I have yet to read one of J.K. Rowling’s books about the boy wizard, Harry Potter.
But after watching the latest movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” I’m thinking about starting the book series from the beginning.
Why? The Harry Potter adventures are coming to an end and I find myself wanting more.
There are another two movies to come, which will tell the story of the final novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.” I’m not excited about waiting another year or so to see how the saga ends.
In “Half-Blood Prince,” Professor Dumbledore is looking for a crucial piece of evidence about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Dumbledore enlists Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) in his efforts.
In addition, there’s a dark plot afoot that involves Harry’s archenemy, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton). Malfoy has revenge on his mind, and he’s more than a bully this time.
All of the dark and brooding action is set against the backdrop of adolescence. Harry and best friend Ron (Rupert Grint) are trying to figure out girls and not having much luck. The girls, including Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), also find relationships to be thoroughly challenging.
That’s a lot to pack into a movie, and I haven’t mentioned the special effects which seamlessly blend with the live action.
Fans of the books have said that plenty of important stuff got left out of the movie. Maybe I’ll agree with them someday. For now, I was highly entertained by the escapades of Harry, his friends and his enemies.
I give “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” an A.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
“Roadkill” Bill with Wizard 106.7 gives “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” an A minus.
“I loved the movie. It would have been better if they stuck to the book a little more.”
Look for movie reviews in Scene on Thursdays, and listen each Tuesday morning on Wizard 106.7 between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.
M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal