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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past...

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I rate the films based on how well they represent the books, being a purist of the books. Here's the order I rate them:
4-DH1 (PoA and DH1 are very close)
7-DH2 (5-7 are all close, practically even IMO)
8-OOTP (only one where Steve Kloves didn't write the screenplay)
I thought this film stayed with the book pretty well overall, though as with every film there were parts from the book left out, most notably a couple of the pensieve memories that would have helped tell the story better. It also depends on which parts of the book get left out, how key they are to the story. Some of the films didn't leave out as many key details as other films.
Though I enjoy this film as I do all the HP films, the 2 issues I have with HBP is the addition of the scene at the Burrow over the holidays which wasn't in the book and how director David 'the butcher' Yates has to turn every ending into his interpretation of what good vs evil means and we end up with these drawn out scenes that lack emotion and intensity. Chris Columbus and Alfonso Cuaron knew how to let the story unfold, even though they made small changes, they still kept to the spirit of the story instead of what their POV of it is.

now this movie was very good.this also leads to the next 2 films deathly hallows.which i still hope is in 3d.please lets do away with he who should not be named.

Can't wait for this film the book was such a great read
Matthew scott a member of rotten tomatoes said that harry potter 6 will be better than ever."It will be better than the order of the phoenix" He said.You will see that harry and ginny recieve a common relationship and hermoine and ron.You don't want to miss J.K Rowling best seller book.It will be jammed packed with action.Matthew scott wrote"I can't wait to see severus snape a death eater".Harry potter and the half blood prince will be realesed Nov 2008.Dont miss this extroudinary movie of daniel radcliff playing harry potter.
all the harry potter movies are so great. the first one isnt that great, because the actors are still very young and sort of unexperienced. special effects there are dont live up to todays standars.
after that, they are great. when it comes to the second one, the story is awesome, special effects are getting better, and so are the actors. those movies are a must-see, and the books a must-read.
:fresh: I hope the movie could be as good as the book
first 4 harry potter 2 arms up movie 5 i feel like the wizord him slef whatzz not 2 like .. nuting
I just got back from an advanced screening of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Let me preface this with the fact that I am a big fan of both the books and the previous movies, but this one didn't necessarily meet my expectations.

Mind you, I saw a definitely unfinished version, blue screens still showing and all, so it was hard to be immersed in the Hogwarts world. Also, the movie was quite long, which I am assuming the reason is because it hasn't been edited fully yet. So I am sure this will be remedied.

**For those of you who haven't read the books already, this part is kind of a spoiler**

That being said, I felt very unprepared when it came to the romantic relationships the characters develop. It seems like the director just jumped into it too much right from the beginning, not giving us time to really believe that these feelings between the characters were real. Basically, there was no build up. The previous movies barely, if at all, hinted at these possible hookups. This movie seems to have been written as if everyone in the audience already knew it was going to happen. Granted, most of them do, but that is no reason to assume. That would mean that the director is relying too much on the idea that people have read the books. That would really just make the movie a supplement, which the previous ones really weren't.

Also, there is way too much focus on these romantic encounters in general, as I could say that a majority of the movie seemed to concentrate on these love stories instead of the main plot.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the love stories in this world, as they do make for a very important aspect to the series. I just don't think they should have been given as much attention as they were.

**Edit after mulling it over for a bit**
I realized I did not really talk much about the parts of the movie that I liked, which is usually at least half of what I would want to be a positive review, so here it goes.

I really enjoyed the portrayal of Malfoy's mission. You could tell that he was having a difficult time dealing with what he was tasked to do, and it was pulled off really well. I do have to say that they definitely made it pretty easy to figure out how he was going to do what he did, at least in comparison to how one found out in the book.

Harry and Dumbledore's meetings are very well done. I always somewhat thought that in the book they gave just a few too many details when it came to the pensieve scenes, and the movie cuts it down to a point I enjoy. Just enough information to understand what is going on, and to know Voldemort much better than one did before.

Also, the last main thing I enjoyed about this is that it sets up the next movies really well. After seeing this I definitely look forward to the final 2 movies.

**End Edit**

Taking the unfinished aspect into consideration, I think this has the possibility of becoming a great movie, but in its current condition it definitely needs improvement.