This is was potentially one of my favourite movies and books from the Harry Potter series. Speaking solely on the movies, by the time the third one came around the direction, script and cast had literally and figuratively matured enough to be taken somewhat serious with their adult fan base. This increased again i thought upon the arrival of this movie on screens, The Half-Blood Prince. This showed such an impressive turn in the production, direction, cinematography, CGI, everything had been improved upon from previous films. Michael Gambon was unarguably an improvement upon Richard Harris, as the role is a lot more physically complex and demanding the further on the series goes, and Gambon’s voice and general portrayal of Dumbledore had a lot more magic to it. From this movie the tone of the films were considerably darker and had much more adult themes running throughout them.
The ‘Potions’ classes and montage of moments trying to make the ‘Drought of Living Death’ in Horace Slughorn’s first practical lesson was what made my head turn whilst watching it, anticipating and recognizing a higher quality of content in the movie. I also absolutely adored the choice of ‘Jim Broadbent’ to play Horace as he made the role into someone much more intriguing and endearingly quirky than the books original description, a rare moment when i think that changing something from book to screen was absolutely the right call. His character added in a few more chuckles which were organically drawn out from the audience. When we first meet him he has transfigured himself in to an armchair to hide from death-eaters.
Also, the relationship and dynamic explored between Horace and Albus is one that it a little similar to siblings, they have a unique view of the world and although they don’t stand in complete synchronicity, they’re both a little adorable.
Our introduction into the Potions class arrives.
Watching these movies you literally got to see these actors growing up from puberty to adulthood. When they were cast in the first movie Daniel, Emma and Rupert were 11 and 12 years old. (2001) Ten years later in 2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out onto screens. A literal decade of their lives documented in this series, Emma Watson in my personal opinion becoming more and more flawless as time passes. I mean seriously…
We’ve some hair-rising work in the Potions class.
Then we have some intoxicated teens..
We’ve a little bit of typical teenage narcissism with Harry being who he is to the Wizarding Community – thankfully he’s got friends like Hermoine to keep his head from inflating and smack him back down to earth, literally and figuratively.
Luckily for them they do have Hermoine Granger on their team, they would literally die in every single movie if not for her, by far the most intelligent and logical of the trio, her input being incredibly useful and certainly a bit more weighted than Ron’s. The next pair to appreciate in these films is (as always) Professor McGonagle (the legend that is Maggie Smith) and the revered and deeply-missed Alan Rickman personifying Professor Snape. Having read the books week by week as they came out the relationship you go through with Severus Snape is such an intense one, you spend most of your childhood reading / watching these and having certain perceptions only to have them shattered and your eyes opened.
There’s some unsettlingly creepy moves being made by the newcomer ‘Cormac’.
On and off set the cast seemed to have such an incredible friendship, the fact that they got to spend ten years on set working with someone as revered as Alan Rickman is something i imagine they’re incredibly appreciative of.
Also.. anyone who got to witness this magic i’m eternally envious of ..
Back to the movie, we’ve some gloating grins.
Some moments of surprisingly emotive and desolation. Of the three who began as child actors, Watson to me always stood out as someone who had an extra layer of depth to her abilities.
A seriously stoned looking Ronald Weasley.
Some typical nonsense spewed from the Government… although the Minister for Magic is being portrayed by Bill Nighy who i hold in high regard and he embodies this role to perfection.
Lastly we’ve a few good chuckles. look back at this point and look at government persuasion, corruption, deceipt and coverups. draw real-world parallels.
Some unbreakable and artistically stunning vows, the CGI here is so simplistically done but so aesthetically mesmerizing and enchanting. Again, here is another example of the tiny attention-to-detail that has enhanced the quality of the Harry Potter series as it matured and found its feet. ALL Harry Potters are damn glorious when stoned, these movies wouldn’t rate incredibly high i’m aware, but there always going to have some nostalgia points from me since my childhood was pretty much consumed by the books and then the following movies.
Last GIF, Horace’s chuckle always puts me in such a good mood, so dive in and enjoy it muggles!