Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

 
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Release date: July 7, 2009

Based on: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2005 novel by J. K. Rowling)

Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman

Budget: $250 million

Box office: $934.4 million

 

Harry Potter finds an old book claiming to be the property of the Half-Blood Prince.

A decent film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince serves as an interesting bridge between Voldemort fully exposing himself to the wizarding world and completely engrossing it in war. Throughout the story, the audience sees how characters on both sides prepare for said war with Harry’s side mounting their defenses and figuring out strategies and Voldemort’s gathering followers and preparing for a first strike. As each side moves towards the inevitable clash, the film exhibits an unending tension felt even in the quiet moments. It can be seen visually, too. Many scenes have little to no color in them, as if the film is pointing out there is no color in an uneasy world on the brink of war. Further, the climax and scenes afterward are almost completely desaturated.

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As always, the film presents its audience with a new teacher. This year’s is a man named Horace Slughorn, a formerly retired professor with ties to Slytherin House and a past he regrets. However, Slughorn is a fascinating character due to him not acting like the viewers would expect. He still has his ambitions, though it’s displayed as favoritism and singling out talented and connected students without any prejudice towards other houses or those typical Slytherins would deem unworthy. His character provides some fascinating nuance to a group of people the series had previously characterized as carrying completely shared qualities.

The acting may have hit its highest note in prior films. Nevertheless, this one does see some good performances. The most significant comes from Radcliffe as he is under the effects of a fate altering potion. Rather than portraying Harry as he usually does, depicting him as constantly thinking about what is coming next and how to deal with it, Radcliffe makes him overjoyed and upbeat. He does this in all the scenes showing Harry under the potion’s effects, exuding a vibe of being under the influence. It happens to be the most memorable part of the film as well.

This is an enjoyable film and definitely makes for an entertaining experience.

Awards

Won

Art Directors Guild

  • Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Villain (Tom Felton)

National Movie Awards, UK

  • Best Family Film

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Live Action Family Film

Nominated

Academy Awards

  • Best Achievement in Cinematography

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA – Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film

  • Best Costume

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Special Effects

AFI Awards, USA

  • Special Award (The Harry Potter series marks the final triumphant chapter of a landmark series)

Art Directors Guild

  • Excellence in Production Design – Fantasy Film

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Best Visual Effects

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Special Visual Effects

British Society of Cinematographers

  • Best Cinematography Award

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Favorite Film Franchise

Gold Derby Awards

  • Visual Effects

Grammy Awards

  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

Irish Film and Television Awards

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA – Golden Reel Awards

  • Best S Sound Editing – Foreign Feature

  • Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Foreign Feature Film

MTV Movie + TV Awards

  • Best Movie

  • Best Male Performance (Daniel Radcliffe)

  • Best Female Performance (Emma Watson)

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Production Design

  • Best Visual Effects

People’s Choice Awards USA

  • Favorite Movie Fan Following (Potterheads)

  • Favorite Movie

  • Favorite On-Screen Team (Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe & Emma Watson)

Russian National Movie Awards – Georges Award

  • Best Foreign Action Movie

Satellite Awards

  • Best Youth DVD (Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection)

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

Scream Awards

  • Best Supporting Actor (Rupert Grint)

  • Best Supporting Actress (Evanna Lynch)

  • Best Villain (Helena Bonham Carter)

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy (Emma Watson)

  • Choice Movie: Fantasy

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Matte Paintings in a Feature Motion Picture

Young Artist Awards

  • Best Actress in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress (Evanna Lynch)