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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [2009] (2 discs)

Director:David Yates
Writer:Steve Kloves
Composer:Nicholas Hooper
Length:153 minutes
(2 hours 33 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:Juliet
IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:83%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: It would appear that Draco has been selected by the Death Eaters for some mysterious task. Harry, meanwhile must deal with a new professor who appears to enjoy collecting promising young wizards and Dumbledore is on some kind of quest that keeps distracting him.

Reaction: This one's solid. It improves greatly over the slight mess that was the fifth movie and simply comes together much more satisfactorily.

Personal Rating: 9/10

David Yates => Director
Steve Kloves => Writer
Nicholas Hooper => Composer
J.K. Rowling => Novel
Afshan Azad => Padma Patil
Alan Rickman => Severus Snape
Alfie Enoch => Dean Thomas
Anna Shaffer => Romilda Vane
Bonnie Wright => Ginny Weasley
Daniel Radcliffe => Harry Potter
Dave Legeno => Fenrir Greyback
David Bradley => Argus Filch
David Thewlis => Remus Lupin
Devon Murray => Seamus Finnigan
Elarica Gallacher => Waitress
Emma Watson => Hermione Granger
Evanna Lynch => Luna Lovegood
Frank Dillane => Tom Riddle - Age 16
Freddie Stroma => Cormac McLaggen
Gemma Jones => Madam Pomfrey
Georgina Leonidas => Katie Bell
Geraldine Somerville => Lily Potter
Helen McCrory => Narcissa Malfoy
Helena Bonham Carter => Bellatrix Lestrange
Hero Fiennes-Tiffin => Tom Riddle - Age 11
James Phelps => Fred Weasley
Jamie Waylett => Vincent Crabbe
Jessie Cave => Lavender Brown
Jim Broadbent => Professor Horace Slughorn
Josh Herdman => Gregory Goyle
Julie Walters => Molly Weasley
Maggie Smith => Professor Minerva McGonagall
Mark Williams => Arthur Weasley
Matthew Lewis => Neville Longbottom
Michael Gambon => Professor Albus Dumbledore
Natalia Tena => Nymphadora Tonks
Oliver Phelps => George Weasley
Robbie Coltrane => Rubeus Hagrid
Robert Knox => Marcus Belby
Rupert Grint => Ron Weasley
Shefali Chowdhury => Parvati Patil
Timothy Spall => Wormtail
Tom Felton => Draco Malfoy
Warwick Davis => Professor Filius Flitwick
William Melling => Nigel

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Robert Knox, who plays Marcus Belby, was tragically stabbed to death on May 24, 2008, just days after filming wrapped.
  • Director Guillermo del Toro turned down the chance to direct this film so he could work on Hellboy II: The Golden Army.
  • J.K. Rowling read through the script for this film, and found a line where Dumbledore mentions a girl he had a crush on when he was younger. After reading it, she informed the filmmakers that Dumbledore is in fact gay, and that his only romantic infatuation was with the wizard Grindelwald, whom he later had to defeat in a wizard duel. She later made this information public while promoting the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • Dame Maggie Smith completed filming this film whilst undergoing radio-therapy as treatment for breast cancer.
  • Director David Yates says that he hired Hero Fiennes-Tiffin to play the young Voldemort/Tom Riddle because of his resemblance to his uncle Ralph Fiennes (who plays Voldemort/Tom Riddle as an adult) but not specifically because he was the actor's nephew. He liked the dark haunted quality about the young actor.
  • Originally, the shooting script was written so that Harry takes possession of Dumbledore's wand after he is killed. Shortly before filming began, the final book in the series came out, in which Dumbledore's wand, and who possesses it, turn out to be major issues, so the script had to be changed.
  • Dumbledore's fall from the tower filled Alan Rickman with nostalgic glee, as it harked back to his first hit Die Hard, where his character fell from a tall building. Rickman felt at least "he was on the other end in this film!"
  • Bob Hoskins was also considered for the role of Slughorn. Jim Broadbent started work on this film after filming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  • When the trio (Harry, Ron and Hermione) are talking about Dumbledore's age, Ron says "About 150, give or take a few years" and they start laughing as if it was a joke. In fact, Dumbledore is 115 years old at the time of his death.
  • In one of a number of occasions in the book in which Prof. Slughorn gets Ron's name wrong, he refers to the character as 'Rupert' - Chapter 22. Of course Ron Weasley is played by actor Rupert Grint.