Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

David Yates (2009)

147min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In the outstanding sixth adaptation of JK Rowling's fantasy series, Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) lures potions professor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent, in an entertainingly eccentric performance) back to Hogwarts. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is then charged with trying to dislodge a key clue regarding Slughorn's former pupil, the future Lord Voldemort, from the retired teacher's resistant mind. This is a difficult book to adapt because it is mostly concerned with setting up the two-part finale, but screenwriter Steve Kloves does an admirable job of condensing the plot without losing the emotional depth of the surprisingly adult narrative. The dark tone of the film, as the forces of evil grow ever stronger, is leavened by the romantic entanglements and rampaging hormonal comic relief. Director David Yates (returning after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) dazzles with an evocatively brooding style and conjures impressive magical atmospheres. Seamlessly and vigorously conveyed, this satisfying segment raises the storytelling and visual-effects bar for the entire series.

Summary

The young wizard is given the task of uncovering the secrets of Lord Voldemort's past as the evil sorcerer's henchmen cause havoc in both the magical and Muggle worlds. With the help of headmaster Dumbledore, Harry ventures into the memories of those who knew the Dark Lord during his early years, hoping to gain an insight into the secret behind his apparent immortality. However, Voldemort's influence extends much closer to home than expected, as Harry's rival Malfoy is chosen to carry out a sinister mission. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Alan Rickman.

Cast & Crew

Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe
Professor Albus Dumbledore Michael Gambon
Professor Horace Slughorn Jim Broadbent
Professor Severus Snape Alan Rickman
Hermione Granger Emma Watson
Ron Weasley Rupert Grint
Draco Malfoy Tom Felton
Bellatrix Lestrange Helena Bonham Carter
Director David Yates
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Drama