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 Goblet Of Fire (2005)

Come and see the previous Harry Potter posts.

Introduction

Philosophers Stone

Chamber Of Secrets

Prisoner Of Azkaban

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.

In the summer, Harry dreams of Lord Voldemmort discussing plans with Peter Pettigrew and Barty Crouch Jr. He then attends the Quidditch World Cup where the followers of Voldemort, known as Death Eaters, have terrorised the spectators after the match.

Back at Hogwarts, Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament which will have one wizard from each magical school to participate. The champions are selected by using the goblet of fire which chooses the most worthy champion. Victor Krum is chosen to represent Durmstrang, Fleur Delacour is chosen to represent Beauxbatons and Cedric Diggory is chosen to represent Hogwarts. Suddenly a fourth champion is chosen unexpectedly which reveals to be Harry Potter. Suspicions grow between the teachers as Harry is underaged and ineligible to compete in the dangerous tournament.

In the first Defence Against The Dark Arts class, Moody teaches the three unforgiveable curses. The imperious curse which controls the victim, the cruciatus curse which causes unbearable pain and Avada Kedavra, the killing curse. For the first task, Harry must retrieve the golden egg from the dragon. Taking Mad Eyes advise, he summons his broom to retrieve the egg which gives him a clue to the next task. On Christmas Eve, the students participate in the Yule Ball where Hermione ends up going with Victor Krum which makes Ron jealous.

Cedric Diggory reveals to Harry to open the egg underwater, which reveals the next task to be in the Black Lake where they will have to retrieve something precious to the champion. Neville Longbottom helps Harry by providing him with gillyweed which helps him hold his breathe underwater for an hour. During the task, Harry finds out the precious thing that had to be saved was his friend Ron Weasley. He also sees Hermione, Cho Chang and Fleurs sister Gabrielle in suspended animation. Finishing in fourth place, Harry is awarded second for outstanding moral fibre.

After an exchange between Mad Eye  and Barty Crouch Jr, Harry finds him dead. When called to Dumbledores office, Harry finds a pensieve which allows him to look back at Dumbledores memories. He watches Crouch Sr. disowning his son Barty Crocuh Jr. and sending him to Azkaban for the torture of Nevilles parents.

In the third and final task, the champions are placed in a hedge maze were they are required to find the cup first. Under the imperious curse, Victor attacks Fleur and attempts to do the same to Cedric. Harry saves Cedric when he’s trapped in the vines. The two grab the cup which leads them to a graveyard where Pettigrew and Voldemort await Harry.

Upon their arrival, Pettigrew kills Cedric, steals blood from Harry, gets the bone of Voldmorts father and slices off his arm to rise Voldemort back again. As Voldemort summons the death eaters who then witness the duel between Harry and Voldemort. Harry’s wand forces Voldemort’s to disgorge the spirits of the people Voldemort has most recently murdered, including Harry’s parents and Cedric. Harry is briefly protected by the spirits and escapes with Cedric’s body using the cup.

Moody leads Harry back to Hogwarts where his questions lead him suspicious. When Dumbledore, Snape and McGonagall come to rescue him, he discovers that the real Moody is inprisoned in a trunk and that Barty Crouch Jr. was using polyjuice potion to disguise himself as Mad Eye. As the representatives from Durmstrang and Beauxbatons depart, Dumbledore exhorts them to stand together against Voldemort.

The fourth film is often regarded by many as the favourite of the franchise. The non stop action and the focus away from school life is what satisfies the fans and reaches it’s potential. This movie is quite frightening with the dark events witnessed in the film. Some memorable moments included the tasks of the Triwizard tournament and the Yule Ball where we get the first indication of Ron’s true feelings for Hermione. Our hearts also broke when Harry was rejected by Cho Chang. Rita Skeeter was also a hilarious addition to this film and I was sad they cut her story out of the film. We also see the characters developing and maturing more in this film.

This movie however could do with more involvement of the supporting characters. Maybe scene with Victor and Hermione before the ball, it was a pretty random choice for those watching for the first time. In my opinion, despite some scenes being cut out of the book, the balance is perfect between the movie and the novel. Overall, Goblet Of Fire takes first place in my Harry Potter list. Best movie of the franchise for me.

Some memorable quotes from the movie.

Professor Moody: Alastor Moody. Ex-Auror, Ministry malcontent, and your new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. I am here because Dumbledore asked me. End of story, goodbye, the end! Any questions?

Neville: Oh my god! I’ve killed Harry Potter!

[Professor McGonagall demonstrates a waltz with Ron as her partner]
Professor McGonagall: One-two-three, one-two-three…
Harry: [aside] You’re never gonna let him forget this, are you?
Fred, George: [shaking their heads] Never.

Voldemort: Don’t you turn your back on me, Harry Potter! I want you to look at me when I kill you! I want to see the light leave your eyes!
Harry: [facing Voldemort] Have it your way!
Voldemort, Harry: [both shouting together] Avada Kedavara!/Expelliarmus!

Malfoy: Why so tense, Potter? My father and I have a bet, you see. See, I don’t think you’re going to last ten minutes in this tournament. He disagrees. He thinks you won’t last five!
Harry: I don’t give a damn what your father thinks, Malfoy! He’s vile and cruel, and you’re just pathetic!

Hermione: Ronald would like me to tell you that Seamus told him that Dean was told by Parvarti that Hagrid’s looking for you.
Harry: Is that right? Well… what?
Hermione: Uh… Dean was told by Parvarti… please don’t ask me to say it again. Hagrid’s looking for you.
Harry: Well you can tell Ronald…
Hermione: I’m not an owl!

Rita Skeeter: Harry Potter, aged 12, suspect entrant of the triwizard tournament. His eyes swimming with the ghost of his past. And choking back tears, UGH!

That ends our journey into the Goblet Of Fire, tomorrow we’ll be reviewing the Order OF The Pheonix. 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.