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Harry Potter just turned thirty-three.  Threat Quality Press has received THIS exclusive outline for the next seven books of his adventures.

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So, the big problem that I always have with Harry Potter is that no one seems to actually give a crap about magic in it.  I don’t just mean the characters in the stories (except for Fred and George, whoever uses magic to actually do something they think is interesting?) but I mean the filmmakers, the FX guys, and, to a certain extent, the writer.

Now, ostensibly, who cares?  From a dramatic standpoint, we don’t need to see guys shooting fireballs at each other or conjuring poisonous snakes or making it rain shards of glass or something to get what’s going on:  we need to know that some people are winning and some people are losing, that sometimes people are behaving aggressively and sometimes they’re behaving defensively.  The actual nature of the spell is irrelevant in terms of the plot:  only its function actually matters.  This is something to do with signifiers and signifying that’s a little too lit-crit-theory for me to fully understand, I guess.

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For as much as I have some problems with the series in general, and with the character of Harry Potter in particular, I really love the climax of the story.  The last book — and this second part of the last movie — is probably my favorite part, because by the end there’s a lot less of all those sort of stupid, “We’re teenagers trying to pretend this isn’t easy to figure out so that the story won’t be over in sixteen pages” stuff, and more action.

This movie especially is great, because something is happening basically ALL THE TIME.  We don’t need any more god-damn exposition or discussion of feelings.  Shit is real.  This is happening.

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This movie was okay.  There’s a lot of stuff going on it, definitely.  Also, there’s a long boring part in the middle/end, which corresponds to the long boring part in the book.  So, at least it’s accurate.

The more I watch Harry Potter, though, the more frustrated I get that he isn’t any good at anything.  For instance:  there’s a part where Hermione is putting a spell up around their campsite, right?  And Harry Potter walks up to her and says, “What are you doing?”

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HP1The short version: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is quite possibly the second-best film in the series so far (for my money 3-4 rank highest, but you have to note they were also the first two to break out of the Chris Columbus kids movie vibe, and the last two that could be digested easily as movies on their own, rather than build-ups to the finale).

The long(er) version: Director David Yates’ previous effort, Order of the Phoenix, by and large felt unsure what to focus on (the book has a bit of that feeling, too – after the “Voldemort is back!” proclamation that ends Goblet of Fire, too much of Phoenix is devoted to…well, not the fallout from Voldemort’s return), and so there’s not a lot about the fifth installment that’s really memorable outside of the final battle scene.

That’s not really the case here.

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