“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress adventure.”
—Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 56
Previously on Adapt or Die: Harry Potter Edition:
Today, we shall be discussing the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This adaptation, while a great improvement over that last one, it is still one of the least faithful in the series. When I read this book originally, it was my least favorite in the series, but I like it a lot more now, much more than the early books. It really went down in page-count from the last, which would make one think that it would be easier to adapt, but that would only be the case if superfluous crap wasn’t added to make it “more exciting.” Anyway, I will do my best to mark spoilers, but I might slip up, so if you haven’t either read the book or seen the movie, this article is probably not for you. For information on grading and spoilers see here.
After spending part of the summer with the Dursleys, Harry is picked up by Dumbledore to help him recruit a new teacher for Hogwarts. They succeed, and Harry is dropped off at the Weasleys, where he spends the rest of the summer. When they return to Hogwarts, the students learn that Horace Slughorn, the teacher Harry helped recruit, will be the new Potions master, while Severus Snape will be made the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. The trio gets all the classes they wanted for the year, and in addition, Harry will be taking private lessons with Dumbledore, where he will learn more about Voldemort’s past. Meanwhile, the trio and friends have various romantic entanglements. And in Harry’s lessons with Dumbledore, he learns why no one has been able to kill Voldemort thus far and how the Dark Lord can finally be destroyed for good. The ending leaves the fate of the Wizarding, as well as Muggle, world up in the air as the Dark Mark hovers over Hogwarts.
As for the biggest flaw, the thing that bugged me most is the ending, so I’ll leave that for the end of the article. There are a few other things I could choose from, but because of the title, I think I’ll go with:
The Underemphasized Half-Blood Prince
Really, if it wasn’t the freaking title of the movie, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but the Half-Blood Prince is barely mentioned in the movie. They do talk about him occasionally, but it’s not the same. In the book, the Prince is like another character; Harry thinks of him as a friend whom he trusts, who helps him with various aspects of his life, especially Potions.
There isn’t really any speculation about who the Prince could be in the movie either. In the book, Hermione suggests that “Prince” could be a surname rather than a title, suggesting that the Prince could be a girl, specifically Eileen Prince. This is important, as Ending Spoiler it is later revealed that Severus Snape is the Half-Blood Prince, taking his witch mother’s (Eileen Prince) name (his father was a Muggle). In the reveals that he is the Prince, but I don’t think his half-blood status is ever really revealed, though his chosen name alludes to it, and it is not revealed that he used his mother’s name. It just seems like he decided to call himself a prince. End Spoiler
The Prince’s Spells
Then, of course, there are the spells that the Prince creates. Harry never tries out Levicorpus like he does in the books. I seem to remember movie Luna using it in Order of the Phoenix, though I don’t think it did what it does in the book. Ending Spoiler It also leaves out the sort of cruelty that the source of Snape’s worst memory was a spell that he created being used against him, though Snape’s worst memory is never really explained in the movies anyway. End Spoiler
The other botching occurs with Sectumsempra. Spoiler In the book, Harry uses the spell much later in the story than he does in the movie, and he is horrified by it and feels pretty terrible, but it doesn’t make him completely distrust the Prince. Also in the book, Snape gives Harry detention for using the spell, causing him to miss the House Cup. He also orders Harry to bring him his Potions textbook, implying that Snape knows where he found this spell. Harry takes Ron’s book to Snape and hides his in the Room of Requirement for safe-keeping even though his friends urge him to get rid of it. Hermione has a particular distaste for the Prince. In the movie, Harry just leaves after Snape starts healing Malfoy and receives no punishment. Harry almost kills another student and is not punished at all. And, while initially horrified about what he did to Malfoy, Harry doesn’t seem too bothered by it later on. Also in the movie, Ginny makes Harry get rid of the book, and he agrees rather than wanting to save it. She takes him to the Room of Requirement and has him close his eyes while she hides the book, so he won’t be tempted to go back and get it. While his eyes are closed, Ginny kisses him, their first kiss. In the book, Harry kisses her after he gets back to the common room and finds out that Gryffindor won the House Cup. Ron sees and is okay with it. End Spoiler
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter: Daniel gets to be sort of funny in this one, and I think he’s pretty good at it. The liquid luck scene is amusing. He’s improved overall, but he could have shown more emotion in certain scenes.
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley: Rupert also gets to do a lot more comedy, which he is really good at, particularly in the love potion scene. Sadly, he doesn’t get to be all protective-older-brother to Ginny like he does in the book.
