Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

So. . . about 2 months ago, something about Harry Potter came up at work and one of my co-workers said "J and I are going to the midnight showing when the new movie comes out, wanna go?" You know I jumped right in on that!

I have never gone to see a HP movie the night it came out or gone to buy a book at midnight so I thought it would be fun. Plus these 2 particular co-workers are a lot of fun so I thought "why not!"

I knew the theater would be busy but I was not prepared to have to search for a parking space - it wasn't busy - it was PACKED. I loved spotting the characters - there were several Tonks (with various hair colors of course but bright pink seemed to be the most popular choice). There of course were a few Harrys and a Hermonie or two. The best though, was a guy dressed like Mad Eye Moody - his costume was spot on, right down to the magical eye ! Awesome !

J brought 3 friends with her so there were 6 of us all together and luckily we all got to sit together. There were tons of previews and I love previews so was fine with that. One was for a new Tim Burton flick and I could tell from the moment it flashed on the screen, it was a Burton film. While I normally LOVE his movies, this one did not look appealing to me at all. Too bad. But several others looked really good. But I digress. . .

Now onto the movie review. I though it was a great interpretation of the book. The scene where Harry viewed through the pensive to when Dumbledore convinced Slughorn to come back to Hogwarts, looked exactly like I envisioned it. The scene where Harry & Dumbledore go to the cave also looked very much how I thought it would (although when the Inferi came out of the water, my mind flashed to LOTR's Gollum)

But there were a few scenes that I thought weren't up to the book. The big climatic scene on the tower should have had a bit more "ump" in my opionion. There wasn't enough of a battle and I wish that would have lasted a bit longer and been a bit more intense. When Snape revealed who the "Half-Blood Prince" was - it didn't seem so shocking (probably because I KNEW who it was) but they didn't spend a lot of time trying to figure out who it was in the movie, like they did in the book. Also, there was an attack on the Weasley home that I didn't remember being in the book (but it has been a while since I read it and I really want to re-read it now).

I also missed some of the background magical things you usually see going on - no ghost floating around, a few pictures on the walls but more often than not, they weren't even moving. In one scene, Harry was following a sneaky Malfoy (who obviously was up to something) and he watched him go up the Hogwarts giant staircase, which failed to move! I also missed that I only saw a glimpse of some of Harry's friends, such a Neville and Hagrid - each who only had about 1 line in the whole movie. At least good old Luna was in a couple of scenes. Luna is my favorite of Harry's friends (outside of Ron and Hermonie of course) but I love her! She was only in a couple of scenes but she stole them of course.

Speaking of scene stealing, even though he spent most of the movie sneaking around and didn't have a lot of lines, I thought Tom Felton was wonderful - he is just a perfect Draco Malfoy and his acting was incredible in the few scenes he was in. I really hope we see him in more after the Harry Potter series are finished.

The humor in this movie was great - especially the scenes with Ron and Lavender Brown - too funny!

Now one more thing I MUST mention is the knitting in this movie. There are some great knit items (Hey, what can I say, when you knit and crochet, you NOTICE stuff like this in movies and on TV, you can't help it, you just do). First of all, right near the beginning, Dumbledore stumbles upon a magazine at Slughorne's house and ask if he can keep it because as he puts it "I have a fondness for the knitting patterns" - I loved that line!! Secondly, amoung the knitted clothing in the movie, I fell in love with Hermoine's Cabled Hat (pictured above). Luckily, thanks to Ravelry, I found a pattern on JL Yarnworks blog. (FYI - notice the great scarf she is wearing in the picture above too, which is also on JL Yarnworks blog)

I must admit, I have spent my brief knitting career avoiding double pointed needles, but I think I am going to have to learn to knit with them now just so I can make this awesome hat !

So all and all, I would give this movie 5 stars !!! Well worth seeing. Now I want to re-read the book and go see it again.

For your knitting enjoyment pleasure - check out the cool Quidditch sweaters !

Interested in more HP Knit projects? Check out some Harry Potter Knitting Patterns

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