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'''''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''''' is a 2009 [[fantasy film]]<ref name="BOM"/> directed by [[David Yates]] and based on the [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|novel of the same name]] by [[J. K. Rowling]]. It is the sixth instalment in the [[Harry Potter (film series)|''Harry Potter'' film series]], written by [[Steve Kloves]] and produced by [[David Heyman]] and [[David Barron (film producer)|David Barron]].<ref name="trio-returns">{{cite press release|url=http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2007/23/c6173.html |title=Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson to Reprise Roles in the Final Two Installments of Warner Bros. Pictures' ''Harry Potter'' Film Franchise |date=23 March 2007 |accessdate=23 March 2007 |publisher=[[Warner Bros.]]}}</ref> The story follows [[Harry Potter (character)|Harry Potter]]'s sixth year at [[Hogwarts]] as he becomes obsessed with a mysterious textbook, falls in love, and attempts to retrieve a memory that holds the key to [[Lord Voldemort]]'s downfall. The film stars [[Daniel Radcliffe]] as Harry Potter, and [[Rupert Grint]] and [[Emma Watson]] as Harry's best friends [[Ron Weasley]] and [[Hermione Granger]].
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'''''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''''' is a film directed by David Yates and based on [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]] by [[J. K. Rowling]]. Steve Kloves wrote the screenplay.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released in the US and worldwide on July 15th, 2009 in regular cinemas and IMAX 3D formats. Its release was originally planned to be on November 21st, 2008, but Warner Bros. announced just three months before the scheduled date the movie was going to be released eight months later than originally planned.
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Filming began on 24 September 2007, culminating with the film's worldwide cinematic release on 15 July 2009, one day short of the fourth anniversary of the corresponding novel's release. In everywhere but the United States, the sixth film was simultaneously released in regular cinemas and [[IMAX]] 3D in all countries. Due to North American theaters having a several week commitment by ''[[Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'',<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/06/movies/06box.html?hp/ |title=Tight Battle at the Holiday Box Office |publisher=The New York Times|date=6 August 2009 |accessdate=6 August 2009 | first=Brooks | last=Barnes}}</ref> the IMAX 3D release of the film occurred on 29 July, two weeks after its original release.<ref>{{cite web|first=Christopher
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''Half-Blood Prince'' opened to critical acclaim along with instant commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest single-day worldwide gross of all time. In five days the film made $394 million, breaking the record for highest five-day worldwide gross in history. With a total gross of $934 million, it became the 8th highest grossing movie of all time<ref name=worldwide>{{cite web|first=C.S.|last=Strowbridge|url=http://www.the-numbers.com/interactive/newsStory.php?newsID=4505|title=International Details - Dusk for Ice Age|publisher=The Numbers|date=19 September 2009|accessdate=13 August 2010}}</ref> and the second highest-grossing film of 2009 (behind ''[[Avatar (2009 film)|Avatar]]''). It is currently the [[List of highest-grossing films|13th highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide]] unadjusted for inflation.<ref name=worldwide>{{cite web|url=http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/|title=All Time Highest Grossing Movies Worldwide|publisher=Box Office Mojo|accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref> The film attained a mix of awards and nominations, including gaining recognition at the [[82nd Academy Awards]] for [[Academy Award for Best Cinematography|Best Cinematography]]<ref name="academy awards"/> and the [[63rd British Academy Film Awards]] for [[BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects|Best Special Visual Effects]] and [[BAFTA Award for Best Production Design|Best Production Design]].<ref name=bafta/> ''Half-Blood Prince'' remains one of the most [[Critical response to the Harry Potter films#Half-Blood Prince|positively reviewed]] films within the series among film critics; at the time of its release, it became the third highest rated ''Potter'' film on review aggregators [[Rotten Tomatoes]] and [[Metacritic]]. Critics praised the film's "emotionally satisfying" story, direction, cinematography, visuals and music.<ref>[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince/news/1831803/tomatometer_watch_how_good_is_harry_potter_and_the_half-blood_prince/ Rotten Tomatoes: How Good Is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ?]</ref><ref>[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/search/full_search.php?search=harry%20potter Rotten Tomatoes: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]</ref><ref>[http://www.metacritic.com/movie/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince Metacritic: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]</ref>
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==Plot==
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Harry is shown bleeding in front of the Ministry of Magic, which took place after the second last scene of the previous film, [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]. [[Lord Voldemort]] is tightening his grip on both the Wizarding and Muggle worlds and has chosen [[Draco Malfoy]] to carry out a secret mission. [[Severus Snape]] accepts [[Bellatrix Lestrange]]'s challenge to make an [[Unbreakable Vow]] with Draco's mother, [[Narcissa Malfoy|Narcissa]], to protect Draco and fulfill the assignment if he fails.
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Harry accompanies [[Albus Dumbledore]] to visit former potions professor [[Horace Slughorn]], who has gone into hiding. Slughorn agrees to return to teach at [[Hogwarts]] as Dumbledore tells Harry that Slughorn's return to Hogwarts is crucial.
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Leaving [[Fred and George Weasley|Fred and George]]'s [[Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes|new shop]], Harry, Ron and Hermione notice Draco and Narcissa associating with Death Eaters in [[Borgin and Burkes]]. Harry believes Voldemort has made Draco a Death Eater, but Ron and Hermione are skeptical. On the [[Hogwarts Express]], Harry spies on Draco, who hints to his friends that he does not plan to return to Hogwarts next year. Draco discovers Harry's presence and [[Petrificus Totalus|immobilizes]] him, then Harry is rescued by [[Luna Lovegood|Luna]].
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At [[Hogwarts]], Harry and Ron are admitted to Slughorn's potions class at the last minute and borrow the needed textbooks. The previous owner of Harry's copy, the "Half-Blood Prince", has annotated the book with additional instructions that allow Harry to excel in class. After making many spectacular saves as Keeper on the [[Gryffindor]] [[Quidditch]] team, Ron becomes a Gryffindor hero and forms a relationship with [[Lavender Brown (Harry Potter)|Lavender Brown]], leaving Hermione heartbroken. Harry discovers Hermione sobbing in the Astronomy Tower and Harry reveals he has feelings for Ron's sister, Ginny Weasley.
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Daniel Radcliffe as [[Harry Potter]].
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Harry spends Christmas with the Weasleys and becomes closer to Ginny. They almost share a kiss on Christmas Eve but Bellatrix and [[Fenrir Greyback]], intent on capturing Harry, attack and burn the Burrow. Being outnumbered, they abandon their attack as [[Order of the Phoenix (organisation)|Order]] members [[Nymphadora Tonks]] and [[Remus Lupin]], together with Harry and the Weasleys, watch their home burn.
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Suspecting that Draco is responsible for two attempts on Dumbledore's life, one of which nearly kills Ron (who, in his recovering state, admits that he loves Hermione), Harry confronts him and severely wounds Draco with the ''[[Sectumsempra]]'' curse from the Half-Blood Prince's book. Harry, shocked that the curse causes Draco's chest to be sliced open, retreats as [[Severus Snape]] enters and heals Draco. Fearing the book may be filled with more [[Dark Magic]], Ginny and Harry hide the book in the [[Room of Requirement]] and share their first kiss.
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Dumbledore shows Harry memories of a young [[Tom Riddle]] and reveals that Slughorn retains a memory critical to Voldemort's defeat. Harry retrieves the memory, learning that Voldemort wanted information for creating seven [[Horcrux]]es. The Horcrux safeguards a portion of the creator's soul, granting him immortality unless the Horcrux is destroyed. Two of Voldemort's Horcruxes have already been destroyed: [[Tom Riddle's diary]] and his [[Magical objects in Harry Potter#Marvolo Gaunt's Ring|mother's ring]]. Touching the ring, Harry has a vision of Voldemort, which is noticed by Dumbledore. After discovering the possible location of another Horcrux, Dumbledore requests Harry's help to retrieve it. They travel to a far-away cave where Harry is forced to make Dumbledore drink a mind-altering potion that hides the Horcrux, [[Magical objects in Harry Potter#Salazar Slytherin's Locket|a locket]]. A weakened Dumbledore defends them from a horde of [[Inferius|Inferi]] and [[apparate]]s himself and Harry back to the Astronomy Tower at Hogwarts. In the meantime, Bellatrix, Greyback and several other Death Eaters enter the castle with Draco's help.
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Upon arriving at the tower, Dumbledore tells Harry to fetch Snape but as footsteps approach, he orders Harry to hide. Draco reveals that he has been chosen by Voldemort to kill Dumbledore, but he is unable to follow through. Snape arrives and casts the [[Avada Kedavra]] curse, killing Dumbledore. As Bellatrix casts the [[Dark Mark]], Snape, Draco and the Death Eaters escape from the castle. Bellatrix destroys the Great Hall and sets fire to Hagrid's hut as Harry attempts to stop them. Snape deflects Harry's spells and Bellatrix stuns him. Snape reveals to Harry that he is the Half-Blood Prince and escapes. Harry returns to the school to find the staff and students mourning Dumbledore. Together they destroy the Dark Mark to honour Dumbledore.
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Jim Broadbent as [[Horace Slughorn]]. Broadbent will reprise his role in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''.
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Harry later reveals to Ron and Hermione that the locket Horcrux was a fake. The locket contains a message from an "[[R.A.B.]]" to Voldemort stating that he has stolen the real Horcrux with the intent of destroying it. His dying wish is that when Voldemort meets his match he will be mortal once more. Rather than return for their final year at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione vow to seek out who R.A.B. was and to find the remaining Horcruxes.
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Tom Felton as [[Draco Malfoy]]. Felton's role is significantly larger than that of the first six installments.
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==Cast==
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* [[Daniel Radcliffe]] as [[Harry Potter (character)|Harry Potter]].
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* [[Rupert Grint]] as [[Ron Weasley]], one of Harry's two best friends.
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* [[Emma Watson]] as [[Hermione Granger]], one of Harry's two best friends.
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Alan Rickman as [[Severus Snape]].
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* [[Helena Bonham Carter]] as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]], one of Voldemort's principal [[Death Eaters]] and Draco Malfoy's aunt.
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* [[Jim Broadbent]] as [[Horace Slughorn]], the newly appointed Potions master who held the position before.
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* [[Robbie Coltrane]] as [[Rubeus Hagrid]], the Hogwarts gamekeeper and [[Hogwarts subjects|Care of Magical Creatures]] teacher at Hogwarts.
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* [[Warwick Davis]] as [[Filius Flitwick]], the Charms master and head of Ravenclaw.
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* [[Tom Felton]] as [[Draco Malfoy]],<!--Felton is NOT credited as "Main cast" in the poster or film credits, but has won awards because of his portrayal of Malfoy. Do not add him to any other film.--> Harry's rival and recipient of Voldemort's secret mission.
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* [[Michael Gambon]] as [[Albus Dumbledore]], the legendary headmaster of Hogwarts.
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* [[Alan Rickman]] as [[Severus Snape]], the former Potions master and current Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
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* [[Maggie Smith]] as [[Minerva McGonagall]], the Hogwarts Transfiguration teacher, deputy headmistress and head of Gryffindor.
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* [[Timothy Spall]] as [[Peter Pettigrew]], the Death Eater who betrayed Harry's parents to Voldemort. Spall has no lines in the film.
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* [[David Thewlis]] as [[Remus Lupin]], a member of the [[Order of the Phoenix (organisation)|Order of the Phoenix]] and Harry's ex-Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.
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* [[Julie Walters]] as [[Molly Weasley]], the Weasley matriarch and a mother figure to Harry.
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Helena Bonham Carter as [[Bellatrix Lestrange]].
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[[Christian Coulson]], who played the young Tom Riddle in ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|Chamber of Secrets]]'', expressed an interest in returning in the role for flashback sequences;<ref>{{cite news|title=Interview with Christian Coulson about "COS and HBP" |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/norfolk/kids/harry_potter_christian_coulson.shtml |publisher=[[Newsround]] |date=23 February 2006|accessdate=4 June 2007}}</ref> Yates responded that Coulson was too old, nearing 30, to be playing the role.<ref name="lavender-casting-call-mtv">{{cite news|url=http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1563340/story.jhtml |title=''Harry Potter'' Casting Call Could Help Ron Weasley Find Perfect Shade Of Lavender |date=25 June 2007 |accessdate=26 June 2007 |last=Vineyard |first=Jennifer |publisher=MTV}}</ref> [[Jamie Campbell Bower]], who appeared in ''[[Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 film)|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street]]'', previously noted that he had his "fingers crossed" he would be cast as a young Riddle.<ref name="campbell-bower-tlc-tv">{{cite news|url=http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n314/harrypotterla/scan_youngvoldemort.jpg |title=Jamie Campbell Bowen |date=10 September 2007 |accessdate=11 September 2007 |work=[[Teen Vogue]]}}{{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref> Bower was, however, later cast as the teenage [[Gellert Grindelwald]] in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1]]''. Riddle's role was played by [[Hero Fiennes-Tiffin]] as a child and [[Frank Dillane]] as a teenager.
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[[Helen McCrory]] appears as [[Narcissa Malfoy]], Draco's mother and younger sister of Bellatrix. McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix in ''Order of the Phoenix'', but had to drop out due to pregnancy.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_7080000/newsid_7087000/7087093.stm |title=Exclusive: Narcissa cast in Potter 6 |accessdate=9 November 2007 |date=9 November 2007 |publisher=[[Newsround]]}}</ref> [[Naomi Watts]] was previously reported as having accepted the role,<ref name="watts">{{cite news|url=http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,22124731-5012980,00.html |title=Naomi goes potty |accessdate=24 July 2007 |date=24 July 2007 |publisher=[[The Courier-Mail]]}}</ref> only for it to be denied by her agency.<ref name="mtvwatts">{{cite news|title=''Harry Potter'' Casting Rumors Untrue, Say Actors' Reps |url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2007/07/25/harry-potter-casting-rumors-untrue-say-actors-reps/ |accessdate=25 July 2007 |date=25 July 2007 |last=Adler |first=Shawn |publisher=MTV}}</ref>
