Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/15/2011
  • UPC: 883929177486
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

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,
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,
Jessie Cave Lavender Brown
Frank Dillane Tom Riddle (Teenager)
Hero Fiennes Tiffin Tom Riddle (Age 11)
Natalia Tena Nymphadora Tonks,
Julie Walters Molly Weasley,
Rob Knox Marcus Belby
Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom,
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The best yet...

    This is probably the best film that they have made yet...it follows the book very well, yet is still enjoyable to those who haven't read the book....would highly recommend to anyone who loves fiction!

    ~Oh Snap It's Potter~

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    VERY Disappointed

    I have read the books about 14 times they are GREAT!! The 6th movie was the biggest disappointment I have ever had in a movie. They did not capture the book at all. I know they have creative license, but they ruined a great and important part of the series. My daughter has never read the books and had no idea what was going on. I hope they get the 7th one right. Maybe they should change directors??

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Superb!

    Believe it or not, I have never read a single one of the Harry Potter books, though I have been told that I really should. I am just not as big into reading as a lot of other people. I do find the occasional something here and there that I want to read, but for the most part, I am really more of a visual person. I have seen every single one of the Harry Potter movies in the theatre, and it was no different with this one. I saw this one twice in the theatre even, because I went again with some friends later on who hadn't seen it. This one was wonderfully shot, and the cast continued to do a great job in their roles, including the introduction of Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn, who plays what winds up being a very pivitol role in the film. It is a triffle sad in the end, but the movie itself was a great spectacle, and further intensifies the Harry Potter series. For any of you who have read all the books, which I am sure is a great deal of you, you probably know what's ahead in the upcoming final Harry Potter(s), but I have the distinct pleasure of finding out for the first time, since I have never read the books. I can hardly wait!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a terrible disappointment!

    I have enjoyed all the previous Harry Potter movies and have all the books. They have been entertaining and usually fun.

    I gave this movie one star only because that's the lowest I could rate it on the scale. I prefer to give it no stars. This movie is dark, both set and subject. On top of that the sound was "too loud background and too low dialogue". We never could get 'into it' and turned it off after about 45 minutes. I guess the 'magic is gone'.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good quality

    This is a good movie in general. It is a great one for those followers of the series. The quality of the picture is great, some might argue that it is a little dark but this is the way it supposed to look. The background music is great and the sound quality is excellent. I recommend this blue ray disc to anyone who likes good movies with great picture and sound quality.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Yet!

    Love Harry Potter. I have read, and listen to some of the books. I love the Harry Potter movies. Very well done.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    Great movie. Getting darker and the end. That's sad, don't want it to end! Charactors growing up before our eyes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    okay but....

    im a huge harry potter fan and the half blood prince was my favorite book and so i was very excited to see the movie. but once i saw it, i was not very happy. they didnt betray draco malfoy as i had hoped and they left out some of the most important aspects of the book! how are they supposed to continue the horcrux memories in the deathly hallows movies? in my opinion the move was good but not great, and not the best harry potter movie.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A little disappointed

    I am a very big fan of Harry Potter, but this movie was not so great. I think the book is better.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mixed feelings about the movie.

    I've read all the books and seen all the movies that have been released to date. The first 2 movies HP and the Sorcerers Stone and HP and the Chamber of Secrets stayed very close to the books. However starting with the 3rd movie HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban the story started to stray from the book. HP Goblet of Fire, HP Order of the Phoenix and this one HP and the Half Blood Prince if you hadn't read the books a lot of the story in the movies would be hard to make since of. I would have thought JK Rowling would prevent this from happening. But maybe I'm bias since most people I,ve talked to about it has read the books and feel the same. And people who haven't read the books seemed a little confused. The Horcruxes are a HUGE part of the last book The Deathly Hollows, and this should have been brought out more in this movie because it was in the book. I am curious how they are going to make since of it all in the next 2 movies. Apparently The Deathly Hollows will be made into 2 movies.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    An Interesting Adaptation of A well-written Book by Ms. Rowling

    I left the theater seething and cursing this production. I then went back a week or so later and saw all the same things that made me mad in the first place. I especially did not like the addition of events that appear nowhere in the book. I really disliked the ommission of events that are important to the future development of the story line. Frankly, this director & producor need to be taken behind the woodshead!

    Now, If one views the movie--on cd, blue-ray or in theater AND thinks of it as a different version of that which Ms Rowling intended, it all works! The characters as acted will out in the end. I liken this presentation to what was done to "I Robot" with Mr Smith. The story is there but in name only. I might wish for something more or better -- that is not going to happen this time around.

    I can only hope that the last two pictures are not as damaged as was this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter is stuck back at the Dursleys. He is still grieving about Sirius dying. Dumadore sends Harry a letter saying he will come get him. When Dumadore shows up he tells Harry about Sirius's will. Sirius left everything to Harry including Krecher the House Elf. Harry does not want Krecher, but remembers that he lived with the Order and knows everything.So Harry lets Krecher get a job at Hogwarts. Also Harry has inherated the house as well. He decides to leave it to the Order. Dumadore explains that Harry will be appareating with him to the Weasley's.

    When they get there Dumadores Harry that he needs to take care of himself. As Harry leaves for school he overhears Malfoy talking about doing a job for Voldemort. As everyone was getting off the train Malfoy jinxes him.

    Tonks finds him and aids him back to heath. She escorts him to the castle and sends a signal for Snape to come and get him. Harry finds out that they have a new deffense aginest the dark arts teacher.Harry passes all his O.W.L.s with exceding exspectations. He finds Ron and Hermmione and tells them about what he heard on the train. Dumadore also is going to give Harry lessons this year and finds out how to destroy Voldemort. Will he succeed or will he fail?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No one of the best

    While this installment of the series moved characters a little forward it seemed to be just a filler for the finale. If you are following the story you should see it but I was disappointed.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Half-Blood is only half the story

    There is a terrific story, with great characters and story lines, but the movie ends half-way through the final book, at an especially tragic point that leaves the viewer shocked and unsatisfied. The director really didn't need this kind of ending to make the audience eager for the finale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Part of Collection

    This video was bought as a gift but I got to see it - great addition to the Harry Potter series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Love this set

    Both the disks are great! The extras are fantastic! The bonus digital copy is a nice add-on.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is great

    Well done version of the popular book. Characters are true and story follows the book well. Story darken as it gets nearer the end. I can't wait for the last movie to come out.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Appreciate the Movie

    I really did love the movie. In my opinion is was fantastic and I think that everything that needed to be put in was including. It would have been nice to see the Gaunt memories but that will most likely be added in the other movie. I read all of the books right after this movie was released into theaters;it truly influenced my opinion on the book. I loved how the film was created, the dark arts were quite fascinating. It also expressed how the dark forces and how dangerous Voldemort was really getting. I cant wait till the Deathly Hallows is released, it was my favorite of the books and hopefully it will be my favorite of the movies;i hope the next will be as great as this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I thought that this movie was very good and one of the best harry potter movies so far!!!!
    It was very funny and i was very engaged in it. Never did i dose off while watching this movie!!!!If you have not read the book it may not be as good but it still will be really funny!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The worst of the movie series...

    Great book, horrible movie. Boring, slow and not true to book or other installments...disappointing and unintriging. Maybe as an adult I'm 'over-it" (?). Though kids who are readers may enjoy, others may not.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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