Every few months, when we least expect it, a little bit of movie magic comes in through the Owl Post — well, actually, Harry Potter photos from “Half-Blood Prince,” courtesy of Warner Bros. Sometimes the photos reveal a lot, and sometimes, not so much at first glance — it depends what you see in them.
Ron Weasley doesn’t look happy putting on a Quidditch uniform for the first time for the Gryffindor team — but Rupert Grint is loving it. The actor was upset that Quidditch was ditched from the plot of the last film, since director David Yates didn’t think depicting the flying sport was necessary. He’s since changed his mind, which means Ron gets to come into his own by playing keeper — but Quidditch is back for one film only, since what happens at Hogwarts isn’t really of concern in “Deathly Hallows” until the end.
Evanna Lynch would do well to wear her 3D Spectrespecs to examine these images, as she does here as Luna Lovegood (the radish earrings she’s sporting were made by the actress herself). Luna often reads her father’s newspaper “The Quibbler” upside down, so it should come as no surprise that she finds another way to examine the world through the aid of magic 3D. Who knows? Perhaps a portion of the film itself will turn out to be in 3D, as was the battle scene in the Ministry of Magic in “Order of the Phoenix.”
Draco Malfoy sits in a Hogwarts corridor, most likely contemplating the dark task in front of him. We always think of this films as Harry Potter’s journey, but as “Order of the Phoenix” made us rethink Neville’s role, “Half-Blood Prince” is where we learn that it’s just as much about Draco, too. Draco has been brought up to believe that he should want something, and when he finally gets a crack at it, it’s more than he can bear — even with the help of his sidekicks Crabbe and Goyle, he’s ultimately all alone.
And then there’s Harry. In some ways, he’s all alone, too — the Boy Who Lived, the Chosen One, the one who’s expected to bring down Voldemort. But he’s also just a boy, and still very much a student, dependent on his teachers. Teachers like Slughorn, Snape, and McGonagall (shown in the background) will do what they can to help him, but he’s got to learn a few hard lessons for himself. Dumbledore will not always be there to guide the way, and his absence from this room speaks volumes.
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