Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Director: David Yates

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson


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Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort in this, the sixth installment of the film series that originated from the writings of author J.K. Rowling. There was a time when Hogwarts was thought of as a safeSee more details below


Adolescent wizard-in-training Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for another year of schooling and learns more about the dark past of the boy who grew up to become Lord Voldemort in this, the sixth installment of the film series that originated from the writings of author J.K. Rowling. There was a time when Hogwarts was thought of as a safe haven, but thanks to Voldemort's tightening grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, that simply isn't the case anymore. Suspecting that the castle may even harbor an outright threat, Harry finds his investigation into the matter sidelined by Dumbledore's attempts to prepare him for the monumental battle looming ever closer on the horizon. In order to discover the key to Voldemort's defenses, Dumbledore enlists the aid of resourceful yet unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, who may have a clue as to their enemy's Achilles' heel. Meanwhile, teenage hormones cause the students at Hogwarts to lose focus on their true mission. As Harry and Dean Thomas clash for the affections of the lovely Ginny, Romilda Vane attempts to woo Ron away from Lavender Brown with some particularly tasty chocolates. Even Hermione isn't immune from the love bug, though she tries her hardest to suppress her growing jealousy and keep her emotions bottled up. But there is one student who remains completely aloof from the romance blossoming all around, and he intends to leave a dark impression on his classmates. With tragedy looming ever closer, it begins to appear as if peace will prove elusive in Hogwarts for some time to come.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince's opening scenes are marked by the chaos and confusion permeating both the Muggle and wizard communities as they experience acts of terrorism via Voldemort's army of Death Eaters, free from the shackles of Azkaban and eager to wage war for their master. The fancy of years gone by has been replaced by a general feeling of unease as prominent members of the wizarding world go missing, their businesses left destroyed or abandoned. Rumors suggest Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) is getting too old and possibly too senile to offer protection strong enough to defend against The Dark Lord, and parents question whether Hogwarts is still the safest place for their children. Magic has irrevocably made the leap from pretty lights and the odd hex to a weapon of mass destruction in the wrong hands. War, hormones, and dark magic equal a better-than-average year for the students of Hogwarts, and the best Potter movie since Prisoner of Azkaban. Burgeoning love is very much the new character in this film; the chaste smooches and not-so-subtle hints of mutual attraction have given way to unbridled make-out sessions and scorned teens in all their glory. Even Dumbledore wants the scoop. Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) make a modicum of progress in their tumultuous relationship, while Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) pines for Ginny (Bonnie Wright) and occasionally bathes in his own popularity, possessing a cockiness far removed from the wide-eyed innocence of earlier films. The series is first and foremost a fantasy, not a romance, though hints of sex within the hallowed halls of Hogwarts give the teens a quality of realness, and add to the sense of easiness the young actors have developed among themselves after spending much of their own adolescence on the sets of Potter films. The elder actors steal the show, as per usual -- Snape (Alan Rickman) is meaner, scarier, funnier, and more unfathomable than he's ever been, while prickly McGonagall's (Dame Maggie Smith) strict nature is infused with the subtle but deep-rooted loyalty for which she is known and loved in the books. It's Jim Broadbent's turn as newly appointed potions teacher Horace Slughorn, however, that gives the Hogwarts teachers the distinction they deserve. Broadbent, as Slughorn, embodies the combination of ego and charm inherent in those members of Slytherin house who haven't fallen in step with Voldemort's anti-Muggle beliefs. Michael Gambon's portrayal of Dumbledore, unfortunately, remains too aloof and stern to capture the loving, albeit conflicted relationship between headmaster and student. His private lessons with Harry seem disjointed and abrupt; oddly, he seems more compassionate toward Tom Riddle (aka Young Voldemort) in a series of flashbacks meant to enable Harry to understand the nature of his enemy. Inexplicably, all of Harry's interactions with Dumbledore are sudden and somewhat confusing. Everyone, whether or not they've read the Potter series, will leave this film knowing who likes whom, but far fewer will understand how Harry and Dumbledore wound up in a mountainside cave hunting for pieces of Voldemort's soul; and fewer still, unless they've really been paying attention, will grasp the profundity of Fawkes the Phoenix's departure from Hogwarts. When it came to Harry's destiny and the fate of humankind versus high school love triangles, well, it sure seems like humankind got shortchanged. The Potter film franchise has never struck a proper balance between pleasing both casual moviegoers and ardent book lovers, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception. The good news is that it comes closer than any of its predecessors, hitting the mark or coming close to it on almost all fronts. With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows being split into two films, the final installment stands an excellent chance of getting it right.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter
Rupert Grint Ron Weasley
Emma Watson Hermione Granger
Helena Bonham Carter Bellatrix Lestrange
Jim Broadbent Horace Slughorn
Robbie Coltrane Rubeus Hagrid
Michael Gambon Professor Albus Dumbledore
Alan Rickman Professor Severus Snape
Bonnie Wright Ginny Weasley,Actor
Maggie Smith Professor Minerva McGonagall
Timothy Spall Wormtail
David Thewlis Remus Lupin
David Bradley Argus Filch
Warwick Davis Professor Filius Flitwick
Tom Felton Draco Malfoy
William Melling Nigel
Evanna Lynch Luna Lovegood,Actor
Jessie Cave Lavender Brown
Frank Dillane Tom Riddle (Teenager)
Hero Fiennes Tiffin Tom Riddle (Age 11)
Natalia Tena Nymphadora Tonks,Actor
Julie Walters Molly Weasley,Actor
Rob Knox Marcus Belby
Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom,Actor
Helen McCrory Narcissa Malfoy
Freddie Stroma Cormac McLaggen
Alfred Enoch Dean Thomas
Afshan Azad Padma Patil
Shefali Chowdhury Parvati Patil
Mark Williams Arthur Weasley
Jamie Waylett Vincent Crabbe
Amelda Brown Mrs. Cole
James Phelps Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps George Weasley
Katie Leung Cho Chang
Georgina Leonidas Katie Bell
Devon Murray Seamus Finnigan
Geraldine Somerville Lily Potter
Joshua Herdman Gregory Goyle
Ralph Ineson Amycus
Paul Ritter Eldred Worple
Gemma Jones Madam Pomfrey

