Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince (2009)

Come and see the previous Harry Potter posts.

Introduction

Philosophers Stone

Chamber Of Secrets

Prisoner Of Azkaban

Goblet Of Fire

Order Of The Pheonix

For those first time readers, i’ve decided to relive all the past Harry Potter movies before the last one comes out on the 13th of July, or 15th in the UK and US. Join me this week as we enjoy the final week before the end together.

Lord Voldemorts grip on both the wizard world and the muggle world is tightening. He has chosen Draco Malfoy to carry out a secret mission. Severus Snape makes an unbreakable vow with his mother Narcissa Malfoy to protect Draco and carry out the deed if he were to fail. Harry accompanies Albus Dumbledore to recruit former Potions teacher Horace Slughorn. Dumbledore tells Harry that Slughorns return to Hogwarts is crucial.

On the Hogwarts Express, Harry begins to suspect that Draco has become a death eater. He spies on him during the journey to Hogwarts but ends up being caught by Draco who stuns him and covers him with his invisibility cloak. Luna ends up finding him.

At Hogwarts, Harry and Ron are accepted into Potions in the last minute and need to borrow the textbook required. The previous owner of Harry’s copy belongs to the “Half Blood Prince”. The book has written instructions inside which helps him to succeed in class and win the Felix Felicis potion. During quidditch tryouts, Ron becomes the Gryffindor keeper. As he helps wins their first match, he shares a kiss with Lavender Brown during a party which leaves Hermione heartbroken. When he comforts Hermione, he reveals he has feelings for Ron’s sister Ginny.

Harry spends Christmas with the Weasleys where they are ambushed by death eaters Bellatrix Lestrange and Fenrir Greyback who intend to take Harry. Being outnumbered, they decide to escape and burn the burrow as they leave.

Back at Hogwarts, Harry begins to suspect that Draco is behind two attempts which aim to hurt Dumbledore, which almost claimed the lives of Katie Bell and Ron Weasley. When Harry confronts him, the two begin to battle where Harry uses a spell “Sectumsempra”, which he saw in his potions book by the Half Blood Prince. Shocked with the curse which begins slicing Draco, Snape walks in and heals a wounded Malfoy. Ginny helps Harry hide the book in the Room Of Requirement where the two share their first kiss.

Dumbledore shows a memory from Slughorn which shows vital information on Tom Riddle. However they realise the memory has been tampered. When Harry finally receives the memory, he watches Slughorn tell Tom Riddle about Horcruxes. Horcruxes is dark magic which has the person safeguard a piece of their soul in an object, Voldemort creating seven himself. This grants him immortality, unless the Horcruxes are destroyed. Two of his Horcruxes have already been destroyed, Tom Riddles diary and Marvolo Gaunts ring.

After discovering the location of the next Horcrux, they travel to a cave where Harry is forced to have Dumbledore drink the mind-altering potionto retrieve a Horcrux, the locket. A weakened Dumbledore defends them against a horde of inferi and apparates them back to the Astronomy Tower at Hogwarts. Whilst this happens, a group of death eaters including Bellatrix Lestrange, Fenrir Greyback and several other death eaters all enter the castle with the help of Draco.

When they arrive at the tower, Harry is ordered to hide. As Draco disarms and tries to kill Dumbledore, he reveals that he was ordered by Lord Voldemort to kill him. Unable to go through with the mission, Snape arrives and kills him with the Avada Kedavra spell. As they leave, they leave the Dark Mark, destroy the Great Hall and set fire to Hagrids hut. Harry attempts to stop them, but Snape deflects all his spells. He reveals to Harry that he is the half blood prince and escapes. Harry returns and sees the whole school mourning Dumbledores death. They cast away the Dark Mark in honour of his memory.

Harry later reveals to Ron and Hermione that the locket Horcrux was a fake. The locket contains a message from an “R.A.B.” to Voldemort stating that he has stolen the real Horcrux with the intent of destroying it. His dying wish is that when Voldemort meets his match he will be mortal once more. Rather than return for their final year at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione vow to seek out who R.A.B. was and to find the remaining Horcruxes.

