Rowling 's novel of the same name. Filming began on 24 September , leading to the film's worldwide cinematic release on 15 July , one day short of the fourth anniversary of the corresponding novel's release. The film was a major commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest single-day worldwide gross. It is the fifth-highest-grossing film in the franchise. The film received positive reviews, with praise for Yates's direction and the performances, Delbonnel's cinematography, musical score, and "emotionally satisfying" story. Lord Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the wizarding and Muggle worlds, kidnapping wand-maker Garrick Ollivander from Diagon Alley and destroying the Millennium Bridge.
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Rowling 's novel of the same name. Filming began on 24 September , leading to the film's worldwide cinematic release on 15 July , one day short of the fourth anniversary of the corresponding novel's release.
The film was a major commercial success, breaking the record for the biggest single-day worldwide gross. It is the fifth-highest-grossing film in the franchise. The film received positive reviews, with praise for Yates's direction and the performances, Delbonnel's cinematography, musical score, and "emotionally satisfying" story.
Lord Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the wizarding and Muggle worlds, kidnapping wand-maker Garrick Ollivander from Diagon Alley and destroying the Millennium Bridge. The Malfoy family is disgraced when Lucius is apprehended and sent to Azkaban for his involvement with the Death Eaters. Voldemort instead chooses Draco to carry out a secret mission at Hogwarts. Draco's mother Narcissa and aunt Bellatrix Lestrange seek help from Severus Snape , who claims to have been acting as a mole within the Order of the Phoenix all along.
Snape makes an Unbreakable Vow with Narcissa to protect Draco and fulfill the assignment if he fails. Slughorn, who has been in hiding, agrees to return to teach at Hogwarts. Harry is found and saved by Luna Lovegood. At Hogwarts, Harry and Ron borrow textbooks for Slughorn's Potions class, and Harry is stuck with a copy that turns out to be filled with helpful notes and spells left by the "Half-Blood Prince".
Harry uses the book to excel in the class and impresses Slughorn, winning a Liquid Luck potion. Ron becomes Keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team and forms a romantic relationship with Lavender Brown , upsetting Hermione.
Harry consoles Hermione and admits that he now has feelings for Ron's younger sister, Ginny Weasley. Harry spends the Christmas holidays with the Weasleys. His suspicions are dismissed, but Arthur Weasley later tells Harry privately that the Malfoys may have been interested in a Vanishing Cabinet. Bellatrix and Greyback attack and burn down the Burrow, drawing Harry into a battle. He saves Ginny before the Order arrives and fight off the Death Eaters.
At Hogwarts, Dumbledore reveals to Harry that Slughorn possesses a memory of Voldemort that Dumbledore desperately needs.
He asks Harry to confront Slughorn and retrieve the real memory, after being given an altered version that made it appear as though Slughorn did not know anything. Harry is unable to convince Slughorn.
After Ron accidentally ingests a love potion intended for Harry, Harry cures him with Slughorn's help. The trio celebrate with mead that Slughorn had intended to gift to Dumbledore. The mead poisons Ron, and Harry is forced to save his life after Slughorn hesitates. Ron murmurs Hermione's name while recovering in the infirmary, causing Lavender to end their relationship.
Harry confronts Draco about the mead and a cursed necklace, and the two duel. Harry uses a curse from the Half-Blood Prince's potion book to severely injure Malfoy, who is rescued and healed by Snape.
Fearing the book may be filled with more Dark Magic , Ginny and Harry hide it in the Room of Requirement and share their first kiss.
Harry decides to use his Liquid Luck potion to convince Slughorn to give up the memory Dumbledore needs. Harry views the memory with Dumbledore and learns that Voldemort wanted information for creating Horcruxes , magical objects that could contain pieces of a wizard's soul and make them immortal.
Dumbledore concludes that Voldemort successfully divided his soul into seven pieces by creating six Horcruxes, two of which have already been destroyed: Tom Riddle's diary by Harry and Marvolo Gaunt's ring by him.
The two travel to a seaside cave where Harry aids Dumbledore in drinking a potion that hides another Horcrux, Slytherin's locket. A weakened Dumbledore defends them from Inferi and apparates back to Hogwarts. Dumbledore instructs Harry to talk to Snape and no one else. Draco arrives in the Astronomy Tower and disarms Dumbledore revealing that he has been chosen by Voldemort to kill the headmaster.
Harry is hiding below. Snape arrives, and casts the killing curse on Dumbledore when Draco is unable to bring himself to do it, killing the Headmaster. Harry returns to Hogwarts, where the students and staff mourn Dumbledore's death. He later reveals to Ron and Hermione that the locket Horcrux was a fake. The locket contains a message from " R. As they decide to forgo their final year at Hogwarts Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to track down the remaining Horcruxes together. Before David Yates was officially chosen to direct the film, many directors had expressed an interest in taking the helm.
When asked whether he would consider directing a later film, Gilliam said, "Warner Bros. So they were really delighted with the material that they were seeing while we were in post-production, and the conversations happened before the movie was released, because I had to start pre-production on it while Order of the Phoenix was being promoted.
