–  3 and a half out of 5 stars

Well well, I caught Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince! Since it didn’t open during the holiday period, there were less pesky school children when I saw it. =P
Anyway, I was kinda anticipating the movie cos the trailer was pretty emotionally charged and I managed to read the book again a few weeks before. But as usual, due to time constraints, the movie is different from the book. In certain aspects, the end is the same but the means to achieving it is different. One of the more obvious points would be the complicated love triangles that have started evolving among all the raging-hormone-carriers in Hogwarts. It felt quite like a chick flick when I thought there was too much secretive glances and hidden meanings in their conversations and gestures.

There’s a new Potions teacher, Professor Slughorn, who was formerly teaching at Hogwarts. Apparently, Professor Dumbledore’s decision to hire him lies in the fact that he holds a crucial memory that can help destroy Voldemort. Later, we know it as the ‘horcrux’ which is “an object in which a Dark wizard or witch has hidden a fragment of his or her soul for the purpose of attaining immortality” (source: HPwikia).

What I missed most from the book was the fight at the end of the story, where NevilleLongbottom and Luna Lovegood were the only ones from the DA (Dumbledore’s Army – Book 5) to respond to fight off the Death Eaters. OMG, I can literally feel the loyalty and commitment of those two seeping through the pages when I read it. But they had only bit roles in this instalment which was quite wasted, actually.

Enjoyable movie though.

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