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GFS at the Movies: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

GFS at the Movies: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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If it accomplishes nothing else as a film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince provides plenty of grist for the mill of debate over the pitfalls of translating literature to the big screen.  Because I think how you feel about this movie will hinge in large part upon your expectations of its fidelity to the source material.  So let's get this right out of the way, in case you're one of the dozen or so people who haven't seen the movie or read J.K. Rowling's book - this film is more of an interpretation of the sixth Harry Potter novel than a straight adaptation. I took a rather forgiving approach to the omissions, additions, and changes made by screenwriter Steve Kloves but even I must admit to some puzzlement over some of his decisions.  For the sake of brevity I'll mention just a few
Movie review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Movie review: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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As J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has become increasingly dark and complex, filmmakers tackling the source material have found it more challenging to present the stories without compromising the integrity of the novels. This prickly problem first reared its head with 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the first film in the series to meet with angry rumblings from some Potter-philes. The fifth and newest installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (henceforth OoP), faces the biggest challenge of all. The source novel was not only the longest of the first five (800+ pages), but it contained numerous detailed subplots and character explorations. For the film, director David Yates for the most part successfully left out what could be without making the st...