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger: Emma’s a lot better in this one, it seems. Her unrequited love thing with Ron is done very well. She actually gets to do a couple of emotional scenes and does them well. It was also a nice touch that her hair frizzes up in Potions class.
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore: He is less un-Dumbledore than in past films. The main issue with him this time is the cave scene. He needed to show more desperation and sadness in that scene than he did. That may or may not have been Gambon’s fault.
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape: I put him here because of the ending, which he is excellent in. Alan Rickman is just excellent all the time, despite being much older than Snape, which I didn’t even notice even though logically I should have. His part seemed to be a bit diminished, but he was great in what he was in.
Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn: I thought he did a very nice job as the only decent Slytherin portrayed in the series (with one obvious exception). That’s what’s cool about Slughorn, that he was in Slytherin, but he’s not evil. He’s not even mean. Yet, he still has certain characteristics of Slytherins, like being mostly out for himself and liking power.
Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood: I. Love. Her. Dress. Anyway, Luna has a lot less to do than in Order of the Phoenix, but Evanna is great whenever she does get to do something, like Slughorn’s Christmas party.
Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley: Well, er, hmm…. I mean, after rereading the series, I have come the realization that Ginny Weasley is the most underdeveloped character in the series. She goes from never doing anything but swoon after Harry to being kind of obnoxious (similar to the twins, but it’s not endearing with her like it is with them). She’s also rather mouthy, and that’s really about it. In the movies, she doesn’t even get this meager bit of character development. The semi-cool/in-character things she does are pretty much cut. It’s not Miss Wright’s fault, but it still makes Ginny uninteresting, particularly as the main character’s love interest. For Bonnie’s part, she has red hair. Woo.
Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy: Malfoy gets a lot of depth in six. A lot. And Felton handles it pretty well. You may have noticed that I did not use his mirror picture. This is because I like the one I picked better (it’s from the Astronomy tower), and I think the other one is overused. He has a better expression in the Astronomy tower one. Anyway, Tom did really well with all the drama/emotion he had to do, which was a change from just being an ass to everyone all the time.
Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy: I read that she was originally going to be Bellatrix in the fifth film, but she was pregnant and couldn’t run around screaming and cackling in the Department of Mysteries, so she plays Narcissa instead. Why does she have an ugly brown patch in her hair? No one knows. She does a decent job in her relatively small role. She has more depth than a lot of the “bad guys,” showing concern for her son more than for herself.
Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown: She does a nice job of acting silly and making out with Rupert Grint. That’s basically what Lavender is supposed to do, so….
Dave Legeno as Fenrir Greyback: He’s just kind of there, looking vicious. I guess the acting’s fine. However, he looks too wolfish. He isn’t transformed, so he should look human. I know that Rowling described him as being hair, vicious, and “bestial,” but he should still look like a person rather than like he’s in mid-transformation into one of those atrocities from the third movie.
Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane as Tom Riddle: I thought that they both did very well, particularly Hero. He was really creepy as little Voldy. Plus, it’s kind of cool that he’s Ralph Fiennes’s (Voldemort) nephew. Dillane did pretty well too, though the way he spoke seemed a little… off. Dillane and Hero look weirdly similar as well. Though, I would have liked to see Coulson from the second film. They say he was too old (thirty-ish), but Myrtle is too old and looks fine (yes, she is a ghost), and he would have only been in the one scene. Plus, he was older in Chamber of Secrets as well. I suppose he may not have aged well. I don’t know.
In the book, Tonks has a much bigger part than she does in the movie, where her role has been reduced to about one scene where she just sort of sits there. Albeit, it’s not a huge role, but she does pop up quite a few times, and she looks depressed during all of these. She can’t change her appearance (read: hair) anymore because of said depression, so it just stays mousy brown all the time. Her parts are mostly given away to various other characters in the movie. She is the one who finds Harry on the train after Malfoy stomps on his face (not Luna). She is the one who walks Harry to the gates of Hogwarts (I think it’s Hagrid in the movie, but I’m not totally sure). She crops up in Hogsmeade and Hogwarts alike, always looking sad and mopey. Mrs. Weasley practically adopts her, which most of the Weasleys think is because she wants Tonks to end up with Bill (he is engaged to Fleur).