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Both [[Clémence Poésy]], who has played [[Fleur Delacour]], and [[Chris Rankin]], who has played [[Percy Weasley]], were interested in returning, but did not appear in the film.<ref name="ugo">{{cite news|url=http://www.ugo.com/movies/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-spoilers |title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Spoilers |accessdate=15 December 2008 |date=15 December 2008 |publisher=Ugo}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_4430000/newsid_4436900/4436922.stm |date=17 November 2005 |accessdate=4 June 2007 |publisher=Newsround |title=NR chats to GOF's Clemence Poesy}}</ref> After [[Bill Nighy]] expressed an interest in appearing,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/24/AR2007052400579.html |title=Underneath It All, He's Still Bill Nighy |date=25 May 2007 |accessdate=4 June 2007 |last=O'Sullivan |first=Michael |publisher=The Washington Post}}</ref> Yates confirmed that Nighy would be his first choice for the role of Minister for Magic [[Rufus Scrimgeour]].<ref name="wizardmag">{{cite journal|first=Zach |last=Oat |title=Up Close: Harry Potter |journal=[[Wizard (magazine)|Wizard]] |issue=190 |page=84 |month=August |year=2007}}</ref> Scrimgeour's character was ultimately cut from the film, but Nighy appeared in his role in ''Deathly Hallows''.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_8130000/newsid_8137100/8137104.stm|title=Bill Nighy to star in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows|publisher=CBBC Newsround|date=6 July 2010|accessdate=6 November 2010}}</ref>
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==Production==
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===Development===
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Before [[David Yates]] was officially chosen to direct the film, many directors had expressed an interest in taking the helm. [[Alfonso Cuarón]], the director of the [[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)|third film]], stated he "would love to have the opportunity" to return.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.jewreview.net/article.php?id=912|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20071214152821/http://www.jewreview.net/article.php?id=912|archivedate=14 December 2007 |title=Alfonso Cuaron To Return To Harry Potter? |date=18 November 2006 |accessdate=18 November 2006 |work=JewReview.net}}</ref> ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Goblet of Fire]]'' director [[Mike Newell (director)|Mike Newell]] declined a spot to direct the [[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|fifth film]], and was not approached for this one.<ref>{{cite news|title=''Phoenix'' Rising |date=6 April 2007 |publisher=[[Entertainment Weekly]] |url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20016352,00.html |last=Daly |first=Steve |accessdate=1 April 2007}}</ref> [[Terry Gilliam]] was Rowling's personal choice to direct ''Philosopher's Stone''. When asked whether he would consider directing a later film, Gilliam said, "Warner Bros. had their chance the first time around, and they blew it."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1543143/10132006/story.jhtml |work=MTV |title=Terry Gilliam On Depp, ''Potter'' And The Film He Panhandled To Promote |date=16 October 2006 |accessdate=16 October 2006 |last=Carroll |first=Larry}}</ref> In an interview with [[Dark Horizons]], Yates said that "I was still working on ''Order of the Phoenix'' when they asked me to do ''Half-Blood Prince''. So they were really delighted with the material that they were seeing while we were in post-production, and the conversations happened before the movie was released, because I had to start pre-production on it while ''Order of the Phoenix'' was being promoted. It was just something they see in the work that they really liked, and responded to."<ref>{{Cite news|url=http://www.darkhorizons.com/features/1448/david-yates-for-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince |title=Exclusive Interview: David Yates for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" |publisher=Paul Fischer, Dark Horizons |date= 13 July 2009 |accessdate=19 April 2011}}</ref> Yates described ''Half-Blood Prince'' as being "a cross between the chills of ''Prisoner of Azkaban'' and the fantastical adventure of ''Goblet of Fire''."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.virginmedia.com/movies/movieextras/top10s/potter-hbp-rumours.php |title=Ten Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince facts |publisher=Virgin Media |accessdate=19 April 2011}}</ref>
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Emma Watson considered not returning for the film,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://uk.movies.ign.com/articles/735/735556p1.html |title=Hermione Gets Cold Feet |accessdate=20 October 2007 |date=26 September 2006 |publisher=IGN}}</ref> but eventually decided that, "the pluses outweighed the minuses," and could not bear to see anyone else play Hermione. Composer [[Nicholas Hooper]] returned from the last film; he included a reworking of [[John Williams]]'s [[Hedwig's Theme]], which has recurred in all scores. Also maintained were [[costume design]]er Jany Temime, [[visual effects]] supervisor Tim Burke, creature and make-up effects designer Nick Dudman, and [[special effect]]s supervisor John Richardson from the third film.<ref name="hbp-casting-complete">{{cite press release|url=http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=213122 |title=Casting Is Complete on "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" |date=16 November 2007 |accessdate=16 November 2007 |publisher=[[Warner Bros.]]}}</ref>
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Helen McCrory as [[Narcissa Malfoy]]. McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange in ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'', but had to withdraw due to pregnancy. She was eventually recast as the character's sister, and will appear as Malfoy in the two-part finale.
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Yates and Heyman have noted that some of the events of ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]'' influenced the script of ''Half-Blood Prince''.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=21818 |title=Yates and Heyman on Harry Potter 6 |accessdate=7 August 2007 |first=Heather |last=Newgen |date=10 July 2007 |publisher=Comingsoon.net}}</ref>
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[[Stuart Craig]], the [[production designer]] of the first five films, stayed on to design all the sets in ''Half-Blood Prince''.<ref>{{cite news|last=Smith |first=Sean |title=Now, Watch Very Carefully |publisher=Newsweek |date=17 February 2007 |url=http://www.newsweek.com/id/68436 |accessdate=11 February 2007}}</ref> Several new sets are introduced, including Tom Riddle's Orphanage, Astronomy Tower and the Cave. Craig noted that the film used several CGI sets, noticeably the interior of the Cave where Harry and Dumbledore both go to hunt Horcruxes. The exterior of the cave scene was filmed at the [[Cliffs of Moher]] in the west of Ireland. The interior of the cave is made up of geometric crystal formations. Craig noted "Apart from the point at which Harry and Dumbledore first arrive and the island formation on which everything inside the cave happens, the set is entirely virtual, designed in the computer. We'd had our first totally virtual set on the last film, so we approached this one with a bit more confidence."<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.writingstudio.co.za/page2661.html|title=The Writing Studio|accessdate=12 November 2010}}</ref>
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===Cinematography===
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''Half-Blood Prince'' was extensively colour graded and due to the film's overly dark tones, Warner Bros. asked Yates and [[Bruno Delbonnel]] to add more colours to the film, as they thought the palette was "too brown". After retouching some of the scenes, Delbonnel realised that he and digital film colourist Peter Doyle had overused the grading and the final product was an improvement.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.movies.ie/movies/features/Video_Interview_with_David_Yates |title=Interview with David Yates |publisher=Movies.ie |accessdate=2 February 2009}}</ref> Yates said that "the choice of angles, the extreme close-ups, [and] the pacing of the scenes" made the film "very layered" and "incredibly rich."<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.totalfilm.com/features/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-3/page:3|title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: We go on set for the latest Potter picture (page 3)|publisher=''[[Total Film]]''|date=1 April 2009|accessdate=7 November 2010}}</ref> It was the first instalment in the [[Harry Potter (film series)|''Harry Potter'' film series]] to be nominated for the Best Cinematography accolade at the [[Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|Academy Awards]].<ref name="academy awards"/>
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One of the major challenges for Delbonnel was lighting the film. In an interview with the Academy, he said, "Some of the sets are there since the very first Potter. How could I light them in a different way? This question brought another one based on the series itself... I thought it would be interesting to have those very intimate stories amidst this very dark mood. As if the school was a dark character. That’s when I suggested to go for this (again) dark moody variations of greys. Fortunately David Yates, and the producers liked the idea." In reference to the Cave scene Delbonnel said, "I wanted to have some kind of 'dynamism' with the light. I thought it could be interesting and more dramatic if the light was floating, circling above the characters faces: sometimes lighting them, sometimes hiding them in a very random and unpredictable way." <ref>{{cite web|url=http://oscar.go.com/html/util/question.html?img=Cinematography_HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince|title=Nominations Questionaire: Bruno Delbonnel|accessdate=24 February 2010}}</ref>
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Matthew Lewis as [[Neville Longbottom]].
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===Filming===
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Before filming began, there was belief that filming might move from the UK, where all previous films were shot. The crew also scouted around [[Cape Wrath]] in Scotland, for use in the cave scene.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.scotsman.com/ViewArticle.aspx?articleid=3289506 |title=Cape Wrath casts its spell on Harry Potter film-makers |date=27 May 2007 |accessdate=10 June 2007 |work=[[The Scotsman]] |last=Macleod |first=Murdo}}</ref> Filming returned to [[Glen Coe]] and [[Glenfinnan]], both which have appeared in the previous films, to preserve the continuity of the landscape.<ref name="lochaber-hogexp">{{cite news|url=http://www.lochaber-news.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/1722/Pupils_board_the_Hogwart's_Express.html |title=Pupils board the Hogwart's Express |date=13 October 2007 |accessdate=12 October 2007 |publisher=Lochaber News}}</ref>
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Hero Fiennes-Tiffin as the young [[Tom Riddle]]. Fiennes-Tiffin is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who portrays the adult [[Lord Voldemort]] in the series, as well as actor Joseph Fiennes.
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Following a week of rehearsals, [[principal photography]] began on 24 September 2007 and ended on 17 May 2008.<ref name="tlc-actors-strike">{{cite news|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/9/19/half-blood-prince-filming-news-threat-of-strike-to-affect-harry-potter-six |title="Half-Blood Prince" Filming News: Threat of Strike to Affect Harry Potter Six? |accessdate=19 September 2007 |date=19 September 2007 |publisher=The Leaky Cauldron}}{{Dubious|date=December 2010}}</ref> Though Radcliffe, Gambon and Broadbent started shooting in late September 2007, some other cast members started much later: Grint did not begin until November 2007, Watson did not begin until December 2007, Rickman until January 2008, and Bonham Carter until February 2008.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/11/28/half-blood-prince-filming-updates-with-emma-watson-alan-rickman-news |title="Half-Blood Prince" Filming Updates with Emma Watson, Alan Rickman News |date=28 November 2007 |accessdate=27 January 2008 |publisher=The Leaky Cauldron}}{{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|author=Andy Duke|author2=Stephanie Sanchez|url=http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3786&Itemid=99|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20080209022646/http://www.iesb.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3786&Itemid=99|archivedate=9 February 2008 |title=Interviews: Depp, Burton, Carter and Rickman Slash Through Sweeney Todd! |date=26 November 2007 |accessdate=27 January 2008}}</ref>
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Frank Dillane as the teenage [[Tom Riddle]]. Christian Coulson, who portrayed the character in ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', expressed interest in returning, but David Heyman said Coulson was too old. Jamie Campbell Bower reportedly wished to be cast in the role, but he was eventually cast as the young [[Gellert Grindelwald]] in the series finale.
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On the weekend of 6 October 2007, the crew shot scenes involving the [[Hogwarts Express]] in the misty and dewy environment of [[Fort William, Highland|Fort William]], Scotland.<ref name="lochaber-hogexp"/> A series of night scenes were filmed in the village of [[Lacock]] and the cloisters at [[Lacock Abbey]] for three nights starting 25 October 2007. Filming took place from 5&nbsp;p.m. to 5&nbsp;a.m. daily, and residents of the street were asked to black out their windows with dark blinds.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/1766543.village_set_for_harry_potter_filming/ |title=Village set for Harry Potter Filming |last=Adams |first=Katie |date=18 October 2007 |accessdate=10 November 2007 |publisher=Wiltshire Times}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/1785227.fans_gather_for_harry_potter_filming/ |title=Fans gather for Harry Potter filming |last=Adams |first=Katie |date=25 October 2007 |accessdate=25 October 2007 |publisher=Wiltshire Times}}</ref><ref name="harry-dumbledore-lacock">{{cite news|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/10/25/dan-radcliffe-michael-gambon-film-scenes-in-lacock-tonight-for-half-blood-prince |title=Dan Radcliffe, Michael Gambon Film Scenes in Lacock Tonight for Half-Blood Prince |date=25 October 2007 |accessdate=10 November 2007}}{{Dubious|date=December 2010}}</ref> On set reports indicated that the main scene filmed was Harry and Dumbledore's visit to Slughorn's house.<ref name="harry-dumbledore-lacock"/> Further filming took place in [[Surbiton railway station]] in October 2007,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/1839369.harry_potter_film_on_location_in_surbiton/ |title=Harry Potter film on location in Surbiton |accessdate=19 October 2007 |date=16 November 2007 |publisher=This is Local London |first=Helen |last=Husbands}}</ref> [[Gloucester Cathedral]], where the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|first]] and [[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)|second]] films were shot, in February 2008,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.gloucestershireonscreen.co.uk/home/2000s/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-2009|title=Harry Potter Filming Locations'|publisher=Gloucestershire On Screen|accessdate=13 December 2010}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/gloucester/headlines/Costs-Harry-Potter-filming-revealed/article-1191653-detail/article.html |title=Costs of Harry Potter filming revealed |publisher=The Citizen |date=24 July 2009 |accessdate=3 May 2010}}</ref> and at the [[Millennium Bridge (London)|Millennium Bridge]] in London in March 2008.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2008/3/9/location-filming-for-half-blood-prince-at-millennium-bridge-in-london |title=Location Filming for "Half-Blood Prince" at Millennium panderbolt Bridge in London |date=9 March 2008 |accessdate=9 March 2008 |publisher=The Leaky Cauldron}}{{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref>
