Monday, August 3, 2009

Harry Potter Lives!

Instead of a book review, here's a short movie review...but the movie was based on the book, so it counts!

Our family went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince on Saturday. More than any of the prior films, this one stood on its own pretty well. In this episode (in case you're the one person on earth who hasn't followed Harry's adventures), Harry comes across an old, used textbook that enables him to perform amazing spells. The prior owner's name is in the book, "The Half Blood Prince." At the same time the Death Eaters are getting stronger, a student is under orders to kill Dumbledore, Snape is really detestable, and the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione are experiencing all the normal hormonal drives of teen hood. If your children haven't learned the word "snogging", they will.

The story is good, the special effects are really good, and as with most HP movies, way more is left out than included. This is a good diversion, and it drives all of us back to the books themselves to connect some of the dots. That's good.


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