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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

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In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis. Written by IMDb Editors

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Dark secrets revealed. See more »


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Rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality | See all certifications »

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15 July 2009 (USA)  »

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

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$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£19,784,924 (United Kingdom), 19 July 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,835,727, 19 July 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$301,959,197, 17 December 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$934,416,487, 10 November 2011
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Trivia

Regulus Black (Tom Moorcroft), Lily Evans (Susie Shinner) and Lucius Malfoy (Tony Coburn) all were supposed to be among Horace Slughorn's previous favorite students. They were among those in Slughorn's photographs. Yet another photograph shown to Harry Potter was that of "Daily Prophet" Editor, Barnabas Cuffe (Roger C. Bailey). Unfortunately, long shots or only the backs of the frames were shown. This resulted in deleted scenes for all of the actors. See more »

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When Dumbledore and Harry first arrive in front of Slughorn's temporary residence in Budleigh, Babberton, Harry's height barely even reaches Dumbledore's shoulders (likely the actor's stand-in), but in the next shot facing them Harry's height compared to Dumbledore is back to normal, level with the Headmaster's eyes. See more »

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Bellatrix Lestrange: [faded voiceover] I killed Sirius Black!
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The end credits take their shape from what look like ink spills, resembling the appearance of the collected memories when they are poured into Dumbledore's Pensieve. See more »

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Key points missing!
15 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

If you love the series like I do you will know that in every movie they have to cut parts of the book out. Most of the time they manage it without compromising the integrity of the film. This time they fall very short of the mark. For those that have not read the book this movie will impress. The effects are top notch and it is a very engrossing film. I understand the need to cut the movie in order to fit it into a realistic time frame. In doing so, it seems as if they cut key parts in order to allow for more comedy. They also cut out a large action scene at the end of the movie. This scene could have been added if not for the adding of a scene in the middle that was not part of the original book. Furthermore, the scene makes no sense because during which they destroy something that is key to the book in the seventh volume. Not only do they cut scenes, but they change others to suit what purpose you might ask? The unfortunate answer is I don't know. Another minor point that I noticed during the movie is, although there is not as much violence as previous movies the overall film includes adult content that in my opinion warrants the pg-13 rating.

Do not misunderstand me. I recommend seeing the movie as it is enjoyable, but trying to change a masterpiece like J.K. Rowling's book is a mistake and I think this movie suffered from it. If I didn't have the book to reference I would've rated this movie an 8, but the simple fact is I do and it unfortunately falls short.


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