Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is an upcoming july 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is an upcoming 2009 fantasyadventure film, based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It is the sixth film in the popular Harry Potter films series. It is directed by David Yates, the director of the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. David Heyman and David Barron are producing the film,[2] and Steve Kloves, screenwriter of the first four films (but not the fifth), has returned as screenwriter for this film.[3] Filming began on 24 September 2007, and the film was originally planned for a UK and U.S. release on 21 November 2008,[3][4] but on 14 August 2008, it was announced that the release date for the film was to be delayed to 17 July 2009.[5] Like the previous film, the sixth film will be simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3-D.[6]

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Plot

In December 2007, Warner Bros. released its official plot summary.

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself increasingly drawn to Ginny, and so is Dean Thomas. Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hasn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates. Then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead, and Hogwarts may never be the same again. [7]

Production

Development

Before David Yates was officially chosen to direct the film, many others had been offered the job[citation needed], and previous directors had expressed an interest in returning. Alfonso Cuarón, the director of the third film, stated he “would love to have the opportunity” to return.[8] Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell declined a spot to direct the fifth film, and was not approached for this one.[9] Terry Gilliam was Rowling’s personal choice to direct Philosopher’s Stone. However, when asked whether he would consider directing a later film, Gilliam said, “Warner Bros. had their chance the first time around, and they blew it.”[10]

From the fifth film, Yates has retained composer Nicholas Hooper, who, judging by the background music on the Official Harry Potter website, has included a reworking of John Williams‘s Hedwig’s Theme, which has reoccurred in all scores including Patrick Doyle‘s. Also maintained are 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.[3] Since February 2007, Stuart Craig, the production designer of the first five films as well, has been designing sets, including the cave, and the astronomy tower, where the climax of the film takes place.[11] Academy Award nominated Bruno Delbonnel is the film’s cinematographer.[3] David Yates remarked Bruno’s work on the film as “The choice of angles, the extreme close-ups, the pacing of the scenes…It’s very layered, incredibly rich.”[12]

Yates and Heyman have noted that some of the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows may influence the script of the film.[13]

Filming

Hero Fiennes-Tiffin as Tom Riddle

Following a week of rehearsals, principal photography began on 24 September 2007 and ended on 17 May 2008.[4] Before filming commenced, there was belief that filming may move from the UK, where all of the previous five films have been shot. This is North Scotland reported filming will take place in New Zealand, due to the “more agreeable economy and climate” and lack of Scottish funding.[14] The Sunday Business Post in Ireland noted that the film’s producers and WB executives had been scouting there, specifically Leinster and Munster because they “believe they have now exhausted possible locations in Britain.” They are “particularly keen on Ireland, as the landscape is similar to Britain and will appear similar to the settings of the previous films.”[15] The crew also scouted around Cape Wrath in Scotland, for use in the cave scene.[16] Filming returned to Glen Coe and Glenfinnan, both which have appeared in the previous films, to preserve the continuity of the landscape.[17]

On the weekend of 6 October 2007, the crew shot scenes involving the Hogwarts Express in the misty and dewy environment of Fort William, Scotland.[17] A series of night scenes were filmed in the village of Lacock and the cloisters at Lacock Abbey for three nights starting 25 October 2007. Filming took place from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, and residents of the street were asked to black out their windows with dark blinds.[18][19][20] On set reports indicated that the main scene filmed was Harry and Dumbledore’s visit to Slughorn’s house.[20] Further filming took place in Surbiton railway station in October 2007,[21] Gloucester Cathedral, where the first and second films were shot, in February 2008,[22] and at the Millennium Bridge in London in March 2008.[23]

Though Radcliffe, Gambon, and Broadbent started shooting in late September 2007, some other cast members started much later: Grint did not begin until November 2007, Watson did not begin until December 2007, Rickman until January 2008, and Bonham Carter until February 2008.[24][25]

