Archives For July 14, 2011

My love for what David Yates has brought to the Harry Potter franchise can be exemplified by one short scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. After weeks of wandering about the beautiful English landscape with nothing to show for their adventures, Ron decides he’s had enough and leaves. Harry and Hermione are left on their own and after pitching their tent in a new cliffside locale and settling into their grief Harry hears some music. He is sitting outside the tent when he hears the sounds of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Taking that as his cue, he goes inside the tent and sits down lazily on a chair. He sees the sadness in Hermione’s eyes as she is lost in the music and her own thoughts, and so he gets up, takes her by the hand and begins to dance. What follows is a heartwarming montage of their dancing, Harry’s extremely awkward movements and all. It’s a slice of joy amidst a world of darkness and loss, and when the song is over the dance ends and once again all Harry and Hermione have for comfort is each other. There is a moment, a split second, when it seems like maybe they will take that comfort to another level and truly embrace, but the moment passes too quickly and Hermione’s thoughts move right back to where they were just a few moments earlier. It’s a small scene filled with life, love, friendship and sadness and it rings as one of the truest expressions of character and emotion I have scene in a film in a long time. Click to read more

There is always a lot riding on the final entry in a great series, but I don’t think expectations for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows could have been higher. The Harry Potter series was already far and away the best-selling book series ever published and the fans were ravenous. J.K. Rowling’s last book about the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends needed to be great. It needed to be epic. And most of all, it needed to be satisfying. I can tell you, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows does not disappoint in the slightest. Click to read more

David Yates really is a hero. He was chosen to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and did an amazing job. he was then asked back to direct Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, becoming only the second director in the franchise to do more than one film. Bringing him back was a great decision as with the fifth film, not only had he crafted the best Harry Potter film up to that point, but with the sixth film he was actually able to improve upon what he did before and make an even better film. Yes, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the best Harry Potter film, and also one of my favourite films in years. Click to read more

The penultimate chapter in the Harry Potter series has arrived. It’s time to talk about J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I’d like to warn anyone who might read this review that there will be SPOILERS. But not just spoilers for Half-Blood Prince. I fully expect that anyone reading this already knows what transpires between Snape and Dumbledore. No, this review will contain SPOILERS for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Again, I imagine most people reading this review have already read the entire book series, but there may be a few of you who have only seen the films, in which case I’d be giving away events that take place in Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Now that we have that housekeeping out of the way, I’d like to get right into my review of what I consider the very best book in the Harry Potter series. In my mind, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince may be a clear stepping stone into the final book, but I also think it is the best, most compelling book in the series. Click to read more