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Jessie Caves as [[Lavender Brown]].
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===Visual effects===
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Tim Burke and Tim Alexander were the visual effects supervisors for the film. Tim Alexander said that completing the [[Inferius|Inferi]]-attack scene took several months. He said, "It's certainly much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they'd ever go in a 'Potter' movie. Director [[David Yates]] was cautious of not making this into a [[zombie]] movie, so we were constantly trying to figure out how not to make these dead people coming up look like zombies. A lot of it came down to their movement — they don't move fast, but they don't move really slow or groan and moan. We ended up going with a very realistic style." He also noted that Inferi are skinnier than zombies, waterlogged and grey.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/06/harry-potter-countdown-scaring-up-the-inferi.html |title='Harry Potter' countdown: Scaring up the Inferi |work=Los Angeles Times |date=18 June 2009 |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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Freddie Stroma as [[Cormac McLaggen]].
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About Dumbledore's ring of fire, he noted that the effect would look as if someone sprayed propane and then lit it. He added, "We did a lot of research on molten volcanoes, which have a lot of heat going on but no actual flames, and collected a bunch of other references, including flares that burn underwater, and showed them to the Potter folks." The visual effects team emulated these six fire parameters: heat ripples, smoke, buoyancy, viscosity, opacity, and brightness. Since the whole fire scene was very time consuming, computer graphics artist Chris Horvath spent eight months finding a faster way to conjure flames.<ref>{{cite web|last=Hart |first=Hugh |url=http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/magazine/17-07/pl_screen |title=Quest for Fire: Look for Searing FX on the Next Harry Potter |publisher=Wired.com |date=4 January 2009 |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.postmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=63930E9D02644EC9A127AF67602DA756&nm=E-Newsletters&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=9EC0C01B0B1A4D42A74A23F5E0461144 |title=Cover Story: 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' |work=Post Magazine |accessdate=1 August 2009}} {{Dead link|date=October 2010|bot=H3llBot}}</ref>
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Dave Legeno as [[Fenrir Greyback]].
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==Marketing==
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Warner Bros. has spent an estimated $155 million to market and distribute the film.<ref name=budget>{{cite news|url=http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2009/06/harry-potter-countdown-are-dvd-fans-still-under-the-wizards-spell-.html |title=Half-Blood Prince Production Budget |accessdate=23 June 2009 | work=Los Angeles Times | date=22 June 2009}}</ref> The special edition two-disc DVD for ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' contained two sneak peeks of the film,<ref name="ootpdvd">{{cite video|date=2007 |title=Half-Blood Prince sneak peek<!--Correct name needed--> |medium=DVD |publisher=Warner Bros.}}</ref><ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/warner/harry_potter_phoenix.htm  |title=The rebellion begins on 12 November 2007! |accessdate=22 September 2007 |publisher=[[Warner Bros.]] |work=Noble PR |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070923042931/http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/warner/harry_potter_phoenix.htm |archivedate = 23 September 2007}}</ref> while the US edition included an additional clip.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/12/11/new-half-blood-prince-footage-on-ootp-dvd |title=New "Half-Blood Prince" Footage on OotP DVD |accessdate=16 December 2007 |date=11 December 2007 |publisher=Leaky Cauldron}}{{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref> A 15-second teaser for the film was shown alongside the [[IMAX]] release of ''[[The Dark Knight (film)|The Dark Knight]]''.<ref>{{cite web|first=Erik|last=Davis|url=http://blog.moviefone.com/2008/07/18/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-teaser/|title='Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Teaser!|publisher=Movifone|date=18 July 2008|accessdate=16 December 2010}}</ref> The first full-length domestic [[teaser trailer]] was released on 29 July on AOL's [[Moviefone]] website. <ref>{{cite web|first=Erik|last=Davis|url=http://blog.moviefone.com/2008/07/29/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-trailer/|title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer|accessdate=16 December 2010|date=29 July 2008|publisher=Moviefone}}</ref> An international teaser was released on 26 October<ref>{{cite web|first=Brad|last=Brevet|url=http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/article/brand_new_harry_potter_6_trailer_arrives_20081026|title=Brand New 'Harry Potter 6' International Teaser Trailer Arrives|publisher=RopeofSilicon|date=26 October 2008|accessdate=16 December 2010}}</ref> and another teaser trailer was released. The U.S. [[trailer (film)|theatrical trailer]] was released on 14 November.<ref>{{cite web|first=Alex|last=Billington|url=http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/11/14/fight-back-another-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-trailer/|title=Fight Back! Another Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer!|publisher=First Showing|date=14 November 2008|accessdate=16 December 2010}}</ref> Another trailer was screened on the Japanese TV station [[Fuji TV]] during a screening of ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' on 18 January 2009.<ref>[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2009/1/18/new-half-blood-prince-trailer-running-in-japan-new-stills-of-snape-on-the-tower-greyback-draco-and-more/ "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Japanese trailer now online"]. Retrieved 18 January 2009.{{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref><ref>[http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2009/1/23/new-half-blood-prince-trailer-from-japan-now-online/ "Sneak Peek of Half-Bood Prince Japanese Version Preview]. Retrieved 23 January 2009. {{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref> Scenes from the film were aired during [[ABC Family]]'s Harry Potter marathon which took place 5–7 December 2008.<ref>{{cite web|first=Joyce|last=Eng|url=http://movies.tvguide.com/Movie-News/ABC-Family-Airing-1000153.aspx|title=ABC Family Conjures Up Harry Potter Weekend|publisher=''[[TV Guide]]''|date=24 November 2008|accessdate=26 November 2008}}</ref> On 5 February 2009, the first three promotional teaser posters were released, featuring Dumbledore and Harry.<ref name=Posters>{{cite web|first=Alex|last=Billington|url=http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/02/05/first-official-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-posters/|title=First Official Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Posters!|publisher=First Showing|date=5 February 2009|accessdate=16 December 2010}}</ref> On 5 March and 16 April 2009, new trailers were released by Warner Bros.<ref>{{cite web|first=Brian|last=Jacks|url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/03/05/new-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-trailer-showcases-dark-adventure//|title=New 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Trailer Showcases Dark Adventure|publisher=MTV Movies Blog|date=5 March 2009|accessdate=6 March 2009}}</ref>
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Natalie Tena as [[Nymphadora Tonks]].
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Warner Bros and MSN ran an online ''Order of the Phoenix'' quiz, with the prize being a walk-on part in the ''Half-Blood Prince''.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7107992.stm |title=Film role prize for Potter fans |accessdate=23 November 2007 |date=23 November 2007 |publisher=BBC News}}</ref> As with the previous films, [[EA Games]] produced a [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)|video game]] based on the film.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://pc.ign.com/articles/868/868508p1.html |title=EA announces Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 |accessdate=26 April 2008 |date=22 April 2008 |publisher=IGN}}</ref> On 10 March 2009, it was announced that there would be a [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Video Game Soundtrack|video game soundtrack]], which was released on 17 March 2009.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001UIPNX0|title=Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince Video Game Sountrack|publisher=Amazon|accessdate=10 March 2009}}</ref> On 27 March six character posters were released: [[Harry Potter (character)|Harry]], [[Albus Dumbledore|Dumbledore]], [[Ron Weasley|Ron]], [[Hermione Granger|Hermione]], [[Draco Malfoy|Draco]], and [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]].<ref>{{cite web|first=Rachel|last=Josue|url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/04/01/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-character-posters-revealed/|title='Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince' Character Posters Revealed|publisher=MTV Movies Blog|date=1 April 2009|accessdate=16 December 2010}}</ref> An English version of the international trailer and a Japanese version of the international trailer were released online 10 April.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/04/10/new-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-international-trailer-lands-online/ |title=New ''Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince'' International Trailer Lands Online |last=Warmoth |first=Brian |date=10 April 2009 |publisher=MTV Movie Blog |accessdate=13 April 2009}}</ref> On 8 May, [[The CW Television Network|CW Channel]] aired 30-second TV Spot, which focused on the romantic side of the film.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://mugglenet.com/app/news/show/2381 |title=First TV spot for Half-Blood Prince airs on CW |date=8 May 2009 |publisher=Mugglenet.com |accessdate=5 October 2009}}{{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref> On 20 May, first clip from the film was released through [[The Ellen DeGeneres Show]]'s official website, showing love-struck Ron.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/2009/5/20/first-clip-from-half-blood-prince-ron-weasley-lovelorn-over-romilda-vane |title=First Clip from Half-Blood Prince: Ron Weasley, Lovelorn over Romilda Vane |date=20 May 2009 |publisher=The Leaky Cauldron.com |accessdate=21 May 2009}}{{Dubious|date=May 2010}}</ref> Another clip of the film, showing Dumbledore visiting Tom Riddle's Orphanage was released on 31 May 2009, at MTV Awards.<ref>{{cite web|first=Brian|last=Jakcs|url=http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/05/31/exclusive-dumbledore-meets-young-voldemort-in-new-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-clip/|title=EXCLUSIVE: Dunbledore Meets Young Voldemort In New 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' Clip|publisher=MTV Movies Blog|date=31 May 2010|accessdate=16 December 2010}}</ref>
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Ralph Ineson as [[Amycus Carrow]].
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==Differences from the book==
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While at the middle of the series in length, the film ''Half-Blood Prince'' did add or change events in the literary canon. The book begins with a scene involving the [[Muggle Prime Minister]]. Yates and his crew debated over this scene, as well as the character [[Rufus Scrimgeour]], but gave up the beginning of the movie to events described but not seen in the book.<ref name="IGNdiff">{{cite web|last=Utichi|first=Joe|title=Half-Blood Prince: What Made the Cut|url=http://movies.ign.com/articles/100/1002604p1.html|publisher=IGN|date=10 July 2009|accessdate=5 November 2010}}</ref> Yates thought it would give the audience a feel for what the Death Eaters were doing if they showed the collapse of the [[Millennium Bridge (London)|Millennium Bridge]] rather than describe it.<ref>{{cite web|last=Utichi|first=Joe|title=David Yates Interview|url=http://movies.ign.com/articles/100/1003769p2.html|publisher=IGN|date=15 July 2009|accessdate=5 November 2010}}</ref> As with ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)|Goblet of Fire]]'', the [[Dursleys]] were cut, which Steve Kloves did to "break the pattern"<ref name=IGNdiff /> Further background of Tom Riddle was removed, such as the [[Gaunt family|Gaunts]] because they felt it more important to concentrate on Riddle as a young boy, and an additional action scene at the Burrow was added to keep with the tone of the franchise.<ref name=IGNdiff /> Yates felt that they needed "an injection of jeopardy and danger" and that without it there was too much comedy and lightness.<ref name=DYinterview /> A small battle scene at Hogwarts which happened during the end of the book was cut; Heyman commented that it was removed to "[avoid] repetition" with the forthcoming adaptation of the Battle of Hogwarts in ''Deathly Hallows''.<ref name=IGNdiff /> Dumbledore's funeral was removed as it was believed it did not fit with the rest of the film.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/exclusive-david-heyman-talks-dumbledore-s-funeral-hogwarts-battle-more-update-4-a-59248/ |title=Exclusive: David Heyman talks Dumbledore's funeral, Hogwarts battle & more |accessdate=20 September 2008 |date=19 September 2008 |work=SnitchSeeker}}{{Dubious|date=November 2010}}</ref>
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Suzanne Toase as [[Alecto Carrow]].
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==Release==
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The film was released in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Spain and Mexico on 15 July 2009.<ref name="date change">{{cite news|url=http://harrypotter.warnerbros.co.uk/releasedates/ |title=Official Release Dates|accessdate=7 November 2010}}</ref> It was originally set to be released on 21 November 2008,<ref name="hbp-release-moved">{{cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/aug/15/harry.potter |title=Harry Potter film delayed eight months | date= August 15, 2008 |accessdate=5 May 2008| date=20 November 2008 |work=[[The Guardian]] | location=London | first=Ben | last=Child}}</ref> but was pushed back by eight and seven months to 17 July, despite being completed. Warner Bros. executive [[Alan Horn]] noted that the move went ahead "to guarantee the studio a major summer blockbuster in 2009," with other films being delayed due to the [[2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike]].<ref name="BBC">{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7562557.stm |title=Potter film release date delayed |accessdate=22 August 2008 |date=15 August 2008 |work=BBC News}}</ref> The box-office success of summer WB films ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]'' and ''[[The Dark Knight (film)|The Dark Knight]]'' also motivated the decision.<ref name="latimes">{{cite news|url=http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/15/business/fi-potter15 |title=Next ''Harry Potter'' film to be delayed eight months |accessdate=22 August 2008 |date=15 August 2008 |work=Los Angeles Times |first=Geoff |last=Boucher}}</ref> An unnamed rival studio executive told ''[[Entertainment Weekly]]'' that the move was to "stop next year's profits from looking seriously underwhelming after the phenomenal success of ''The Dark Knight''," as "they don't need the money this year anymore."<ref name="ewrelease">{{cite news|url=http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/08/14/news-flash-harr/ |title=NEWS FLASH: ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' Bumped to Summer 2009 |first=Sean |last=Smith |coauthors=Jeff Giles |accessdate=22 August 2008 |date=14 August 2008 |work=[[Entertainment Weekly]]}}</ref> Dan Fellman, WB head of distribution, said that the studio had considered the date change for three to four weeks prior to the announcement, but gave it serious consideration a week before they came to their final decision.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26257478/ |title=Potter film pulls vanishing act on EW cover |accessdate=3 May 2010 |date=17 August 2008 |work=[[MSNBC]]}}</ref> Three months before its release in July, the date was again changed by 2 days from 17 July to 15 July, so it could open on a Wednesday like most [[Tent-pole programming|tentpole]] summer movies.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://movies.ign.com/articles/973/973104p1.html |title=Half-Blood Prince Opens Early |publisher=IGN |date=15 April 2009 |accessdate=5 May 2010}}</ref>
