The latest Harry Potter film adaptation, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, just hit theaters today. The sixth to date, it does the book justice despite the usual complaints of things being cut-out.

The movie starts with a bang, namely the destruction of the Millennium Bridge in London. A group of three Death Eaters, doing the flying-smoke thing that puzzled longtime book readers in the last movie, tear it apart while it’s in use. Once the film has your attention, it moves to Dumbledore and Harry’s visit to the retired Hogwarts professor Horace Slughorn.

Half-Blood Prince feels darker than its predecessors, though there’s plenty of comic relief. Dan Radcliffe and company have really improved over the years, and I feel that they really nailed-down Dan’s character this time around. More of Harry’s trademark sarcasm has made it into the final cut this time around.

I don’t want to spoil the movie for anyone, so I’ll simply say that the movie turned out great, and though it may not be my favorite of the bunch, it’s no slouch. There are some hilarious moments, some nice action scenes, and overall it captured the essence of the book.