will take two more films to play out. potter
With a screenplay written by Steve Kloves, the writer of the first four Harry Potter films, the franchise continues on its well plotted course for success (Kloves incidentally has been tapped to write the final two screenplays based on J.K. Rowling’s novels). Despite Kloves return though, this film has the least amount of magic and action but contains more exposition. This is not necessarily a bad thing; but, fans looking for big showdowns and wild special effects will have to wait. Touches of humor are also appreciated as the young actors are coming into their own and developing a good sense of whimsical comedic timing. Couple this with seasoned actors such as Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, and Robbie Coltrane and you’ve got a potion designed for summertime magic. Worth seeing in the theatres. Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince is rated PG.

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