In this film, a far more adult and mature Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is brought upon my Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) to recruit Professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) to teach at Hogwarts. It just so happens that Professor Horace has key information on Voldemort's past, and Dumbledore uses Harry to get this information, as he believes the secrets Horace is hiding can be the key to defeating Voldemort. Additionally, Harry, Ron & Hermione (Rupert Grint & Emma Watson) face they're own troubles at Hogwarts, such as love triangles, school dances, jealousy and a mysterious book with the words "Property of the Half-Blood Prince" written in it.
I have praised this series for it's dynamic and well realized characters, and that praise is once again applicable here. What we have come to know and love about these characters is still very present, but the film dives deeper into the motivations of characters and the relationships that have been forming this whole time. When you're six films into a series and are still seeing characters grow, you've done your job. I like that this film puts action and big set pieces in the passenger seat and let this film's narrative unfold with the characters at the wheel. The film really constructs a rather sweet dynamic between Harry and Dumbledore, causing for emotional moments towards the third act, moments that left my heart properly broken. Another relationship we see grow is the quirky one of Ron and Hermione. We've been left a bread trail of clues that they have a thing for one another and here it's no secret. It's a cute secondary plot that delighted me with how surprisingly relatable and real it was.
Like I've mentioned, the third act of this film is great. There's no other way of putting it. A pattern I have caught onto is that the finale of these films are, for the most part, my favorite parts of them. Here, we get an ending that's emotional (to say the least), revealing, intense as all hell, acted to perfection and oddly warm, particularly in the film's closing minutes. Unfortunately, I have had some big moments spoiled for me, but with internet culture these days, it's my fault for not watching these films when they came out. Even with having the knowledge of certain events that were to come, I was still on the edge of my seat and my heart was still racing. Hats off to the director, David Yates, for creating such an intense and harrowing scene.