Cast

  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, who is now entering his sixth year at Hogwarts, with the wizarding world at war.[2]
  • Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, one of Harry’s two best friends.[2] He develops a relationship with Lavender Brown.[26]
  • Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, one of Harry’s two best friends.[2] Watson considered not returning for the sixth film,[27] but eventually decided that “the pluses outweighed the minuses” and could not bear to see anyone else play Hermione.[28]
  • Sir Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore.[3] The legendary wizard and headmaster of Hogwarts. The revelation of Dumbledore’s sexuality prompted Gambon to “camp up” around the set when off camera,[29] but his on-screen performance is expected to remain unchanged from the previous films.[30]
  • Jim Broadbent as Horace Slughorn, the newly appointed Hogwarts Potions master. Broadbent described his costumes as “tweedy”, and his character as “comic”,[31] while Radcliffe noted that “[Slughorn’s] tragedy will outweigh the comedy”.[32]
  • Alan Rickman as Severus Snape,[3] the former Potions master, who finally achieves his goal of becoming Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.
  • Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy,[3] a classmate of Harry, whom Harry suspects of carrying out a task for Voldemort across the year. Son of Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy and nephew to Bellatrix Lestrange. Unknown actor Tony Coburn will play young Lucius Malfoy in a Hogwarts flashback.
  • Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley,[3] Ron’s younger sister in her fifth year, for whom Harry develops intense romantic feelings.
  • Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom,[3] a slightly nerdy friend of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Luna.
  • Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood,[3] a dreamy girl with odd ideas and a friend of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville and Ginny.
  • Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid,[3] the Hogwarts gamekeeper and Care of Magical Creatures teacher, Harry’s first friend from the magical world.
  • Dame Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall,[3] the Hogwarts Transfiguration teacher, deputy headmistress and head of Gryffindor. McGonagall is a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
  • David Thewlis as Remus Lupin,[3] former Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Lupin is a werewolf and a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
  • Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks,[3] a spunky member of the Order of the Phoenix who begins to have feelings for Lupin in this film.
  • Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy, Draco’s mother and younger sister of Bellatrix. McCrory was originally cast as Bellatrix Lestrange in Order of the Phoenix, but had to drop out due to pregnancy.[33] Naomi Watts was previously reported as having accepted the role,[34] only for it to be denied by her agency.[35]
  • Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange, one of Voldemort’s principal Death Eaters, older sister of Narcissa Malfoy, aunt to Draco, and cousin of Sirius Black, whom she murdered in the previous film.[3]
  • Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew, former member of Harry’s father James’s group of friends, he betrayed Harry’s parents to Voldemort. Now one of Voldemort’s principal Death Eaters.[36]
  • Mark Williams and Julie Walters as Arthur and Molly Weasley respectively,[3][37] Ron, Fred, George, and Ginny’s parents. They treat Harry like another son.
  • Jessie Cave as Lavender Brown,[26] Ron’s new girlfriend. Watson described her as “perfect for the role,”[38] although Cave did not attend the open auditions.[39] An open casting call was held for the part on 1 July 2007. Over 7,000 girls turned out for the audition and read from a scene with Madam Pomfrey, Hermione, and Ron.[40] Yates tested Grint with the top five choices for Lavender, reading certain lines and kissing, to see which pairing had the best chemistry.[41]

Casting

Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane each play Tom Riddle, the child who becomes Lord Voldemort, at age eleven and as a teenager respectively.[3] Tiffin is the 10-year-old nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who plays the adult Voldemort in the fourth and fifth films.[42] Christian Coulson, who played Riddle in Chamber of Secrets, expressed an interest in returning;[43] Yates responded that Coulson was too old, nearing 30, to be playing the role.[41] Jamie Campbell Bower, who appeared in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, previously noted that he had his “fingers crossed” he would be cast as a young Riddle.[44] An open casting call was held for the part in July 2007, with applicants reading from a scene involving Riddle trying to persuade Horace Slughorn to explain what Horcruxes are.[45]

