PotterCast 200: Half-Blood Prince Reactions from PotterCast

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Jul 15, 2009

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84 Responses to PotterCast 200: Half-Blood Prince Reactions from PotterCast

Avatar ImageTelboot says: mmmm... not listening to this until I see the filmAvatar Imageda_member0808 says: just saw the movie!! can't wait to hear what the Pottercasters have to say about it :)))Avatar Imageemmalinnankivi says: Can't wait to get an hour to myself to listen in!Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: Hooray! Going to listen now on my way to work =DAvatar Imageharrysjulie says: Oh man, I was so very disappointed :(Avatar ImageHufflepuffler says: Haha, great movie, great episode. :)Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: just going to listen.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Fun stuff...Avatar ImageRinny says: i love listening to y'alls reviews! it definitely helps me step back from smaller issues, remember to trust the filmmakers, and remember everything that was so awesome!!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: awesome I may listen later. i cant wait to go to see the movie!!Avatar Imageakcorr says: Downloading this right now!Avatar Imagejalawood says: I think I may have reached that point too, John. Or it may be just because I haven't read HBP recently and don't remember all the little things I wanted in the movie. It's my new favorite movie out of all of them.Avatar ImageLucia Meadows says: I shall listen as soon as it's downloaded!Avatar ImageHuddz says: I will probably be listening to this when i get back from seeing it tonight, i wanted to go last night but i had to go to work and wouldn't have got to the movies in time.Avatar Imagemiss molly says: I have not listened yet but does any one else think that the hourglass they kept showing in Slughorn’s office will replace one of the other Horcruxes-maybe the cup or diadem. I did not think of it until my mother who has not read the books but watched the movie with me last night pointed out the fact that they showed the hour glass several times.When I was explaining horcruxes to her she asked me if the hour glass was one. Just a thought. The movie was fantastic-Rupert was amazing-Dan under the luck potions cracked me up and Tom's Draco was perfect. The Cormac and Hermione scenes were so funny and Lavender was just so perfectly silly. Yes there were omissions and things rearranged but over all I think it all worked . Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: will listen after seen HBP!!!!!!!!! i now cant see it until the weekend coz we're sooo busy!! but that means that my brother whi is cuming back frm america can bring all the HP stuff i ordered 2 get sent 2 his house. HP hoodie and Hogwarts bag!! along with my already owned Gryffie scarf (i used 2 wear i every single day for yrs!!!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Maybe my favorite PotterCast EVER! It's great to hear that HBP is as good as advertised. I love John's line about HBP seeming "so real". And the high praise for Jim Broadbent and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin?? YES. I remember how frightening young Tom Riddle was in one of the early trailers. Very excited to see him. I won't get to see this film until next week and I CANNOT WAIT!Avatar Imagejrivas1284 says: Yeah i want to see th emovie first.....cant wait to get out of work to go!!!Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: boo lame i wish the 200 episode cold have been a live ustream party...Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Melissa just said HBP is a very good film - not just a good HP film, but a good film in its own right. POA is the only HP film I've felt that way about. I CANNOT WAIT!Avatar Imagemiss molly says: I agree with you guys about Tom. He does more in the scenes with no lines and just his face it s just amazing. Avatar Imagemiss molly says: Oh and the lighting of the cave is just beautifully done. The whole cave scene is just WOWAvatar Imagesimos says: Yay! Downloading it now!Avatar ImageScottMan says: I haven't seen it, and likely won't see it until tomorrow. Shall I listen to Pottercaster reactions anyway? Oh...I think I shall. :)Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Yay, episode 200! Congratulations is the proper word i assume. Unfortunately i will have to wait till next month. Oh well...Avatar Imageender650 says: Wow, you've made it to episode 200. Awesome episode, it was very interesting hearing your opinions on the film.Avatar ImageRadish says: I just saw him, and it was great! Definitly worth the waiting! Dan with the luck potion was hilarious! Absolutly brilliant!Avatar Imagenocturnalwoman says: They didn't talk about the ending. I expected a theater full of crying people, but Dumbledore's death felt like it was just what the script called for. It wasn't all that moving, and that has colored my perception of the film.Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: A well made film, but in the end most of the story is just meaningless fluff. I think that without the amazing production values (Bruno Delbonnel is a god!) I wouldn't like it nearly as much. Too much romance and not enough darkness. It's amazing to think that Yates also directed movie five (ick). I think Delbonnel is to blame for the superiority of this film. So much style in terms of visuals.Avatar Imagepunkedup88 says: I saw the movie at midnight with friends. It was awesome. I will say that for the first time, I actually saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Not Dan, Rupert, and Emma acting like Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It was like the book just came alive and it helps that I didn't read the book recently because even though I remember scenes, I didn't have to be picky. Of course I was never picky in the first place. It also helps that I didn't watch any clips of the movie that WB put out throughout the whole promo time. That made the movie for me even better. I could not believe that the script actually came from Steve Kloves. Good job, Kloves!Avatar Imagepunkedup88 says: Though I will admit the romance bothered me to no end. I am not a romance fan, even in the book I couldn't stand it so that's my bias. The Felix Felicis scene was the best acted scene, IMO. I could not believe how good Dan was. I'm so used to the stoic, angst Harry Potter and to see Dan "on steroids" was funny. I agree with Melissa, this is a good film in itself. I only felt that way about POA which is why POA is my favorite film. Now, I think HBP is crawling up closer to that spot.Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: The problem with the films and books is that the romance never ever moves beyond this cutesy stage of teen lust, and the relationships never move on to feelings of love. That in itself isn't a killer, but once we see the epilogue, none of the emotions ring true.Avatar ImageAnna Luiza says: Dan´s acting was great in the lucky potion scene, but in others, awful!!!!!! Tom was wonderful, Ron/Lavender hilarious!!Avatar ImageAnna Luiza says: I think I´ve manage to talk about the movie without giving anything away, but I think this comments should be used only for those who saw the movie or don´t mind being spoiled.Avatar Imagecghambright says: I LOVE the whole movie and I liked the hint about Harry being a horcrux. But I wonder how they're going to introduce the others since they weren't even mentioned or hinted at. Dumbledore didn't even talk about Voldemort's love of Hogwarts. I also kind of wanted to see the DADA lesson with Snape when he teaches them non-verbal spells. But I still LOVED it and I can't wait to see it for the 3rd TIME!!!! Avatar ImageFonty says: Well, I´ve just seen it and it is still rather fresh and I have to see it again. The acting was excellent, Broadbent, Rickman, Gambon, Watson, Grint, Radcliffe were excellent. There were scenes missing that were filmed (Harry climbs on Ron and Hermione to listen, Snape says "It´s over", Ron says "Good luck, mate" - "I don´t need luck, I´l be with Dumbledore"). That will probably be deleted scenes. I am not sure how I feel about not having the Death Eater / DA fight at the end - the question remains: why did Draco go thru all this trouble, so Bella can trash the great Hall??? No funeral, no Phoenix lament was okay, the erasure of the Dark mark was quite moving still. My 2nd favourite movie after Askaban, but I will see 6 again. :) And Jessie Cave was excellent, too. :) Avatar ImagesupporterofSPEW says: just got back from seeing HBP for the second time!!! I'm really excited to see what you guys have to think about it!!!Avatar Imageharrypottergirlll says: Listening right now!!!!! Yes, Hermione's drunk-ness :) Dan on drugs!!!! Wait, what is up with Maggie Smith?! In a way it's like a whole new Harry Potter, there were never before seen parts of Hogwarts, the train... The humor is so so so so so so great. At the burrow: Did I hear Harry? Is he hear? No. I think I would know If my best friend is here. Did someone say Harry? Love it!!!!!! Dumbeldore has changed too.... and he made Harry watch. I really wish I could be there for the podcast to input my thoughts. Call me up next time!!! :) Avatar Imageharrypottergirlll says: Listening right now!!!!! Yes, Hermione's drunk-ness :) Dan on drugs!!!! Wait, what is up with Maggie Smith?! In a way it's like a whole new Harry Potter, there were never before seen parts of Hogwarts, the train... The humor is so so so so so so great. At the burrow: Did I hear Harry? Is he hear? No. I think I would know If my best friend is here. Did someone