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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • Action
  • Fantasy
  • 2009
  • David Yates (2)
  • 147 mins
  • 12A

Summary

The sixth in the blockbuster fantasy adventure series, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. The ruthless Death Eaters announce the return of their master, Lord Voldemort, with a series of attacks on London. As disaster looms, Professor Dumbledore brings former tutor Horace Slughorn back to Hogwarts so that young wizard Harry Potter can learn from him the secrets of Voldemort's power.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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 dazzles with an evocatively brooding style and raises the storytelling and visual-effects bar for the entire series.

Credits

Cast

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Harry PotterDaniel Radcliffe
Ron WeasleyRupert Grint
Hermione GrangerEmma Watson
Albus DumbledoreMichael Gambon
Horace SlughornJim Broadbent
Severus SnapeAlan Rickman
Draco MalfoyTom Felton
Ginny WeasleyBonnie Wright
Luna LovegoodEvanna Lynch
Bellatrix LestrangeHelena Bonham Carter
Lavender BrownJessie Cave
Minerva McGonagallMaggie Smith
Rubeus HagridRobbie Coltrane
Remus LupinDavid Thewlis
Filius FlitwickWarwick Davis
Fenrir GreybackDave Legeno
Narcissa MalfoyHelen McCrory
Peter PettigrewTimothy Spall
Molly WeasleyJulie Walters
Nymphadora TonksNatalia Tena

Crew

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DirectorDavid Yates (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2009-07-10
Languages
English | Latin
Guidance
May be edited for violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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