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Dark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying. Read critic reviews

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As Death Eaters wreak havoc in both Muggle and Wizard worlds, Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for students. Though Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects there are new dangers lurking within the castle walls, Dumbledore is more intent than ever on preparing the young wizard for the final battle with Voldemort. Meanwhile, teenage hormones run rampant through Hogwarts, presenting a different sort of danger. Love may be in the air, but tragedy looms, and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Cast & Crew

Rupert Grint
Ron Weasley
Emma Watson
Hermione Granger
Helena Bonham Carter
Bellatrix Lestrange
Jim Broadbent
Horace Slughorn
Robbie Coltrane
Rubeus Hagrid
Alan Rickman
Severus Snape
Maggie Smith
Minerva McGonagall
Timothy Spall
Peter Pettigrew
David Yates
Director
Sloane U'Ren Neely
Art Director
Steve Kloves
Screenwriter
Lionel Wigram
Executive Producer
Nicholas Hooper
Original Music
Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer
Mark Day
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Stuart Craig
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Critic Reviews for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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  • 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.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • If Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a roller coaster, it's the tiny train meant for only the very youngest kids, the one that seems to go round and round forever without really ever picking up any pace.

    July 22, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • All in all, despite the verve that drives the grander set pieces, it's hard to avoid the sensation of a film toiling overtime to convince itself of its own solemnity.

    July 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Director David Yates presides over some gorgeous CGI set pieces, but all the real magic comes from the scrum of ace British character actors.

    July 17, 2009 | Full Review…
  • With its deft handling of teen yearning and affection, Half-Blood Prince maneuvers mysteries of heart and hankering that resound in worlds magic and Muggle.

    July 17, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • David Yates is a solid hand as director, he does nothing but let the taps run, leaving us with little more than a bath full of comfortable if lukewarm water.

    July 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 12, 2020
    Has the quality direction of Order of the Phoenix but manages to separate itself from that movie by having a script that isn't shit.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2017
    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: The movie brings more complexity into the franchise with the introduction of the Horcrux. This movie is the first to intertwine all of the Harry Potter movies into a single installment. This movie is fantastic and one of my favorites in the franchise.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2016
    Half-Blood Prince is perhaps the most plotting of the 8 films, taking its time with the ongoing Voldemort conflict, but the pay-off is about as satisfying as anything the franchise had presented to that point. Voldemort sets Draco Malfoy out on a secret but important mission inside Hogwarts, while Harry finds and becomes obsessed with a book belonged to "The Half-Blood Prince" amidst his ongoing battle with Voldemort. While the latter doesn't appear in the film in a physical sense, his presence is felt throughout. And that's one of the brilliant things about this 6th film, it keeps the tone in line with the somber end of Order of the Phoenix and mixes in nicely timed humor and light energy. Knowing that the fight against Voldemort is coming, it's difficult to see this for more than just a filler in between, but it's far from that notion. I love that each Potter story changes up the formula in terms of Harry's missions. Whether it's as a team in Order of the Phoenix, with Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, or Ron in Chamber of Secrets, the films always manage to feel different even if the plot veers into familiar territory. Half-Blood Prince brings us the beloved duo of Harry and Dumbledore, in what is definitely the latter's meatiest role. After all, besides the ending fight with Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix, the series hadn't given us a ton of Dumbledore in action. And considering the end result of this film, it's about dang time. The new (ish) teacher at Hogwarts this year is Professor Slughorn, someone who has had some experience teaching Tom Riddle back in the day. His presence provides most of Harry's missions in the film, as he's forced to uncover some of Riddle and Slughorn's memories together. These memories prove to be the key in taking the next step in taking down the dark lord. After the missing plot point from Order of Phoenix, Ron takes his chances at Quidditch and catches the eye of a strangely obsessed student, Lavender Brown. Keeping the romance theme going, Harry and Ginny finally show their true feelings. All of this, makes Hermione uneasy. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of when the series takes chances in the rom-com territory, but it's all done in good fun. Watching these characters grow and go through things that teenagers go through (like love), is always a good time. After all, we need some comedic relief from all the serious stuff going on with Voldemort. After having a few films in the background, Draco and Snape have a more involved presence here as Snape made an unbreakable vow with the Death Eaters to protect Draco. Draco's mysterious scenes are nicely sprinkled in to the ongoing conflict and come to a head in the third act, in which this unbreakable vow makes for devastating consequences. This film ends in a dark place, but the film as a whole has no shortage of classic Potter, with plenty of strange potions to keep the fun along the way. +Harry & Dumbledore +Draco & Snape are back in the forefront +Dark tone, with fun moments mixed in +Romances is both funny & heartwarming +Enter Horcruxes 9.2/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince takes a more intimate and more character focused look then the previous installments - and ends up working in it's favour thanks to an extremely well written script and beautiful, striking visuals.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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