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Lord Johnpaul Castrianni as [[Yaxley]].
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The date change was met with a heavily negative reaction by ''Harry Potter'' fans, as the ''Los Angeles Times'' noted: "Petitions were circulating, rumors were flying and angry screeds were being posted on Internet sites within minutes of the Thursday announcement."<ref name="latimes"/> The move was mocked by ''Entertainment Weekly'' which had ''Half-Blood Prince'' on the cover on its "Fall Preview Issue". Despite each being owned by [[Time Warner Inc.]], ''EW'' was unaware of the change until it was publicly announced by WB and noted that readers would now be in possession of a "[[Dewey Defeats Truman]] collectible".<ref name="ewrelease"/> Several days after the announcement, Horn released a statement in response to the "large amount of disappointment" expressed by fans of the series.<ref>{{cite news|first=Michael|last=Sheridan|url=http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/2008/08/22/2008-08-22_harry_potter_fans_angry_over_halfblood_p.html |title=Harry Potter fans angry over 'Half-Blood Prince' delay|accessdate=7 November 2010 |date=22 August 2008|work=[[The New York Daily News]]}}</ref> Following the date change, ''Half-Blood Prince''{{'}}s release slot was taken by [[Summit Entertainment]]'s ''[[Twilight (2008 film)|Twilight]]'',<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUSN1552123220080816 |title="Twilight" moves into "Potter's" old date |accessdate=22 August 2008 |date=16 August 2008 |work=[[Reuters]]}}</ref> and [[Walt Disney Pictures]]' ''[[Bolt (2008 film)|Bolt]]''.<ref>{{cite news|first=Valerie|last=Strauss|url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111703055.html|title='Potter' Moves the Pieces|date=November 18, 2008 |work=[[The Washington Post]]|accessdate=May 5, 2010}}</ref>
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Rod Hunt as [[Thorfinn Rowle]].
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The sixth film was simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3D everywhere but the United States, due to a conflicting agreement in which ''[[Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'' was given a four week window by itself in IMAX in that country. Therefore, the IMAX 3D version of the film was released on 29 July 2009 there.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=42976 |title=Harry Potter 6 Confirmed for IMAX |accessdate=15 March 2008 |date=15 March 2008 |publisher=ComingSoon.Net}}</ref> The film's opening sequence featuring the destruction of the [[Millennium Bridge (London)|Millennium Bridge]] was in 3D.<ref>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KELzuV8Y-8 – "Explosive opening exclusively in Imax 3D"]{{Copyvio link}}</ref> The film had been chosen to be screened at the 2008 Royal Film Performance on 17 November,<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7531745.stm |title=Royal screening for Harry Potter |accessdate=29 July 2008 |date=29 July 2008 |work=BBC News}}</ref> but was not shown. Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund chief executive Peter Hore noted he was "very disappointed" with Warner Bros' decision.<ref name="BBC"/>
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Tom Moorcroft as [[Regulus Black]].
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Advanced ticket sales on [[Fandango (ticket service)|Fandango.com]] for ''Half-Blood Prince'' surpassed advanced ticket sales for ''Transformers 2'' at the same point in sale cycles. It is also in MovieTickets.com's top 25 advance sellers of all time.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Movies/07/13/potter.preview/index.html |title='Half-Blood Prince' finds Potter crew closer to end |publisher=CNN.com |date=14 July 2009 |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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Gemma Jones as Madame Pomfrey. This is the first time Jones has appeared in the role since ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', though she will return as the character in ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2]]''. Jones has no lines.
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Running 153 minutes (2 hours 33 minutes and 19 seconds) long,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/0/EA725E2B93024DBD802575D1005061E4?OpenDocument|title= BBCF: ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''|date=10 June 2009|accessdate=7 November 2010}}</ref> ''Half-Blood Prince'' is the third longest of the series, coming behind ''Chamber of Secrets'' (161 minutes) and ''Goblet of Fire'' (157 minutes).
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Timothy Spall as [[Peter Pettigrew]]. Spall has no lines.
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===Box office===
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''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' broke the then-record for biggest midnight showings, making $22.2 million in 3,000 theatres, until the new record was held by ''[[The Twilight Saga: New Moon]]'' with $26.3 million. ''Half-Blood Prince'' opened in the same Wednesday slot that ''Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'' did in 2007, which grossed $12 million in midnight runs, on its way to $139.7 million in its five-day debut in the US.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=57179 |title=UPDATE: Harry Potter 6 Pulls in Record $22.2M From Midnights! |publisher=ComingSoon.net |date=15 July 2010 |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref> The film's box office run was over on 17 December 2009.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=harrypotter6.htm|title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) – Box Office Mojo<!-- Bot generated title -->|publisher=Box Office Mojo|accessdate=7 November 2010}}</ref>
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== Production ==
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The film opened in 4,325 theatres (rising to 4,455 theatres three weeks later, becoming the largest number of theaters, till ''[[The Twilight Saga: Eclipse]]'' surprised it with the number of 4,468 theaters)<ref>{{cite web|first=Brandon|last=Gray|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2843&p=.htm|title=Weekend Briefing: 'Eclipse' Rises with Record Release, Midnight Launch|publisher=Box Office Mojo|date=30 June 2010|accessdate=21 July 2010}}</ref> and grossed $58.2 million on its opening day at the top of the United States and Canadian box office, the third-highest Wednesday opening of all-time behind ''[[Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen]]'' and ''The Twilight Saga: Eclipse''. It is also the sixth-highest single-day gross of all time, and the third highest for a film in the [[Harry Potter (film series)|''Harry Potter'']] franchise behind ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2]]''{{'}}s $91.1 million<ref>[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/days/?page=open&p.htm TOP SINGLE DAY GROSSES]</ref> and ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]'', which made $61.1 million.<ref>[http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=harrypotter7.htm Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)]. [[Box Office Mojo]]. Retrieved 20 November 2010.</ref> It earned an additional $46 million overseas for a worldwide total of $104 million, breaking the record for highest single-day worldwide gross, previously held by ''[[The Dark Knight (film)|The Dark Knight]]''.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE56G4E920090717|title=New Harry Potter movie sets world opening record|publisher=Reuters|date=17 July 2009|accessdate=7 November 2010|first=Jill|last=Serjeant}}</ref>
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By 20 July, the film had taken in $158.7 million in the US and $236 million from 85 other markets, for a worldwide tally of $394.7 million.<ref name="thr opening"/> This broke the record for [[List of biggest opening weekends|biggest ever worldwide 5-day opening]], surpassing ''[[Spider-Man 3]]'''s $381 million; makes the film the fastest to reach the $350 million mark in worldwide box office of all time; and, in the US, surpasses all of its predecessors by a wide margin, achieving the sixth-largest ever 5-day opening in the US.<ref>{{cite news|first=Dean|last=Goodman|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN1953272020090719|title=UPDATE 2-'Harry Potter' movie sets worldwide record|publisher=Reuters|date=19 July 2009|accessdate=7 November 2010}}</ref> The film held this record for two years until it was topped by ''Deathly Hallows - Part 2'' ($483.2 million).<ref>[http://boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=3212&p=.htm Around-the-World Roundup: 'Potter' Obliterates Foreign Records]</ref> In the UK, the film grossed £19.75 million (equivalent to about $38.13 million), the highest opening for both the series and releases of 2009.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2009/jul/21/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-uk-box-office|title=Harry Potter conjures up biggest UK opening of the year|publisher=The Guardian FilmBlog|date= 21 July 2009|accessdate=7 November 2010|location=London|first=Charles|last=Gant}}</ref> At the end of the film's U.S. and Canadian box office run the total ticket sales of the film were $301,959,197,<ref name="BOM">{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=harrypotter6.htm |title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) |publisher=[[Box Office Mojo]] |accessdate=2010-05-05}}</ref> making it the second most successful film in the franchise, after ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)|Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'',<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/showdowns/chart/?id=vs-harrypotter.htm|title=Harry Potter Showdown<!-- Bot generated title -->|publisher=Box Office Mojo|accessdate=7 November 2010}}</ref> as well as the third highest-grossing film of 2009 in these regions behind ''[[Avatar (2009 film)|Avatar]]'' and ''Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen''.<ref>[http://boxofficemojo.com/yearly/chart/?yr=2009&view=releasedate&view2=domestic&sort=gross&order=DESC&&p=.htm 2009 DOMESTIC GROSSES]</ref> As with all of the previous films in the franchise, ''Half-Blood Prince'' proved to be extremely successful globally with an estimated non-US total gross of $632,457,290, totalling approximately $934,416,487 worldwide,<ref name="BOM"/> making it the second highest-grossing film of 2009, behind ''Avatar'', and the [[List of highest-grossing films|13th highest-grossing]] picture of all time, unadjusted for inflation. It is currently the fourth highest-grossing film in the franchise, behind ''Philosopher's Stone'', ''Deathly Hallows: Part 1'' and ''Order of the Phoenix''.<ref name=worldwide/>
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In South Africa the film opened with the number one position grossing $789,176,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/southafrica/?yr=2009&wk=29&p=.htm |title=South Africa (Entire Region) Box Office, 17–19 July 2009 |publisher=Boxofficemojo.com |date= |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref> it maintained a number one position during the second week too, with a total of $242,336.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/southafrica/?yr=2009&wk=30&p=.htm |title=South Africa (Entire Region) Box Office, 24–26 July 2009 |publisher=Boxofficemojo|date= |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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In Australia, as in most of the world, the film broke records with a debut of $11,492,142 and opening at number one, maintaining a second week at number one with a total of $5,278,096 (down 54%), and grossed a total of $24,208,243.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/australia/?yr=2009&wk=30&p=.htm |title=Australia Box Office, 23–26 July 2009 |publisher=Boxofficemojo.com |date= |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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In France the film debuted at $20,541,239 from 949 theatres.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/france/?yr=2009&wk=29&p=.htm |title=France Box Office, 15–19 July 2009 |publisher=Boxofficemojo.com |date= |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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===Reception===
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{{see also|Critical response to the Harry Potter films}}
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The film received critical acclaim from film critics; it holds an overall approval rating from critics of 83% on the film review aggregate website [[Rotten Tomatoes]] with 206 "Fresh" reviews,<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince/?name_order=asc |title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Reviews, Pictures – Rotten Tomatoes |quote=T-Meter Critics |publisher=Rotten Tomatoes|accessdate=11 August 2009}}</ref> and an overall approval rating of 88% among the site's "top" critics.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince/?critic=creamcrop |title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Reviews, Pictures – Rotten Tomatoes |quote=Top Critics |publisher=Rotten Tomatoes|accessdate=26 July 2009}}</ref> The site's general consensus categorises the film as ''"[d]ark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying".'' By comparison, [[Metacritic]], which assigns a [[Normalization (statistics)|normalised]] rating out of 100 based on individual reviews from critics, the film received an average score of 78 ("generally favourable") based on 36 reviews.<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.metacritic.net/film/titles/harrypotter6 |title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince reviews at Metacritic.com|publisher=Metacritic.com |accessdate=20 July 2009}}</ref> The film scored 87/100 from professional critics at the [[Broadcast Film Critics Association]].<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.bfca.org/movie/movie.php?id=2816|title=BFCA: Half-Blood Prince|publisher=[[Broadcast Film Critics Association]]|accessdate=26 November 2010}}</ref>
