This past July, Harry returned to Hogwarts for his sixth year of study. Although the O.W.L.S may be over, Harry has his biggest challenges ahead of him. The past movie left our main character with the realization that Voldemort's, or should I say the Dark Lord's. reign of tower is to come. What this movie serves to do is build on that suspense and provide the viewer with a deeper understanding of the conflicts that hide beneath the surface. Unlike most previous Harry Potter flims, where the plot resided with a confrontation from Voldemort, J.K. Rowling chose rather to focus the story on those around him. Death Eaters, Dumbledore, and a returning potions master Professor. Slughorn, all add insight on Voldemort's past or intentions.
What director David Yates does exceeds in is in the display and presentation of the world of this magical world. Special effect were used wisely in this movie to enhance, but never to detract from the style intended. A great admiration is deserving to the talented design team that led to the realism of a fairy tale-like setting. I found the portrayal of the characters to be top notch and really added played off the love I have for the books. Where this movie falls short however, is in its undervalue of crucial scenes. Believe me when I say I realize the challenge of turning a book so rich in detail into a short two hour film. But still I had wished that a little more time had been spent explaining crucial information and less on the trivial everyday problems that Harry and his friends faced. Where were the elaborately detailed backstory of Voldemort that captivated me while reading the book? Where was Snape's emotional monologue on him being the Half-Blood Prince? Even a scene like Hagrid grieving over the loss of his beloved friend Aragog would have suited well to be a bit longer.
There was no doubt that this was an entertaining movie. No one seeing this should expect a dazzling, action orientated experience, but instead a well-crafted movie that prides itself on style and theatrics. Those who miss the special effects of the previous films will be happy waiting for the climax, where a brilliantly orchestrated magical battle takes place . OVerall, it had some big flaw, but was still great and I would recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of Harry Potter.