This movie was my favorite, after Sorcerer's Stone. All of the magic returned even though it had some dark turns. There is a particularly deilightful scene at the Weasley twins' new store in Diagon Alley as well as budding romances all throughout. Recent films seemed to try to depart from the premise that made these films so much fun to watch--seeing things you have never seen before! Magic should abound and it has been woefully absent in the last couple of movies. I am glad to report it is back in full force for the "Half- Blood Prince"!!!
Last night, you might've seen the ABC hour long special called "A Year in the Life" based on J.K. Rowling. I am a true blue fan and I didn't know half of the insights she shared last night. For instance, she and Harry share the same birthday and the more she spoke, the more I realized she IS Harry Potter. She based the stories almost completely on her own life experences....her childhood home even had a cupboard under the stairs. She began writing the Potter books 6 months after her beloved mother died of MS. She said, "the color drained out of life" which is why so many of the films have such a darkness to them. Her depression inspired her creation of the dementors, "who sucked all good feelings out of you" she said.
Rowling says her next work will be a political fairy tale. She's also in talks for a Harry Potter Amusement Park (wouldn't that be awesome!) and said she recieves 1500 letters a week (that's 75,000 a year!) and she tries to repond to them all. She said her happiest memory is the birth of her children, MacKenzie and David, and marriage to Neil. Her biggest regret was not speaking longer on the phone to her mother before she died.
I highly recommend this movie and obviously loved it. I would, however, suggest waiting to see it at the Imax Theatre in 3 D. It will be here beginning July 29th.
Keep your wands close--dangerous times are ahead......