The SparkNotes Movie Club Presents: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In preparation for the new Harry Potter flick coming out this month, the Movie Club is hopping on the Hogwarts Express to watch the previous film in the series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Why aren’t we starting with the first Harry Potter movie? Glad you asked. We have three reasons.
1. We don’t want to.
2. We do what we want because we have a special badge.
3. We honestly forget what happened in the last movie and need to be reminded before seeing part one of The Deathly Hallows.
The Potter films have always been a mixed blessing. It’s fun to see the world of Harry Potter come to life, but often the movies fall short of our expectations. This is less the fault of the filmmakers, and more the fault of J.K. Rowling, who created a world too rich and vivid for any movie to recreate. She’s such a horrible, horrible person.
The Half-Blood Prince was a wild ride of book. Chances are, you completed the book in a marathon of reading to avoid possible spoilers, of which there were many. (Some of them quite funny.) It’s a darker, more complicated story than the ones in the previous books, and it’s filled with a lot of important details, some of which the film decided to leave out or gloss over.
One thing we do remember about the movie is that if you didn’t read the book, the movie wouldn’t make a lick of sense. Even the very title of the movie isn’t explained fully, but instead given a single sentence of clarification near the end that went something like, “Oh by the way, I was the Half-Blood Prince. Duh.”
Here are some other events that may or may not have been in the film. I can’t remember.
1. There’s an attack on the Weasley house that doesn’t make any sense.
2. The alien’s home tree is destroyed by evil American Earthlings.
3. Gandalf fights the Balrog.
4. Harry and Ron fight, and Hermione is angry with Ron and then something happens and they learn the true meaning of friendship.
5. That one guy is inside the couch.
6. Tim Burton’s wife is in it.
7. Dumbledore is thirsty.
8. There’s something about a monkey or pie or monkey pie?
9. Andy is growing up and must give his toys away.
10. Ginny and Harry French kiss for hours and hours.
11. Ginny is kind of annoying.
12. Harry doesn’t marry Luna, even though we all know Luna is way better than dumb Ginny.
Despite the film’s flaws, it will be fun to revisit the movie with lower expectations. Watch it on your own, or watch along as I live-blog the film Thursday, November 18th at 8 p.m. (est) over on Facebook. (That's the day before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens!)
Hopefully, while watching the movie, you can answer any questions I have, such as, “Would a patronus taste like the animal it represented, or would it taste like electric tinfoil?”
There have been a few questions regarding the live-blog experience, so here’s a quick rundown of how it works. Everyone has their own copy of the movie (buy, rent, or borrow yours). At the start time, we all press play in hopes that our movies will sync up. Then everyone starts commenting on Facebook. If you’re not watching the movie, feel free to leave comments anyway. Some of you have the movie memorized and won’t even need to watch it to follow the live-blog.
Towards the end of the month, while you’re stuffed with turkey and anger towards your embarrassing family, we’ll post a discussion article here on SparkNotes. In the meantime, tell us what your favorite Potter flick is. Anyone who says, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone” is wrong.
Questions? Go ask Dan on Facebook, we don't want to hear 'em. Just kidding! Leave them in the comments!
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