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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon September 28, 2012
Another great movie, filled with action and suspense and secrets galore. But also another great movie which begged to be split into two. We are witnessing a shadow war, filled with smaller skirmishes, all occurring while Harry gets his important lesson yet: Know Thy Enemy. Which is what Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is all about.

What J.K. alluded to in Prince is shown in terrifying detail here in the opening sections. Death Eaters on rampages, unchecked by the Ministry of Magic, and always seemingly two steps ahead of the Order. Amidst this chaos, Harry is quietly staying away from the Durleys, when Dumbledore plucks him up for a mission. This mirrors a marked change the book originated, with the mentor Dumbledore not just appearing mostly in one of the final chapters to gently explain or not explain things to Harry, but to redraw the relationship as more of a partnership. Much like a buddy cop movie armed with wands, this unlikely duo uses quips and junior psychology to achieve their necessary goals.

The throughline feeding the adventure for this dynamic duo is the compressed history of Tom Riddle, all told in intervals via the Pensieve. Unfortunately I think the story of the Gaunts might have been a bit too scary for this essentially PG rated film series. But even the truncated orphanage scenes convey the damage Tom already had endured to his young mind. So much of what J.K. implied and inserted into here reveals the heart and desires of the villain, all in her attempt to humanize him. But as we see further and further into the memories, any sympathies we harbour vanish as his calculating cruelty increases. Tom may have endured a bad childhood, but by the time of his Horcrux inquiries, he knows the difference between right and wrong.

When not observing the past, Harry is following Draco, convinced this henchman of Voldemort is up to something. A small point about these sections, is that Draco looks so much older in this film, much beyond the age of a typical Hogwarts student. It somewhat took me out of the movie, but I would not have recast at all. Tom Felton had grown on me since Chamber, and his conflicted outlook is exactly what J.K. portrayed.

Another of the characters who captured my attention in the books, but took awhile in the movies, is Ginny Weasley. Bonnie Wright came across very one note with her infatuation filled looks at Harry, but we can see in these later movies how truly commending she is. Even the scenes with Daniel Radcliffe she excels in, getting her to outshine the star of the series.

Which brings up my one fine point of contention. Ginny helped lead the DA in the battle to defend Hogwarts, a battle completely mixing from the movie. My disappointment was only outmatched by my disappointment. Was the studios trying to save money for the very last part? I really wished they hadn't exorcised this fight. It highlights how the war has finally arrived at Hogwarts, and the DA's reactions.

With this ending, Harry is about to enter adulthood. The quest to destroy Voldemort begins now.

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on March 28, 2013
If you like Harry Potter you'll like this DVD. There's nothing special to the product itself. It's a simple DVD, but you buy it for the content and you wont be disappointed in the content.
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on June 1, 2011
I try to only ever order items from Amazon directly. They're super fast with shipping, and that alone makes it worth it in the end. I'd rather pay a couple extra dollars and have the item arrive two days later, then order a cheaper item from a non Amazon vendor and wait 2+ weeks. Pfft.
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on September 4, 2011
I am a Potterite! Of course I loved this dvd. The extras were a little disappointing, however. But that's just me. I want to know how each scene was imagined, filmed and ultimately edited for public viewing. This edition left me ready to view the next installment of HP's saga.
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on January 20, 2012
We have collected all the video's this completes our collection. The boys have enjoyed the books and the videos complete the set. The charaters and their development over the years has been fun to watch.
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on January 16, 2014
I ordered this disc along with the other 7 during the holiday season and it arrives quickly (within 3-4 days). The quality seems to be reasonable/as expected. Great price too!
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on March 3, 2014
Not disappointed with any of the set as they follow the novels exactly and deliver non stop excitement. I am most pleased with all of the set so far.
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on March 4, 2012
SERVICE PARFAIT MERCI , LIVRAISON ASSEZ RAPIDE , ARRIVÉ EN BON ÉTAT, EXACTEMENT ITEM QUE JE VOULAIS .EN BON ÉTAT ET ARRIVÉ ASSEZ RAPIDEMENT MERCI.
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on December 31, 2013
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / et le Prince de sang-mêlé... you will understand many thing about HP, if you didn't read the books.
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on January 16, 2014
I did not have the chance to watch it yet, however the presentation is very good as well as the price.
It arrived before the deadline.
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