say Harry? Love it!!!!!! Dumbeldore has changed too.... and he made Harry watch. I really wish I could be there for the podcast to input my thoughts. Call me up next time!!! :) Avatar Imageharrypottergirlll says: Listening right now!!!!! Yes, Hermione's drunk-ness :) Dan on drugs!!!! Wait, what is up with Maggie Smith?! In a way it's like a whole new Harry Potter, there were never before seen parts of Hogwarts, the train... The humor is so so so so so so great. At the burrow: Did I hear Harry? Is he hear? No. I think I would know If my best friend is here. Did someone say Harry? Love it!!!!!! Dumbeldore has changed too.... and he made Harry watch. I really wish I could be there for the podcast to input my thoughts. Call me up next time!!! :) Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: I loved Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes! Wish there had been time to see even more of it. Loved the film -- once is definitely not enough!!! I am ready to go again!Avatar Imageliv-wa says: AHH!! I'm so behind on PC episodes with all those extras you guys released for the premiers. I loved that movie. I didn't like the fifth so much and David Yates has completely redeemed himself in my mind. It made me VERY excited for DH. PINCERS!! Avatar Imageclarissab says: Saw it at midnight on the west coast. I actually did see Nigel, he looked older and a little different but he was an extra in the common room or maybe in the great hall. Kind of like a Patil twins cameo things in the backgroundAvatar ImageSOJackson85 says: I saw it when I got off of work and I absolutely loved Rupert and Dan in the movie. I am 24 but watching "Hermione" go through the heartbreak with "Ron" was tearing me up because I know that feeling. Emma did it perfectly. I am SO MAD they took out the Death Eater/OotP/DA fight. That was what I was most looking forward to seeing. I really loved the seen at the Burrow but I felt that the only purpose in adding it was to give all of the adult cast face time. I will definitely be seeing it again and again, and cant wait for the IMAX version.Avatar Imagesinwillys822 says: i saw the movie and can't wait to listen to their take on the movie. Avatar ImagePhylis says: I'm going to listen cause I saw the movie and thought it was excellent. Eager to hear what Pottercast thinks. Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: I'll listen after I see HBP! I remember the OotP Reviews...Avatar Imagecghambright says: NIGEL is in the movie!!! He's in Weasley Wizard Wheezes walking up the wall with the Sticky Sneakers. Avatar Imagestella8h8chang says: Really good points raised, guys, as usual. Your attention to detail amazes me :)Avatar Imagepottershrink says: loved the movie, but still prefer Goldenberg to Kloves. Some niggles: Bonny Wright's acting is not up to the acting standard of the the others. Wished there had been, "I'm not afraid Harry, I'm with you" and other more text stuff. Kloves writes extra stuff which is unnecessary. The kiss was totally lacking in passion. and wished I had seen a glimpse of the Diadem. Loved Dan, Slughorn, Draco. Gambon is still mostly clueless about who Dumbledore is. But on the whole - loved it!Avatar Imagepottershrink says: I'm with Jon, though, the movies can never be the books. I have a renewed appreciation for Jo's writing!Avatar Imagepottershrink says: O yeah, and no mention of what the Horcruxes might be?! will watch with interest how they work that into the next book.Avatar ImageAveryfan says: You realize you guys do this for every movie.. It's the greatest thing ever, and then after a few months you go over all the things you thought were horrible and then change your opinions. While there were tons of great scenes, there were a lot of very odd things (and some outright WTF moments) about this movie too. I'd really I want to hear Sue's point of view. Avatar Imagekmac23va says: Quick thoughts: they should've pulled the H/G romance and Burrow attack and given that time to expand the OOTP DOM battle scene. No offense to Bonnie Wright, but the GInny character's been way too background and pointless for the movie viewer to become vested in the H/G relationship. They could've background mentioned it like they did Lupin and Tonks (who win the "blink and you missed it" award since Tonks said "sweetie" to Lupin, the only way you'd know - and since she doesn't change hair color, you had to know her face because they never said her name) and it would've had the same emotional impact. But even as a H/Hr fan, I liked the R/Hr work in this one, even if they used the anvil-whacking system to make it clear it wasn't H/Hr (with Dumbledore explicitly asking Harry about Hermione) - that's what five movies (well six) of Dan and Emma onscreen chemistry will get you, I guess. Rupert Grint was great in this one, best performance out of him, as