For the die-hard Harry Potter fans, nothing that is reported will deter or encourage them to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth movie in the franchise. For others, however, there is something amiss with the latest Harry Potter installment.
"Firstly, I'd like to say that I am J.K. Rowling fan and love what she has done, overall," said a Cleveland area novel author, who wishes to remain anonymous. "I am not sure what was in Rowling's mind to go from an intriguing and lovely story to the dark side which, for me, spoils it."
The author went on to say that the story left behind its better more intriguing parts and substituted them with questionable scenes that revealed less chracteristic responses from characters than we were used to seeing in earlier films.
"For one, Harry didn't try to stop Dumbledore from dying in the film, yet I heard that he did in the book, and would have, if he was the Harry Potter from earlier films. For me, that just sounds out of character for Harry Potter."
As the story continues through this latest film, Harry Potter continues to grow up to face greater challenges from his foes, as Voldemort's force grows in determination and in number. Potter now must deal with the vindictive death eaters, spy for Dumbledore and change love interests from Cho to Ginny.
"I think this movie, stayed pretty true to the book," said Clayton Johnson. "I can't wait to buy it."
The startling contrast between those that are fans of the movies, but have not read the book and those that are fans of the movies and have read the books continued.
"In some ways I liked it, but there were just too many loose ends. I didn't know which sub plot to follow," said Anthony Brown, who like the anonymous author admitted to not reading the books. "For all the time it took to tell the story, I would have liked to have a more satisfying conclusion."
However, the daughter of the anonymous author, Megan, had this to say, "If you read the books, the movie makes sense. It's just a really good movie."