Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The sixth of the series, The Half Blood Prince fittingly revisits Harry Potter in his sixth year at Hogwarts. He discovers an old book of potions at the academy library that used to belong to the half-blood prince, teaching him new spells both useful and dangerous. At the same time he starts private tuition with Professor Dumbledore, learning the secrets of Voldemort's past in an effort to find a method through which to defeat him. He also finds himself stuck in the middle of Ron and Hermione's deteriorating friendship when Ron starts dating Gryffindor student Lavender, whose precocious attitude isn't everyone's cup of tea. A busy boy is our Harry.

2009Rating: M, Fantasy violence153 minsUK, USA
AdventureFantasy

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

The magic has dimmed in Harry Potter’s latest adventure. Gone are many fantastical elements (dragons, house elves, shifting staircases) of previous instalments. The resulting film is more mature, more thoughtful, more brooding, but also more dull.

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Variety

Variety

Dazzlingly well made and perhaps deliberately less fanciful than the previous entries, this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such.

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Total Film

Total Film

One of the Potter franchise’s breeziest entries yet offers flashes of darkness but lashings of teen tension. Less a movie than a set-up for next year’s epic conclusion. Bring on V-day.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Although a touch ungainly, his film is solidly constructed, with lots of fine effects. If, as Potter approaches his final confrontation with Voldemort, the wizardly battles begin to resemble Lord of the Rings, it's hardly a handicap; this is tried and tested cinematic language, and does all it needs.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

I admired this Harry Potter. It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always, only more so.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

Admirable acting to be seen on the part of all, however the ending may not impress.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A good solid effort from director David Yates, the perfect lead-in to a grand finale.

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Newshub

Newshub

The modern day JK Rowling legend is in good hands, with plenty more money to be made, and fans to please.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

This one-of-a-kind film cycle has become as comfortable and reliable as an old shoe, providing a degree of dependability that's becoming increasingly rare.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A jerky start of exposition and backstory gives way to vigorous storytelling in the latest chapter of Harry Potter.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

We’re marking time before the final battle between Good and Evil, with the promised darkness sitting somewhat clumsily with teen romance and humour.

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