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PotterCast 200: Half-Blood Prince Reactions from PotterCast

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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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83 Comments

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Mollywobble, I DO think that the romances would have developed over 19 years, and for obvious reasons we don’t see them change. My problem isn’t necessarily that we don’t see them grow (well, it is a little) but that a great deal of the fandom seems to think that the canon ships are TRUE LOVE. Even Jo has made a big deal about how Ginny and Harry are soulmates (or perfect matches or something like that). You can’t say that without the in-text evidence.

I just hate watching the lust scenes. It’s a bit embarassing; here’s an epic series about good and evil and we’re watching…teen comedy I could see in an Amanda Bynes movie? No thanks. The darkness was underplayed in this film. I understand why they added in all the comedy (and some of it was needed), but I think they tipped the scales in that direction too much. And there were some cheap laughs, such as Ron falling off the back of the couch…that’s Nigel falling all over again. But overall, a well-made film.

Posted by starlesswinter on July 16, 2009, 11:26 AM report to moderator
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Most of the canon vs Kloves arguements so far have been fairly nitpicking stuff. In this film, all of the major book scenes that really resonated with fans were altered/cut: H/G kiss, “I am not a coward!”, DD’s murder, DD’s funeral. Some of the changes I understand, but others are just puzzling.

I loved POA, to the point of being able to overlook its faults. I’ve always wondered how it felt to be one of those fans who admired the films, but just couldn’t get over the changes/omissions. Well, it feels like this.

Posted by Averyfan on July 16, 2009, 11:40 AM report to moderator
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Agrippa1: given how Star Wars derivative the Potter series in general is (please don’t tell me it’s not…we can just start with Harry=Luke, Hermione=Leia, and Ron=Han after the ships were settled…if you know the post-Jedi universe, Ginny=Mara Jade), remember that Empire Strikes Back ended on a similar note, with the main characters available just looking out after they lost Han, Luke lost his hand, and found out Vader’s his dad. It’s also similar to how GOF ended.

To be honest, OOTP the movie ended on the “light” note when it shouldn’t have…if anything, GOF should’ve ended that way and OOTP ended darker because Harry lost someone close to him. So you start slightly dark with Cedric, darker with Sirius, and darkest with Dumbledore (because Harry knew him more than Sirius). Now you’re at rock bottom, and you’ve got the long road to win.

To me, the movie struck the proper tone. The one person that Voldemort feared is dead, so Hogwarts is vunerable. The item they went to find that would’ve been a big victory was a fake, so they’re in the hole. The trio’s about to go it alone. It doesn’t get much worse than this…of course, it will to start DH, pretty much up until Ron returns from his snit.

Posted by kmac23va on July 16, 2009, 01:14 PM report to moderator
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1373 Points

I’ve just downloaded this podcast but it is “spoiler-filled”, so I’ll wait until tomorrow!!!!!!!! One day left!!!! :)

Posted by Pollytomat on July 16, 2009, 04:23 PM report to moderator
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Saw HBP today and really liked it. The cave scene was awesome (shades of Moses). And I truly love the story Slughorn tells to Harry at Aragog’s funeral (won’t repeat it here), that was lovely and sad too. Really didn’t like the H/G kiss, stupid and too short, and how in heavens name is Harry going to find the Tiara when it isn’t even introduced here and Ginny has hidden the potions book? Are we suddenly going to have a quartet instead of a trio? And didn’t Dumbledore say in the film to Harry that a horcrux could be a common object? which is exactly the opposite of what he said in the book. Loved the look in Snape’s eyes when he did the Unbreakable Vow, such pain and sorrow I thought, but they didn’t show enough of him just before he AK’d Dumbledore to let you see that same pain. Although, I may have just missed it; plan to see this again as soon as I can. I may be the only one here who really didn’t think Rupert was very good; he was too obviously acting. I thought Dan was great in most of his scenes. And so actually was Emma. Gambon surprised me (and I really never liked him as Dumbledore).

Posted by izziewitch on July 16, 2009, 05:44 PM report to moderator
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33 Points

Did anyone catch that the movie left out one of the most important emotional struggle and information? They left out the scene where Trelawny tells Harry that she saw Snape eavesdropping at the door. THis is HUGE. I wonder if they are going to work it in for the 7th movie, part I? I LOVED the movie. It was so amazing visually. They did a slam dunk job. THe best HP movie so far.

Posted by chingmcc on July 16, 2009, 06:58 PM report to moderator
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65 Points

I totally agree with John about the Death Eaters and Snape. Yes, I know that they established this Aurors are white smoke and Death Eaters are black, but it’s stupid, and I agree it detracts from Voldemort. Yes, the moviemakers can make Voldemort scary in other ways, but why when he’s scary all by himself. I love Alan Rickman, especially in SS & CoS, but he does need to show another side, and this was the movie to do it, but it feels flat for me. The way I read the book, he loses is a bit when Harry calls him a coward, but I don’t think in the movie he even says, “Don’t call me a coward!” He just walks up say “I’m the Half-Blood Prince,” and he’s gone.

That being said, I cannot say enough great things about Slughorn. Jim Broadbent plays him perfectly. I’m definitely going to see this again, and hopefully I’ll like it better (I usually do the 2nd time), but being one of my fav books, it seems like they mucked it up a bit. I do love the scenes with the Love Potion all the way through to Slughorn’s office, and my fav is Harry on Felix Felicis (sp?). I love the pincers bit. Hilarious!

Also, wondering what 2 scenes Melissa is saying they left out?

Posted by troyalg on July 16, 2009, 08:48 PM report to moderator
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45213 Points

I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 18, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 18, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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45213 Points

I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 18, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 18, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 18, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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45213 Points

I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 18, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

Posted by You Know Stew [ROAR!] on July 18, 2009, 07:44 PM report to moderator
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I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!

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