Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Release Date: July 15th, 2009

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 2009

PG |2 hr 33 min

Plot Summary

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: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman

Director: David Yates

Genres: Fantasy , Children , Adventure

Production Co: Warner Bros., Heyday Films

Distributors: Warner Bros.

Keywords: Dark, London, Death, Mystery, 2000s, Fascinating, Love interest, Sacrifice, Suspenseful, Love, Quest, Deception, Murder

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    For those who’ve lived with the series for more than a decade, this fateful pause may heighten the suspense. For a Muggle like me, the storm does gather slowly. show more

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Slower and talkier than the five Potters that came before - but not necessarily in a bad way - Half-Blood Prince is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    David Yates, in his go at the helm, throws the emphasis on the gathering storm clouds even as Harry and his fellow wizardry students make further discoveries involving the opposite sex. show more

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Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2010)