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BBC News's Tim Masters has praised the film's cinematography, visual effects, production design, improved acting and [[Darkness#Poetic|darker]] plotline.<ref>{{cite news|last=Masters |first=Tim |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8133379.stm |title=Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince |publisher=BBC News |date=8 July 2009 |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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The first review of the film came three weeks before the official release. Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com ranked the film with [[The Lord of the Rings film trilogy|''The Lord of the Rings'' film trilogy]] and called the film a "possible [[Academy Award|Oscar]] contender". He highly praised the performance of [[Michael Gambon|Sir Michael Gambon]], [[Alan Rickman]] and [[Daniel Radcliffe]]. He commented, "''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'' is a tour-de-force that combines style and substance, special effects and heart and most importantly great performances from all of the actors young and not-so-young".<ref>{{cite web|first=Paul|last=Dergarabedian|url=http://www.hollywood.com/news/Mr_Potter_Meet_Mr_Oscar/5661142|title=Mr. Potter, Meet Mr. Oscar?|publisher=Hollywood.com|date=26 June 2009|accessdate=26 June 2009}}</ref> Another early review came from the UK [[tabloid]] ''[[The Sun (newspaper)|The Sun]]'', whose anonymous reviewer called the film "masterful" and "very emotional". The reviewer praised [[David Yates]]' directing and called [[Jim Broadbent]]'s portrayal of Horace Slughorn "perfect".<ref>{{cite news|author=The Sneak|url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/film/movie_reviews/2516815/Excluse-review-of-Harry-Potter-And-The-Half-Blood-Prince.html|title=Potter plotter is hotter to trotter|publisher=''[[The Sun (newspaper)|The Sun]]''|date=4 July 2009|accessdate=64 July 2009|location=London}}</ref> Devin Faraci of Chud.com called the film not only the best Harry Potter film yet, but also one of the best films of the year.<ref>{{cite web|first=Devin|last=Faraci|url=http://chud.com/articles/articles/20066/1/REVIEW-HARRY-POTTER-AND-THE-HALF-BLOOD-PRINCE/Page1.html|title=REVIEW: HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE|publisher=Chud.com|date=7 July 2009|accessdate=8 July 2009}}</ref>
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Andrew Pulver of ''[[The Guardian]]'' wrote a positive review, and gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars rating.<ref>{{cite news|first=Andrew|last=Pulver|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2009/jul/04/harry-potter-half-blood-prince-review|title=Film review:Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|publisher=''[[The Guardian]]''|date=4 July 2009|accessdate=4 July 2009|location=London}}</ref> Todd McCarthy of the trade magazine ''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]'' said that the film is "dazzlingly well made" and "less fanciful than the previous entries". He praised [[Alan Rickman]]'s performance and he described [[Helena Bonham Carter]] as "mesmerizing" and [[Jim Broadbent]] as "grand eccentric old professor".<ref>{{cite news|first=Todd|last=McCarthy|url=http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117940610.html?categoryid=31&cs=1|title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review|publisher=''[[Variety (magazine)|Variety]]''|date=5 July 2009|accessdate=5 July 2009}}</ref> ''[[The Hollywood Reporter]]''{{'s}} Kirk Honeycutt noted that the film's first half is "jerky and explosive", but in the second half, the film finds better footing. He adds, "Composer Nicholas Hooper, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and designer Stuart Craig deliver a singularly muscular and vigorous chapter".<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www1.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film-reviews/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-film-1003990567.story|last=Honeycutt|first=Kirk|title=''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''--Film Review|publisher=''The Hollywood Reporter''|date=5 July 2009|accessdate=16 December 2010}}</ref> ''[[Screen Daily]]'' called the film "[s]tunningly shot by Bruno Delbonnel in metallic hues leavened by buttery tones and the thumping beats of Nicholas Hooper's score bear little resemblance to the original and the overall effect is much less tween, much more grown-up".<ref>{{cite web|first=Fionnuala|last=Hannigan|url=http://www.screendaily.com/harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince/5003198.article|title=''Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince'' Review|publisher=''[[Screen Daily]]''|date=6 July 2009|accessdate=6 July 2010}}</ref>
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Chris Tilly of [[IGN]] UK commented on the length of the film, saying "while on occasion it drags, the 153 run-time never feels too long, thanks in no small part to the astonishing visuals and (largely) marvellous performances," and goes on to say, "This is by far the best-looking of the Potter films thus far," commending the "beautiful" Quidditch match and the "stunning" finale.<ref>{{cite web|last=Tilly |first=Chris |url=http://movies.ign.com/articles/100/1001519p1.html |title=IGN: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review |publisher=Movies.ign.com |date=7 July 2009 |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref> However, Dave Golder of [[SFX magazine]] found some aspects of the film to be a disappointment, largely due to the large number of opportunities the director and screenwriter had sacrificed to devote "huge swathes of the film to subplots of Harry and his chums' teenage romances," but nevertheless found the film to be a large enjoyment, praising the performances of Jim Broadbent and Alan Rickman.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.sfx.co.uk/2009/07/08/film_review_harry_potter_and_the_half_blood_prince/ |title=FILM REVIEW: Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince |publisher=SFX |date=8 July 2009 |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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== Differences from the book ==
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[[David Stratton]], of ''Margaret and David At The Movies'', gave the film a 2.5 out of a possible 5 stars, remarking, "For non-readers [of the Harry Potter series] the films are now borderline incomprehensible", and that the film was "a little tedious" and "generally less interesting visually than its predecessors." He praised the cast, describing them as "consummate", adding [[Michael Gambon|Sir Michael Gambon]] "really makes Dumbledore an imposing character" and [[Jim Broadbent]] was "wonderful".
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[[Margaret Pomeranz]], the co-host of the television show, gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.<ref>{{cite web|author=Stratton, David and Pomeranz, Margaret|url=http://www.abc.net.au/atthemovies/txt/s2616185.htm |title=At the Movies: Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince |publisher=Abc.net.au |accessdate=1 August 2009}}</ref>
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At the time of its release, [[J. K. Rowling]] stated that ''Half-Blood Prince'' was her "favourite one" of the six film adaptations.<ref name="DYinterview">{{cite web|first=Douglas|last=Edward|url=http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=56882|title=Exclusive: Harry Potter Director David Yates|publisher=Comingsoon.net|date=13 July 2009|accessdate=13 July 2009}}</ref>
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===Home media===
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Like the previous films, a 1-Disc and 2-Disc Special Edition for the film was released on [[Blu-ray Disc]] with a [[Digital Copy]] and DVD on 7 December 2009 in the United Kingdom,<ref>[http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B002CYIQYO Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits on DVD in United Kingdom on December&nbsp;7th].Amazon.com. Retrieved on 19 September 2009.</ref> and 8 December 2009 in the United States.<ref name="HomeMedia">{{cite web|first=Chris|last=Tribbey|url=http://www.homemediamagazine.com/warner/warner-slots-sixth-harry-potter-dec-8-17083|title=Warner Slots Sixth 'Harry Potter' for Dec. 8|publisher=Home Media Magazine|date=17 September 2009|accessdate=6 November 2010}}</ref>
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The Blu-ray and DVD includes an 11 minute 38 second feature on the new [[List of attractions at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter|Wizarding World of Harry Potter]] mini theme park<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/0/50E3FDDF64EB51EA802576270055B344?OpenDocument|title=THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER - AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT rated PG by the BBFC|publisher=British Board of Film Classification|date=22 January 2010|accessdate=6 November 2010}}</ref> which opened on 18 June 2010 at [[Islands of Adventure]] in Orlando, Florida. Also included are deleted scenes comprising 8 scenes with a running length of 6 minutes and 31 seconds,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://bbfc.co.uk/website/Classified.nsf/0/3CAF461130E7427980257627002DC7A6?OpenDocument|title=HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE - DELETED SCENES rated U by the BBFC|publisher=British Board of Film Classification|date=22 January 2010|accessdate=6 November 2010}}</ref> and a sneak peek of the next ''Harry Potter'' movie, ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1]]'' (2010).<ref>{{cite web|first=Krystal|last=Clark|url=http://screencrave.com/2009-12-07/harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-teaser-trailer/|title=Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Teaser Trailer|publisher=ScreenCrave|date=7 December 2009|accessdate=16 January 2011}}</ref> The Blu-ray and DVD released in India,<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.indiaprwire.com/pressrelease/entertainment/2009111637607.htm|title=Big Home Video Releases 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince On Blu-Ray, DVD & VCD|publisher=India PRwire|date=16 November 2009|accessdate=6 November 2010}}</ref> the Philippines, South Africa, Czech Republic and Israel on 16 November 2009, making them the first countries to get the ''Half Blood Prince'' DVD release before the UK and the US. The release date for Australia and New Zealand was 18 November and for Brazil<ref>{{cite web|first=Wendy|last=Boswell|url=http://crushable.com/entertainment/official-release-dates-for-harry-potter-and-the-half-blood-prince-dvd/|title=Official Release Dates for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD|publisher=Crushable|date=15 October 2009|accessdate=13 December 2010}}</ref> and Chile, 19 November. The Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD editions in North America includes a digital copy of the film.<ref name="HomeMedia"/>
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In the United Kingdom, the DVD release became the fastest selling DVD of the year with an estimated 840,000 copies of the film sold in a few hours.<ref>{{cite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8405294.stm |work=BBC News |title=Potter film is top seller of year | date=10 December 2009 | accessdate=4 May 2010}}</ref> In the US, the DVD made a strong debut at number one in both the DVD and [[Blu-Ray]] markets widely beating out any competition with sales of 4,199,622 copies. World wide DVD and Blu-ray sales of the film show that it is the fastest selling film of 2009.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.movieweb.com/news/NEmxZvps7fX8pt|title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Soars Atop the DVD Sales Charts|publisher=MovieWeb|date=16 December 2009|accessdate=6 November 2010|unused_data=MovieWeb<!-- Bot generated title -->}}</ref>
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On 14 June 2011, an Ultimate Edition was released simultaineously with the Ultimate Edition of the ''Order of the Phoenix'' film on both Blu-ray and DVD, containing new bonus features, documentaries, and collectables.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thehdroom.com/news/Updated-Harry-Potter-5-and-6-Ultimate-Editions-on-Blu-ray-in-June/8465|title=Updated: Harry Potter 5 and 6 Ultimate Editions on Blu-ray in June|publisher=The HD Room|date=22 February 2011|accessdate=23 February 2011}}</ref>
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===Soundtrack===
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The [[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (soundtrack)|film's score]] was composed by [[Nicholas Hooper]], who also composed the music for ''[[Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (film)|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix]]''. The soundtrack was released on an Audio CD format on 14 July 2009, a day before the film was released in theatres.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0028EQMW6|title=Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Soundtrack) Nicholas Hooper Format: Audio CD|publisher=Amazon.com|accessdate=4 November 2010}}</ref>
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The album debuted at number twenty-nine on the [[Billboard 200|''Billboard'' 200]] chart, thus making it the highest charting soundtrack among all the six movie soundtracks released.<ref name="bb200">{{cite web|url=http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/39922/week-ending-july-19-2009-daughtry-makes-idol-history/|title=Week Ending July 19, 2009: Daughtry Makes "Idol" History|last=Grein|first=Paul|date=July 19, 2009|work=[[Yahoo! Music]]|accessdate=2009-07-28}}</ref> It was nominated for the 2010 [[Grammy Award]] for Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, but lost to [[Pixar]]'s ''[[Up (2009 film)|Up]]''.<ref name=grammy>{{cite web|url=http://www2.grammy.com/grammy_awards/52nd_show/list.aspx|title=The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees|publisher=[[National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences]]|accessdate=4 May 2010}}</ref>
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===Awards and nominations===
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The film was nominated for [[BAFTA Awards]] in Production Design and Visual Effects,<ref name=bafta>{{cite web|url=http://www.bafta.org/awards/film/film-awards-nominations,949,BA.html|title=Film Awards Winners: 2010|date=21 January 2010|accessdate=4 May 2010|publisher=[[British Academy of Film and Television Arts]]}}</ref> and was in the longlists for five other categories, including Best Supporting Actor for [[Alan Rickman]].<ref>[http://static.bafta.org/files/long-list-0910-400.pdf Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010 – Long List]. Retrieved 5 May 2010.</ref>
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[[Bruno Delbonnel]] was nominated for the [[Academy Award for Best Cinematography]] at the [[82nd Academy Awards]], but he lost to [[Mauro Fiore]] for ''[[Avatar (2009 film)|Avatar]]''.<ref name="academy awards">{{cite web |url=http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/82/nominees.html |title=Nominees & Winners for the 82nd Academy Awards |work=[[Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|AMPAS]] |publisher=AMPAS|accessdate=26 April 2010}}</ref> The film was also one of the final seven contenders for [[Academy Award for Best Visual Effects|Best Visual Effects]].<ref>[http://scifiwire.com/2010/01/avatar-trek-district-9-ot.php Avatar, Trek, District 9, other sci-fi hits vie for F/X Oscar] Retrieved on 5 May 2010.</ref>
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| Best Cinematography
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| [[Bruno Delbonnel]]
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| {{nom}}
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| [[Stuart Craig]]
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|align=center|<ref>{{cite web|url=http://ca.sys-con.com/node/1240917 |title=Art Directors Guild Announces Nominations for 2009 Film, TV, Commercial and Music Video Awards; Ceremony to Take Place 13 February |publisher=Ajax World |date=8 January 2010 |accessdate=9 January 2010}}</ref>
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| Best Production Design
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| ''Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince''
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| [[Nicholas Hooper]]
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 fantasy film[1] directed by David Yates and based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the sixth instalment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman and David Barron.[2] The story follows Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts as he becomes obsessed with a mysterious textbook, falls in love, and attempts to retrieve a memory that holds the key to Lord Voldemort's downfall. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Filming began on 24 September 2007, culminating with the film's worldwide cinematic release on 15 July 2009, one day short of the fourth anniversary of the corresponding novel's release. In everywhere but the United States, the sixth film was simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3D in all countries. Due to North American theaters having a several week commitment by Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,[3] the IMAX 3D release of the film occurred on 29 July, two weeks after its original release.[4]

