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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Released

Latest Home Video

Jun 14, 2011

MPAA Rating:

PG


Run Time:

154

Cast

Daniel Radcliffe

Emma Watson

Rupert Grint

Studio

2009 Warner Brothers Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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OverallB
ViolenceC
SexB-
LanguageB+
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time154

Making the Grades

Once again, Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) is about to ask too much of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliff). With the prophetic revelation of the young wizard’s connection to the Dark Lord (uncovered in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), the aging professor knows he needs to include the boy in his dangerous efforts to thwart the villainous Voldemort, while at the same time attempting to safeguard his life.

As part one of his plan, Dumbledore invites former instructor Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) to return to Hogwarts to lead the potions class. Any reservations the self-important educator expresses over the risks of the job are quickly shaken off at the prospect of mentoring someone as famous as “Young Potter.” And for part two, Dumbledore asks Harry to befriend the vain teacher who knows a secret or two about the enemy they hope to destroy.

Harry’s enthusiasm for the task increases when he opens a well-worn copy of the Potions textbook and discovers its pages are full of helpful notes and insightful commentary. The only clue to the identity of the scribbler is an inscription reading, “Property of the Half-Blood Prince.” Despite doubts about the previous owner’s intentions, the wicked cheats place Harry at the top of the class and in Slughorn’s trusted inner circle.

But Harry is not the only one on a covert mission. Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) has been approached by some of Voldemort’s faithful followers and promised protection by Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman). Sneaking about the castle, the angst-filled adolescent spends his extracurricular time in a hidden room where he tampers with a mysterious cupboard.

As the powers of evil grow stronger, both the Muggle and Wizard worlds are threatened. The blight of this black magic causes a suspension bridge to snap (death and harm to pedestrians implied), explosions and arson to claim homes and businesses, individuals to be hexed, cursed and battered, and wands to be weapons capable of wounding and killing (blood is depicted with some of these injuries). Along with constant peril to many characters, there are demonic creatures that attack and try to burn or drown their foes. Potions and poison play a large part in the plot too. These brews result in everything from lustful obsession and reckless behavior to vomiting and near asphyxiation. Still, the story has time to explore budding romances and hormonal attraction between the genders, and plenty of teenaged “snogging” (hand-holding, kissing and embracing) is portrayed.

For fans of the Harry Potter franchise, none of these issues will come as a surprise. J.K. Rowling’s books have delved into darker and darker themes with each successive edition to the series. Although she is classified as a writer of juvenile fiction, Rowling has never been afraid of exploring mature topics, such as the loss of loved ones, the desire for power, the call of revenge, the fascination of murder, the dream of immortality, the binding force of vows, and the enduring strength of friendship. And throughout her novels, the author has always taken some time to play with the fancies and foibles of youth (including the magic that turns girls and boys from “yucky” into “interesting”).

Ardent admirers will also be the best equipped to fill in any blanks found in the moviemaker’s adaptation and to remember details from past installments. However, those just casually curious about the exploits of Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), will find themselves at a serious disadvantage. If you hope to glean any satisfaction from viewing this sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, you’d be well advised to do some homework first.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Professor Dumbledore reminds the students that Tom Riddle (Voldemort) was once an ordinary pupil just like them. Why does he say this? What does he mean when he claims they may be the greatest power for the forces of evil? Why are some individuals drawn towards things that are good and others towards things that are bad?

Memories play a major role in the movie’s storyline. How can the events of the past be distorted by the way a person remembers them? Why might one chose to be “selective” with their memories? How can real truth be determined?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, May Frighten Young Children.
AB PG Violence, Frightening Scenes.
MB PG Frightening Scenes.
ON PG Frightening Scenes.
QC G Not recommended for young children.
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince...

On November 8, 2011, Warner Bother’s studio is releasing: Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection (also known as Harry Potter- Years 1-7)

Home Video Notes: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Ultimate Edition (Blu-ray)

Release Date: 14 June 2011

On June 14, 2011, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince releases on Blu-ray again, this time in an Ultimate Edition. Bonus extras include:

- Creating the World of Harry Potter

 

Release Date: 8 December 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on DVD provides both wide screen and full frame presentations of the movie. Audio tracks are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and Spanish), with subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Special Edition DVD with Digital Copy offers audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English and Spanish) and subtitles in English, Spanish and French. Bonus materials include:

- Additional Scenes

- Featurettes: Close-Up with the Cast and Crew of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, One Minute Drills and What’s On Your Mind.

- Sneak Peek at an attraction at Universal’s Orlando® Resort in Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

- Digital Copy of the theatrical film.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Blu-ray Combo Pack with additional DVD and Digital Copies features audio tracks in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish. Extras include:

- Additional Scenes

- Featurettes: Close-Up with the Cast and Crew of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, One Minute Drills and What’s On Your Mind.

- Sneak Peek at an attraction at Universal’s Orlando® Resort in Florida, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

- Blu-ray features: WB Maximum Movie Mode, BD-Live Media Center (My Commentary, Live Community Screening and other interactive features) and BD-Live interactivity (Facebook Connect).

- DVD version of the theatrical film.

- Digital Copy of the theatrical film.

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Gab&Dad; says: Dec. 07, 2009

I have become involved in the HP series with my 7yr.-old son, and it’s a wonderful thing to share.  We enjoyed this installment, with no reservations.  There are some scary interludes, and the introduction of teen-romance holds no appeal for younger fans….  But as a parent I think by the 6th installment of a franchise fans of most ages should be able to handle the general tone and content just fine.  See my review with my son at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh9dY0q4Fa8

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