Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Name: Harry Potter 6-Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Year: 2009
Rating: PG
Running Time (minutes): 153
Description: In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis.
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Genres:Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Okay, Dumbledore really has some dumb lines here: “Could be anything. Most commonplace of objects.” Oh great, let’s just look for Horcruxes in every dustbin, shall we? “You remember the conditions on which I brought you with me?” What does he think Harry is, a goldfish?

Then, the story. So if Harry hears all the Horcruxes in the final two films, why not in 2? Did he go and see an ear doctor in the meantime? Why not cover the entire Horcrux plotline? Oh yes, because Yates wasn’t interested in Voldemort’s past. Yeah, who would care about that? Why did we spend so much time with Draco pulling a sheet off a cabinet? Why not just leave it lying on the ground?

Then, the music. Yeah, it was there. The intricately woven tapestry becomes so terribly intricate here that it totally vanishes. Posssession returns again, but who is being possessed by what/whom now? Malfoy’s theme is a nice idea, but then don’t drop it in his vital scene, for crying out loud. There are a few notable exceptions in the score: Dumbledore’s Farewell still makes me shiver and the cave music and inferi ending is great, though Possession just doesn’t add up thematically, but never mind. I can’t help wondering, though, what Patrick Doyle would have done with the romantic cues. Also, the random chords…

And I’ll say it yet again: What IS it with Yates and no music? Malfoy/Harry’s duel is unscored (granted, the written music was horrible), but even the scene after Dumbledore’s Farewell has no music! Some variation on Ramin Djawadi’s Light of the Seven, a totally unrelated cue from Game of Thrones, would have done it all.


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