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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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New Harry Potter darker, more matureRating: PG


Release Date: July 15, 2009

Running Time: 153 minutes

Child-friendly? At this point, it's fair to say that most children are familiar with the Harry Potter films and books, given that this is the sixth movie in the franchise. It's important to note that this is the second to last film in the series so parents may want to prepare their younger children for the end in the coming years. The Half-Blood Prince follows the same style as the previous movies, but with darker scenes and themes. Despite the PG rating, this film may be appropriate for older children ages 10 and up.

The public's time with Harry Potter films are coming close to the end. With the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, fans will only have one more film left in the series, which may make this installment more bitter than sweet for some audiences.

Parents can expect to see familiar characters return to the screen, but should know that one of the major characters in the series will die in this film. Those who have read the book know who it is, but for children who are only familiar with the films, it may come as an emotional shock.

As Harry begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, it's revealed that Lord Voldemort has enlisted Draco, a fellow student and adversary to Harry, to do a specific task.

It's also revealed by Albus Dumbledore that there may be a way to vanquish Voldemort forever if items known as Horcruxes are destroyed.

The scenes involved with the search for these Horcruxes can get quite dark and reach a scary point with a showdown between familiar foes.

While it will be exciting for most children and young teenagers to see Harry Potter on the screen again, fathers should brace themselves for the emotional effect the film will likely create.ADNFCR-1662-ID-19258933-ADNFCR
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By april,   From huntington beach ca
i think the movie sucks. It is anti-climatic and doesn't make sense. Why does Harry chase the death eaters through the field and the Weasley's just to run from them back to the burning house? They need to stick to the books like in the other films. The books are creative enough, and nothing needs to be changed to improve them. I would rather have watched an excellent 3 hour movie than the mediocre at best film I have just finished. It makes me apathetic about the last 2 movies.

By Natasha,   From London
The movie is awesome, and sad when certain parts happen. It suprises you and leaves you in suspense. There are some moments that get your heart thumping out of your chest. Well what can we say it is HARRY POTTER after all. Filled with mystery and adventure, one of the best films ever made along with the rest of the HARRY POTTER films.

By larry,   From nashville
if you are going to review a harry potter movie, please educate yourself about the series. As the producers decided long ago to make the seventh book into 2 films, there are 2 movies left, not one.

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