It was just something they see in the work that they really liked, and responded to. Emma Watson considered not returning for the film,  but eventually decided that, "the pluses outweighed the minuses," and could not bear to see anyone else play Hermione. Composer Nicholas Hooper returned from the last film; he included a reworking of John Williams 's " Hedwig's Theme ", which has recurred in all scores.
Also maintained were costume designer Jany Temime , visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, creature and make-up effects designer Nick Dudman, and special effects supervisor John Richardson from the third film. Christian Coulson , who played the young Tom Riddle in Chamber of Secrets , expressed an interest in returning in the role for flashback sequences;  Yates responded that Coulson was too old, nearing 30, to be playing the role.
Thomas James Longley was the original choice to take on the role but Riddle was ultimately played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin as a child and Frank Dillane as a teenager. McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix in Order of the Phoenix , but had to drop out due to pregnancy. Stuart Craig , the production designer of the first five films, stayed on to design all the sets in Half-Blood Prince.
Craig noted that the film used several CGI sets, noticeably the interior of the Cave where Harry and Dumbledore both go to hunt Horcruxes. The exterior of the cave scene was filmed at the Cliffs of Moher in the west of Ireland, the only location to be filmed outside of the United Kingdom throughout the film series. The interior of the cave is made up of geometric crystal formations. Craig noted "Apart from the point at which Harry and Dumbledore first arrive and the island formation on which everything inside the cave happens, the set is entirely virtual, designed in the computer.
We'd had our first totally virtual set on the last film, so we approached this one with a bit more confidence. Before filming began, there was belief that filming might move from the UK, where all previous films were shot. The crew also scouted around Cape Wrath in Scotland, for use in the cave scene.
Following a week of rehearsals, principal photography began on 24 September and ended on 17 May On the weekend of 6 October , the crew shot scenes involving the Hogwarts Express in the misty and dewy environment of Fort William , Scotland. Due to cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel 's use of de-focussing and soft wipes in the digital grade, Warner Bros. Yates didn't want to lose the "very European look" of the film, but after retouching the picture, he said, "It's not what you wanted, but we're happy with it.
One of the major challenges for Delbonnel was lighting the film. In an interview with the Academy, he said, "Some of the sets are there since the very first Potter. How could I light them in a different way?
This question brought another one based on the series itself… I thought it would be interesting to have those very intimate stories amidst this very dark mood. As if the school was a dark character. That's when I suggested to go for this again dark moody variations of greys. Fortunately David Yates, and the producers liked the idea.
I thought it could be interesting and more dramatic if the light was floating, circling above the characters faces: sometimes lighting them, sometimes hiding them in a very random and unpredictable way. Tim Burke and Tim Alexander were the visual effects supervisors for the film. Tim Alexander said that completing the Inferi -attack scene took several months. He said, "It's certainly much bolder and scarier than we imagined that they'd ever go in a 'Potter' movie.
Director David Yates was cautious of not making this into a zombie movie, so we were constantly trying to figure out how not to make these dead people coming up look like zombies. A lot of it came down to their movement — they don't move fast, but they don't move really slow or groan and moan. We ended up going with a very realistic style. About Dumbledore's ring of fire, he noted that the effect would look as if someone sprayed propane and then lit it.
He added, "We did a lot of research on molten volcanoes, which have a lot of heat going on but no actual flames, and collected a bunch of other references, including flares that burn underwater, and showed them to the Potter folks. Since the whole fire scene was very time consuming, computer graphics artist Chris Horvath spent eight months finding a faster way to conjure flames.
Double Negative spent six months surveying and documenting the environment around the River Thames and Trafalgar Square to create the swooping views of the city. Double Negative also contributed the Pensieve sequences, developing complex directed fluid simulations to realise the swirling world of memory and the past.
The film's score was composed by Nicholas Hooper , who also composed the music for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The soundtrack was released on an Audio CD format on 14 July , a day before the film was released in cinemas. The album debuted at number twenty-nine on the Billboard chart, thus making it the highest-charting soundtrack among all the six movie soundtracks released.
While at the middle of the series in length, the film Half-Blood Prince did add or change events in the literary canon. The book begins with a scene involving the Muggle Prime Minister. Yates and his crew debated over this scene, as well as the character Rufus Scrimgeour , but gave up the beginning of the movie to events described but not seen in the book.
Warner Bros. The US theatrical trailer was released on 14 November. Horn noted that the move was meant "to guarantee the studio a major summer blockbuster in ," with other films being delayed due to the —08 Writers Guild of America strike. The date change was met with a heavily negative reaction by Harry Potter fans, as the Los Angeles Times noted: "Petitions were circulating, rumors were flying and angry screeds were being posted on Internet sites within minutes of the Thursday announcement.
Despite each being owned by Time Warner Inc. Advance ticket sales on Fandango. It is also in MovieTickets. Running minutes 2 hours 33 minutes and 19 seconds long,  Half-Blood Prince is the third-longest film in the series, behind Chamber of Secrets minutes  and Goblet of Fire minutes.
Also included are deleted scenes comprising 8 scenes with a running length of 6 minutes and 31 seconds,  and a sneak peek of the next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1
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