Half-Blood Prince opened to critical acclaim along with instant commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest single-day worldwide gross of all time. In five days the film made $394 million, breaking the record for highest five-day worldwide gross in history. With a total gross of $934 million, it became the 8th highest grossing movie of all time[5] and the second highest-grossing film of 2009 (behind Avatar). It is currently the 13th highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide unadjusted for inflation.[5] The film attained a mix of awards and nominations, including gaining recognition at the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Cinematography[6] and the 63rd British Academy Film Awards for Best Special Visual Effects and Best Production Design.[7] Half-Blood Prince remains one of the most positively reviewed films within the series among film critics; at the time of its release, it became the third highest rated Potter film on review aggregators Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. Critics praised the film's "emotionally satisfying" story, direction, cinematography, visuals and music.[8][9][10]

Contents

Plot

Template:Further Harry is shown bleeding in front of the Ministry of Magic, which took place after the second last scene of the previous film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Lord Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Wizarding and Muggle worlds and has chosen Draco Malfoy to carry out a secret mission. Severus Snape accepts Bellatrix Lestrange's challenge to make an Unbreakable Vow with Draco's mother, Narcissa, to protect Draco and fulfill the assignment if he fails.

Harry accompanies Albus Dumbledore to visit former potions professor Horace Slughorn, who has gone into hiding. Slughorn agrees to return to teach at Hogwarts as Dumbledore tells Harry that Slughorn's return to Hogwarts is crucial.

Leaving Fred and George's new shop, Harry, Ron and Hermione notice Draco and Narcissa associating with Death Eaters in Borgin and Burkes. Harry believes Voldemort has made Draco a Death Eater, but Ron and Hermione are skeptical. On the Hogwarts Express, Harry spies on Draco, who hints to his friends that he does not plan to return to Hogwarts next year. Draco discovers Harry's presence and immobilizes him, then Harry is rescued by Luna.

At Hogwarts, Harry and Ron are admitted to Slughorn's potions class at the last minute and borrow the needed textbooks. The previous owner of Harry's copy, the "Half-Blood Prince", has annotated the book with additional instructions that allow Harry to excel in class. After making many spectacular saves as Keeper on the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Ron becomes a Gryffindor hero and forms a relationship with Lavender Brown, leaving Hermione heartbroken. Harry discovers Hermione sobbing in the Astronomy Tower and Harry reveals he has feelings for Ron's sister, Ginny Weasley.

Harry spends Christmas with the Weasleys and becomes closer to Ginny. They almost share a kiss on Christmas Eve but Bellatrix and Fenrir Greyback, intent on capturing Harry, attack and burn the Burrow. Being outnumbered, they abandon their attack as Order members Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin, together with Harry and the Weasleys, watch their home burn.