The Half Blood Prince was the sixth installment of the series and has made over 900 million dollars in the box office. The movie is much darker and gloomier than it was before. The opening scene instantly has us hooked as the Death Eaters destroy the muggle bridge. Despite a great start, the film begins to lose it’s pace as we listen to the characters go on and on. We also get a lot of comic relief and focus on romance, regarding the gloomy feel and the dark times they are currtently witnessing. The action scenes were well done, I especially enjoyed the last 10 minutes. But the whole movie itself seems to be 2 hours of Harry and Ron finding their first girlfreinds.

For non-readers, the movies would’ve been a bore. Despite being among the most praised movies by the fans, I find this movie more disappointing than what it should’ve been. It’s not one I enjoy rewatching and the lines are much less memorable than the others. If it weren’t for the near death situations I would’ve absoloutley despised this movie. Not that i’m into that stuff,  I just found the movie quite unenjoyable. The movie focuses on finding out about Voldemort, but it’s that he’s actually not in the movie. Also the guy who plays young Tom Riddle creeps me out.

I rank this sixth overall in the franchise. I think i’ve already explained why I don’t think high of this movie. It just ranks above The Chamber Of Secrets due to the stunning effects and scenery as well as the soundtrack.

We’ll end with some memorable quotes.

[in the hospital wing, Ron stirs]
Lavender Brown: Ah! See? He senses my presence.
[leans down]
Lavender Brown: Don’t worry, Won-Won! I’m here. I’m here.
Ron Weasley: [croaks] Her… my… nee. Hermione…
[Hermione takes Ron’s hand. Lavender runs out, sobbing. Awkward silence]Horace Slughorn: What about you, Miss Granger? What do your parents do in the muggle world?
Hermione Granger: Ah, my parents are dentists.
Horace Slughorn: And is that considered a dangerous profession?

Luna Lovegood: I’ve never been to this part of the castle. Well, not awake. I sleepwalk, you see. That’s why I wear shoes to bed.

Professor Minerva McGonagall: [to Harry, Ron, & Hermione] Why is it, that whenever anything happens, it’s always you three?
Ron Weasley: Believe me, Professor. I’ve been asking myself that same question for the past six years.Horace Slughorn: Exactly how did you get out of the castle, Harry?
Harry Potter: Through the front door sir.

Severus Snape: You dare use my own spells against me, Potter? Yes. I’m the Half Blood Prince.

That ends our journey into the Order Of The Pheonix, tomorrow we’ll be reviewing the Half Blood Prince. Follow my twitter account for more posts and stories or subscribe to this blog via RSS and email. Feel free to comment on your Harry Potter memories and opinions and please share this blog with any Harry Potter fans out there.

 

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002)

Come and see the previous Harry Potter posts.

Introduction

Philosophers Stone

For those first time readers, i’ve decided to relive all the past Harry Potter movies before the last one comes out on the 13th of July, or 15th in the UK and US. Join me this week as we enjoy the final week before the end together.

Today we’ll be looking back at the second installment of the franchise, The Chamber Of Secrets.

During the summer, Harry is banished to his room during an important visit from Uncle Vernons boss. However an unexpected arrival of a house elf named Dobby warns him against attending Hogwarts. When Harry refuses, Dobby gets Harry in trouble by dropping a cake on Uncle Vernons boss which has Harry locked behind bars on his window. When Harry wakes up one night, he finds his friend Ron Weasley who busts him out and bring him to where he lives, known as The Burrow.

When Harry and Ron attempt to cross the barrier to Platform 9 and 3 1/4, they find the barrier has sealed itself and are forced to drive the flying car to Hogwarts. However once they arrive, they’re attacked by the Whomping Willow, Ron’s wand breaks and the car drives off into the forest.

Shortly after term, Harry begins to hear a curious voice that only he can hear. He follows this voice only to find Filch’s cat Mrs Norris petrified with the words written on the walls in blood “The Chamber Of Secrets has been opened, enemies of the air, beware.” This sends the school in worry as the legendery secret is upon the school. Word has it, The Chamber Of Secrets can only be opened by the heir of Slytherin and is home to a creature only the heir can control which attempts to murder all muggle borns. Harry suspects the heir is Malfoy, however when they brew some polyjuice potion and interrogate Malfoy (as Crabbe and Goyle), they learn that Harry is innocent.

During a dueling club formed by Gilderoy Lockhart, Harry finds himself dueling with Draco Malfoy. Malfoy casts a snake upon him but Harry ends up talking to it by speaking in parseltongue (speaking to snakes), which leads to the school suspecting that he is the heir of Slytherin. In the bathroom, Harry finds a book which belongs to a man named Tom Riddle. Tom Riddle ends up showing Harry that Hagrid was the heir of Slytherin.