Additionally, Warwick Davis and David Bradley reprise their respective roles as Charms teacher Filius Flitwick and caretaker Argus Filch respectively.[3] Georgina Leonidas will play Katie Bell, the Gryffindor Chaser who is injured by a cursed necklace.[46] Anna Shaffer portrays Romilda Vane, a student obsessed with Harry.[46] Websites of UK casting agencies reported that Scarlett Byrne will play Pansy Parkinson. And Katie Leung returns as Cho Chang in a very brief role.[47]

Two 11-year-old children, Taylor Triphook and Katie Head, who have been noted to be redheads, play twins in the film, roles not culled from the novel.[48] 12-year-old Ashley Whitehead has been cast as an orphan in the film,[49] while Louis Cordice plays Blaise Zabini.[50] Freddie Stroma and Isabella Laughland, play Cormac McLaggen and Katie Bell’s friend Leanne respectively.[46] Rob Knox plays Marcus Belby; he completed filming some time before his death on 24 May 2008.[51]

Ralph Ineson plays Amycus Carrow, Suzanne Toase plays Alecto Carrow, and Dave Legeno plays Fenrir Greyback,[52][53] while Lord Johnpaul Castrianni and Rod Hunt both play Yaxley and Thorfinn Rowle respectively. Tom Moorcroft portrays Regulus Black, and Sanguini, the vampire at Slughorn’s party is played by Charlie Bennison.[54] Tony Coburn plays a young Lucius Malfoy,[55] and Amelda Brown plays Mrs Cole, the Muggle supervisor of Tom Riddle’s orphanage.[56] Two more actors, Teresa Mahoney and River George, are credited as playing Sofie and Laurasia, respectively, characters not culled from the novel. The source lists Sofie as a character from the “Boardroom – Opening Scene”.[57][58]

Afshan Azad and Shefali Chowdhury return as the Patil twins.[59]; both Clémence Poésy and Chris Rankin were interested in returning,[60][61] but in October 2007 Poésy noted that she will not be reprising her role of Fleur Delacour,[62] and Rankin has stated that he thinks Percy Weasley will be cut.[63] Miriam Margolyes, who has not appeared in her role as Pomona Sprout since Chamber of Secrets, will be cut as well.[64] After Bill Nighy expressed an interest in appearing,[65] Yates confirmed that Nighy would be his first choice for the role of Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, providing the character made it into the final screenplay.[66] Although no further reports have been released, Yates told Wizard that he was “struggling with [fitting Scrimgeour in the script] at the moment, and he’s in one moment and he’s out the next.”[66]

Early auditions took place in England in April 2007, though reports would not state for which role the audition was. One actor who auditioned for the role was Icelandic Jón Páll Eyjólfsson, who went to school with screenwriter Steve Kloves.[67] Official casting news was scarce even as filming began.[44] It was reported that Jack Davenport, Stephen Rea, Peter Rnic, Stuart Townsend, and Joseph Fiennes were each offered unspecified roles,[34][68] although representatives of Townsend and Fiennes denied the reports.[35] Warner Bros. announced in a press release on 16 November 2007 that casting for the film had been completed.[3][69]

