Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

20 Responses to “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”

  1. I can’t decide if I love this book or hate it! Can’t wait ’til you start posting!!

  2. I can’t wait until you start posting! I kind of love/hate this book, because so many influential and exciting things happen, but also it just seems to me that Harry gets really annoying at times. And although we know now that he was right all along about Malfoy being a death Eater, it still annoys me the way he goes on about it. :) Just goes to show how human JKR makes her characters… :)

  3. The link to chapter 4 is not working. By the way, your site rocks my socks off!!!

  4. Just curious when you were going to be posting again =)

  5. Where are you

  6. Books and Movies have different strengths and weaknesses. What works in one medium may very well not work in another. The pacing is also different – books can read at the pace of the reader; Movies are watched in one sitting. I have read the book but it was five years ago when it came out. Frankly, I wouldn’t be the best person to ask how well the movie follows the book. I do think the movie captures the essence of the book quite well. The major themes of the book seem to all be there. I think it’s only fair to judge the movie by how well it succeeds as a movie. The movie (like the book) has the difficult task of setting up the grand finale while being entertaining in its own right. This it does brilliantly. New cast member Jim Broadbent is outstanding as the inherently decent but weak Horace Slughorn. The returning cast are also at the top of their game. Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy really shines here. He plays the anguished and conflicted Draco Malfoy for all it’s worth. Draco seems to be a lot more sympathetic here than in the book. This is no doubt the filmmaker’s intention; we’ll have to wait to see how this plays out. Michael Gambon as Dumbledore is also great. The “three” effortlessly handle their roles. Radcliffe and Grint are especially good when “under the influence”. The only reservation I have about recommending this movie is that the previous five installments should be watched to get the full impact of the film. Otherwise only the Harry Potter fans who can’t tolerate any alterations and/or omissions from the book have any issues with this fine film.

  7. This site is awesome! =)

  8. My biggest issue with the film was the gratuitous and time-wasting destruction of the Burrow. Yet another “action” sequence that detracted (like the dragon flight fight in GoF). Otherwise, a strong film, given that they had to shorten a very long book and no one would be 100% happy with what was cut.

  9. What really bugged me about the Burrow destruction sequence was the way it created the impression that Molly Weasley is nothing more or less than a feeble wimp. How she controls her large family, and how she manages to be sufficiently angry, controlled and skilled to finish off Bellatrix, isn’t considered. They’ve painted themselves into a corner.

  10. The destruction of the Burrow in the movie was just like, “What the hell….?” It really did not make any sense to me, especially when everyone just stood around and WATCHED IT BURN… Hello! You guys are wizards! I do believe you have a water charm and there’s like 10 of you present, so you could douse it in no time. But whatever. I struggle with the movie adaptations most of the time. I would say they’re their own thing with common parallels to the books.

    On a side note, I really loved this book because it gave so much insight into Lord Voldemort and gives reason to his motives. He’s not just some guy out to do evil because the book needs him to be. It’s very clear that if Tom Riddle had grown up with a proper family and proper parents who loved him, he would not have become Voldemort, and that’s why he’s a great villain because he’s plausible.

  11. I just don’t think that the Burrow destruction scene was necessary at all. I liked the fact that they used it as a way to show Ginny cared about Harry, but other than that it was a pointless scene, really. It didn’t advance the storyline in any way at all, and it just seems like it was used for an extra action scene. And on top of all that they now face a broken down Burrow, which is a building that’s used in The Deathly Hallows.

    I’m talking right now as if I hated the movie, but that’s really not the case at all. In fact, I think this is the strongest movie they’ve made to date. The acting is above and beyond any previous installment, and I don’t think there were any deal-breaking omissions from the book (like the World Cup in GoF or the Quibbler article in OotP). That being said, the books are still a billion times better than any of the movies, and I’m sure most of you here would agree with that statement.

  12. When will you start the DH’s ? or when will you post the next chapter? can’t wait! Im reading all the books since the first one. I started reading Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hollows first…weird i know! haha and I wanted to start from the beginning. I hope you post soon!

  13. it feels like forever, i cant wait for the next chapter to get posted, guess ill just keep checking in…

  14. I love your work! It’s great to read your description about Harry, Hogwarts, something to observe… it’s very good! But when are you going to continue?? I’m waiting but there’s no update…

    But I’ll keep faithful to this website and I’ll visit every week like I always did.
    Adoro seu trabalho! É muito bom ler sua descrição sobre Harry, Hogwarts, algo a observar … É muito bom! Mas quando você vai continuar? Eu estou esperando, mas não há nenhuma atualização …

    Mas vou contiuar fiel a este site e vou visitar semanalmente como sempre fiz. – Brasil

  15. Hi Carlos Takashi – thanks for your kind words! It has been a while since an update, and I’m sorry for that. But you can get a little more information about that here: hpcompanion.com/updates.

  16. The movie for me was pretty much a write-off. The funeral should have been there, and the scene in the book just before Snape fulfills his promise to Dumbledore, and well as the mini-battle… Those should all have been there. I also don’t know how the moviemakers expect Harry to find Ravenclaw’s tiara, because Ginny hid the Potions book for him. Also, it would have been -really nice- if Ginny and Harry kissed like they were supposed to, and not in secret from he entire universe.

    I quite agree about The Burrow; completely unnecessary, and very frustrating to watch. Lupin and Tonks’ relationship was just kindnof thrown into that scene, but as we know it’s supposed to happen at a much later time in the book, and under very different circumstances.

  17. I really liked the movie- The only problem I have with it is that useless scene where the Death Eaters burn down the Burrow. And they’re all just standing there. But, other than that, I really enjoyed the movie- Tom Felton did a great job portraying Malfoy.

  18. Another thing that annoys me about this movie, is that Ginny hides the Half Blood Prince’s book, because Harry needs to know where he put the book so that he can find the diadem!

  19. Beansie, I bet the Grey Lady will just tell Harry that the diary is in the Room of Requirement.

  20. Thank you for this! Not only is this project beautiful and inspiring, but I happened to StumbleUpon this site the morning I got up early to register for Pottermore and the question involved the number of chapters in HBP. I was highly entertained waiting for the clue to come out, and I was prepared when it did. Now I’ll continue to peruse the site until Pottermore is open!

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