Friday, November 19, 2010

Harry Potter: Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for his sixth year. Surprisingly, Severus Snape has finally landed the position of the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. Professor Horace Slughorn has been brought in to replace Snape as the professor for Potions. During the first course, Harry discovers a potions book that is marked as being property of the Half-Blood Prince. The Half-Blood Prince appears to be a genius and Harry becomes fascinated by his book, which never leaves his side.

Harry also learns much more about Voldemort's past this year. Dumbledore provides Harry with sensitive information related to Voldemort by showing memories that reflect his character. This leads both Harry and Dumbledore to find out why Voldemort has not been able to die completely. The reason ends up being that Voldemort has split his soul into seven pieces and hidden them in objects that he finds to be as precious treasures. Harry realizes that he has a long road ahead of him in order to find all of these objects and destroy them before he can face Voldemort when he is mortal again.

This is another one of my top three favorite books and I loved this film. It has a lot of comic relief by showing the awkwardness between teenagers and falling in love. The memories that are shown are interesting, too. I like seeing what Tom Riddle was like before he became Voldemort.


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