Differences from the book

There are a number of changes from the book in the film. Much of the book’s ending has been changed, with the climactic battle and Dumbledore’s funeral being removed. Heyman commented that the end battle was removed to “[avoid] repetition” with the forthcoming adaptation of Deathly Hallows. The funeral was removed as it was believed it did not fit with the rest of the film.[70] The collapse of a Muggle bridge mentioned briefly in the book serves as the film’s opening sequence.[71] Scenes of Diagon Alley being demolished by Death Eaters and an attack on the Burrow by Bellatrix Lestrange and werewolf Fenrir Greyback are added, as can be seen in the trailers. All but two of the memory scenes, including that of the Gaunts, have been cut. Only the flashbacks of Tom Riddle at the orphanage and Riddle asking Slughorn about Horcruxes, shown twice, remain.[71] Yates said they made the decision to compress the memories, but still “got some really cool ones”.[72] Characters who are cut include the Dursleys, Kreacher, Dobby, Bill and Fleur, Rufus Scrimgeour, Cornelius Fudge and the Muggle Prime Minister. However, Quidditch[73], being excluded from the previous film, returns. Bellatrix Lestrange will also participate in the battle of the astronomy tower, whereas she did not in the book, as seen in a picture with the Carrows and Greyback, celebrating Dumbledore’s death. In the book, on the Hogwarts Express, after he is petrified and hidden under his Invisibility Cloak by Malfoy, Harry is rescued by Nymphadora Tonks. In the film, Luna Lovegood saves him instead, using her Spectrespecs to find him.[74]

Marketing

Second teaser poster featuring Harry.[75]

The special edition two-disc DVD for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix contained two sneak peeks of the film,[37][76] while the US edition included an additional clip.[77] A 15-second teaser for the film was shown alongside the IMAX release of The Dark Knight.[78] The first full-length domestic teaser trailer was released on 29 July on AOL’s Moviefone website.[79] An international teaser was released on 26 October and the U.S. theatrical trailer was released on 14 November. Another trailer was screened on the Japanese TV station Fuji TV during a screening of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on 18 January 2009.[80][81] Scenes from the film were aired during ABC Family‘s three day Harry Potter movie marathon, which aired from 5-7 December 2008.[82] On 5 February 2009, the first three promotional teaser posters were released, featuring Dumbledore and Harry.[75] On 5 March 2009, another trailer was released by Warner Bros.[83]

Warner Bros and MSN ran an online Order of the Phoenix quiz, with the prize being a walk-on part in the film.[84] As with the previous films, EA Games will produce a video game based on the film.[85] On 10 March 2009, it was announced that there would be a video game soundtrack, which was released on 17 March 2009.[86] On 27 March five character posters were released: Harry, Dumbledore, Ron, Hermione and Professor Snape.[75] An english version of the international trailer since a Japanese international trailer was released online 10 April.[87]

Release

The film is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom and the United States on 17 July 2009 and Australia on 15 July 2009. It was originally set to be released on 21 November 2008 and 11 December 2008,[5] but was pushed back by eight and seven months, despite being completed. Warner Bros. executive Alan Horn noted that the move went ahead “to guarantee the studio a major summer blockbuster in 2009,” with other films being delayed due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[88] The box-office success of summer WB films Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and The Dark Knight also motivated the decision.[89] An unnamed “rival” studio executive told Entertainment Weekly that the move was to “stop next year’s profits from looking seriously underwhelming after the phenomenal success of The Dark Knight,” as “they don’t need the money this year anymore.”[90] Dan Fellman, WB head of distribution, said that the studio had considered the date change for three to four weeks prior to the announcement, but gave it serious consideration a week before they came to their final decision.[91]

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.”[89] The move was mocked by Entertainment Weekly who had Half-Blood Prince on the cover on their “Fall Preview Issue”. Despite each being owned by Time Warner Inc., EW were unaware of the change until it was publicly announced by WB and noted that readers would now be in possession of a “Dewey Beats Truman collectible”.[90] Several days after the announcement, Horn released a statement in response to the “large amount of disappointment” expressed by fans of the series.[92] Following the date change, Half-Blood Prince‘s release slot was taken by Summit Entertainment‘s Twilight.[93]

Like the previous film, the sixth film will be simultaneously released in regular cinemas and IMAX 3-D.[94] The film had been chosen to be screened at the 2008 Royal Film Performance on 17 November,[95] but was not. Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund chief executive Peter Hore noted he was “very disappointed” with Warner Bros’ decision.[88]

The film was rated PG in the U.S. for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality by the MPAA.[96] The UK trailers have mostly been rated 12A by the BBFC: yet there is no official film certificate. [97]

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