As a big fan of the Harry Potter books, I must admit I had pretty low expectations for the sixth movie, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Especially after being disappointed by the fifth movie's inability to resemble the book or smoothly further the plot, I had little hope that this more significant and lengthy part of the story would be any better. But I am happy to say that this movie completely took me by surprise and was extremely enjoyable. This book is where the story of Potter and his Hogwarts' friends really picks up. All the previous books and movies have their own plots and their own endings even though they are all connected as Harry's story. However, I have always thought of the sixth book as simply an introduction to the seventh. Voldemort isn't even in the sixth book and there is no real resolution. I think J.K. Rowling, as well as the producers of the movie, deserve praise for making this interlude so exciting nonetheless. For a movie that had potential for being dark and hopeless, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" actually ended up being pretty delightful. There are many comic moments. The romantic aspect of the movie (which, again, I admit I had little hope for) is humorous and light. The producers did an excellent job of balancing out the story's scary parts with more carefree moments. However, there are some very dark and frightening scenes. Throughout the film there is an air of darkness (thank goodness for the added comedy) followed by probably the saddest ending so far. To be honest, I can't help but wonder just how this movie ended up being rated PG. The acting in "The Half-Blood Prince" is also very satisfying. The actors chosen to play Narcissa Malfoy, Horace Slughorn, Cormac McLaggen and Lavender Brown fit their parts nicely. There are some very demanding scenes in which the actors did very well. Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), who has always seemed to fit his part perfectly; Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), who had to react to a strong dose of love potion; and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), who had some very emotional scenes and a more significant role than ever before, did particularly well. It's just too bad that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) hasn't quite figured out how to kiss. He'll be made fun of for that for a while. But despite some "snogging" errors, the actors are very entertaining to watch. Now don't get me wrong, the film does leave several things out from the book. There are very few Quidditch or classroom scenes, for instance. But this is excusable seeing as how the book "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is more than 700 pages long. The scenes that do come from the book are very accurate. There are even some direct quotes from the book and the climax seemed very familiar. Despite the absence of some scenes, the movie moves along coherently and the main plot still comes out. The only real misfortune among the exclusions is the lack of focus on the Horcruxes -- objects in which Voldemort contains parts of his soul in an attempt to become immortal -- which serve as a vital part of the plot. The book definitely puts more emphasis on the Horcruxes than the movie, although the movie does explain what a Horcrux is, which is all that really matters. For those who have not read "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," this movie is sure to be an exciting addition to the Potter tale. And for those of us who are big fans of the books, it is important to remember that the books are books and the movies are movies. If one goes into the theater expecting a word-for-word copy of the book, he or she will most likely be disappointed. This movie is not the book. But then again, it shouldn't be. This is a great movie and an open mind should be enough to prove such. Camille Lund is going to be a senior in the fall at Ogden High School. Sho enjoys soccer, skiing and playing the piano. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.