Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: Movie 6 SUCKS
Okay, if you don’t know what happens in the 6th book of the Harry Potter series, then don’t read this post- I don’t want a ton of emails and comments lamenting how I ruined it for you. If you’ve read the book- this is mostdef for you.
Most people seem to have loved the movie- which I saw opening night with the boychild.
I’m not one of those people. The movie was great, right up until the last 20 minutes. Then it went from awesome to sh*t.
I spent the entire movie waiting for the death eaters to penetrate Hogwarts via the Vanishing Cabinet. If you’ve read the book, you know that once inside the castle, the death eaters and the students engage in an epic battle. Every word oozed off the page- I ignored the phone, my growling tummy, the children and work just so I could read it a few times- that’s how awesome the battle inside Hogwarts was written- in the book.
In the movie? No battle. I sat for more than 2 hours, waiting…no battle. It seems the screen writer and the director felt that the only significant aspect of the battle is the death of beloved Dumbledore.
They were wrong, and how the author let these fools leave out something so key is beyond me. Will it take place in either of the last 2 movies- I don’t know the answer to that. But to cheat the viewers out of such an important event was just that- a cheat.
Students come to Hogwarts this year, unsure if they even want to be there, having spent the entire summer listening to their parents freak out about the possible danger their children could face if the school was ever attacked, unsure if they wanted their children to attend at all.
The battle is that epic moment when the students truly cross over from children to young men and women- much more so than the battle inside the Ministry of Magic. The battle which takes place in the book is like a ritual of sorts, the final test that determins who will stand up and fight- not for Harry, but for the future of magic altogether.
The death of Dumbledore would have been all the more shocking and heart wrenching if it had happened during the fight to protect Hogwarts. As someone who has read all the books, NOT having the battle was distracting because I found myself wondering when it was going to jump off- it never did. I read a 650 page book and waited a year for THIS shit? Not happy. Not happy at all.
It was so bothersome that I came home at 3 in the morning, found the book, and read the last 5 chapters again- just to make sure I wasn’t crazy and that there was a battle inside the school- there it was, every word in black and white.
Was it a good movie? Sure. It was a’ight. But it totally missed the opportunity to be great.
Perhaps if you’ve never read the book, it won’t matter. If you did read the book- catch a matinee.