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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By karen_xo, West Chester, PA

The trailers advertised the new Harry Potter film as even more exciting, mysterious, and humorous than the first five. An eight-month release delay built up the hype even more. But as with many heavily marketed and highly anticipated movies, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” fell flat. Not only did it not meet fans' high expectations, but it is by far the weakest installment of the series.

The film takes too many liberties with the book, removing significant events – the darker parts of the story – and relegating them to a very thin subplot, instead focusing on endless teenage angst and shenanigans. While this fluff is entertaining, it adds nothing to the overall series. And it is not just that the movie is mostly about the students' relationships; these romances are underdeveloped and for the most part so unlike the book that they are ridiculous and awkward.

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