After more kids in the school are found petrified, which includes Hermione, Ron and Harry ask Hagrid about the Chamber Of Secrets, however he is arrested for suspicion of the attacks. They then follow the spiders to a giant spider named Aragog who claims Hagrid is innocent. When they arrive back at Hogwarts, they find out about Ginny Weasley being trapped in the chamber with the message “Her skeleton will lie in the Chamber forever.” They along with Gilderoy Lockhart ask Moaning Myrtle who died 50 years ago about her death, which in turn leads them to the chamber of secrets. Gilderoy Lockhart tries to erase the memories of Harry and Ron but the spell ends up backfiring because of Ron’s broken wand.

When Harry arrives in the chamber, he sees Tom Riddle standing by an unconscious Ginny Weasley. Harry then learns that Tom Riddle is in fact Lord Voldemort. Tom then sends the basilisk upon Harry. Fawkes comes to the rescue with the sorting hat which later has the sword of Godric Gryffindor appear to Harry. Harry then uses this sword to kill the basilisk. He then gets a basilisk fang and stabs the diary which ends up killing the memory of Tom Riddle. Ginny then wakes up to a wounded Harry, but Fawkes heals him using his tears.

The following morning, Harry is told by Dumbledore that only a true Gryffindor would summon the sword out of the hat. He also tricks Lucius Malfoy into freeing Dobby. The story ends with everyone petrified being restored and Hagrid being released from Azkaban prison.

The Chamber Of Secrets follows the same faithfulness to the book as the first movie does and maintains a fairytale feel. It contained many scenes of the magical world and at times had too much information which took away from the storyline. This movie does contain some hilarious scenes of the whole series such as pretty much whenever we saw Ron and we also got to see the rival between Harry and Draco Malfoy intensify. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to rank well with most fans, possibly due to it being dragged for almost three hours and it was likely not as memorable as the other movies.

I rank Chamber Of Secrets last in my favourite Harry Potter list. I definitely think it’s underrated, which is pretty ironic, however I find the movie itself feel like a chore to watch. I enjoy it more when watched with other people, but ranks last compared to the other movies.

We shall end our review with some memorable quotes.

Draco Malfoy: [to Harry, disguised as Goyle] Why are you wearing glasses?
Goyle: Oh, uh… reading.
Draco Malfoy: Reading? I didn’t know you could read.

Harry: Promise me something.
Dobby: Anything, sir.
Harry: Never try to save my life again.

Hagrid: What are you doing here? Get outta my house!
Lucius Malfoy: Believe me, I take absolutely no pleasure being inside your…
[looks around, disgusted]
Lucius Malfoy: You call this a house?

Uncle Vernon: And Dudley, you will be?
Dudley Dursley: I’ll be waiting to open the door.
Uncle Vernon: Excellent. And you?
Harry: I’ll be in my bedroom, making no noise and pretending that I don’t exist.

Hermione: Look at my face.
Ron: Look at your tail.

Howler (Mrs. Weasley): RONALD WEASLEY! HOW DARE YOU STEAL THAT CAR! I AM ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED! YOUR FATHER’S NOW FACING AN INQUIRY AT WORK, AND IT’S ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT! IF YOU PUT ANOTHER *TOE* OUT OF LINE, WE’LL BRING YOU STRAIGHT HOME! Oh and Ginny, dear, congratulations on making Gryffindor. Your father and I are *so* proud.
[sticks out its ribbon “tongue” at Ron and tears itself up]

Moaning Myrtle: Here I am, minding my own business, and someone thinks it’s funny to throw a book at me.
Ron: But, it can’t hurt if someone throws something at you. I mean, it would just go right through you.
Moaning Myrtle: [swooping down towards Ron] Sure! Let’s all throw books at Myrtle, because she can’t feel it! Ten points if you get it through her stomach!
[punches Ron in stomach]
Moaning Myrtle: Fifty points if it goes through her head!
[punches Ron in head]

That ends our journey into the Chamber Of Secrets, tomorrow we’ll be reviewing the Prizoner Of Azkaban. Follow my twitter account for more posts and stories or subscribe to this blog via RSS and email. Feel free to comment on your Harry Potter memories and opinions and please share this blog with any Harry Potter fans out there.