Later, we find out the cause of the depression. Minor Spoiler Tonks and Lupin are having relationship problems. You see, they “like like” each other (there’s a lot of that going around in this installment), but Lupin doesn’t want Tonks to be involved with him because of his werewolf angst, but Tonks doesn’t care about Lupin’s time of the month. She wuvs him. Mrs. Weasley is on Tonks’s side and thinks Lupin is being a jerkass and should get over it and be with her. Lupin also thinks that he is too old for Tonks (they don’t quite pass the dating pool creepiness test). They eventually work things out (off-screen, er, -page). In the movie, they are just randomly together, and no one seems to notice or wonder when or why this happened. At least, they seem to be together at Christmas, which I believe is the only scene Tonks is even in the movie. End Spoiler
They only kept two background scenes from Voldy’s past (the orphanage and Slughorn’s memory). The main bits of background information that are left out concern the Gaunts. The Gaunts are Voldemort’s mother, uncle, and grandfather. They are a pureblood wizarding family that live in a shack near the house of the Muggle Riddles. Minor Book Spoiler Merope uses a love potion to seduce Tom Riddle, whom she marries, allowing her to escape her abusive father, Marvelo (though she doesn’t seem to hold this abuse against her father, partly naming her child after him). Before she runs off with Riddle, she steals one of the family heirlooms (Slytherin’s locket). After being married for a little while, Merope decides to stop giving Tom the love potion because she believes now he may love her for real. He doesn’t. Tom leaves Merope, who is pregnant with Voldy at the time, and goes back to live with his parents. A desperately poor Merope sells Slytherin’s locket to Borgin and Burkes (she is ripped off and barely given anything for it). Then she goes to the Muggle orphanage, where she dies shortly after giving birth to a son she names Tom Marvelo Riddle after his father and grandfather. She hadn’t used magic since her husband left her, so she didn’t use any to help herself or keep herself alive. End Spoiler
There is extended information about little Tom’s time in the orphanage. He hurts other children (and their pets) if they’re mean to him, or sometimes just because he feels like it. He lures two children to a cave and does unknown things to them there that cause them to never be quite the same. Ending Spoiler This is the same cave that Dumbledore and Harry visit to obtain the locket Horcrux. There is no explanation in the movie about why they visit the cave or why Voldemort would use the locket as a Horcrux other than just because it was Slytherin’s. End Spoiler
There is also information about what Voldemort did after he left Hogwarts. As soon as he graduated, he wanted to stay on as a teacher but was told he was too young and to reapply in a few years. During this time, he worked for Borgin and Burkes, as shown by the memory of a house-elf. By the time he applied for a job at Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore had been made headmaster and refused to hire him. By this time, he already had quite the following and was going by his new name.
A lot of this information was okay to cut for time and pacing reasons, but some of it was pretty important in order to explain later events in this installment and the next.
Learning to Apparate
“I am not worried, Harry. (…) I am with you.”
—Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 578
When wizards turn seventeen, they can take their Apparition test and get their license (it’s like driving for wizards, but way faster). They have a sort of class for the sixth years to take to learn how to Apparate. There is no class in the movie. There are no tests (Hermione passes; Ron fails the first time). In the seventh movie, everyone can Apparate without ever having learned how to do it. Ending Spoiler At the end of Half-Blood Prince, Harry Apparating Dumbledore back to Hogsmeade is important because he’s not licensed (nor is he or age) and he is very inexperienced with the process. It’s like a fourteen-year-old who just got their learner’s permit driving their dying grandfather to the hospital. Basically. It’s tenser if Harry is not entirely dependable. It also makes the “I am not worried” line that much sadder and sweeter. End Spoiler
In the book, Harry is way more obsessed with what Malfoy is up to than he is in the movie, to the point of actually annoying Ron and Hermione. He watches his every move on the Marauder’s Map and even enlists Kreacher and Dobby to tail Malfoy and report back to him, which they do, though Kreacher isn’t much help. Ending Spoiler The movie also leaves out how Crabbe and Goyle use Polyjuice Potion to transform into girls in order to guard the Room of Requirement and to give Katie Bell the cursed necklace. Rosmerta is never mentioned to be under the Imperius curse either. End Spoiler
I probably missed some, and yes, these are mostly chapter titles.
The Other Minister
At the beginning of the book, there is a scene where the Muggle Prime Minister is visited by Cornelius Fudge, former Minister of Magic, as well as Rufus Scrimgeour, the newly appointed Minister of Magic. They discuss all of the catastrophes that have been happening in the Muggle world and how they are actual being caused by dark wizards. There is also background about how Fudge has visited the Prime Minister several times over the years to let him know about possible dangers to Muggles. In the movie, instead of having this scene, the filmmakers show the Death Eaters flying around destroying things, like the Millennium Bridge. This change was made because the filmmakers thought that showing what the Death Eaters were doing would better illustrate the horrible things going on than just having the ministers talk about it. While that does make a certain amount of sense (show, don’t tell), in this case, they are wrong.
