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We’re almost at the end of the most popular 7-part book series to hit celluloid infamy. We take a look at Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the 6th edition directed by David Yates.

An article by Penny V

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

It’s safe to say that I am a huge fan of J.K Rowling’s multi-million written creation, Harry Potter and was very pleased when it hit the big screen. After playing around with a couple of different director’s Warner Brothers hit the nail on the head with David Yates.

Next to Prisoner of Azkaban, which was directed by the enigmatic Alfonso Cuarón, I would have to say that the Half-Blood Prince is a firm favourite of mine.

It’s certain that over the years the acting chops of Daniel Radcliffe, who recently starred in the West End production of Equus, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint has grown exponentially and impressively.

In this installment of Harry’s magical world, it is now significantly darker and more mature. Voldemort’s hold over the wizarding and muggle world seems to be getting stronger and Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) is bent on preparing Harry for his role as ‘The Chosen One’.

As Harry learns of Voldemort’s weaknesses he is also prey to a very different antagonist: teenage hormones running rampant. Finding himself being more drawn to the youngest Weasley, Ginny (Bonnie Wright), his best friend, Ron also manages to find some romance, much to Hermione’s chagrin.

The triumvirate of the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron and Hermione

The triumvirate of the Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron and Hermione

Appealing not only to massive fans but the casual movie-goer, the movie was well-paced with its new revelations and twists, balanced out with light-hearted humour and snogging. It didn’t hurt that its special effects were state-of-the-art and its cinematography – perfection.

It makes me feel quite happy that the very last installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will be given the same tender loving care, with David Yates still at the helm.

Beautifully adapted, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes us on an adventure of youthful infatuation, friendship, choices and its consequences – all without being dreadfully preachy.

If you’ve missed it, you can soon catch it on DVD, but be warned, a box of tissues will come in handy.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released on December 7, 2009 on both DVD and Blu-Ray.
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