Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)



Critic Consensus: Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG (for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 2009
Box Office: $301.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (49)

I think it's the best of the series, fairly easily, and a testament to why occasionally throwing a massive budget at an endeavor of this scope can be considered a reasonable decision.

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
Top Critic

Half-Blood is a sustaining visit with beloved old (if not in age) friends.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
People Magazine

The movie can never shake the feeling that it's one big set-up, a meek prelude to the thrill ride to come in Deathly Hallows.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Toledo Blade

Not only is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince an excellent translation of J.K. Rowling's addictive canon, but it's also the first entry to shine on its own devoid of its backdrop mythology.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Paste Magazine

Seamlessly and vigorously conveyed, this satisfying segment raises the storytelling and visual-effects bar for the entire series.

Full Review… | November 22, 2013
Radio Times

What fun it is to behold our budding wizards and witches learning that love is the one spell they cannot control.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Audience Reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Decent addition to the harry potter franchise but beginning to get a bit long in the tooth. Good thing this will be wrapping up soon.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


It's a sophisticated, beautifully filmed movie that transcends its genre in every way, from the subtle humor, to the powerful acting, to the splendid cinematography. It is the most consistent of the Harry Potter films in terms of tone, and while the usual flaws are present, David Yates proves himself to be an excellent director. The entire saga is worthy of praise--each film having its own brilliant moments--but Half-Blood Princes stands out as one of the most mature and best developed of the eight.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Amazing opening sequence, absolutely stunning. A fun movie with a series undertone. Great acting, funny at times. A great set-up for the last two films. As the series is winding down, the excitement is just heating up! Really worth seeing!

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

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