Suspecting that Draco is responsible for two attempts on Dumbledore's life, one of which nearly kills Ron (who, in his recovering state, admits that he loves Hermione), Harry confronts him and severely wounds Draco with the Sectumsempra curse from the Half-Blood Prince's book. Harry, shocked that the curse causes Draco's chest to be sliced open, retreats as Severus Snape enters and heals Draco. Fearing the book may be filled with more Dark Magic, Ginny and Harry hide the book in the Room of Requirement and share their first kiss.

Dumbledore shows Harry memories of a young Tom Riddle and reveals that Slughorn retains a memory critical to Voldemort's defeat. Harry retrieves the memory, learning that Voldemort wanted information for creating seven Horcruxes. The Horcrux safeguards a portion of the creator's soul, granting him immortality unless the Horcrux is destroyed. Two of Voldemort's Horcruxes have already been destroyed: Tom Riddle's diary and his mother's ring. Touching the ring, Harry has a vision of Voldemort, which is noticed by Dumbledore. After discovering the possible location of another Horcrux, Dumbledore requests Harry's help to retrieve it. They travel to a far-away cave where Harry is forced to make Dumbledore drink a mind-altering potion that hides the Horcrux, a locket. A weakened Dumbledore defends them from a horde of Inferi and apparates himself and Harry back to the Astronomy Tower at Hogwarts. In the meantime, Bellatrix, Greyback and several other Death Eaters enter the castle with Draco's help.

Upon arriving at the tower, Dumbledore tells Harry to fetch Snape but as footsteps approach, he orders Harry to hide. Draco reveals that he has been chosen by Voldemort to kill Dumbledore, but he is unable to follow through. Snape arrives and casts the Avada Kedavra curse, killing Dumbledore. As Bellatrix casts the Dark Mark, Snape, Draco and the Death Eaters escape from the castle. Bellatrix destroys the Great Hall and sets fire to Hagrid's hut as Harry attempts to stop them. Snape deflects Harry's spells and Bellatrix stuns him. Snape reveals to Harry that he is the Half-Blood Prince and escapes. Harry returns to the school to find the staff and students mourning Dumbledore. Together they destroy the Dark Mark to honour Dumbledore.

Harry later reveals to Ron and Hermione that the locket Horcrux was a fake. The locket contains a message from an "R.A.B." to Voldemort stating that he has stolen the real Horcrux with the intent of destroying it. His dying wish is that when Voldemort meets his match he will be mortal once more. Rather than return for their final year at Hogwarts, Harry, Ron and Hermione vow to seek out who R.A.B. was and to find the remaining Horcruxes.

Cast

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Christian Coulson, who played the young Tom Riddle in Chamber of Secrets, expressed an interest in returning in the role for flashback sequences;[11] Yates responded that Coulson was too old, nearing 30, to be playing the role.[12] Jamie Campbell Bower, who appeared in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, previously noted that he had his "fingers crossed" he would be cast as a young Riddle.[13] Bower was, however, later cast as the teenage Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Riddle's role was played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin as a child and Frank Dillane as a teenager.

Helen McCrory appears as Narcissa Malfoy, Draco's mother and younger sister of Bellatrix. McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix in Order of the Phoenix, but had to drop out due to pregnancy.[14] Naomi Watts was previously reported as having accepted the role,[15] only for it to be denied by her agency.[16]

Both Clémence Poésy, who has played Fleur Delacour, and Chris Rankin, who has played Percy Weasley, were interested in returning, but did not appear in the film.[17][18] After Bill Nighy expressed an interest in appearing,[19] Yates confirmed that Nighy would be his first choice for the role of Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour.[20] Scrimgeour's character was ultimately cut from the film, but Nighy appeared in his role in Deathly Hallows.[21]

Production

Development

Before David Yates was officially chosen to direct the film, many directors had expressed an interest in taking the helm. Alfonso Cuarón, the director of the third film, stated he "would love to have the opportunity" to return.[22] Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell declined a spot to direct the fifth film, and was not approached for this one.[23] Terry Gilliam was Rowling's personal choice to direct Philosopher's Stone. When asked whether he would consider directing a later film, Gilliam said, "Warner Bros. had their chance the first time around, and they blew it."[24] In an interview with Dark Horizons, Yates said that "I was still working on Order of the Phoenix when they asked me to do Half-Blood Prince. So they were really delighted with the material that they were seeing while we were in post-production, and the conversations happened before the movie was released, because I had to start pre-production on it while Order of the Phoenix was being promoted. It was just something they see in the work that they really liked, and responded to."[25] Yates described Half-Blood Prince as being "a cross between the chills of Prisoner of Azkaban and the fantastical adventure of Goblet of Fire."[26]

Emma Watson considered not returning for the film,[27] but eventually decided that, "the pluses outweighed the minuses," and could not bear to see anyone else play Hermione. Composer Nicholas Hooper returned from the last film; he included a reworking of John Williams's Hedwig's Theme, which has recurred in all scores. Also maintained were costume designer Jany Temime, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, creature and make-up effects designer Nick Dudman, and special effects supervisor John Richardson from the third film.[28]

Yates and Heyman have noted that some of the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows influenced the script of Half-Blood Prince.[29]

Sets

Stuart Craig, the production designer of the first five films, stayed on to design all the sets in Half-Blood Prince.[30] Several new sets are introduced, including Tom Riddle's Orphanage, Astronomy Tower and the Cave. Craig noted that the film used several CGI sets, noticeably the interior of the Cave where Harry and Dumbledore both go to hunt Horcruxes. The exterior of the cave scene was filmed at the Cliffs of Moher in the west of Ireland. The interior of the cave is made up of geometric crystal formations. Craig noted "Apart from the point at which Harry and Dumbledore first arrive and the island formation on which everything inside the cave happens, the set is entirely virtual, designed in the computer. We'd had our first totally virtual set on the last film, so we approached this one with a bit more confidence."[31]

Cinematography

Half-Blood Prince was extensively colour graded and due to the film's overly dark tones, Warner Bros. asked Yates and Bruno Delbonnel to add more colours to the film, as they thought the palette was "too brown". After retouching some of the scenes, Delbonnel realised that he and digital film colourist Peter Doyle had overused the grading and the final product was an improvement.[32] Yates said that "the choice of angles, the extreme close-ups, [and] the pacing of the scenes" made the film "very layered" and "incredibly rich."[33] It was the first instalment in the Harry Potter film series to be nominated for the Best Cinematography accolade at the Academy Awards.[6]

One of the major challenges for Delbonnel was lighting the film. In an interview with the Academy, he said, "Some of the sets are there since the very first Potter. How could I light them in a different way? This question brought another one based on the series itself... I thought it would be interesting to have those very intimate stories amidst this very dark mood. As if the school was a dark character. That’s when I suggested to go for this (again) dark moody variations of greys. Fortunately David Yates, and the producers liked the idea." In reference to the Cave scene Delbonnel said, "I wanted to have some kind of 'dynamism' with the light. I thought it could be interesting and more dramatic if the light was floating, circling above the characters faces: sometimes lighting them, sometimes hiding them in a very random and unpredictable way." [34]

Filming

Before filming began, there was belief that filming might move from the UK, where all previous films were shot. The crew also scouted around Cape Wrath in Scotland, for use in the cave scene.[35] Filming returned to Glen Coe and Glenfinnan, both which have appeared in the previous films, to preserve the continuity of the landscape.[36]

Following a week of rehearsals, principal photography began on 24 September 2007 and ended on 17 May 2008.[37] Though Radcliffe, Gambon and Broadbent started shooting in late September 2007, some other cast members started much later: Grint did not begin until November 2007, Watson did not begin until December 2007, Rickman until January 2008, and Bonham Carter until February 2008.[38][39]

On the weekend of 6 October 2007, the crew shot scenes involving the Hogwarts Express in the misty and dewy environment of Fort William, Scotland.[36] A series of night scenes were filmed in the village of Lacock and the cloisters at Lacock Abbey for three nights starting 25 October 2007. Filming took place from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, and residents of the street were asked to black out their windows with dark blinds.[40][41][42] On set reports indicated that the main scene filmed was Harry and Dumbledore's visit to Slughorn's house.[42] Further filming took place in Surbiton railway station in October 2007,[43] Gloucester Cathedral, where the first and second films were shot, in February 2008,[44][45] and at the Millennium Bridge in London in March 2008.[46]

Visual effects

Tim Burke and Tim Alexander were the visual effects supervisors for the film. Tim Alexander said that completing the Inferi-attack scene took several months. He said, "It's certainly much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they'd ever go in a 'Potter' movie. Director David Yates was cautious of not making this into a zombie movie, so we were constantly trying to figure out how not to make these dead people coming up look like zombies. A lot of it came down to their movement — they don't move fast, but they don't move really slow or groan and moan. We ended up going with a very realistic style." He also noted that Inferi are skinnier than zombies, waterlogged and grey.[47]

About Dumbledore's ring of fire, he noted that the effect would look as if someone sprayed propane and then lit it. He added, "We did a lot of research on molten volcanoes, which have a lot of heat going on but no actual flames, and collected a bunch of other references, including flares that burn underwater, and showed them to the Potter folks." The visual effects team emulated these six fire parameters: heat ripples, smoke, buoyancy, viscosity, opacity, and brightness. Since the whole fire scene was very time consuming, computer graphics artist Chris Horvath spent eight months finding a faster way to conjure flames.[48][49]

Marketing

Warner Bros. has spent an estimated $155 million to market and distribute the film.[50] The special edition two-disc DVD for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix contained two sneak peeks of the film,[51][52] while the US edition included an additional clip.[53] A 15-second teaser for the film was shown alongside the IMAX release of The Dark Knight.[54] The first full-length domestic teaser trailer was released on 29 July on AOL's Moviefone website. [55] An international teaser was released on 26 October[56] and another teaser trailer was released. The U.S. theatrical trailer was released on 14 November.[57] Another trailer was screened on the Japanese TV station Fuji TV during a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on 18 January 2009.[58][59] Scenes from the film were aired during ABC Family's Harry Potter marathon which took place 5–7 December 2008.[60] On 5 February 2009, the first three promotional teaser posters were released, featuring Dumbledore and Harry.[61] On 5 March and 16 April 2009, new trailers were released by Warner Bros.[62]

Warner Bros and MSN ran an online Order of the Phoenix quiz, with the prize being a walk-on part in the Half-Blood Prince.[63] As with the previous films, EA Games produced a video game based on the film.[64] On 10 March 2009, it was announced that there would be a video game soundtrack, which was released on 17 March 2009.[65] On 27 March six character posters were released: Harry, Dumbledore, Ron, Hermione, Draco, and Professor Snape.[66] An English version of the international trailer and a Japanese version of the international trailer were released online 10 April.[67] On 8 May, CW Channel aired 30-second TV Spot, which focused on the romantic side of the film.[68] On 20 May, first clip from the film was released through The Ellen DeGeneres Show's official website, showing love-struck Ron.[69] Another clip of the film, showing Dumbledore visiting Tom Riddle's Orphanage was released on 31 May 2009, at MTV Awards.[70]

Differences from the book

While at the middle of the series in length, the film Half-Blood Prince did add or change events in the literary canon. The book begins with a scene involving the Muggle Prime Minister. Yates and his crew debated over this scene, as well as the character Rufus Scrimgeour, but gave up the beginning of the movie to events described but not seen in the book.[71] Yates thought it would give the audience a feel for what the Death Eaters were doing if they showed the collapse of the Millennium Bridge rather than describe it.[72] As with Goblet of Fire, the Dursleys were cut, which Steve Kloves did to "break the pattern"[71] Further background of Tom Riddle was removed, such as the Gaunts because they felt it more important to concentrate on Riddle as a young boy, and an additional action scene at the Burrow was added to keep with the tone of the franchise.[71] Yates felt that they needed "an injection of jeopardy and danger" and that without it there was too much comedy and lightness.[73] A small battle scene at Hogwarts which happened during the end of the book was cut; Heyman commented that it was removed to "[avoid] repetition" with the forthcoming adaptation of the Battle of Hogwarts in Deathly Hallows.[71] Dumbledore's funeral was removed as it was believed it did not fit with the rest of the film.[74]