well as Tom Felton and Alan Rickman. I liked how they didn't make Ron revert to first-year mode like the book did, and how he seemed concerned about Hermione's feelings even after getting attacked by the birds and slinking off...nice way to do the breakup with Lavender too, that little Lav/Hermione catfight scene in the hospital wing. :) I don't know why Ron didn't talk in that final scene, though. Interesting that H/G didn't break up at the end of the movie HBP, to the point of Hermione noting Ron's okay with it, just don't snog in front of him. But the entire tower scene is just Harry and Hermione consulting. Leading into the final movie(s) - I'm still wondering why we have two movies again. No Fleur in this one, so who cares about the Bill/Fleur wedding? (In fact, where's it going to be held, the Burrow was destroyed in the movie!) No Scrimgoeur, so who cares about that subplot? Dobby hasn't been seen since COS, and as touching as the scene in the book was where he died, much like the H/G romance he's too background in the movies to have a vested interest in. No Kreacher in HBP, but he's only one movie removed so he's not -as- forgotten. Simply put, I don't know why they don't do a 2.5 or 3 hour final movie and chop out the unneeded bits. Tighten the camping scenes, dump the wedding scene (or curtail it), and get us to the finale and put the meat there, unlike OOTP's DOM scene. And again, sorry H/G fans, but don't focus there at all in DH...Ginny appears at the very start and very end, but for most of the book she's a dot on a map. I'd frankly end the movie with the trio triumphant - kind of like the last three movies ended (though OOTP had the other DOMers slip in during the walk to the train) and forget the epilogue stuff (it wasn't that well written anyway).Avatar Imagepolyjusposhun says: One of the problems I see with it, is it ends on such a down note that everyone leaves the theater very solemnly. I know the book ends solemnly as well, but I wish they could have done something a little more mood raising at the end, besides cheering up the soundtrack. Too many people leave before the credits end. ugh.Avatar Imagebiswajit says: wow....i m listening nowAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Excellent!Avatar Imagemollywobble says: starlesswinter, you've made the romance argument multiple times on the comments. I think you're forgetting that 19 years go by between the time the battle ends and the epilogue. You don't think they could have developed a long lasting, meaningful relationship in that time? Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: Thanks for zeroing in on some of the great points of the film - and some of the problems (yes, there are a few). I'm so glad I got to see it at the midnight showing with a theatre full of Potter fans who loved it as much as I did! And then coming home and listening to this podcast the next day was like seeing it again with you guys!Avatar Imagesushita says: Okay, how ridiculous was Hermione's speech at the end? I enjoyed the podcast, but really hope you make another one once Sue's seen the movie so we can get a full-spoilerific review/reaction to the movie. NO HOLDING BACK! But listening to the podcast after seeing the movie at midnight was really great, and I'm ever so thankful for you guys putting it up.Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: Oh - about the end (I thought it was kind of a downer, too, polyjusposhun) - I think they should have ended with the raising of the wands after Dumbledore's death. That was a moment of powerful emotion that showed the power of love blasting away Voldemort's dark mark, and would have been a starkly optimistic note to end on. The last scene with the Trio was pretty much a downer, and the audience left the theatre looking more subdued than triumphant...Avatar Imagestarlesswinter says: Mollywobble, I DO think that the romances would have developed over 19 years, and for obvious reasons we don't see them change. My problem isn't necessarily that we don't see them grow (well, it is a little) but that a great deal of the fandom seems to think that the canon ships are TRUE LOVE. Even Jo has made a big deal about how Ginny and Harry are soulmates (or perfect matches or something like that). You can't say that without the in-text evidence. I just hate watching the lust scenes. It's a bit embarassing; here's an epic series about good and evil and we're watching...teen comedy I could see in an Amanda Bynes movie? No thanks. The darkness was underplayed in this film. I understand why they added in all the comedy (and some of it was needed), but I think they tipped the scales in that direction too much. And there were some cheap laughs, such as Ron falling off the back of the couch...that's Nigel falling all over again. But overall, a well-made film.Avatar ImageAveryfan