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PotterCast 200: Half-Blood Prince Reactions from PotterCast

Posted by: Edward
July 15, 2009, 12:40 PM


PotterCast, our Harry Potter podcast, is here now with out 200th episode, featuring Melissa, Sue, John, and Frak's reactions to the just released Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film.  After attending a showing of the film last night, Melissa, John, and Frak are interviewed by our own Sue on their reactions upon seeing the sixth Potter film.  In this uncut and spoiler-filled episode, the PotterCasters give you their review of the film and relate their reactions to some of the most memorable moments from the film.  This episode contains comments about the story arc of the film, the cinematography, humor, romance, and so much more.

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8736 Points

I’ll listen after I see HBP! I remember the OotP Reviews…

Posted by Rumbleroarϟ{WBM!}ǝıʞɔnp! on July 16, 2009, 12:56 AM report to moderator
1661 Points

NIGEL is in the movie!!! He’s in Weasley Wizard Wheezes walking up the wall with the Sticky Sneakers.

Posted by cghambright on July 16, 2009, 12:56 AM report to moderator
234 Points

Really good points raised, guys, as usual. Your attention to detail amazes me :)

Posted by stella8h8chang on July 16, 2009, 01:06 AM report to moderator

loved the movie, but still prefer Goldenberg to Kloves. Some niggles: Bonny Wright’s acting is not up to the acting standard of the the others. Wished there had been, “I’m not afraid Harry, I’m with you” and other more text stuff. Kloves writes extra stuff which is unnecessary. The kiss was totally lacking in passion. and wished I had seen a glimpse of the Diadem.

Loved Dan, Slughorn, Draco. Gambon is still mostly clueless about who Dumbledore is.

But on the whole – loved it!

Posted by pottershrink on July 16, 2009, 01:43 AM report to moderator

I’m with Jon, though, the movies can never be the books. I have a renewed appreciation for Jo’s writing!

Posted by pottershrink on July 16, 2009, 01:44 AM report to moderator

O yeah, and no mention of what the Horcruxes might be?! will watch with interest how they work that into the next book.

Posted by pottershrink on July 16, 2009, 01:45 AM report to moderator
393 Points

You realize you guys do this for every movie.. It’s the greatest thing ever, and then after a few months you go over all the things you thought were horrible and then change your opinions.

While there were tons of great scenes, there were a lot of very odd things (and some outright WTF moments) about this movie too. I’d really I want to hear Sue’s point of view.

Posted by Averyfan on July 16, 2009, 02:05 AM report to moderator

Quick thoughts: they should’ve pulled the H/G romance and Burrow attack and given that time to expand the OOTP DOM battle scene. No offense to Bonnie Wright, but the GInny character’s been way too background and pointless for the movie viewer to become vested in the H/G relationship. They could’ve background mentioned it like they did Lupin and Tonks (who win the “blink and you missed it” award since Tonks said “sweetie” to Lupin, the only way you’d know – and since she doesn’t change hair color, you had to know her face because they never said her name) and it would’ve had the same emotional impact.

But even as a H/Hr fan, I liked the R/Hr work in this one, even if they used the anvil-whacking system to make it clear it wasn’t H/Hr (with Dumbledore explicitly asking Harry about Hermione) – that’s what five movies (well six) of Dan and Emma onscreen chemistry will get you, I guess. Rupert Grint was great in this one, best performance out of him, as well as Tom Felton and Alan Rickman. I liked how they didn’t make Ron revert to first-year mode like the book did, and how he seemed concerned about Hermione’s feelings even after getting attacked by the birds and slinking off…nice way to do the breakup with Lavender too, that little Lav/Hermione catfight scene in the hospital wing. :)

I don’t know why Ron didn’t talk in that final scene, though. Interesting that H/G didn’t break up at the end of the movie HBP, to the point of Hermione noting Ron’s okay with it, just don’t snog in front of him. But the entire tower scene is just Harry and Hermione consulting.

Leading into the final movie(s) – I’m still wondering why we have two movies again. No Fleur in this one, so who cares about the Bill/Fleur wedding? (In fact, where’s it going to be held, the Burrow was destroyed in the movie!) No Scrimgoeur, so who cares about that subplot? Dobby hasn’t been seen since COS, and as touching as the scene in the book was where he died, much like the H/G romance he’s too background in the movies to have a vested interest in. No Kreacher in HBP, but he’s only one movie removed so he’s not as forgotten. Simply put, I don’t know why they don’t do a 2.5 or 3 hour final movie and chop out the unneeded bits. Tighten the camping scenes, dump the wedding scene (or curtail it), and get us to the finale and put the meat there, unlike OOTP’s DOM scene. And again, sorry H/G fans, but don’t focus there at all in DH…Ginny appears at the very start and very end, but for most of the book she’s a dot on a map. I’d frankly end the movie with the trio triumphant – kind of like the last three movies ended (though OOTP had the other DOMers slip in during the walk to the train) and forget the epilogue stuff (it wasn’t that well written anyway).

Posted by kmac23va on July 16, 2009, 03:27 AM report to moderator
135 Points

One of the problems I see with it, is it ends on such a down note that everyone leaves the theater very solemnly. I know the book ends solemnly as well, but I wish they could have done something a little more mood raising at the end, besides cheering up the soundtrack. Too many people leave before the credits end. ugh.

Posted by polyjusposhun on July 16, 2009, 04:53 AM report to moderator
240 Points

wow….i m listening now

Posted by Biswajit-ROAR on July 16, 2009, 05:03 AM report to moderator
3134 Points


433 Points

starlesswinter, you’ve made the romance argument multiple times on the comments. I think you’re forgetting that 19 years go by between the time the battle ends and the epilogue. You don’t think they could have developed a long lasting, meaningful relationship in that time?

Posted by mollywobble on July 16, 2009, 08:08 AM report to moderator
2105 Points

Thanks for zeroing in on some of the great points of the film – and some of the problems (yes, there are a few). I’m so glad I got to see it at the midnight showing with a theatre full of Potter fans who loved it as much as I did! And then coming home and listening to this podcast the next day was like seeing it again with you guys!

Posted by Agrippa1 on July 16, 2009, 09:04 AM report to moderator
50 Points

Okay, how ridiculous was Hermione’s speech at the end?
I enjoyed the podcast, but really hope you make another one once Sue’s seen the movie so we can get a full-spoilerific review/reaction to the movie.
But listening to the podcast after seeing the movie at midnight was really great, and I’m ever so thankful for you guys putting it up.

Posted by sushita on July 16, 2009, 09:07 AM report to moderator
2105 Points

Oh – about the end (I thought it was kind of a downer, too, polyjusposhun) – I think they should have ended with the raising of the wands after Dumbledore’s death. That was a moment of powerful emotion that showed the power of love blasting away Voldemort’s dark mark, and would have been a starkly optimistic note to end on. The last scene with the Trio was pretty much a downer, and the audience left the theatre looking more subdued than triumphant…

Posted by Agrippa1 on July 16, 2009, 09:09 AM report to moderator
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