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Pope clears Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 12:59 [IST]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]London, (ANI): The latest in the wizard film franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, has been approved by the Vatican, which said that it was the best adaptation yet of JK Rowling's hit novels.

L'Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican City that is ruled by the Pope, stated that the film's treatment of adolescent love achieved the 'correct balance', and made the story more credible to the general audience.

However, the paper criticised Rowling, 43, for failing to make any explicit 'reference to the transcendent' in her books. Though it did say that the latest instalment made clear that good should overcome evil, a fight that sometimes 'requires costs and sacrifice'.

"In addition, the fitful search for immortality epitomised by Voldemort is stigmatised," Sky News quoted the review as saying. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' will arrive in cinemas on July 15.

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