Release

The film was released in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, India, Brazil, Spain and Mexico on 15 July 2009.[75] It was originally set to be released on 21 November 2008,[76] but was pushed back by eight and seven months to 17 July, despite being completed. Warner Bros. executive Alan Horn noted that the move went ahead "to guarantee the studio a major summer blockbuster in 2009," with other films being delayed due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[77] The box-office success of summer WB films Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and The Dark Knight also motivated the decision.[78] An unnamed rival studio executive told Entertainment Weekly that the move was to "stop next year's profits from looking seriously underwhelming after the phenomenal success of The Dark Knight," as "they don't need the money this year anymore."[79] Dan Fellman, WB head of distribution, said that the studio had considered the date change for three to four weeks prior to the announcement, but gave it serious consideration a week before they came to their final decision.[80] Three months before its release in July, the date was again changed by 2 days from 17 July to 15 July, so it could open on a Wednesday like most tentpole summer movies.[81]

The date change was met with a heavily negative reaction by Harry Potter fans, as the Los Angeles Times noted: "Petitions were circulating, rumors were flying and angry screeds were being posted on Internet sites within minutes of the Thursday announcement."[78] The move was mocked by Entertainment Weekly which had Half-Blood Prince on the cover on its "Fall Preview Issue". Despite each being owned by Time Warner Inc., EW was unaware of the change until it was publicly announced by WB and noted that readers would now be in possession of a "Dewey Defeats Truman collectible".[79] Several days after the announcement, Horn released a statement in response to the "large amount of disappointment" expressed by fans of the series.[82] Following the date change, Half-Blood Prince's release slot was taken by Summit Entertainment's Twilight,[83] and Walt Disney Pictures' Bolt.[84]

The sixth film was simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3D everywhere but the United States, due to a conflicting agreement in which Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was given a four week window by itself in IMAX in that country. Therefore, the IMAX 3D version of the film was released on 29 July 2009 there.[85] The film's opening sequence featuring the destruction of the Millennium Bridge was in 3D.[86] The film had been chosen to be screened at the 2008 Royal Film Performance on 17 November,[87] but was not shown. Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund chief executive Peter Hore noted he was "very disappointed" with Warner Bros' decision.[77]

Advanced ticket sales on Fandango.com for Half-Blood Prince surpassed advanced ticket sales for Transformers 2 at the same point in sale cycles. It is also in MovieTickets.com's top 25 advance sellers of all time.[88]

Running 153 minutes (2 hours 33 minutes and 19 seconds) long,[89] Half-Blood Prince is the third longest of the series, coming behind Chamber of Secrets (161 minutes) and Goblet of Fire (157 minutes).

Box office

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince broke the then-record for biggest midnight showings, making $22.2 million in 3,000 theatres, until the new record was held by The Twilight Saga: New Moon with $26.3 million. Half-Blood Prince opened in the same Wednesday slot that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix did in 2007, which grossed $12 million in midnight runs, on its way to $139.7 million in its five-day debut in the US.[90] The film's box office run was over on 17 December 2009.[91]

The film opened in 4,325 theatres (rising to 4,455 theatres three weeks later, becoming the largest number of theaters, till The Twilight Saga: Eclipse surprised it with the number of 4,468 theaters)[92] and grossed $58.2 million on its opening day at the top of the United States and Canadian box office, the third-highest Wednesday opening of all-time behind Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. It is also the sixth-highest single-day gross of all time, and the third highest for a film in the Harry Potter franchise behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2's $91.1 million[93] and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, which made $61.1 million.[94] It earned an additional $46 million overseas for a worldwide total of $104 million, breaking the record for highest single-day worldwide gross, previously held by The Dark Knight.[95] By 20 July, the film had taken in $158.7 million in the US and $236 million from 85 other markets, for a worldwide tally of $394.7 million.[96] This broke the record for biggest ever worldwide 5-day opening, surpassing Spider-Man 3's $381 million; makes the film the fastest to reach the $350 million mark in worldwide box office of all time; and, in the US, surpasses all of its predecessors by a wide margin, achieving the sixth-largest ever 5-day opening in the US.[97] The film held this record for two years until it was topped by Deathly Hallows - Part 2 ($483.2 million).[98] In the UK, the film grossed £19.75 million (equivalent to about $38.13 million), the highest opening for both the series and releases of 2009.[99] At the end of the film's U.S. and Canadian box office run the total ticket sales of the film were $301,959,197,[1] making it the second most successful film in the franchise, after Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,[100] as well as the third highest-grossing film of 2009 in these regions behind Avatar and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[101] As with all of the previous films in the franchise, Half-Blood Prince proved to be extremely successful globally with an estimated non-US total gross of $632,457,290, totalling approximately $934,416,487 worldwide,[1] making it the second highest-grossing film of 2009, behind Avatar, and the 13th highest-grossing picture of all time, unadjusted for inflation. It is currently the fourth highest-grossing film in the franchise, behind Philosopher's Stone, Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Order of the Phoenix.[5]

In South Africa the film opened with the number one position grossing $789,176,[102] it maintained a number one position during the second week too, with a total of $242,336.[103] In Australia, as in most of the world, the film broke records with a debut of $11,492,142 and opening at number one, maintaining a second week at number one with a total of $5,278,096 (down 54%), and grossed a total of $24,208,243.[104] In France the film debuted at $20,541,239 from 949 theatres.[105]

Reception

The film received critical acclaim from film critics; it holds an overall approval rating from critics of 83% on the film review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes with 206 "Fresh" reviews,[106] and an overall approval rating of 88% among the site's "top" critics.[107] The site's general consensus categorises the film as "[d]ark, thrilling, and occasionally quite funny, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is also visually stunning and emotionally satisfying". By comparison, Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 based on individual reviews from critics, the film received an average score of 78 ("generally favourable") based on 36 reviews.[108] The film scored 87/100 from professional critics at the Broadcast Film Critics Association.[109]

BBC News's Tim Masters has praised the film's cinematography, visual effects, production design, improved acting and darker plotline.[110]

The first review of the film came three weeks before the official release. Paul Dergarabedian of Hollywood.com ranked the film with The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and called the film a "possible Oscar contender". He highly praised the performance of Sir Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman and Daniel Radcliffe. He commented, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a tour-de-force that combines style and substance, special effects and heart and most importantly great performances from all of the actors young and not-so-young".[111] Another early review came from the UK tabloid The Sun, whose anonymous reviewer called the film "masterful" and "very emotional". The reviewer praised David Yates' directing and called Jim Broadbent's portrayal of Horace Slughorn "perfect".[112] Devin Faraci of Chud.com called the film not only the best Harry Potter film yet, but also one of the best films of the year.[113]

Andrew Pulver of The Guardian wrote a positive review, and gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars rating.[114] Todd McCarthy of the trade magazine Variety said that the film is "dazzlingly well made" and "less fanciful than the previous entries". He praised Alan Rickman's performance and he described Helena Bonham Carter as "mesmerizing" and Jim Broadbent as "grand eccentric old professor".[115] The Hollywood ReporterTemplate:'s Kirk Honeycutt noted that the film's first half is "jerky and explosive", but in the second half, the film finds better footing. He adds, "Composer Nicholas Hooper, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and designer Stuart Craig deliver a singularly muscular and vigorous chapter".[116] Screen Daily called the film "[s]tunningly shot by Bruno Delbonnel in metallic hues leavened by buttery tones and the thumping beats of Nicholas Hooper's score bear little resemblance to the original and the overall effect is much less tween, much more grown-up".[117]

Chris Tilly of IGN UK commented on the length of the film, saying "while on occasion it drags, the 153 run-time never feels too long, thanks in no small part to the astonishing visuals and (largely) marvellous performances," and goes on to say, "This is by far the best-looking of the Potter films thus far," commending the "beautiful" Quidditch match and the "stunning" finale.[118] However, Dave Golder of SFX magazine found some aspects of the film to be a disappointment, largely due to the large number of opportunities the director and screenwriter had sacrificed to devote "huge swathes of the film to subplots of Harry and his chums' teenage romances," but nevertheless found the film to be a large enjoyment, praising the performances of Jim Broadbent and Alan Rickman.[119]

David Stratton, of Margaret and David At The Movies, gave the film a 2.5 out of a possible 5 stars, remarking, "For non-readers [of the Harry Potter series] the films are now borderline incomprehensible", and that the film was "a little tedious" and "generally less interesting visually than its predecessors." He praised the cast, describing them as "consummate", adding Sir Michael Gambon "really makes Dumbledore an imposing character" and Jim Broadbent was "wonderful". Margaret Pomeranz, the co-host of the television show, gave the film 3 out of 5 stars.[120]

At the time of its release, J. K. Rowling stated that Half-Blood Prince was her "favourite one" of the six film adaptations.[73]

Home media

Like the previous films, a 1-Disc and 2-Disc Special Edition for the film was released on Blu-ray Disc with a Digital Copy and DVD on 7 December 2009 in the United Kingdom,[121] and 8 December 2009 in the United States.[122] The Blu-ray and DVD includes an 11 minute 38 second feature on the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter mini theme park[123] which opened on 18 June 2010 at Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. Also included are deleted scenes comprising 8 scenes with a running length of 6 minutes and 31 seconds,[124] and a sneak peek of the next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010).[125] The Blu-ray and DVD released in India,[126] the Philippines, South Africa, Czech Republic and Israel on 16 November 2009, making them the first countries to get the Half Blood Prince DVD release before the UK and the US. The release date for Australia and New Zealand was 18 November and for Brazil[127] and Chile, 19 November. The Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD editions in North America includes a digital copy of the film.[122] In the United Kingdom, the DVD release became the fastest selling DVD of the year with an estimated 840,000 copies of the film sold in a few hours.[128] In the US, the DVD made a strong debut at number one in both the DVD and Blu-Ray markets widely beating out any competition with sales of 4,199,622 copies. World wide DVD and Blu-ray sales of the film show that it is the fastest selling film of 2009.[129]

On 14 June 2011, an Ultimate Edition was released simultaineously with the Ultimate Edition of the Order of the Phoenix film on both Blu-ray and DVD, containing new bonus features, documentaries, and collectables.[130]

Soundtrack

Template:Main The film's score was composed by Nicholas Hooper, who also composed the music for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The soundtrack was released on an Audio CD format on 14 July 2009, a day before the film was released in theatres.[131]

The album debuted at number twenty-nine on the Billboard 200 chart, thus making it the highest charting soundtrack among all the six movie soundtracks released.[132] It was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media, but lost to Pixar's Up.[133]

Awards and nominations

The film was nominated for BAFTA Awards in Production Design and Visual Effects,[7] and was in the longlists for five other categories, including Best Supporting Actor for Alan Rickman.[134]

Bruno Delbonnel was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography at the 82nd Academy Awards, but he lost to Mauro Fiore for Avatar.[6] The film was also one of the final seven contenders for Best Visual Effects.[135]

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Stephanie McMillan
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Tim Burke
Tim Alexander
Nicolas Aithadi
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RAFA Awards Alan Titchmarsh Show British Film of the Year Award Template:Won Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [148]
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John Richardson
Nicholas Aithadi
Tim Alexander
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Emily Cobb
Tania Richard
[156]
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