13 Thoughts While Re-Watching “Half-Blood Prince”
We’ve finally reached Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in our re-watch series. I’m Rachael, and I’ll be your host for the next two movies. If you want to read any of the first five re-watching reaction posts, you can find them here: SS, CoS, PoA, GoF, and OotP.
I’ve always had mixed feelings about Half-Blood Prince. I love how it is basically Harry Potter and the Awkward Teen Romance Stage, and that causes tons of funny moments, but so much was changed. After re-watching it, I am pleased to say that it has moved up quite a few slots in my ranking. It seems like a different perspective in a new stage of life was all I needed to look past the changes (even though they still bug me) and truly appreciate this film.
1. The Opening Sequence
The opening sequence is amazing. The stormy, gray clouds around the logo and the flashbacks set the stage for the tone of the rest of the film.
After the logo, it fades into Death Eater attacks on Diagon Alley and Muggle London. Death Eaters kidnap Ollivander and destroy the Millennium Bridge. Right away, you know that this will not be a happy movie.
2. The Music
The score for this movie is one of my favorites in the series because the music is so dark and beautiful, just like the film. “Dumbledore’s Foreboding” gives me chills every time I listen to it. Nicholas Hooper did a fantastic job, and he even received a Grammy nomination for the score.
3. Luna Lovegood
Jasmine said it perfectly in her last re-watch post. Evanna Lynch is bae. She is so perfect in all of the movies. In the books, she didn’t rescue Harry from the train, but it is one of the very few things that I am okay with them changing. I love that we got to see the Spectrespecs in action.
I love her dress for Slughorn’s Christmas party. It looks like something that I would wear.
4. Cormac McLaggen
Freddie Stroma did an amazing job as Cormac McLaggen. He is exactly what I pictured when reading the books. His scenes are hilarious. I laugh so hard every time I watch him throw up on Professor Snape. He is so smarmy, and I love it.
5. LavLav + WonWon 5 ever
If pet names and heart lockets aren’t part of your relationship then you’re doing it wrong. Look at how adorable Ron and Lavender are together. Piggyback rides in the corridor and making out in the common room are fantastic ways to develop your relationship.
Unfortunately, these two were not meant to be together. Lavender deserves someone who can appreciate how adorable she is, and Ron needs someone who won’t get hurt when he starts moaning Hermione’s name in his sleep.
We all know how you feel, Harry.
6. Horace Slughorn
Slughorn is amazing. He gave us amazing quotes like
I can remember when it was just one broomstick!
Slughorn is such a great example of the perfect Slytherin. He is sly and cunning. He can manipulate his students into joining his Slug Club and then making them feel obligated to send him gifts and give him special privileges after they become famous. I am a huge fan. Can I be him when I grow up?
7. Harry and Hermione’s Friendship
While WonWon was off snogging Lavender, Harry and Hermione were being friends, and it was adorable.
Hermione made sure that she kept Harry in line when he got too cocky.
Most importantly, they made sure that they stuck together while their crushes were off with other people.
8. No Defense Against the Dark Arts
I was disappointed that we didn’t get to see any of Snape’s Defense Against the Dark Arts classes. I was looking forward to getting another glimpse of him teaching something other than Potions, but sadly, the movie just skipped right over it.
9. Remus and Tonks
Their whole relationship seemed really off when they were on screen. In the books, Tonks was so upset that she skipped Christmas at the Burrow. In the movie, she is there, and apparently, she and Remus are together? They don’t get together until the end of HBP. I can get over the fact that they messed with the timeline a little bit, but their relationship just seemed really awkward. Tonks acted super patronizing toward Remus, and Remus seemed to be very uncomfortable. They had no chemistry. I love Remadora, but the movies handled this relationship horribly.
10. Burrow Attack?
Every time I watch this movie, I wonder where this scene came from. It was not it the books, and it doesn’t really make sense. Are we supposed to believe that the Burrow burned down, and the Weasleys managed to perfectly rebuild it for Bill and Fleur’s wedding a few months later? Where would the Weasleys get the money to rebuild their house? It feels like they just threw this scene in to add a little action and then just forgot about it.
11. Love Potion
Everyone needs to thank Romilda Vane for this scene. Yes, giving a Love Potion to your crush is not a good idea, but when his best friend consumes it instead, it is hilarious.
This GIF describes my life perfectly.
12. Felix Felicis
Best scene in the movie. Could quite possibly be the best scene in the whole series.
Not to mention the pincers.
I wish I could give some Felix Felicis to the people in my life. Then things would never be boring.
13. Battle? What Battle?
Without the big battle scene at the end, the movie felt anticlimactic. The Death Eaters worked so hard to get into Hogwarts, and after they saw that Dumbledore was dead they left? All they did was break a few things and start a fire. That seems pointless and out of character. They were so eager to throw in a fight that didn’t happen earlier in the film, and now they cut one out that was actually kind of important? I’m just not sure of the reasoning behind this.
What are your thoughts after re-watching the movie? Let us know in the comments.