Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Half-Blood Prince
Fantasy
, Adventure
2009

Director: David Yates Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Jim Broadbent, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Freddie Stroma, Jessie Cave, Maggie Smith, Natalia Tena, David Thewlis, David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Helen McCrory, Jason Isaacs, Dave Legeno, Oliver Phelps, James Phelps, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, Alfred Enoch, Devon Murray, Robert Knox, Louis Cordice, Scarlett Byrne, Warwick Davis, Josh Herdman, Jamie Waylett, Timothy Spall, Anna Shaffer, Georgina Leonidas, Isabella Laughland, Afshan Azad, Shefali Chowdhury, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Frank Dillane, Gemma Jones, Ralph Ineson, Suzanne Toase, Katie Leung, Adrian Rawlins, Geraldine Somerville, Elarica Gallacher, Amelda Brown, William Melling, Nathan Clarke (uncredited), Jason Isaacs (uncredited), Imelda Staunton (voice – uncredited)

Academy Award Nomination: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Did You Know? The actor who plays 11-year-old Tom Riddle is Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the nephew of Ralph Fiennes. Director David Yates stated that he chose Fiennes-Tiffin because of his resemblance to Fiennes rather than because of his relation.

Quotables: PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL: Potter, take Weasley with you. He looks far too happy over there.

A Word from the Guise: I love the muted monochromatism of the cinematography. It makes it more ethereal, and when juxtaposed with the rom-com element it gives us a nice well-rounded feeling. However, I wasn’t entirely pleased with the film when it was first released.

I was, at first, very furious with the filmmakers’ decision to burn down the Burrow in lieu of featuring the Battle of the Astronomy Tower, though I can now appreciate their decision. They worried that a battle at Hogwarts preceding the Battle of Hogwarts would appear repetitious. Yes, when read the battles are completely separate from each other. But from a cinematic perspective, in an identical setting, with similar costumes, and familiar magic, it’s easy to see how this might seem monotonous.

Though I do still wish they had kept Dumbledore’s funeral in, I do love the wand tribute to him.