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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

  • 2009
  • PG
  • 153min
  • 84%
  • 7.6 / 10

Harry Potter is in his sixth year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. In his potions class, he discovers an old and worn book marked to be “the property of the Half-Blood Prince”. All the while, Harry is taken by Professor Dumbledore as they travel throughout London, collecting information about Voldemort and his Horcruxes, revealing the Dark Lord’s dark past.

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At first glance, it might be easy to assume that Harry Potter is the half-blood prince, from his parentage of having a full-blooded wizard dad and a Muggle-born mum. But as it turns out, when Harry swiped the worn Potions book that propelled him into stardom as one of the best Potions students, the half-blood Prince is made out to be Severus Snape, the one everybody loves to hate (and the one everyone came to love after the revelation of his sacrifice for Harry’s mum, Lily). What made him beloved to fans of the series was a well-kept secret by author J.K. Rowling and Snape actor Alan Rickman. When a fan on Twitter posed the question to the author regarding the secret she told Rickman about his character, she obliged and said that she revealed the meaning of Snape’s famous last word, “Always”. This single word forever echoes in the memories of Potterheads for the surly Potions master as his undying love for Lily which motivated his actions till the very end.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth film in the Harry Potter film franchise. Released on July 15, 2009, the fantasy film was directed by David Yates, who began his directorial work in the Potter films in 2006 with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and has gone on to direct the subsequent sequels. The trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson all reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, respectively. Besides its commercial success, grossing $934 million in total, it was also praised by critics for Yates’s direction, actor performances, cinematography, musical score, and story. It has also gone on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, as well as two BAFTAs for Best Special Visual Effects and Best Production Design.