HALF-BLOOD PRINCE - INITIAL RELEASE
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince being the sixth installment in the Harry Potter series talks about Harry's sixth year at the school. Based on the running time of 153 minutes, the movie was initially released in London on July 7th, 2009. However, it had a worldwide release on July 15th, 2009. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the movie came out as a major hit of the year, breaking the records of the other competitive movies. It was directed by David Yates and produced by David Heyman in assistance with David Barron. The script of the movie was really impressive. It was provided by Steve Kloves. The music of the movie was provided by Nicholas Hooper while cinematography was done by Burno Delbonnel.
HALF-BLOOD PRINCE CAST
Just like the previous installments some new cast members were appointed. Among these Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played the character of Tom Riddle as a child. However, the role of teenager Tom Riddle was portrayed by Frank Dillane. Helen McCrory was appointed by the producer for the role of Darco Malfoy’s mother—Narcissa Malfoy. According to the reports, Narcissa was originally considered for the role of Bellatrix in Order of Phoenix. However, she backed out herself because of her pregnancy. Jim Broadbent was cast for the role of Professor Horace Slughorn. Yates was hugely acknowledged for his right choices of casting. He cast each newcomer after great research. Their career backgrounds were kept in mind and then the final decision was taken by the director and producers of the Half-Blood Prince film.
HALF-BLOOD PRINCE BOOK VS MOVIE
In the novel, Harry went to spend his summers with Dursleys. However, in the movie Dursleysdidn’t appear at all. It seemed as if they were no longer a part of Harry’s life. Thus, unlike the book scenario where Dumbledore picked Harry from Dursleys, the movie showed that he met him on a train station. Similarly, in the book, when Narcissa Malfoy came to privately meet Snape, she asked him to make an unbreakable vow with her. Snape agreed instantly over this. In the movie, however, Bellatrix suggested that Snape must make a vow to help Malfoy in the hour of need. Snape hesitated a little but then agreed. On the way to Hogwarts, Harry was petrified by Malfoy as he was overhearing them in his invisible cloak. He was then rescued by Nymphadora. She accompanied him while walking to the gates of Hogwarts. On the gate, Harry met Snape who escorted him further. Contrastingly in the movie, Harry was rescued by Luna Love. The two of them reached Hogwarts using a Thestral Pulled Carriage. Further, in the plot Harry went to dispose of potion books in the Room of Requirements. In the movie, however, Harry went with Ginny to perform this task.
In the mission to get Horcrux that was hidden in a cave, Dumbledore and Harry apparated(teleported) from Hogsmeade. While in the movie, they apparated from Hogwarts. Moving a little further, when Malfoy brought Death Eaters with him, Dumbledore, on the other hand, froze Harry. He did this to prevent him from fighting with Death Eaters. The movie presented this scene with a slight change. Here Dumbledore ordered Harry to wait downstairs. Harry obediently followed these orders. In the movie Weasley's home, the Burrow was attacked by Death Eaters. They did great damage to it. On the contrary, none of this happened in the book. As Harry followed Snape while he was running away after killing Dumbledore, there was an outrage fight going on between Death Eater and the members of Hogwarts. When Dumbledore died, the school had a funeral for him but in the movie, no funeral happened. At the end of the movie Snape declared that he was the half-blood prince. He also stated the reason for this—his mother was a wizard while his father was a muggle; since his maiden name was Prince that is why he is Half-Blood Prince. By Half-Blood, it means that he was half wizard and half muggle. Though in the movie he stated that he is the Half-Blood Prince but never really provided any explanation for this.
HALF-BLOOD PRINCE BOX OFFICE PERFORMANCE
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince came out as a huge success. It was worth the budget expended on it. It broke the then records of all midnight showings. Made with a budget of $250 million, the movie earned around $301million in the USA alone. As far as the worldwide release is concerned, the movie earned around $934 million. It became 8th highest grossing movies of all times. However, now it is ranked as the 50th highest grossing movies of all times. As far as its release year is concerned, Half-Blood Prince is the second highest grossing movie. The Avatar was on number one during 2009.
HALF-BLOOD PRINCE ACCOLADES
Just like the other installments, Half-Blood Prince won a great number of awards. It was nominated at the 82nd Academy Awards. Here it won the award for Best Cinematography. It was also nominated at 63rd British Academy Awards under the categories of Best Production Design as well as Best Special Visual Effects. At the BAFTA awards, Alan Rickman was appointed as the Best Supporting Actor. He played the role of Professor Snape in the movie. Andrew Guardian from The Guardian gave a positive review of the movie. He rated the movie 3.5/5 stars. A lot of critics praised Alan Rickman for exception acting in Half-Blood Prince. Each of his scenes was perfect and a masterpiece in themselves. One of these critics was Todd McCarthy. He also praised other actors. For instance, he called Helena Bonham Carter who played the role of Bellatrix as a mesmerizing character.