Directed By: David Yates

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Griffiths, Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Walters, Alan Rickman

Harry Potter has lost some of his fizz and much of his verve by the time his 6th film has been unveiled. His somewhat grown up demeanour, his interest in comely lasses, and his complete lack of punch in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince make his adventures in this film less captivating to watch and much less thrilling to behold. There are just a couple of edge-of-the seat moments in Half Blood Prince as opposed to a-thrill-a-minute in earlier films of Potter like The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Order of the Phoenix.

The whole film, in fact, seems much more ‘normal’ than did his early ones, which had left viewers simply gasping with the pace of the action and the thrills on display. Harry’s normally redoubtable friends Ron and Hermione are smitten by the mushy stuff even more than is Potter. We are thus forced to watch scenes that were hitherto unheard of in a Harry Potter film, with much time wasted on love potions and ‘snogging’! The ending too is very timid for a Potter film.

The acting, however, is as superb as always, and Michael Gambon as Professor Dumbledore delights in a meatier role. The film does have its high points, especially when Harry ends up with the book on potions used earlier by the Half Blood Prince himself and when Dumbledore defies all odds to bring Potter and himself back to safety.

Potter fans cannot afford to miss any of his films, but the Half Blood Prince is only half as good as the others!