Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  153 min.
Release Date: July 15, 2009
DVD: December 8, 2009
Netflix: February 1, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.72
based on 7501 votes and 273 reviews
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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Helen McCrory, David Thewlis, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Jessie Cave, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, Frank Dillane

Inspiration: J.K. Rowling


When Harry Potter and his best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their sixth year of magical education, they're unhappy to learn that Severus Snape has been promoted to Defence Against the Dark Arts instructor, while Horace Slughorn has been convinced after much persuasion on Dumbledore's part to take Snape's place as Potions teacher.

Dumbledore needs Harry to help him uncover a memory that exists within Professor Slughorn. They need to see it if they are to successfully fight Lord Voldemort's dark forces. Meanwhile, Harry becomes the top student in his potions class, due to the extra instructions written in ink in his text book by someone who identifies himself only as "The Half-Blood Prince."

Dumbledore takes Harry on an expedition to find a magical object called a Horcrux and destroy it after they find out that Voldemort has separated his soul into seven pieces and hidden them within these objects. If they can find all the pieces of Voldemort's soul and destroy them, they'll be able to defeat the dark lord and save the wizarding world.

Director: David Yates
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Producer(s): David Heyman, David Barron
Screenplay: Steve Kloves
Official Site: www.harrypotter.com

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  • 4 stars "If you liked the last few Harry Potter films, you'll like this one. It is every bit as artful as the last ones, and hits all the right targets. The humour is side-splitting, the dark moments are terrifying and the imagery was haunting. One shot in particular might even have been too scary for use in a children's film: when Katie Brown falls victim to a curse - it was like something out of a Japanese horror movie. But yes, everything fit. I didn't even find the romantic subtext out of place or detracting. There are a few things I might have done differently though, like the design of the zombie (...things) or of Fenrir Greyback. I also might have cast someone else as Bellatrix LeStrange, or a"
  • 5 stars "AWESOME I loved it!"