Technical Credits
David Yates Director
David Barron Producer
Alastair Bullock Art Director
Jamie Christopher Asst. Director
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Mark Day Editor
Bruno Delbonnel Cinematographer
Nick Dudman Makeup Special Effects
Simon Emanuel Production Manager
Martin Foley Art Director
David Heyman Producer
Nicholas Hooper Score Composer
Molly Hughes Art Director
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Neil Lamont Art Director
Timothy T. Lewis Associate Producer
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor
Martin Schadler Art Director
Hattie Storey Art Director
Jany Temime Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Tomkins Art Director
John Trehy Co-producer
Fiona Weir Casting
Lionel Wigram Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
1. Who's Harry Potter? [5:27]
2. Horace Slughorn [6:45]
3. What Could Be Safer? [2:43]
4. Snape's Visitors [3:45]
5. Draco's Detour [3:47]
6. That's For My Father [5:05]
7. Dark Forces [4:28]
8. The Half-Blooded Prince [5:43]
9. The Secret Riddle [6:59]
10. Hermione's Helping Hand [4:43]
11. Cursed Necklace [5:23]
12. Slug Club [5:04]
13. Felix Felicis [3:09]
14. How It Feels [2:47]
15. Free Agents [3:16]
16. The Unbreakable Vow [4:46]
17. Death Eaters Attack [1:38]
18. A Sluggish Memory [1:39]
19. Perilous Potions [3:51]
20. Sectumsempra [5:21]
21. Hiding the Book [7:05]
22. Liquid Luck [6:19]
23. After Aragog's Burial [3:18]
24. Horcruxes [5:08]
25. The Cave [4:05]
26. Inferi Attack [4:23]
27. The Astronomy Tower [5:17]
28. Flight of the Princess [6:21]
29. R.A.B. [6:26]
30. End Credits [4:07]


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