The point of “The Other Minister” was not that the Death Eaters were wreaking havoc and destroying things; it was to show that things were so bad in the Wizarding world that they were affecting the Muggles as well, in quite noticeable ways. Sure, we see Muggle cars fall off the bridge when it’s destroyed, but, for me at least, that didn’t connect the horror and chaos happening to Muggles for reasons unknown to them like the minister conversation did. The conversation focused on a single individual learning that all of this was happening because of a war that Muggle didn’t even know was going on. We see how these events affect a single person, and it helps us to empathize with Muggles in general. The book shows us the specific (the Prime Minster dealing with what’s going on) and asks us to apply it to the general (the Muggle reaction as a whole); the movie shows us the general (the bridge collapsing) and asks us to apply it to the individual (how one Muggle might deal with this), which is much harder to do when it comes to connecting with people. That’s why tragedies that take hundreds of lives don’t seem as real if they happen far away or if none of the people involved are talked about as individuals that we could have known. Showing us a bridge collapsing and saying, “people died” begs the question, “but who were they?” The Prime Minister is one person who we can know. We don’t know those people on the bridge, and therefore, we care less; it seems less real.
Meeting Mrs. Malfoy
“If you attack my son again, I will ensure that it is the last thing you ever do.”
—Narcissa Malfoy, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 113
In the book, the trio meets Narcissa and Draco in the robe shop, where they are very rude to each other. Threats are exchanged, and the trio notices that Draco seems keen to get away from his mother, though she doesn’t want that to happen. It shows more how much Narcissa cares for her son, which is about her only admirable quality. I like that she will do just about anything to keep him safe instead of just being OMGevul! Anyway, this scene leads up to the trio following Draco, after he ditches his mother, to Borgin and Burkes and overhearing him.
These Are My Friends
In the book, Romilda Vane tells Harry he can sit in her compartment instead of with Neville and Luna. He tells her that they are his friends and were with him during the battle in the Department of Mysteries. She leaves. It parallels a scene in the fifth book (that didn’t make it into the fifth movie) where Cho finds Harry with Neville, Luna, and Ginny, and Harry wishes he was with cooler people. He has matured now and knows that Neville and Luna are cool enough.
The Slug Club
On the train, Slughorn recruits students to come and have lunch in his compartment. These students include Harry Potter, Cormac McLaggen, Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, and others. Ginny is the only person not related to anyone famous who is invited; Slughorn recruited after seeing her cast the Bat Bogey Hex. Neville does not make it past the initial interview into the Slug Club, nor does another boy who has no contact with his famous relative. There is also no mention in the movie of Harry trying to avoid going to Slughorn’s parties.
After Harry is walked to the gates by Tonks (in the novel), Snape comes out to take him up to school, even though Tonks says she had intended Hagrid to come to take Harry. Snape berates Harry on the way up to the castle.
A Loony Commentary
“…but now that big Hufflepuff player’s got the Quaffle from her, I can’t remember his name, it’s something like Bibble—no, Buggins—”
—Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 414
In the book, there are auditions for new Quidditch commentators since the usual commentator, Lee Jordan, has graduated. One of the prospective commentators is Luna Lovegood. She commentates on the game by talking about her personal feelings about the players and by diagnosing them with things like “loser’s lurgy.” McGonagall has to constantly interrupt with actual commentary. Ron seems to be the only one who genuinely enjoyed Luna’s commentary because when he tells her as much, she thinks he’s making fun of her. It’s quite disappointing that her commentary wasn’t included in the film; it was very funny.
During the Quidditch Cup, Harry has detention with Snape and is unable to compete. For his detention, he is organizing disciplinary files. Snape has Harry doing the files from his father’s days at Hogwarts first so that Harry will have to read about all the misdeeds of James and Sirius.
Flight of the Prince (Ending Spoilers)
Yes, the movie does show Harry chasing Snape and calling him a coward. And, yes, it does show Snape telling Harry that he is the Half-Blood Prince. And, yes, it even shows Hagrid’s hut burning (read: exploding) and some of the destruction of Hogwarts. But, the movie does not show that there is any actual fighting going on after Dumbledore’s death. Teachers, students, and Order members are battling Death Eaters in the halls. The filmmakers left this out because they thought it would be “repetitive” to have this fight scene when they were going to have the Battle of Hogwarts in the final film. That’s just stupid. The Battle of Hogwarts is not the same thing as this. This fight was small-scale and helped add to the chaos after Dumbledore’s Death. You wanna use “that’s repetitive” then I could say that the unnecessary Burrow burning scene is repetitive because everyone is always mean to the Weasleys, or better yet, because the Death Eaters come to the Burrow in Deathly Hallows too, so that would make having them come in Half-Blood Prince repetitive. Ugh.
