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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?


Some fans expressed distaste that Slughorn played favorites with students, but Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling explained it differently. Professor Slughorn is a meritocratic teacher. He shows interest and appreciation towards those who are smart, capable, and well-connected. If a student wishes to gain attention then they need to excel in their work. By being choosy with his favors, Slughorn spurs all his students to try harder. See more »


During the Gryffindor Quidditch try-outs, Ginny's hair changes positions. Specifically, when Harry is talking to the team with Ginny next to him. 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 »


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Original Quidditch Theme
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Great film but key plots from the book missing
17 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Like all Harry Potter fans I have read all of the books and seen every film so far. I would have to say that this film is not my favourite so far and leaves you feeling that some vital parts of the book are missing. However this is worth watching and I feel this will only disappoint the most hardcore Harry fans!

With all of the films you can notice that the acting is improving with the maturity of the characters. You can tell that there is a close bond between the actors of which all pull of their roles well. The directing and visual effects, like all of the films to date does not disappoint.

In all a great family film, a pleasure to watch and I would recommend this film to most people. I am glad that the final film will be split into two parts, to be honest they could have done it with this film!

*** For people who have never seen any of the films or read the books I took my friend with me who has not seen or read any of the books and he was completely lost throughout the film (Although he still enjoyed it!). If you wish to see this I would recommend you need to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix first. Otherwise you may find this film a little confusing.

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