Movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Directed by: David Yates
Written by: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)
Harry Potter & Half Blood Prince Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter
It has been eight long years since the Harry Potter series first debuted on the big screen, and while the hardcore fans are still just as dedicated as ever, it’s hard to say that the same level of magic and wonder remains for the rest of us. There aren’t many other franchises (if any) that have delivered this many installments in such a short period of time, but as Warner Brothers races to finish these movies before the cast outgrows their characters, clearly audience burnout is the furthest thing from their minds. Truth be told, it’s the formulaic nature of the stories that are starting to wear thin for me. I can’t say for sure if J.K. Rowling is to blame since I have not actually read any of the books, but I enjoyed the first few movies a great deal, and at this point they’re all starting to blur together in my mind. The only thing keeping me interested is the fact that there are brief glimpses of an epic showdown with Voldemort at the end of it all. My hope was that this sixth installment would finally stop peddling meaningless subplots about wacky teachers and concentrate on developing the main story arc.