Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Warner Bros.

Directed by:

David Yates

Starring:

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter; Emma Watson as Hermione Granger; Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley; Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore; Jim Broadbent as Prof. Horace Slughorn; Alan Rickman as Severus Snape.

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

For the sixth time, Harry Potter hits the big screen. And while movie No. 6 has a PG rating (the last two were rated PG-13), the storyline gets darker with more blood, zombies, pain and death. In The Half-Blood Prince, Harry's just turned 16 and people have started calling him the "Chosen One." Albus Dumbledore sees Harry as a capable partner, takes him on dangerous missions and assigns him tricky tasks. Draco Malfoy—Harry's arch-nemesis—has graduated from mere bully to full-fledged Voldemort disciple, tasked with an evil mission.

Amid this growing darkness, there's also romance in the air at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hermione discovers she likes Ron. But Ron starts going steady with a pretty Quidditch fan, so Hermione dates another guy to make Ron jealous. Harry and Ginny Weasley kiss. Various other couples hug, kiss and hold hands.

Like the other movies, Harry makes mistakes (even casting a "dark" spell), but when it comes to the big stuff—such as duty, responsibility, sacrifice and kindness—he's making the "right" decisions. Dumbledore also shows positive traits. However, this film features a number of wizard clashes. Magic is ever-present and sometimes used for dangerous evil. Death Eaters kill a professor and trash the school's great hall. One student is thrown into the air like a rag doll and falls to the ground with a terrible thump. God's name is misused at least twice, and several other mild profanities are spoken. Students and professors are shown drinking wine and mead.

Overall, The Half-Blood Prince is a powerful, poignant and problematic production—filled with magic and mayhem and messy issues. When the credits roll, Harry's world feels empty, nonsensical and frighteningly random, and we're left with only a glimmer of hope for the future.

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