Half-Blood Prince First Impressions

Finally! We finally made it to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a week after it opened. Here are my first impressions.

Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
  • I didn't care for the opening scene, The Other Minister, is one of my favorite chapters in the entire series, and they completely skipped Will and Won't by combining parts of The Other Minister, Chapter 1 and Will and Won't, Chapter 3, in the opening scene. I was really looking forward to Dumbledore's conversation with the Dursley's at Number 4. Too much detail for the film I'd imagine.

  • I liked Spinners End, it felt a bit rushed, but so did the entire movie.

  • Why do they change subtle things? Like Luna discovering Harry, instead of Tonks? At first I thought Tonks was cut from the film, but later on, there she is.

  • What good was the new scene at The Burrow? Why burn The Burrow down? Didn't make a lick of sense to me.

  • I do enjoy the quiet moments in the movie, friends talking and joking, well done.

  • Ron's Quiddich play was great.

  • Hermione beating on Ron and Harry, very funny.

  • Emma Watson, wow, she turned things around. Pleasant surprise. She did a bit of acting!

  • Michael Gambon, who I've skewered here for his portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, finally, FINALLY, gave us a glimpse of the Headmaster we've come to love. Thank you!

  • The Cave, great scene!

  • I'm not thrilled with the Astronomy Tower scene, weak, very weak. Made Harry look like a wuss.

  • I thought Alan Rickman was fantastic!


  • I think the film is definitely worth seeing, and very enjoyable. Two-and-a-half hours flew by! To date Sorcerers Stone and Chamber of Secrets are my favorites, with Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince a close three and four.

    For me the bottom line is this; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is worth the price of admission, but it goes to prove the best films are typically original screenplays, not adaptations of novels filled with wonderful detail.

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