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HBO Reveals First Look of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

By Jarrod Sarafin     July 06, 2009

Frank Dillane as the teenage Tom Riddle (young Lord Voldemort) in HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE(2009).
© Warner Bros. Pictures

If you caught some of HBO's prime time programming over the holiday weekend, you likely would have seen that the network has aired their "First Look" for Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. If you didn't catch it over the weekend and have 11 minutes to spare, you can check it out the video players below.

There's also been some other news of late with confirmation that co-star Rupert Grint was diagnosed with a mild case of the swine flu, which caused him to miss a few days of shooting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But he has since recovered and is back on set. If you don't mind spoilers this late in the game, Variety has also published a positive review of the sixth installment.

The film's ensemble cast includesDaniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Julie Walters, David Bradley, Jessie Cave, Frank Dillane, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Helen McCrory, Natalia Tena, Hero Fiennes Tiffin and Bonnie Wright. Director David Yates (Order of the Phoenix) is once again behind the camera, based on a screenplay by Steven Kloves.

Plot Concept: 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 more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane's chocolates! And then there's Hermione, simpering with jealously 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.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will hit theaters July 15, 2009.

Click on the video players below to watch HBO's "First Look".





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NotAFan 7/6/2009 4:21:36 AM

So does Harry finally get da Nookie in this one? I mean he must be like 30 by now! Plus if Dumbledor is gay I wonder who his boyfriend is? I think it's Lucius Malfoy what with his flowing white hair and metro sexual mannerisms!

erikx111 7/6/2009 5:05:05 AM

While I'm not a crazed fan or anything.  It find it hilarious how this joke keeps going about the cast of Harry Potter.  If Gabrielle Carteris who was 29 can play a 15 year old girl and Luke Perry who was 25 can play a 15 year old boy in 90210 back in the 90's.  Then I'm pretty sure Danielle Radcliffe who's 20 can swing playing a 17 year old. Hollywood has done much worse.

almostunbiased 7/6/2009 5:54:36 AM

Yeah, notafan is just . . . well, he's just not a fan, erik.  He does this all the time you just get used to it.  Picture Shatner yelling it and it won't piss you off anymore.

ddiaz28 7/6/2009 6:00:28 AM

That reveiew sounds great.  I'm so glad it's longer too.  Even though I saw the beginning and end of the film almost a year ago, I'm still excited to see it.  And I'm definitely going to wait to see it in Imax.

almostunbiased 7/6/2009 6:10:19 AM

Well the clips are great.  Thanks from all of us that don't have HBO.

Wiseguy 7/6/2009 6:13:26 AM

ddiaz, there are like 3 I-Max theaters in the lower 48 that will be showing it opening day. So if you're near NYC, LA and Chicago was the other one I think you won't have to wait the 2 weeks. Which is good news for some of us.

This is my pick to take the summer crown but considering how well Transformers did and the fact that it won't open as wide on I-Max screens may hold HP back a bit.

Radcliffe could play younger than 17, he still looks like a little kid

ddiaz28 7/6/2009 7:41:05 AM

That's cool.  I hadn't heard that.  I'm still hoping to get an advanced screening since I worked with Imax on it but if not (which is very likely) I'll keep that in mind.  I'm originally from Jersey but live in Toronto now so unless I'm down visiting my folks I won't be driving 7 hours to NYC to see it.

Imax could just fix this problem if they started showing two different films during the same period after an initial period of exclusivity.  Just alternate screenings.  Although due to the nature of the projectors and length of reels that probably isn't feasible.

I agree Wise that HP could have had a chance of beating Transformers.  Unfortunately it has the aformentioned delay on Imax that will definitely hold it back.  I'm not sure that many people will either wait to see it or see it again in Imax to make up that two week difference.  Especially since less footage was converted to 3D than the last 2 films.  But I can say that what is there looks pretty sweet.

Wiseguy 7/6/2009 8:07:36 AM

ddiaz, ok since you work with I-Max I guess you'd know but that's the reason I read the films on I-Max are scheduled so far in advance and aren't rotated like on regular screens. For example AVATAR is already tentatively scheduled for a 3 month run. Are the reels that difficult to change? They really need to do something about this, especially now that the 3D industry is ramping up and wait til the effect AVATAR will surely have on all of Hollywood. Meaning much more content and I-Max needs to be more flexible to accomadate the coming change

raa2001 7/6/2009 10:53:40 AM

i bet theres been a lot of sex going amongst the Harry Potter cast. 

animefanjared 7/6/2009 5:17:23 PM

As much as I wish it would, I can't see Harry Potter beating Transformers for the summer (and likely 2009) box-office crown.  So I'll just have to settle for the fact that "Potter" is most likely an infinitely better made movie that will do strong business, and probably far more repeat business than that piece of trash Michael Bay has foisted upon the movie-going public.

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