Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 282

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 675

Theatrical Release Date: 07/15/2009

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/14/2011

Language: English

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: David Yates

Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Jessie Cave

Plot: Entering the sixth year of Hogwarts, Harry Potter has a lot to contend with. While Voldemort continues his rise in power, Harry must confront the past to assure his future. And then there's relationships, Draco Malfoy and Quidditch to deal with as well.

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Rating of
2/4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 07/28/2014

Entering the sixth year of Hogwarts, Harry Potter has a lot to contend with. While Voldemort continues his rise in power, Harry must confront the past to assure his future. And then there's relationships, Draco Malfoy and Quidditch to deal with as well. This has to be my least favorite harry potter film in the series. The movie is slow and new characters that I don't care about. the only good thing in this movie is the visual effect's and the acting and the way the movie looks.

Rating of
3.5/4

worleyjamers - wrote on 06/29/2013

The best film in the series, just a terrific film. Visually stunning and perfectly acted, The Half Blood Prince builds perfectly to a brilliant, emotional, and effective ending.

Rating of
2.5/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 11/02/2012

There are still some witty moments and harrowing visuals, but this film feels like more of a set-up piece to the final installment that follows. The film moves along at a slow and expositionary pace and dwells far too much on weepy melodrama than on the inventive magic of the first films.

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JLFM
JLFM
Producer

Rating of
3/4

Uneven, But Entertaining

JLFM - wrote on 08/17/2013

This may feel very much like a cut-and-paste job of my other Harry Potter reviews. Because even though Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the weakest chapter in the series thus far (beating out the previous entry, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), it still boasts almost everything that has made the other Potter films so enjoyable- just in slightly smaller measures.

Harry Potter is told by Dumbledore to become friends with a new teacher at Hogwarts, named Horace Slughorn. This is so that Potter can extract a memory from Slughorn that he has been hiding out of shame. The revealing of this memory is key to discovering more about Voldemort and his plan.

The first half of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince- while not without its moments- is very much lacking in …

Amyaronson
Amyaronson
Director

Rating of
1.5/4

Harry Potter and the Super-Nap

Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011

You know, wizards and Voldemort and shit. I have very mixed feelings on the HP movie series. I thought 1 and 2 were cute kid films, 3 was genius, 4 was dull, and 5 was genius. I had high expectations for the sixth movie because it was directed by Yates, who directed the 5th movie. Let me just say, I was VERY disappointed.

Maybe it's because I get as excited for the new movie to come out as I did on Christmas morning when I was a kid (or, still do). Maybe it's because as soon as the theme song starts playing, I can hardly stay in my chair. Maybe it's because I miss the books so much that the movies are all I have left? In any case, I was so sad when I found that a half hour into HP and the Half-Blood Prince that this may be the worst film in the series.

It focused on the trivial …

Myviewing
Myviewing
Director

Rating of
4/4

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Review

Myviewing - wrote on 12/01/2009

I've heard that there's a bit of a conflict between the viewers, some say this is the best Harry Potter film yet, some say they were disappointed. I personally, am under the first group. Unless you can't fathom where this movie's existence came from, it's based on the sixth book in the Harry Potter book franchise. David Yates' directing makes cuts from the book, but manages to keep the more important parts in. The end result is a very emotional and dark adaptation, much like the book itself. This is what I like about these series, they gradually become darker, and more grounded in reality, and it shows the characters being able to deal with the situation. Another thing I liked was that Michael Gambon has gotten quite better as Dumbeldore since Prisoner of Azkaban. He's only going to be …

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calex
calex
Aspiring Actress

calex - wrote on 2009-08-03 02:43

It wasn't annoying, maybe they're just making the movie better than the previous sequel. But it's worth waiting. It was fun to watch. Lots of comedy and romance plus the jealous factor of Hermione to Ron Weasley's I-forgot-the-name-who girl. It was also mixed with drama in the end when Dumbledore died after the Half-Blood Prince (Snape) casts the spell "Avada Kedavra". That was a very sad ending yet the whole movie was great! I love it so much!dress up games

izzibansushi
izzibansushi
Aspiring Actress

izzibansushi - wrote on 2009-03-05 00:13

I agree, the movie does beg to be released in the summer. I'm anxious but not necessarily annoyed. I've seen all the movies and read all the books. I have high hopes for this movie even though I cannot stand how Gambon plays Dumbledore. Maybe he'll take this final chance he has to make things right.

Sydney
Sydney
Aspiring Actress

Sydney - wrote on 2009-02-12 15:51

Good point, patandcougar. Way to think positively. ;)

patjohnson76
patjohnson76
Producer

patjohnson76 - wrote on 2009-02-02 10:38

Well of course they're releasing it when they can make more money.  Most movies are made for commercial profit.I'm not that annoyed by it.  The storyline plays more like a summer film anyway.  It's a pretty dark movie to release around the holidays.  Plus, it just means the wait between this one and first installment of the last movie is shorter.

Lulu1220
Lulu1220
Producer

Lulu1220 - wrote on 2009-01-29 11:24

I am also annoyed by the delay of the movie. I heard that the studio delayed it so they could make more money by releasing it in the summer, when kids are out of school.I have read all of the books and seen all of the movies, but the books are much better (isn't that usually the case?).  I do love the movies though. I am hoping the next movie does the last book justice since it was really good. I did hear that they may make the last book into two movies since the book is really long. …

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