says: Most of the canon vs Kloves arguements so far have been fairly nitpicking stuff. In this film, all of the major book scenes that really resonated with fans were altered/cut: H/G kiss, "I am not a coward!", DD's murder, DD's funeral. Some of the changes I understand, but others are just puzzling. I loved POA, to the point of being able to overlook its faults. I've always wondered how it felt to be one of those fans who admired the films, but just couldn't get over the changes/omissions. Well, it feels like this. Avatar Imagekmac23va says: Agrippa1: given how Star Wars derivative the Potter series in general is (please don't tell me it's not...we can just start with Harry=Luke, Hermione=Leia, and Ron=Han after the ships were settled...if you know the post-Jedi universe, Ginny=Mara Jade), remember that Empire Strikes Back ended on a similar note, with the main characters available just looking out after they lost Han, Luke lost his hand, and found out Vader's his dad. It's also similar to how GOF ended. To be honest, OOTP the movie ended on the "light" note when it shouldn't have...if anything, GOF should've ended that way and OOTP ended darker because Harry lost someone close to him. So you start slightly dark with Cedric, darker with Sirius, and darkest with Dumbledore (because Harry knew him more than Sirius). Now you're at rock bottom, and you've got the long road to win. To me, the movie struck the proper tone. The one person that Voldemort feared is dead, so Hogwarts is vunerable. The item they went to find that would've been a big victory was a fake, so they're in the hole. The trio's about to go it alone. It doesn't get much worse than this...of course, it will to start DH, pretty much up until Ron returns from his snit.Avatar ImagePollytomat says: I've just downloaded this podcast but it is "spoiler-filled", so I'll wait until tomorrow!!!!!!!! One day left!!!! :)Avatar Imageizziewitch says: Saw HBP today and really liked it. The cave scene was awesome (shades of Moses). And I truly love the story Slughorn tells to Harry at Aragog's funeral (won't repeat it here), that was lovely and sad too. Really didn't like the H/G kiss, stupid and too short, and how in heavens name is Harry going to find the Tiara when it isn't even introduced here and Ginny has hidden the potions book? Are we suddenly going to have a quartet instead of a trio? And didn't Dumbledore say in the film to Harry that a horcrux could be a common object? which is exactly the opposite of what he said in the book. Loved the look in Snape's eyes when he did the Unbreakable Vow, such pain and sorrow I thought, but they didn't show enough of him just before he AK'd Dumbledore to let you see that same pain. Although, I may have just missed it; plan to see this again as soon as I can. I may be the only one here who really didn't think Rupert was very good; he was too obviously acting. I thought Dan was great in most of his scenes. And so actually was Emma. Gambon surprised me (and I really never liked him as Dumbledore). Avatar Imagechingmcc says: Did anyone catch that the movie left out one of the most important emotional struggle and information? They left out the scene where Trelawny tells Harry that she saw Snape eavesdropping at the door. THis is HUGE. I wonder if they are going to work it in for the 7th movie, part I? I LOVED the movie. It was so amazing visually. They did a slam dunk job. THe best HP movie so far.Avatar Imagetroyalg says: I totally agree with John about the Death Eaters and Snape. Yes, I know that they established this Aurors are white smoke and Death Eaters are black, but it's stupid, and I agree it detracts from Voldemort. Yes, the moviemakers can make Voldemort scary in other ways, but why when he's scary all by himself. I love Alan Rickman, especially in SS & CoS, but he does need to show another side, and this was the movie to do it, but it feels flat for me. The way I read the book, he loses is a bit when Harry calls him a coward, but I don't think in the movie he even says, "Don't call me a coward!" He just walks up say "I'm the Half-Blood Prince," and he's gone. That being said, I cannot say enough great things about Slughorn. Jim Broadbent plays him perfectly. I'm definitely going to see this again, and hopefully I'll like it better (I usually do the 2nd time), but being one of my fav books, it seems like they mucked it up a bit. I do love the scenes with the Love Potion all the way through to Slughorn’s office, and my fav is Harry on Felix Felicis (sp?). I love the pincers bit. Hilarious! Also, wondering what 2 scenes Melissa is saying they left out?Avatar ImageThe Stew says: I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. I liked it alot guys!Avatar ImageThe Stew says: I really liked all of the reviews. Very honest. 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