Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Warner Bros. Released 2009




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Now that Voldemort has returned, his followers, the Death Eaters, are not holding back in creating destruction among muggles and wizards. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine discover that school enemy Draco Malfoy is involved with them as well. Hogwarts is tightly guarded to protect the students from harm, and Harry and Ron take up a potions class with Professor Slughorn. Harry finds that his textbook is full of extra hints and tips which help him excel at the class, and discovers that it used to belong to the Half-Blood Prince, and although he isn't yet sure what that means. On Christmas break, Death Eaters come to kidnap Harry from the Weasley's home, and although he remains safe, the death eaters burn the Weasley's home to the ground. Back at school, Dumbledore and Harry discover that Voldemort's immortality lies within seven horcruxes, two of which have already been destroyed, and they set out to destroy a third. Because of recent attempts at killing Dumbledore, Harry knows how important it is to defeat Voldemort and the Death Eaters quickly. He sets out with Dumbledore to find the third horcrux, but they are attacked and Dumbledore is significantly weakened. When they return, Death Eaters have invaded Hogwarts with Draco's help, and their invasion proves to have fatal consequences. Harry, Ron, and Hermoine vow to avenge Dumbledore's death and continue on the quest to defeat Voldemort, even if it means forgoing their last year at school.


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

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

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

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

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Much like its young hero, played by Daniel Radcliffe, the film has begun to show signs of stress around the edges, a bit of fatigue, or maybe that's just my gnawing impatience.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter

Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint

Ron Weasley

Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Hermione Granger

Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon

Professor Albus Dumbledore

Jim Broadbent

Jim Broadbent

Professor Horace Slughorn

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Bellatrix: (Severus makes the unbreakable vow) Will you Severus Snape watch over Draco Malfoy as he attempts to fulfill the Dark Lord's wishes?
      Severus: I will.
      Bellatrix: And will you, to the best of your ability protect him from harm?
      Severus: I Will.
      Bellatrix: And if Draco should fail will you yourself carry out the deed the Dark Lord has ordered Draco to perform?
      Severus: I will.

    • Ron: (in Fred and George's new shop) How much for this?
      Fred and George: Five Galleons.
      Ron: How much for me?
      Fred and George: Five Galleons.
      Ron: I'm your brother.
      Fred and George: Ten Galleons

    • Hermione: Harry is under the impression Draco Malfoy is a Death Eater.
      Ron: You're barking. What would You-Know-Who want with a sod like Malfoy?
      Harry: Well, then what's he doing in Burgin and Burkes? Browsing for furniture?
      Ron: It's a creepy shop, he's a creepy bloke.
      Harry: Look, his father is a Death Eater. It only makes sense.

    • Draco: Didn't Mummy ever tell you it was rude to eavesdrop, Potter? ... Oh, yeah... she was dead before you could wipe the drool off your chin.

    • Luna: Do you want me to fix it for you? Personally, I think you look a bit more devil-may-care this way but it's up to you.
      Harry: Well, have you ever fixed a nose before?
      Luna: No, but I've done several toes and how much different are they, really?
      Harry: Um... Okay, yeah. Give it a go.
      Luna: Episkey. [CRACK]
      Harry: Ah! How do I look?
      Luna: Exceptionally ordinary.
      Harry: Brilliant.

    • Tom: (Dumbledore meets a young Tom Riddle for the first time) You're a doctor, aren't you?
      Dumbledore: No, I am a professor.
      Tom: I don't believe you. She wants me looked at. They think I'm different.
      Dumbledore: Well, perhaps they're right.
      Tom: I'm not mad.
      Dumbledore: Hogwarts is not a place for mad people. Hogwarts is a school. A school of magic. You can do things, can't you Tom? Things other children can't.
      Tom: I can make things move without touching them. I can make animals do what I want without training them. I can make bad things happen to people who are mean to me. I can make them hurt if I want. ... I can talk to snakes too. They find me. Whisper things.

    • Minerva: Yes, she was cursed.
      Harry: It was Malfoy.
      Minerva: That is a very serious accusation, Potter.
      Severus: Indeed. Your evidence?
      Harry: I just know.
      Severus: You just know. Once again, you astonish with your gifts, Potter. Gifts mere mortals can only dream of possessing. How grand it must be to be the Chosen One.

    • Slughorn: What about you, Miss Granger? What does your family do in the Muggle World?
      Hermione: My parents are dentists. They tend to people's teeth.
      Slughorn: Fascinating. And is that considered a dangerous position?
      Hermione: No. Although, one boy, Robbie Fenwick, did bite my father once. He needed ten stitches.

    • Luna: I've never been in this part of the castle. At least not while awake. I sleepwalk, you see. That's why I wear shoes to bed.

    • Harry: (Hermione evades Cormac) I think she just went to powder her nose.
      Cormac: Slippery little minx, your friend. Likes to work her mouth too, doesn't she. What is this I'm eating, by the way.
      Harry: Dragon balls.

    • Dumbledore: (addressing the school) Every day, every hour, this very minute, perhaps... dark forces attempt to penetrate this castle's walls. But in the end, their greatest weapon is you. Just something to think about.

    • Slughorn: (Aragog, the giant spider is dead) Merlin's Beard. Is that an actual Acromantula?
      Harry: A dead one I think, sir.
      Slughorn: Good God. Dear fellow, however did you manage to kill it.
      Hagrid: Kill it? Me oldest friend, he was.
      Slughorn: I'm so sorry, I didn't--
      Hagrid: Oh, don't worry yourself, you're not alone. Seriously misunderstood creatures, spiders are. It's the eyes, I reckon. They unnerve some folk.
      Harry: Not to mention the pincers. (mimics pincer action)

    • Slughorn: (speaking to Harry) One spring afternoon I discovered a bowl on my desk with just a few inches of clear water in it. Floating on the surface was a flower petal. And as I watched, it sank. Just before it reached the bottom it transformed into a wee fish. It was beautiful magic. Wondrous to behold. The flower petal had come from a lily. Your mother. The day I came downstairs, the day the bowl was empty was the day your mother...

    • Harry: Do you know why I survived, professor? The night I got this.? (rubs scar) Because of her. Because she sacrificed herself. Because she refused to step aside. Because her love was more powerful than Voldemort.
      Slughorn: Don't say his name.
      Harry: I'm not afraid of his name, professor. I'm going to tell you something. Something others have only guessed at. It's true. I am the Chosen One. Only I can destroy him, but in order to do so I need to know what Tom Riddle asked you years ago in your office and I need to know what you told him. (Slughorn shakes head) Be brave, professor. Be brave like my mother. Otherwise you disgrace her. Otherwise she died for nothing. otherwise, the bowl will remain empty forever.
      Slughorn: Please, don't think badly of me when you see it. You've got no idea what he was like, even then.

    • Slughorn: A Horcrux is an object in which a person has concealed part of their soul.
      Tom: But I don't understand how that works, sir.
      Slughorn: One splits one's soul and hides part of it in an object. By doing so, you're protected, should you be attacked and your body destroyed.
      Tom: Protected?
      Slughorn: That part of your soul that is hidden lives on. In other words, you cannot die.
      Tom: And how does one split his soul, sir?
      Slughorn: I think you already know the answer to that, Tom.
      Tom: Murder.
      Slughorn: Yes, killing rips the soul apart. It is a violation against nature.
      Tom: Can you only split the soul once? For instance, seven?
      Slughorn: Seven? Merlin's beard, Tom. Isn't it bad enough to consider killing one person? To rip the soul into seven pieces... This is all hypothetical, isn't it, Tom. All academic?
      Tom: Of course, sir.

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