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HARRY POTTER AND THE
USA: Warner Bros Pictures
UK: Warner Bros Pictures International UK
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, Tom Felton, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, Katie Leung, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Natalie Tena, Bonnie Wright, David Bradley, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Helen McCrory, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Jessie Cave, Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, Dave Legeno, Robert Knox, Frank Dillane, Freddie Stroma, Gemma Jones
Director: David Yates
Countries: UK / USA
USA & UK: 153 mins
USA Rated: PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate threat
USA Release Date: 15 July 2009
UK Release Date: 15 July 2009
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London Press Conference on 6 July 2009 at Claridges Hotel:
Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was.
Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defences, critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn.
With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office...and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.
Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything.
As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. 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.
David Yates, who directed the 2007 summer blockbuster "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," returned to direct "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, produced the film, together with David Barron. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, who scripted the first four installments of the film franchise, adapted the screenplay based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram served as executive producer, with John Trehy co-producing.