Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Movie Review

This is the nth Harry Potter movie, in a series of n+2. I don’t know all the details about the numbering really I’m afraid. The movies, along with Harry, have changed a bit over the years, from an apple cheeked youngster getting into wizard scrapes we now have a somewhat more angular, and angst ridden youth who spends a whole film doing not very much.

That isn’t to say it is a bad film. The 153 minutes pass smoothly enough and there are some story developments although, like the last film, they all happen in the last twenty minutes or so. You get the feeling that this film (and probably the next one too) are treading water a bit until the real baddy turns up and we can get the big guns out. There are some things that seem to happen just to give a bit of light relief from all the unrequited love and gathering gloom and doom, but they are all very well done. Harry Potter, if nothing else, is a mark for a very high level of production quality and a whole bunch of excellent British character actors turn out to show their skills.

If you like Harry Potter, and have read the books, then the film is for you. If not, they you probably wouldn’t go near the film anyway.