They also completely screw up Dumbledore’s death (okay, not completely). Dumbledore casts the Body-Bind curse on Harry so that Harry won’t try to stop what’s about to happen. This happens right before Malfoy comes in. Better yet, they don’t even show that Harry and Dumbledore go to the Astronomy Tower because they see the Dark Mark. They just go there in there in the movie. Anyway, Harry is under the Body-Bind curse under his Invisibility Cloak. In the movie, he’s under the place where Dumbledore is and just doesn’t help because he was asked not to. Harry wouldn’t do that. In the book, he struggles against the curse. He wants to help. He would if he could. In the movie, he just stands there… and no one notices him. They don’t look for him or anything. Also, Bellatrix Lestrange is not involved in this part of the book. She is not there. She is only there in the movie, I think, because she is played by Helena Bonham Carter, and Helena is so speshul that they had to put her in more scenes than her character is actually in. Not cool.
The Phoenix Lament (Ending Spoilers)
There is no scene in the hospital wing after the battle. We don’t get to see Bill after he’s been attacked by Fenrir Greyback. We don’t get to see that other people were injured. And we don’t get to hear Fawkes’s sad song after Dumbledore’s death, nor do we discover that Fawkes has left Hogwarts after the death of his owner. This scene was mostly important to see the fates of those injured in the battle, which was omitted from the movie anyway.
The White Tomb (Ending Spoilers)
AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS. MADE. ME. SO. MAD. They didn’t show his funeral! How could they do that?!
Ahem, pardon my outburst, but of all the things in this movie, the omission of Dumbledore’s funeral pissed me off the most. All they do in the movie is hold up their wands around his body. They didn’t have his funeral because it didn’t fit the tone of the movie. That’s what they said. I don’t see why having a funeral for a much-beloved character that has just died does not fit with the tone of the movie. I can’t figure out if they mean the light-hearted tone or the dark tone. The light-hearted tone went out the window when they got to the cave, and the dark tone would still be there, maybe a little less intense. I cried during the funeral the first time I read the book. I remember; I was in Best Buy with my parents, reading it and trying not to cry in a public place. I wanted to hear the merpeople sing. I wanted to see the white tomb. I wanted to see everyone’s reactions to his death, to see them mourn. The audience deserved to get to mourn over this. I was robbed of the thing I had most looked forward to seeing in the movie.
If I’ve already mentioned a missing character in a past article or in another section of this article, they probably will not be mentioned here.
“You did not do as I asked. You have never treated Harry as a son. He has known nothing but neglect and often cruelty as your hands. The best that can be said is that he has at least escaped the appalling damage you have inflicted upon the unfortunate boy sitting between you.”
—Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 55
In the book, Dumbledore picks up Harry from the Dursleys. Harry has been waiting for Dumbledore to come and get him, but he hasn’t packed because he isn’t sure if Dumbledore will really come. Dumbledore reprimands the Dursleys for their treatment of Harry while asking them to allow him to return to their home one last time before he turns seventeen, thus resealing the magic that protects Harry because of Lily’s sacrifice, which will be broken the moment Harry turns seventeen, or the moment he can no longer call Privet Drive home. He also offers them drinks that continually poke them in their heads because they refuse to drink them. The Dursleys were removed from the film to “break with the pattern.” In the movie, Dumbledore picks up Harry outside a diner where he was flirting with a Muggle waitress. I did not like this scene.
Dobby and Kreacher
Also at the Dursleys, Dumbledore informs Harry that he has inherited all of Sirius Black’s property, including Kreacher the house-elf. After learning that Kreacher, in fact, will obey Harry’s commands, Harry sends him to work in the kitchens at Hogwarts. Later, Harry calls upon Dobby and Kreacher to tail Draco Malfoy and find out what he’s up to.
