The Potter crazy world is actually divided on Half Blood Prince, the book. A large section of it believes that it is one of the weakest links because A) Nothing much happens, very little action, B) Too many pages devoted to snogging etc. C) Voldemort doesn’t make an appearance.
I loved the book! I remember reading it from 10pm to 6 am on the day of its release(am a slow reader) because I had promised to give it to someone even if I had not finished it by next morning. It was a masterful examination of Voldemort’s past and a brilliant set piece to the ultimate saga in the series. I mean, seriously, who could have thought!
It’s difficult to believe that Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay for five movies so far leaving out the Order of the Phoenix, which was clearly, the best of the lot. Until the Half Blood Prince came out that is. This is such a beautifully rewritten story that I was quite engrossed from start to finish. It was very well paced, and by that, I don’t mean it was fast. It was understandably slow but there was so much detail in every scene that nothing seemed unwarranted.
And for the first time, every actor – from the kids to the amazing Alan Rickman(Love Actually) – has done an excellent job. Often we associate what is known as wooden acting with fantasies and adaptations. But the performances are so first rate that they make you realize how literally the kids have grown up with the series. And so have we.
Pick the performances? Nothing to beat Alan Rickman as Snape, Jim Broadbent as Professor Slughorn and Micheal Gambon as Professor Dumbledore. Look out for Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy. And Luna Lovegood is superb casting albeit in an insignificant role. Watch out for that scene where Harry, very smugly retorts, “But I AM the chosen one!” Damn good!
Revisit the Half Blood Prince. You’ll be reminded of the magic in J.K. Rowling’s writing.