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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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As Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes') dark past.

Director:

David Yates

Writers:

Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Radcliffe ... Harry Potter
Michael Gambon ... Professor Albus Dumbledore
Dave Legeno ... Fenrir Greyback
Elarica Johnson ... Waitress (as Elarica Gallacher)
Jim Broadbent ... Professor Horace Slughorn
Geraldine Somerville ... Lily Potter
Bonnie Wright ... Ginny Weasley
Julie Walters ... Molly Weasley
Rupert Grint ... Ron Weasley
Emma Watson ... Hermione Granger
Helena Bonham Carter ... Bellatrix Lestrange
Helen McCrory ... Narcissa Malfoy
Timothy Spall ... Wormtail
Alan Rickman ... Professor Severus Snape
Oliver Phelps ... George Weasley
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In Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe's) sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, he finds a book marked mysteriously, "This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince", which helps him excel at Potions class and teaches him a few dark and dangerous ones along the way. Meanwhile, Harry is taking private lessons with Dumbledore (Sir Michael Gambon) in order to find out about Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes') past so they can find out what might be his only weakness. Written by heather

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Dark secrets revealed. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Kevin McKidd was offered the role of werewolf Fenrir Greyback, but could not take part, due to his commitments in other projects, including Grey's Anatomy (2005). He has since stated that he was glad he did not to take the role, for his young children would not take kindly to his appearance on-screen. Ironically, McKidd once played the lead role in Dog Soldiers (2002), which saw him battling a pack of werewolves. See more »

Goofs

In Hagrid's hut, when Slughorn and Hagrid are drinking, the cups/bottle on the table change position between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bellatrix Lestrange: [faded voiceover] I killed Sirius Black!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits take their shape from what look like ink spills, resembling the appearance of the collected memories when they are poured into Dumbledore's Pensieve. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some of the dubbed versions change the names of a few characters, to match their translated novel counterparts in each respective language. Examples include Hermione, who in the German version (of all the Potter films/books) is named Hermine, and Dumbledore, who in the Dutch version is Perkamentus. (Source: Multi-lingual Blu-Ray copies of the films) See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Hedwig's Theme
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Key points missing!
15 July 2009 | by zvette929See all my reviews

If you love the series like I do you will know that in every movie they have to cut parts of the book out. Most of the time they manage it without compromising the integrity of the film. This time they fall very short of the mark. For those that have not read the book this movie will impress. The effects are top notch and it is a very engrossing film. I understand the need to cut the movie in order to fit it into a realistic time frame. In doing so, it seems as if they cut key parts in order to allow for more comedy. They also cut out a large action scene at the end of the movie. This scene could have been added if not for the adding of a scene in the middle that was not part of the original book. Furthermore, the scene makes no sense because during which they destroy something that is key to the book in the seventh volume. Not only do they cut scenes, but they change others to suit what purpose you might ask? The unfortunate answer is I don't know. Another minor point that I noticed during the movie is, although there is not as much violence as previous movies the overall film includes adult content that in my opinion warrants the pg-13 rating.

Do not misunderstand me. I recommend seeing the movie as it is enjoyable, but trying to change a masterpiece like J.K. Rowling's book is a mistake and I think this movie suffered from it. If I didn't have the book to reference I would've rated this movie an 8, but the simple fact is I do and it unfortunately falls short.


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Release Date:

15 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Half-Blood Prince See more »

Filming Locations:

Wiltshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,835,727, 19 July 2009

Gross USA:

$302,305,431

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$934,326,396
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