Roger Ebert muses on Harry Potter growing up


"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is in certain ways one of the best of the Harry Potter series, and in other ways a comedown. I received mail from readers noticing that my positive review seemed less enthusiastic that many other critics--and so it was, contrasted to eight important writers who rated it 90 or above on Metacritic. I suppose my three stars seemed a little reluctant.

Not really. I admired the film, I thought the sequence involving the underground cave was masterful, and I am anticipating "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" in 2010 and "Part II" in 2011. But didn't it seem to you this sixth film was not as light, magical and fun as the earlier ones? In fantasy the term "sense of wonder" is often used. Remember how much wonder we felt in 2001, when "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" was released. Delivery owls! Quidditch! Kings' Cross Platform 9-3/4!"

Harry's universe has grown familiar. Of course it has. There are some owls perched about in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," but the Quidditch match is really unnecessary except that it is expected. GCI has become so commonplace it's almost pro-forma.


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