Bill Weasley and
Phlegm Fleur Delacour
Dumbledore drops off Harry at the Weasleys’, and we learn that Bill is engaged to Fleur Delacour, something that Molly and Ginny are not too happy about (Ginny calls her “Phlegm”). Fleur spends her time irritating (unintentionally) all of the women in the house enchanting Ron with her supermegafoxyawesomehotness. Ending Spoiler Fleur does redeem herself at the end of the novel when she reprimands Molly for thinking she would not want to be with Bill just because he has been disfigured by Greyback. End Spoiler
“Dumbledore’s man through and through, aren’t you, Potter?”
—Rufus Scrimgeour, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 348
In addition to being in “The Other Minister,” Scrimgeour appears a couple of times and attempts to pressure Harry into coming around the Ministry occasionally to make it look like Harry approves of what the Ministry is doing or even that he is a part of it. Harry refuses on both occasions that this offer is made to him because he does not agree with the Ministry, and the Ministry didn’t support him when he originally said that Voldemort had returned. Scrimgeour also wants to know what Dumbledore has been up to. Ending Spoiler The last time Scrimgeour asks Harry to stand by the Ministry and tell him what Dumbledore was up to is at the latter’s funeral, where Harry refuses him for the final time. End Spoiler
Percy is dragged along to the Burrow at Christmas by Rufus Scrimgeour, who claims that Percy just had to stop by to see his family. Molly is the only one who is happy to see him, though Percy seems very uncomfortable, and he leaves in a huff after having food flung at him by Fred, George, and Ginny. Ending Spoiler The next time he appears is at Dumbledore’s funeral, along with the likes of Rufus Scrimgeour and Dolores Umbridge, who do not appear in the film either. End Spoiler
Small Changes That May or May Not Really Matter
I’m sure I missed a lot of these.
Muggle clothes, Muggle clothes, MUGGLE CLOTHES!
Death Eaters cannot fly without the aid of brooms, Thestrals, etc. Voldemort can fly. Snape can fly. The other Death Eaters cannot fly. Yet they fly all around London in the opening scene of the film.
The scene at Slughorn’s house is tenser than it is in the book.
Apparently, Harry has forgotten how to use his Invisibility Cloak in the film. Instead, the trio sneaks around without the aid of magic. Harry doesn’t use the Cloak to follow Malfoy in Diagon Alley, and he doesn’t use it on several other occasions.
The train compartments seem to be segregated based on house in the movie. And the compartments are not uniform. Some seem much smaller than others, and quite a few are not enclosed at all.
The ill effects of too much liquid luck are not specified.
In the book, the sixth years are supposed to learn how to cast spells without speaking. This is never mentioned in the film.
It is not mentioned that Mundungus has been stealing Sirius’s stuff.
Ron never catches Ginny making out with Dean in the movie, so she in turn never yells at him about how he’s never had a girlfriend.
Mrs. Weasley’s favorite singer is never mentioned.
I don’t think it was explained that someone overheard Trelawney’s prediction.
Ending Spoiler Dumbledore struggles a lot more when taking the potion in the book than he does in the movie, and it’s a lot sadder also. End Spoiler
Ending Spoiler Harry is able to fill the cup with water in the book, but it disappears when he brings it to Dumbledore’s mouth, but in the movie, he summons the water to the basin and is unable to fill the cup at all. End Spoiler
Ending Spoiler In the cave, the Inferi grab Harry and pull him under the water, whereas in the movie, they just try to pull him under. Why are dead bodies just attacking people not exciting enough? End Spoiler
Ending Spoiler In the book, Harry tries to cast both Levicorpus and Sectumsempra on Snape after Dumbledore’s death. He also tries to cast Crucio. I believe he only tries Sectumsempra in the movie. End Spoiler
What They Did Right
Ginny is going out with Dean, but Harry likes her, you know he like likes her. And Hermione likes Ron, but he’s dating Lavender even though he really likes Hermione back.
…Yeah. That stuff. The movie does that stuff well. Emma Watson is particularly good at showing how much it upsets Hermione to see Ron with Lavender. The only thing that could be better was to emphasize Ginny being with Dean more.
“I feel like [Hagrid’s is] the place to be tonight, you know what I mean?”
—Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 477
This movie has some funny moments, and it has a lot more light-hearted parts than the previous film; the book is that way too. The liquid luck scene is really good for this.
Final Grade: C
This adaptation received a C because it keeps with most of the basic plot points, and even excels at certain things, but it puts style before story, and while style is important, story and things actually making sense is more important. It adds scenes to make things more exciting, while cutting things that would have filled the excitement quotient just fine. They cut important emotional scenes and don’t always explain why things are the way they are. It’s disappointing that they did this yet again, though it’s not as bad as the previous film.
—Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, page 596