The sixth movie in this landmark series is where the filmmakers finally realized how to do a faithful adaptation of the beloved childrens' books by J.K. Rowling. Before now, they were just flailing. So does alcohol make the viewing experience better or worse? You know we were excited to find out.
"Harry Potter and the Half Blood-Alcohol Prince": The Rules
A quick warning: Butterbeer isn't very strong, but it is really sweet. If sugar makes you ill, you might want to stick with firewhiskey.
1. Drink for Title Drops. For Easy Mode, drink for the subtitle (In this case, "Half Blood Prince").
2. Drink when they drink.
3. Drink for Daddy Issues. This includes any variations on "My Parents are Dead".
4. Drink whenever a spell does what it's supposed to do.
5. Drink whenever someone has to explain something to Harry about the wizarding world.
All of the above rules apply. Also...
1. Drink for Title Drops. For Medium Mode this means every time they say "Harry Potter" or "Half Blood Prince".
2. Drink whenever a character with a name dies.
3. Drink whenever they add something to the movie or drastically change something that happened in the book.
All of the above rules apply. Also...
1. Drink for Title Drops. For Hard Mode, this means every time someone says "Harry", "Potter", or "Half Blood Prince".
2. Drink when someone says "Voldemort". Drink twice if they say it to make a point.
These rules were made to be used for any Harry Potter movie. The other six movies remain untested. Feel free to try the game out on your own, and let us know about the results!
Pooh Daddy: He'd only make a Horcrux so he could have more bling (Easy)
Shirley Whiskas: She couldn't stop staring at Ron's...broomstick. (Medium)
The Bishop: Still mourning the demise of Dumbledore (Hard)
Remember, muggles can't cast "Ennerviate" whenever one of their friends passes out. Proceed with caution!
So What's Changed?
David Yates did a spectacular job with "The Half-Blood Prince". He did it by acknowledging that the process of adapting a book to a movie requires considering what will look best ON FILM. Frankly, if the book were translated literally, this movie would be unwatchable. As is, he's changed just enough to make both the movie and our drinking game interesting.
So what did he change? Well, the Death Eaters can fly.
It's still a good movie, but these particular changes smack of "because we can" syndrome. Burning down the Burrow adds dramatic tension to the movie, but it's also pretty gratuitous. The book's about the sense of danger closing in around the characters until the Death Eaters finally reveal themselves in the astronomy tower and we find out they've won. Giving them this little victory kind of makes them bullies instead of an evil you can take seriously. Don't they have better things to do than burn down the Weasleys' house?
The Other Kind of Tension
"They make out with each other to fulfill their lust for Malfoy," he explained.
Problem is, we had no trouble making that mental leap.
"That is NOT what is important about Ginny," Seb countered.
Ginny's a problem character, especially in the movies. Little effort was made to develop her as a character, until she became Harry's love interest. So to make up for lost personality, they turned her into a weird sex symbol.
I'll explain: Ginny is not a sexy character. She doesn't overtly show off her womanly charms, but special attention was paid to her in relationship to Harry and to other women in the movies. In one scene, several characters have been invited to the first "Slug Club" meeting. Most kids are dressed fairly casually, but Ginny is wearing a sparkly party dress. "Comparatively," Champjane articulated, "she looks like a skank."
Ginny is of course rewarded with a...standing ovation from Harry.
Drunk logic came to our rescue. "You see," explained Shirley Whiskas, "Your soul is actually in your nose. So when you lose your soul, you also lose your nose."
We all thought that made sense. Voldemort's lack of nose suddenly became so much funnier.
The Money Scene
However, the REAL money scene comes half an hour from the end. It plays you like a bad lover, leading you in a merry dance until the climax that horrifies you as much as it pleases you. I'm talking about Harry and Dumbledore in the cave.
Then you realize with gut-wrenching horror that Dumbledore has to drink the potion with the Horcrux lying at the bottom. And you have to drink every time he does.
This is already the saddest scene in the movie. Keeping up with Dumbledore's suffering just feels sick. You find yourself wishing that Dumbledore would just give up, especially since (spoilers), the locket at the bottom of the potion isn't even remotely useful.
But you're not done yet! Dumbedore asks for water and Harry uses the Aguamenti spell (drink). Then a hoard of Inferi attack, and Harry has to fend them off (some of his spells work, others don't. You have to pay attention).
Then a blaze of fire appears with Dumbledore in the center, bringing the scene to an end (drink one more time!). Hard mode players, expect to make a sizable dent in your butterbeer.
Drink Whenever Harry Does Something Stupid
For being the Chosen One, Harry can be kind of a tool. He goes where he shouldn't, he puts himself and his friends in danger, and worst of all, he can't decide whether or not he likes being special.
Drink Whenever You See a Bird
This may seem like a weird rule, but there are birds EVERYWHERE in this movie. Not just owls either, I'm talking garden variety birds. I'm not sure if they're symbolic or they just kept camera bombing the shots during filming.
A knowing glance. A meaningful word or two. An oddly intimate moment in time between two (or more) characters. It doesn't matter if it's justified. If you could write a thousand word story involving what you see on screen, drink.
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