A whole slew of new images from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince have surfaced online, and in the spirit of sheer laziness, I’m not going to post all of them.
If you are interested in steeping yourself in Harry Potter goodness, though, click on over to MovieWeb where they have put together a top-notch Harry Potter image gallery. Me, though, I just wanna look at my favorites…and take a crack at what they might or might not tell us about the film…
Isn’t this exciting?
Okay, let’s start things slow…
Well, I have always wanted to see a Wizard’s coffee shop. What strikes me most about this is the drab, plain tone…something that seems to permeate a lot of the movie’s production design. Gone are the over-the-top magical days of Chris Columbus, and now we get a movie whose dingy settings can reflect the dark tone created by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Still, the wooden furniture gives this setting a down-home and old-school quality that grounds it decidedly in the Potter-verse.
Also, Harry reading the Daily Prophet. Bad news, no doubt. It always is.
Next up let’s go with this bad boy…
Hot damn, I smell some teenage hormones! Let me take this moment to point out to all the “Harry and Hermione will get together!” fangirls (and boys) out there that YOU WERE WRONG AND YOU LOSE!
Also this shot has really pretty lighting.
You’ve gotta love the baddies, and Snape is arguably the most interesting and complicated character in the whole Harry Potter World. Here, we get our first look at Narcissa Malfoy, and an image that shows, in detail, the scene that pretty much sets up the plot of not only this movie but the next two. If you’ve read the books (who hasn’t, right?) you’ll know that this scene is kind of the turning point for the entire series…and that Snape is making a grave promise that will set events into motion which will lead to…
I should probably stop there.
On a more personal note, is it bad that I have a little crush on Bellatrix LeStrange? Helena Bonham Carter…you complete me.
So while the above image gets me excited (in more ways than one), I must admit that the image below is the one that is most interesting, exciting, and telling. In a word, this shows that “they got it right…”
From the lighting to the set design to the pitch-perfect expression on Draco Malfoy’s face, this is the perfect shot to let us know where they are going with this character. Up until now, Draco has been a dick, pure and simple, but in this movie his life gets very difficult and results in a much more empathetic character. That plot thread is one of my favorite parts of the book, and it’s looking like the movie will treat it with some dignity and weight. Draco Malfoy does some serious soul-searching and growing up in this movie, and we get to see what the boy is really made of.
Which is what I love about this series in general. As the kids grow up, so do the movies. They are more complicated, intricate, and interesting than before. What was once a wildly simple morality tale has branched into a story with characters making tough decisions, and it looks like the writers, actors, and director have all stepped up.
I’m glad to see that after so many years, the Harry Potter franchise is still being treated with some respect. July 15th can’t come fast enough.