Academy Award® Nominated: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis.

Dumbledore is teaching Harry Potter about Tom Riddle a.k.a. Voldemort, and he uses the memories of Slughorn to understand Voldemort. Meanwhile, Harry Potter finds a book that belonged to a mysterious Half-Blood Prince that he uses in Slughorn’s classes.

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The cast includes: Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon, Dave Legeno, Elarica Gallacher, Jim Broadbent, Geraldine Somerville, Bonnie Wright, Julie Walters, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, and Alan Rickman

44D’s Reviews

Although it took a great deal patience and sacrifice (LOL), I waited to read the Harry Potter series until J.K. Rowlings published the seventh and final book in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in 2007. It was worth the wait… Now I’m able to get my HP fix each year when a new movie comes out. What on earth am I going to do when the movies are over??? Seriously, if you love Harry Potter, you’ll enjoy the movie as well. 😉

Did You Know?

Jessie Cave beat over 7000 girls to win the role of Lavender Brown, Ron’s “love-interest” from the book.

Quidditch at Hogwarts makes a grand (and much publicized) return, after being completely absent since the fourth installment. A full game of Quidditch has in fact not been featured since the 2nd film.

Dame Maggie Smith completed filming this film whilst undergoing radio-therapy as treatment for breast cancer.

The original script included all of Dumbledore’s memories about Voldemort as outlined in the source novel, but the director insisted on trimming them down as, according to Steve Kloves, “..he wanted to showcase Voldemort’s rise without getting overly involved with his past as Riddle.”

One Nomination

Best Cinematography

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5 responses to “Academy Award® Nominated: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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  4. The Half Blood Prince is one of the pivotal Books of the series and Jim Dale as reader (theater) does not disappoint here. Slughorn and his memory, Snape and his conflicted existence, Dumbledore and his discussions with Harry, Ron and Lavender Brown, Harry and Ginny, Draco and his conscience, Hermione and her conservatism, and some quidditch and Hagrid all work together for a great story that wanders a bit but delivers in the end by wrapping up some things (not too many) and setting the stage almost perfectly for the final volume of the saga. At the end of this Book we can look ahead and see the coming demise of he-who-must-not-be-named. We know now what Harry has to do but we have no idea exactly how he is gong to get it done. Many twists and turns remain for the reader. Snape has apparently revealed his true colors at last but gets away and Harry is now on his own, so to speak, without Dumbledore (alive at least), to help him hunt the horcruxes. Jim Dale impeccably reads the text with his character voices going strong. His Harry, Snape, and Dumbledore are in full form here. Luna and Ginny have voices that are too deep or too dreamy for my tastes but no real complaints. The battle at the end in Hogwarts is badly staged in the Book and only gets revealed in flashback discussions, which is less than satisfying. I certainly enjoy listening to the stories as I commute in lieu of the dismal news of these dispiriting days. The good guys are guaranteed to win in the end but there will be many stumbles and challenges along the way. Love blooms in this Book that makes the struggles more relevant to all the readers and to the characters.

  5. Great Book even if it did have a very sad ending. This was probably my second favorite of all the Books in the series.

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