At first when I heard the previous title before the official one, I was like wha-huh? Harry Potter and the Pillars of Storge doesn’t sound accurate and, to be quite honest, difficult to pronounce. Then after it was revealed that the Pillar of Storge was a hoax title I was relieved, and then came this other title. Again, I was skeptical because of all the rumors of potential titles for the sixth book so I wasn’t completely sure it this was true or not. Once it was officially announced, I can relax. Besides, all the hype surrounding what the title is or isn’t shouldn’t really matter anyhow. It’s the actual story bound within the pages that people should be concerning, not what the sixth book is called. Never judge a book by its cover, or in this case by its title.
Since the title is now out, everyone in the fandom has given their opinions and thoughts to whom the Half Blood Prince might be, because it is neither Harry nor Voldemort (J.K. Rowling has said so on her website.) Some people predict all the half bloods in the books series. Even some believe it might be that Mark Evans kid mentioned only once in Order of the Phoenix, why I have no idea. There is no significance to that 10-year-old boy only that he’s a personal punching bag for Dudley and his gang.
Here is my theory: the Half Blood Prince is Remus Lupin. Not only is he a half blood wizard, but also he is a werewolf. Perhaps there’s more to him than meets the eye.
Here’s a continuation from the Prisoner of Azkaban thing I wrote the other day. It’s basically all the notable things that I have seen after 7 viewings of the film in theaters. The notable moments and the breathtaking moments that make this film excellent beyond words.
The Notable and Likeable Things in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Giraffe following along in the paintings
- Sir Cadogen running about in every single portrait looking to pick a fight
- The skulls in Lupin’s office
- Skull near the Shrieking Shack
- Stan Shunpike reading off the card and wearing the ticket thing around his neck
- The chandelier in the Knight Bus, now that’s classy
- The beds in the Knight Bus on the upper levels and they move when the Bus is in motion
- Fabric in Trelawney’s classroom covering the tables, hung over the lamps, and the velvety ottoman the students all sat on]
- I have mentioned this before, but Parvati is just the cutest little thing!
- The rings and snake cufflink that Malfoy and the Slytherins have, possibly showing that Lucius Malfoy spoils the Slytherin students by bearing them gifts and letting them show off their superiority
- The one shot with Harry and the sneak-o-scope
- Buckbeak’s sitting position before the execution occurs; he is sitting on some small pumpkins
- The score in the film; the intensity and matured darker themes
- The non-canon dialogue
- Old-fashioned telephone in the Dursley’s home
- Coo-coo clock with the birdie
- Harry being properly dressed while Aunt Marge was there, shirt being buttoned up and tucked in
- Old-fashioned gramophone in Lupin’s class
- Lupin’s 1950’s style
- Dumbledore’s 1960’s-1970’s style (hippie wardrobe!)
- Gryffindor dormitory’s interior design
- Pansy Parkinson’s Bob haircut
- Lupin’s apparent scars on his face
- Rabbit while the trio goes down to Hagrid’s class, or, as I like to call it, plot bunny!
- Fox in the background in the same scene
- Eagle with snake statue near fountain resembling Mexican flag, Alfonso’s touch
- The fountain and the water being frozen, literally, during winter
- Invisible Harry’s footprints in the snow
- Fred and George making a snowman
- The corridor that Harry investigates where he presumes Peter Pettigrew is on the Marauder’s Map was filmed in the Unicorn Travesties; my sister and I are very jealous because of this
- Gigantic eye in the Portrait Gallery, as well as the monkey
- Purple hair tie on Parvati to tell which one of the twins she is
- Automatic quill that Fudge had that magically wrote things when he was talking to Harry
- The authentic look inside Harry’s rented room in the Leaky Cauldron
- Ron’s vampire growl may be a clue that, perhaps, he may become one later on, in a Wishverse perhaps (related to Buffy’s Wishverse)
- The dementors surrounding Hogwarts on the first night back in the rain
- Trelawney’s classroom = teacups stacked insanely in the background
- Dawn French, who played the Fat Lady, is wearing grapes in her hat when her portrait was shredded
- Old-style playground: swings, merry-go-round, seesaws; all they would’ve needed was the tire swing and those animals on a coil and it would’ve been really creepifying
- Luna Lovegood and Alfonso Cuaron was shown on the Marauder’s Map, as well as Newt Scamander
- The woman with the baby in the portrait next to the Fat Lady; the baby is Alfonso’s child
- Slide projector when Snape is teaching DADA; liked how it’s not electronic, just run by magic. The pictures used for the slides are cool pieces of art
- Malfoy’s furry hat similar to one Malfoy Senior in CoS
- Descriptions in the book (page 394) are found on a website I accidentally found, almost word-for-word
- Tattoos on Sirius, as I said before, resemble to the cuts that Spike had during the seventh season of Buffy, after The First commanded the Bringers to bleed him and open the portal – just thought this was worth mentioning again, for no particular reason at all
- Drawings in Harry’s room: the spider, Quidditch, owl on his closet door etc. Also the Muggle comic book underneath the moving photograph of his parents
- The random hobo on the Knight Bus
- The way the Wizarding newspapers (Daily Prophet) are written
- Mentioning of pea soup by the Shrunken Head and then offered by Fudge
- Spine candles with Roman numerals on them – I began to remember what Illyria said in the series finale of Angel: “I’ll make trophies of their spines.” Perhaps that’s just me
- Chocolate dipper in candy store
- A bull in Hogsmeade
- The Gryffindors wearing red paint on their faces. Was it just me or were they channeling Braveheart?
- In the Gryffindor late-night candy jam, there were Butterbeer bottles on the table. Clearly these boys were definitely high, and I admire them for that. Rock on!
I will be adding on to this list because I will be seeing Prisoner of Azkaban for the 8th time in the recent opening in our nearby IMAX Theater next week. So far I’ve seen the movie 7 times within the two weeks it was released, and I am planning to see it as many times as possible before it goes out of the movie theaters.