Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

To say that I’m excited about the newest Harry Potter movie, The Half-Blood Prince, is pretty much a giant understatement. This whole series has been pretty amazing since the third movie and has yet to really disappoint me. It sucks that they can’t fit everything into the movies, but that’s what the books are for, right? For those who haven’t read the book, here’s the press release:

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

I think this movie is going to be amazing for several reasons. First, I really loved what David Yates did with the last film, so I’m hoping for more of that realism in this film. Also joining Yates as the cinematographer is a guy named Bruno Delbonnel, who worked on A Very Long Engagement and Amélie, which to me sounds like an amazing idea. Both of those movies were beautifully shot, so hopefully Bruno can bring his own incredible touch to the film. Watch the trailer above and let me know what you all think!


August 3, 2008