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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  15 July 2009 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 July 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office


$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£19,784,924 (UK) (17 July 2009)


$301,956,980 (USA) (11 December 2009)

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Did You Know?


The second film to NOT open with a "Harry-centric" event. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) opened with a scene from a chapter of the fourth book, "The Riddle House". Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) opens with an event which is mentioned in the first chapter of the sixth book, "The Other Minister", where the Death Eaters collapse the Millennium Bridge in London. (Although the first images in this film are of Harry and Dumbledore at the Ministry of Magic after the battle with Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), the first legitimate and complete scene is the Death Eater attack.) See more »


On the first train ride, back to Hogwarts, when Harry is talking to Ron and Hermione, the train is moving forward. When we see Malfoy talking to his friends, the train is moving backward. See more »


[first lines]
Bellatrix Lestrange: [faded voiceover] I killed Sirius Black!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Smallest Park (2011) See more »


Original Quidditch Theme
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User Reviews

Reaches neither the depth nor the complexity of the book but still pretty damn impressive
16 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

HP6 is a dark and emotionally thrilling masterpiece. It combines magical awes that appeal mostly to children as well as mature and dark themes that appeal to almost everyone. It discovers the dark and mysterious past of you-know-who and leaves the audience aching for more as its two and half hours run time go by in a flash. The film contains dazzling visuals and terrific cinematography. It is indeed a satisfying experience that will please just about everyone. One thing is for certain though: in resemblance to the Rowling novels, the film series seems to get darker and more mature with every passing film while keeping an incredible PG rating (in the exception of HP4 & 5). This film not only has some bangs and booms but also explores the theme of teenage love as the three protagonists find themselves tangled in teenage romances. Overall a top notch film worth seeing over and over. Cant wait for the arrival of the Deathly Hallows.

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