Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The die-hard Potter fans loved it. After a long wait, the latest in the movie series — Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince — opened in the cinemas of Bangalore on Thursday attracting a large audience to its fold.

For those fans who were saddened with the announcement of the end of the Harry Potter series, the new movie brought back smiles on their faces as they had desperately waited for its release. While most fans felt that the movie was less on action, the comedy performed by Harry Potter was an element of surprise and at the same time very entertaining.

“The visual and sound effects were magnificent as in the Potter movies of the past. To say in a nutshell the movie has done justice to the fans,” Shashi Gajare, a student of architecture in BMS Engineering College who watched the movie at Sigma Mall on Cunningham Road. He was among those lucky ones who had tickets for the morning show. He said that watching the two-and-a-half hour Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was better than reading the book. “I don’t have the patience to read the book so I watched the movie. If I manage to get the ticket again, I will definitely watch it all over again,” Mr. Gajare said.

However, there were others who watched the movie out of curiosity, but remained faithful to their book reading habit. “I liked the movie very much but I still prefer the book over the movie,” said a young college student, who walked out of the theatre in Sigma Mall with his friends after the evening show.

“This movie really brought the character to reality. The past movie had cut down many parts of the story but this movie covered most of the story,” said the college student, who was busy discussing the movie with his friends. With the next in series — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — getting ready to be released in two parts over the next two years, fans here said the movie would be better if it was one instead of two.